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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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Description: 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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A great library in a majestic building

The Austrian National library is hosted in the Hofburg Palace (the former imprial palace), which is already a good reason to see it. In addition, it comprises four museums and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The Austrian National library is hosted in the Hofburg Palace (the former imprial palace), which is already a good reason to see it. In addition, it comprises four museums and several special collections. The centrepiece is probably the State Hall, an impressive hall full of ancient books, with frescoes, marble statues and ancient globes.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were told this was a great place to visit. When we entered, a lady wanted to know why we wanted to come inside as though we were suspicious. Seemed like a high security place where we were not wanted. Very confusing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The National Library is very impressive. Not only the fact that is has a very old collection (which you can't really look at), but it is located in an amazing room. We kept looking up at the ceiling and walls. It's unfortunate that the book collection is not better exhibited, it would be very interesting but it's understandable that these... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is the most beautiful library I've ever seen. It's definitely a work of art more reminiscent of a cathedral with bookcases. Fresco painted ceilings, beautiful floors, amazing atmosphere. Prepare to be blown away. If you get an audio guide, you'll find out all about the building history, the meaning of the ceiling paintings, and hidden reading rooms.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I saw a picture of this library on Pinterest and decided I had to go see it for myself...blew me away! Totally amazing for the books, the architecture and the frescoes. Good audio guide helps to explain it all really well!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A very beautiful building - well worth the time to visit - unfortunately we were in the area late Sunday afternoon and it was closed!

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Baden, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The mass is that you realize that you would be able to read all these books. Great was to see the "privilegium maius" of duke Rudolph the donator.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This was right out of a history textbook. Never before have I seen a library so ornately furnished (until I saw the one in the Prague observatory, which is in a similar style but doesn't allow visitors to roam) and so well preserved that I felt like I was back in time. There was an exhibition about the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

very beautifully road, take easy to take any busy or tram to visit this road. and get down from anywhere you need visit. Many nice place in this road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Very good place to visit. Striking insight, with a lot of quite old books. It also has good informative stands with Vienna history description, together with photos. It was very to the point as we have just come and were happy to get most interesting facts in such a symbolic place.

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Address: Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Phone Number: (43 1) 534 10
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Inner City
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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.