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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

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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. The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
Inner City
+43 1 53410
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 September 2013

One of the most impressive attractions in Vienna is the State Hall (€7 per adult) of the Austrian National Library, found in a wing of the Hofburg Palace. Also known as Prunksaal, this is a most remarkable place where art and literature meet; this library...More

9  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Wonderful building with exhibition of travel posters but nothing between 1937 and 1945 rather curious I thought.

5  Thank GGPtrs
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This was one of the highlights of our day trip to Vienna - it truly is a must see attraction. The inside is as beautiful as the pictures show. Even if you only spend a few minutes here admiring the beauty - go for it....More

1  Thank Frank T
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the most impressive places of the Hofburg, You can visit apart. Do not forgot to visit it. You can made pictures also. If you like the culture and the libreries, is Your place! Into the dome it is possible to see a giant...More

Thank Iorga P
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Austrian National Library is an absolute must when visiting Vienna. The lines are typically short (or non-existant), which by far undersells the amazing interior. We easily spent over an hour here, as there's lot to read and the ceiling painting is worth taking time...More

Thank MSandAC
Reviewed 2 days ago

The State Hall was built in the 18th century. is a breathtaking. the imperial side brings a decorated dome, surrounded by frescos and more than 200,000 tomes. It is to be found in the Austrian National Library.

Thank Ockert M
Reviewed 2 days ago

You feel thrilled both by the way the room looks and by the strength of the thousands of unique books. It was a worthwhile experience!

1  Thank adelamicu
Reviewed 3 days ago

such an impressive place ! if you are a booklover or a history lover, this is the place to visit. it is really unique, with the globes as an extra

Thank ann v
Reviewed 3 days ago

Saw pictures of the library in the visitors book so had to & have a look & it was actually breathtaking beautiful. The main ceiling has many different scenes so make use of the interactive screens so that you know what you are looking at...More

Thank JAMS51
Reviewed 5 days ago

Pay the fee, and enjoy. The displays are interesting-- there is even a card catalog to study behind glass, which cracked me up. The guards watch you closely-- no touching or too much noise, but it is a place that invites quiet and admiration.

Thank SueBirk
Reviewed 5 days ago

The hall is very elegant but also crowded with tourists. Visited in the late afternoon but still had to wait in line for 10 min. Audioguides against a fee. The elegance of the hall was sadly a bit blocked by the current display. The choice...More

Thank dgjohansson
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Located at Josefplatz is the Austrian National Library. Here lies the elegant State Hall, so regal and beautiful, that if you miss this place during your visit to Vienna would be a devastating loss.

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Inner City
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
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16 October 2018|
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Response from josephhK1782WR | Reviewed this property |
You can visit any part of the library that is available for public - means that there are certain section that is used for officials and administration that is limited to library staff - and you do have to pay entrence fee... More
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
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.
12 April 2015|
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Response from Ralf T | Reviewed this property |
As long as you can make sure that they behave themselves, there shouldn't be a problem. Actually, when I visited the library, there was a primary school teacher who gave her pupils a tour of the venue: very educational.