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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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Incredible, just incredible!

The pictures won't do this place any justice, you'll have to go and see it for yourself, the architecture is breathtaking. The prices to enter the hall are not cheap for a... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The pictures won't do this place any justice, you'll have to go and see it for yourself, the architecture is breathtaking. The prices to enter the hall are not cheap for a person especially for the time that you're inside but the hall is magnificent. Enjoy.

Thank Ashi96
Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its one of my favourite libraries. its always nice to visit to understand how's important history in our life.

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Bellingham, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Second time visiting after a wonderful first experience. This time there were two groups touring with guides not using a microphone and headsets. This is a LIBRARY - it is supposed to be quiet! Audible tours should not be given in smaller spaces - let alone a library. The exhibits were not as interesting as the first visit, plus many... More 

Thank PortiaDaisy
Krakow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is how Heaven of bookworms and history lovers looks like, endless bookshelves and beautiful statues. This place is magical, and located in the heart of Vienna hard to miss. It often holds interesting exhibitions, like exposition of Franz Josef's letters or the one dedicated to Maria Theresa.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The grandest library I have ever seen in my life! The murals on the ceiling have great detail in them. I took the audio self guided tour which helped explain what you were seeing. I wouldn't be able to study inside just because of the sheer beauty of it. One of my favorite spots in Vienna and well worth the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend suggested I see this library at the Imperial Palace. It is also known as, Prunksaal or State Hall. Of all the places we visited, the purchase of tickets was the most disorganized We were second in line for tickets and it still took 20 minutes. The line up went from 2 people to a long line. The cashier... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place. I loved the history lesson that went with the guided tour and it was such a beautiful and interesting place. I never realised so much of what we have today was initiated way back in the 1700's. This place was 3-400 years ahead of its time and the history is staggering. A must visit if you... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is magnificent. The posters along the sides of the aisle describe artefacts and give historical information in English and German and make the visit worth while

Thank Helen L
Kauniainen, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I saw this library I thought I died and got to Heaven! It was simply incredible! Could easily spend there whole day, just wondering around and staring at the books. Absolutely a must see!

Thank VeraStah
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Library is superb in its visual style from columns to painted ceilings, to Mozarts hand written notes on a musical score. Books and documents hundreds of years old. A highlight of the visit

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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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