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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

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Address: Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Phone Number: (43 1) 534 10
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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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Ran around a little trying to find the entrance - but yes just next to the Lippizaners (Spanish Riding School). Book lovers cannot miss this beautiful place. The architecture and... read more

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ran around a little trying to find the entrance - but yes just next to the Lippizaners (Spanish Riding School). Book lovers cannot miss this beautiful place. The architecture and pieces on display are wonderful. Just a note: the actual Library (Bibliotheque) of Vienna is not accessible to tourists and is composed of study rooms for students. The State Hall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You don't have to be a book lover to fall head over heels for the absolutely magical space! This is literally the library dreams were made of, and totally reminds me of that fairytale library in Beauty and the Beast. Grand, sweeping bookcases, huge antique globes, baroque curlicues everywhere, stunning ceiling frescos. Absolutely worth the entry fee and your time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply amazing. The architecture is almost out of this world, and is testament to the importance of education and learning in both historic and modern Vienna.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most beautiful library in the world and is part of the Hofburg Complex. It has a domed interior with beautiful frescos, wood paneling and bookcases lining all the walls.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is simply stunning. It is a baroque masterpiece that you must see for yourself. The books on display are interesting too.

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Lyndonville, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see when you go there. The fresco's that were on the wall were very colorful and bright.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You don't expect a library to be a highlight, but this was. Incredibly beautiful, and books from as far back as 500AD. There is a book from 500AD on medicinal plants. So cool!

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Library is a quick walk from the Graben, so if you are in the area, it's worth taking a peek. Sadly, the actual library was closed when we were there, but we were able to go into the foyer and look around a bit. Beautiful building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you are not a lover of books or architecture you could not fail to be impressed by the Prunksaal . Its absolutely stunning and very atmospheric. I love libraries and this is definitely the most beautiful I have seen anywhere. It is in a very central location so don't miss it .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unforgettably, old foliants in their authentic environment...Visit also the globes museum that is not far from there to complete the feeling. .

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.