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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

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Address: Josefplatz 1 | P.O. Box 308, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Phone Number: (43 1) 534 10
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Description: 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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One Word: STUNNING!

In my husband's words "I didn't know places like this existed!" If you love books and/or architecture, or just appreciate beautiful things - you must stop here in Vienna! It was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

In my husband's words "I didn't know places like this existed!" If you love books and/or architecture, or just appreciate beautiful things - you must stop here in Vienna! It was absolutely amazing. It literally looks like something out of a movie. I wish people still built buildings like this!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I almost balked at the 7.50 Euro price for a one-room visit, but I'm glad I didn't. As other reviewers have said, the room itself is amazing, even for nonbibliophiles. But if you love books and libraries, this is to die for. From the giant historical globes to the statuary to the illustrated manuscripts to the books themselves, it's a... More 

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Adirondack Pk, Upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The ceiling frescoes were simply gorgeous!! Our guide explained the logistics of how the books were placed on the shelving - fascinating. The whole atmosphere was one of calm and awe. Definitely a highlight.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The library is an example of fine Austrian architecture. The hundreds or thousands of different tomes the line the shelves are a spectacle as are the frescoes on the 30 metre high ceiling. There are German and English explanations.

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Dundalk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I just wanted to sit in the state room for hours. It was the one place I wanted to see more than anything in Vienna and it didn't disappoint. Truly magnificent and awe inspiring. Just standing there surrounded by so much history was truly wonderful. Will definitely visit again when I go back to Vienna.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This library is something special. Its not a traditional one. More like an art gallery. There was a special exhibition with antique books (medieval) about angels... was so eye opening. One in a life experience.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I just wanted to sit in the Library and ingest the beauty. Gorgeous. (Besides thinking Harry Potter could pop out at any minute!) Even if you are not into Libraries the beauty of this place will blow you away. It is on the list of one of the most beautiful Libraries in the world. Check it out!

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

If you love history, books sculptures .architecture this is a must. Bibliophiles will go nuts over the old books and the titles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Only one room but if you love books a must!,,,,the building alone is fantastic never mind the books etc,,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Located on Ringstrasse (the "Ring Road") in Heldenplatz just around the corner from Hofburg Palace, this is the largest library in Austria. It opens from 9am-9pm and charges 7 euros ($10) for admission. Unless you really want to see a bunch of shelves with some good architecture, don't bother visiting; a mere look from the exterior is sufficient.

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