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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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A beautiful library

Very beautiful place, full of history. Do it when it rains and you want to learn a lot about the country's history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very beautiful place, full of history. Do it when it rains and you want to learn a lot about the country's history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great library which is vast and a must see if in Vienna. The architecture is amazing and the sheer number of books is breathtaking. The audio guide is a bit odd as it doesn't seem to quite match up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Better than St Gallen's. The ideal place for any knowledge seeker. Fantastic paintings and outstanding books. A must

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the 1 hour that we spent. The audio tour was helpful although some of the descriptions were hart to match with what you are looking at. The grand scale of this library is breathtaking. Appreciated the ability to look into the hidden cubicles.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although I had previously read some reviews and a pocket guide about this Grand salon, I was astonished when I saw it. I have attached as much pictures as I could, just to share what I saw inside. We have old libraries in Bulgaria, but none has such a beautiful State Hall. It's the height of the ceiling, the books... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a huge library and speaks volumes about the importance of education in Hapsburg society. It's located at the most central location and is a must visit for everyone. Although one cannot go inside it without the permit but the building itself is a marvel to observe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unique library with extremely rich material. Impressions building with an exceptional architecture, important picture books from the Middle Ages and stunning frescoes. It looks like a scene from movie

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The facade of the building in Josefsplatz is quite plain, as is the staircase up to the first floor but once you enter the library, it takes your breath away! It is a richly ornamented and decorated room with books from floor to ceiling. There are display cases showing some of the treasures in the library. Even if you have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely impressive library that resembles a medieval cathedral. Inside it is very interesting and worth a visit. Inside the library there is a small exhibition of medieval manuscripts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most stunning library I have ever seen (I have seen the Klementium in Prague and I think this is better). It is difficult to adequately describe a sight that is simply breathtaking but suffice to say that the library books are just a backdrop to the stunning architecture and painted ceilings. Just go and see it for... More 

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