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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

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Address: Josefplatz 1 | P.O. Box 308, 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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This library is located near the city center of Vienna, and it is just worth seeing it. It is a humongous imposing building that happens to be a library. 5 stars because you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This library is located near the city center of Vienna, and it is just worth seeing it. It is a humongous imposing building that happens to be a library. 5 stars because you can just walk by it and be impressed, you can also try to venture inside but can't go too far.

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Nappanee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I admit that I love libraries but typically they are not the center of a vacation for me. I had added the Austrian National Library to my list of things to see. I had read such great things about it online. My husband and I were not disappointed. The seasonal display in the library was an illuminated Angels exhibit. The... More 

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Millingen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went inside, nice hall but we were not allowed to go inside the library (I would have really liked that). You could go to the Museum of Art on the right side in the hall but we did not because we where not that interested in arts (and I guess that it was expensive as well).

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This stunning library is located in the Neuburg part of the Hofburg Palace complex. From the moment you walk on this is a jaw dropping experience. The is a library on a super grand scale! There are four huge globes that show the world as known in different time periods, and glorious bookcases from floor to ceiling. Filled with the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

very nice room but to pay to see the paintings on the flour i expected more.not more then 1 hour to visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Magnificent building next to a huge park. Beautiful grounds as welll. Did not spend a Lot of time indoors.

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Chard Somerset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I thought lets give it a whirl, just so glad I did, the room itself is worth the visit never mind the books, only about an hour out of your life but I think you will always remember it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This building is awesome and has a very traditional architecture in the area. It is a government building and a working library, so keep that in mind while visiting the area. It is near museums and other government buildings.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The staff were helpful. The interior is quite wonderful and the general exhibition is interesting with information in English.

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Excellent architecture well worth looking at if you have a spare hour. Staff very polite and knowledgeable.

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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.