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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1015, Austria
+43 1 53410
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The baroque world in the State Hall What comes to mind when you think of a library hall? Enter the State Hall of the Austrian National Library and your expectations are guaranteed to be exceeded. Feel the essence of history. The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a breathtaking 80 metres long and 20 metres high. An intricately decorated dome and numerous frescos provide an imperial flair. This baroque jewel is home to over 200,000 tomes. Four magnificent Venetian globes, each with a diameter of over one metre, provide the finishing touch to the heart of the Austrian National Library.
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Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1015, Austria
+43 1 53410
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow, beautiful place to visit , something for everyone wether you love architecture, books or history it is one of Vienna hilights. It’s not far to walk from Vienna city.

Thank shazal1
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is an amazing library with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a huge domed ceiling, statues, etc. The only downside was the price. 7 Euro for me, 4.5 Euro for my husband who is in a wheelchair. It seemed like a lot of money for basically...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing library! It's out of a fairytale, Beauty and the beast springs to mind! Informative about the freemasons. Beautiful paintings and the bookshelves are amazing. Loved all of it. Would allow an hour to look around and longer to admire

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is simply magical.. JUST simply Wish i could live there. As soon as you enter the room you enter the machine to travel back in time. The small door hidden in the library. Everything here seems to have a perfume of mystery and stories...

Thank L'Atelier F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit just for a quick look at the incredible state hall. Photos don't really do justice to how incredible it is. Free entry with Vienna Pass.

Thank asdfqwerty1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

This may be the closest I get to the library from Beauty and the Beast. Stately and ornate, it was enjoyable to walk around and take it all in. There were a couple tour groups clogging up certain areas, but overall it was quiet and...More

Thank sbraddock
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Austrian National Library shows very old books standing on shelves magnified by an exceptionally beautiful hall. There are exhibitions at the same time, the one we saw pictured freemasonry across the past 300 years and this is an absolute must on a city trip...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you can appreciate beautiful architecture in any way you must visit the library! You will be stunned when you walk through the doors. I have never seen anything like it. The information on Freemasons is very eye opening also. Definitely a must go place...More

Thank Beth A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most historical libraries in the world with over 200,000 books in the State Hall, the oldest book in this library was in 1368... with all these historical treasures and the very beautiful architecture, no reason not visit it. Highly recommended

Thank Candy Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided this would be my only museum this time in Vienna. Blown away by the beauty of the grand hall. Rates right up there with Dublin.

Thank Bailey03
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Yanessa S
8 February 2017|
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Response from VioletRoss | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Mike N, an hour at the library should be enough. In December the library placed illuminated manuscripts, illustrated with pictures related to Jesus's birth, in display cases. Be sure to find time for the... More
Lara l
30 December 2015|
Response from Benej | Reviewed this property |
Hello Lara, Sorry for my late reply but I was away on holiday without access to my emails! I definitely visited the Library on May 2015, and it was open. Probably better to check on the official website of the National... More
18 July 2015|
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Response from porcelainfox | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can take photos, but strictly no flash allowed. They have a couple of monitors walking around making sure that no one uses flash or gets too close to the books.