I'm by using this code to possess a simple gallery around the page:

<?php echo do_shortcode('[gallery itemtag="ul" icontag="li" size="full" columns="0" link="file" ]'); ?>

The issue now would be that the finish-user needs to upload a picture through the Media page before choosing this picture as featured image.

I understand this may be solved with the addition of the featured image's ID towards the shortcode's exclude list, however i dont know to obtain this ID instantly.

<?php  $id = get_post_thumbnail_id(get_the_ID()); // gets the post thumbnail ID ?>
<?php echo do_shortcode('[gallery exclude='.$id.' link="file" itemtag="div" icontag="span" captiontag="p" size="thumbnail" columns="4" ]'); ?> 
function exclude_thumbnail_from_gallery($null, $attr)
    if (!$thumbnail_ID = get_post_thumbnail_id())
        return $null; // no point carrying on if no thumbnail ID

    // temporarily remove the filter, otherwise endless loop!
    remove_filter('post_gallery', 'exclude_thumbnail_from_gallery');

    // pop in our excluded thumbnail
    if (!isset($attr['exclude']) || empty($attr['exclude']))
        $attr['exclude'] = array($thumbnail_ID);
    elseif (is_array($attr['exclude']))
        $attr['exclude'][] = $thumbnail_ID;

    // now manually invoke the shortcode handler
    $gallery = gallery_shortcode($attr);

    // add the filter back
    add_filter('post_gallery', 'exclude_thumbnail_from_gallery', 10, 2);

    // return output to the calling instance of gallery_shortcode()
    return $gallery;
add_filter('post_gallery', 'exclude_thumbnail_from_gallery', 10, 2);