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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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Visited with my dad. This is a 'Must See!' Please do not miss out. It is such a beautiful, well designed, informative space.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited with my dad. This is a 'Must See!' Please do not miss out. It is such a beautiful, well designed, informative space.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Austrian National Library is magnificent. The beauty of the structure (and it was built for this purpose) and the breadth of the collection let you know how important knowledge was to the Hapsburgs. There are a number of items on display. Even though most are facsimiles, they are fascinating. The hidden study carels with their bookshelves, the spiral staircases,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

access via the Spanish stables means you see both sides of the national library. stunning building from both front and rear.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a small place but it is still breathtaking. My partner and I had trouble finding this place, by looking on the map outside the Hoffberg we were able to locate the library around the side of the building. This library reminded me of the one that is in beauty and the beast, with the beautiful painted ceiling, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hadn't planned to visit this but came across it when in the Hofburg Palace area. It has a marvellous collection of books and the ceiling artwork is well worth the gaze, even if you have to crank your neck. The state hall of this national library had a special exhibition of 'Under the Star of Bethlehem', 24 illuminated Manuscripts... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This library constructed for Franz Joseph is abolultely magnificent with frescos painted all over the ceilings. It's is immense in scale and books line the walls several stories high. Large globes, statues and other artworks are placed around the room. A truly remarkable building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a fellow Bibliophile, i can only one day dream of my library being so extensive. Once more remain quiet, bring walking attire and a no flash camera

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainty worth the time to visit this place while you are visting the Hofsburg Palace. The ceiling is remarkable!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit to see the magnificent walnut floor to ceiling bookcases filled with historic books. The ceiling is beautiful too. A very calm special place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although a bit pricey for a single room, it was well worth the investment. I felt like I entered the beast's library from Beauty and the Beast :).

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
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