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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

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Address: Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Phone Number: (43 1) 534 10
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00

Center of information and research regarding the rich history of the...

Center of information and research regarding the rich history of the Republic of Austria dating from the 14th century to present day.

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My last stop in Vienna, kipping the best for last. Satisfying museum for book-art lover and not only.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My last stop in Vienna, kipping the best for last. Satisfying museum for book-art lover and not only.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are even remotely interested in books, history, or architecture, this is a cannot miss in Vienna. The State Hall is one of the most beautiful rooms in the entire world. The price might seem a bit high at first glance, but it's worth every penny.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The picture attached to this attraction is of the main National Library on Heldenplatz and NOT of the Hall of State, or 'Prunksaal' which is on Josefsplatz. I think the reception in the main library must be very used to tourists coming to view the Hall of State as they actually hand out a card printed with directions to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited this building on a recommendation from friends. Rather confusingly it is not in the main Library building in Heldenplatz, but a very helpful receptionist gave us a little card with directions to the entrance of the Prince's Room from Josefplatz. A rather rude and humourless cashier took our Euro 7 each and we climbed the stair to the Prince's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is only a medium size room to see which looks quite nice. When we were there (Nov 16) there was also an exhibition about Franz Joseph.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most confusingly, there seems to be 2 parts to the National Library. The one I'm referring to is the one with the Grand Hall. It is absolutely stunning. Incredibly painted ceilings contrasting with the dark wooden bookcase, it is certainly a thing to behold. You can come for a quick 10 minutes look, as I originally intended, or end up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are nuts about books. We are nuts about Austrias Library access and possibilities to read books from 16th century. And this Library is one of the most unique in whole Europe if not in the world.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world because of its stunning Prunksaal (State Hall), which boasts elegant marble columns, lovely frescoes and many ornate embellishments. The exterior of the building is also very impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must to visit the Prunksaal (State Hall).I could have sit there for hours ! A sort of feel of the library of Hogwarts but then a few level upgraded. Even the kids were amazed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Austrian National library is the keeper of all records of the Austrian history. This building was redone up in the 1720's. The gallery has a number of beautiful statues. Inside the building there are texts in Latin which are displayed from the older building. A really beautiful library and worth a visit to see the building at least from... More 

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