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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

Josefplatz 1 | P.O. Box 308, Vienna A-1015, Austria
(43 1) 534 10
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Ranked #14 of 295 attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries, Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

I wouldn't say it's not worthy paying a visit, because the building is beautiful, the (few) objects on display are awesome and you really get the sense of how important the place is, but is very badly curated. It has potential to be one of the best museums in Europe, but the deceptioning exposition turns this magical place into a... More

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Brescia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Libraries are ALWAYS appealing, in my opinion. This is one of the best I have ever seen. Magnificent. If you do not like reading and you are not fascinated by culture, study, science and BOOKS, do not go there: you pay to get into an ATMOSPHERE, not into a place...

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Rockford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Unfortunately this wonderful library is fairly well below the radar of visitors to Vienna. Maybe visitors think it is 'just a library'. It is much, much more. The equisite architecture and beautiful decorations are well worth the price of admission. The collections of materials is mind bogeling. To contemplate that global, one of a kind, artifacts are located before your... More

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

my heart pounded as soon as i saw the building. what a detailed architecture! took a lot of photos of the statues and engravers on the walls. you must definitely see it!

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Auburn, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

There's a lot more to see here than just books. A beautiful place! A little pricy to get in, but if you're a book lover or just love old libraries then it's definitely worth a visit. They also have a copy of Beethoven's death mask!

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

You are overwhelmed with taking in the beauty of the interior of the building and all the wonderful art. The most impressive thing and something you'll never see anywhere else is Benvenuto Cellini's hand wrought gold salt & pepper cellar! The Egyptian and Roman sections were well displayed. As were the French, Italian and Flemish paintings. You truly need an... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The entrance of this museum is rather difficult to get to. But I recommend this museum highly. Another glimpse of the wealth during the Hapsburg's reign.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I absolutely loved the central library hall! Towering book cases, thousands of old books, stunning frescos and old globes, marble floors, secret rooms! Loved it. Well worth the €7 entry fee. For an extra €4 you can purchase a ticket to see other permanent and temporary exhibitions such as the Globe Museum, Papyrus Museum and Esperanto exhibition. Quirky and offbeat... More

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This place is worth a vist!! It's the most amazing library I have ever visited and I have been to a lot of libaries.

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montréal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The hall is nice and they have exhibits (in Feb it was on the youths). But quite expensive fro what amount to less than an hour for a visit.

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