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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

Address: Josefplatz 1 | P.O. Box 308, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Phone Number: (43 1) 534 10
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Ranked #18 of 315 Attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Museums, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Owner 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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Phila, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

What a gorgeous, remarkable place with frescos, statues, globes, and 200,000 books dating from the 16th Century. There was also a special exhibit on WWI that was interesting. You don't need a lot of time, but the time you spend will be worth it. We were there about 90 min but spent a lot of time on the exhibit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is an elegant room, beautifully designed, and housing 1000s of books on floor to ceiling shelves. For visitors it is a museum, the books are not available to leaf through. The marble floors, paintings and statuary, and the large old globes all make this very worth while.

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Miamisburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This library is a reader's dream. Very ornate and beautiful. We happened upon the national horse stable when we left. Located near old town

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Sydney, Australia
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165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Located in the State Hall is this wonderful baroque beautiful historical library. Emperor Charles VI had his court architect organise its construction with the frescoes completed in 1730 by his court painter. Absolutely amazing to gaze at in wonderment. So many old books, so many frescoes, 4 globes time telling. aA current exhibition of the years before, during & after... More

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Nationalbibliothek (National Library) is the institution that hosts all books and magazines published in the country. It's ample collections are undergoing modernization, and searching for items has become much more convenient. In the basement, you find a nice and very price worthy restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was passing outside when I realised the entrance was free that day so took advantage. The library is huge and impressive but the best part is the World War I exhibition. Living in the UK it's very interesting to see the war through the eyes of the other side too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

An Meine Voker - loosely translated To My Peoples is a thought provoking exhibit about WWI from the perspective of contemporary witnesses. With letters, posters and other material from the actual time we see the war from a completely different perspective. This exhibit is housed in the breathtaking National Library with its stunning frescoes. The 2D painting of a balcony... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It´s inbelievable to see how well maintained and preserved are all the books and the complet library. It was for sure a great time visiting this library.

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Berlin, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The scene is gorgeous but only 1 minutes can finish the visit without the exhibition. The ticket for adult is 7 euros which is a bit high.

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I am always surprised by how many people go to Vienna and miss this. It may very well be the most beautiful library in the world.

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