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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 #22 of 408 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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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We have two grownups and three kids. So we got a family ticket, which only cost 12 Euro. It is indeed a very beautiful building with thousands of books displayed. You are not allowed to touch any bookcases. When we were there, they exhibited history about WWI in German and English, which was very educational. However, we were a little... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The National Library of Austria is located in Hofburg Palace (official site: www.onb.ac.at/). It has 4 museums within the building but you can't miss visiting the State Hall. It was the court library for Emperor Charles VI (1685/1711 – 1740). It is still the home of 200,000 books from 1501 to late 19th century.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Beautiful historical library with walls of books, stunning ceiling frescos, and large historical globes. Most interesting extensive historical display of WWI history info including photos, posters, and the treaty. No crowds! Loved it!

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Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was a bit dubious about a visit, but I'm glad that we made the trip. 7EUR gains you entrance to the national library and its exhibits. At the time of writing (Aug. 2014) there is an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. There are interesting displays of how the war affected Austrians on all sides... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

What can I say, it's brilliant, the most beautiful library I've ever laid my eyes on. It must have a thousand books, with ladders to reach the top. Everywhere you look it's stunning.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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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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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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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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