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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 #19 of 410 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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Perth, Australia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The interior of the library is something you really have to see, it is amazing. It should be UNESCO heritage listed if it isn't already (they don't seem to advertise it as such?). The historic collections take back stage to the decorative architectural features. If only all national libraries could be in such beautiful building as this. The Habsburg emperors... More

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North Carolina
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Anyone who has done their advance planning for a visit to Vienna has surely seen the photograph of the main hall at the Nationalbibliothek...but there is an analogy to a visit to the Grand Canyon, the pictures do not give you a true sense of the overwhelming grandeur of this site. Once one finds the entrance in the Hofburg complex... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The opulent interior and division of the collection of the Nationalbibliothek was the model, maybe the godfather, of the many much more modest Carnegie Library interiors scattered throughout the United States.

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Ribeirao Preto, SP
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very old books in a renaissance building. Expiation of old and rare books. When I visited it, an original exhibition about I World War was very interesting.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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