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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 #20 of 399 attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This building is an absolutely amazing sight, you have to take your time walking around and we were fortunate enough to see it both by day and night, and it never ceases to amaze.

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Cary, NC
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful libraries I've ever seen, rivaled only by the Library of Congress in the USA. I highly recommend a visit to see this formerly private library of the Hapsburgs.

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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is such a unique space! It really is unlike any other library I have seen. The ceilings were frescoed, there were statues, and the bookcases were huge. A very enjoyable visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

You needn't spend a lot of time here to appreciate the exceptional beauty of the library (the State Hall). Definitely stop in and enjoy the one of the grandest libraries in the world. We also took in the Globe museum which is located in a different building and worth the short walk if you're into geography, maps and globes.

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Launceston, Australia
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502 helpful votes 502 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Located at Josefplatz is this extraordinary library. The building was quite amazing with heavy timber bookcases on every wall and elaborate paintings across the ceilings. The book collection itself was ancient with every book dated between 1500 and 1850. We were surprised that people were even allowed in the same room. It was quite a moving experience and enhanced by... More

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We visited this in May 2014 and saw a special exhibit about Emperor Franz Josef tried to prevent the beginning of WW I. It was an impressive collection of Historical Posters, Flyers, Pamphlets, Newspaper Clippings and lots of actual photographs. Anyone who is curious about how the WW I started will find their answer here.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you visit Vienna, definitely visit the National library. We admired it's gorgeous ceiling paintings, the grandeur, everything! The entry for tourists is situated at the Jozefsplatz. The entry on the Heldenplatz is the "new" entry and only for students. When you are at this student entry, turn right from the stairs and walk through the 3-arched hallway. Turn right... More

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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This magnificent building was built in the early 18th century and in itself, is a fabulous work of art. The paintings on the ceiling and the walls rival the famous Sistine Chapel in Rome and without a feeling of being totally controlled. Non flash photography is allowed and as a keen photographer, I did not know where to point my... More

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McLean, Virginia
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

You don't come here to read books but to ogle at the ceiling and just soak in the atmosphere as you did in the bath as a kid. I wish I had invested in the audio guide so I would have even sharper impressions and some greater historical background. One of the best library spaces (300 hundred year old collection)... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

You can easily walk past this building from the outside. It is well hidden. However, it is well worth a visit just to see the massive interior hall, the collection of books and experience being in a library of this magnitude. There are not many libraries like this at all.

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