School excursions
Abbey of St. Gall

The abbey as a business enterprise

An abbey like St.Gallen was not only an important spiritual and cultural centre, but also an equally important economic centre. The monastery employed many lay people, and a monastery fulfilled needs that are covered today by the state and private entrepreneurs. The guided tour explains the economic administration and development of the abbey on the basis of charters and other documents, it provides insight into natural interests and the importance of the abbey archives. It becomes clear that a monastery was as much an insurance agency as a place of salvation.

Recommended age: from 7th class onwards
Duration: 1 hour
Total Cost: CHF 140.- plus admission (from 10 persons CHF 7.- per student, under 10 persons CHF 9.-)
Times of realisation: all year round during the opening hours


As a small thank you for booking, we offer all pupils a cool gym bag. Please simply mention the password "Our Heritage" when booking. The offer is valid until the end of October 2022 and as long as stocks last.

Stiftsbibliothek St.Gallen
9000 St.Gallen
  • Schedule
    to St. Gallen, Stiftsbezirk
  • It is a 5-10 minute walk from the St.Gallen train station to the Stiftsbezirk.


    From the St.Gallen train station, bus line 11 goes in the direction of Abacus-Platz. The bus stop "Stiftsbezirk" is in the immediate proximity of the Abbey Library.


    Day Pass for Schools for CHF 15.