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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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Amazing building

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

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

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

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This library leaves little to be desired for any book nerd, or lover of architecture and history. It's one of the most spectacular libraries I've visited and the exhibits are wonderful.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is a really amazing place to visit. The library is kept in beautiful condition, displaying hundreds of books all hundreds of years old. And so many beautiful murals on the walls and ceiling. Though, it does seem a little expensive. Having paid your eight euros, you'll have seen it all in less than an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Visited yesterday. Price is 7€ or 4.50 for seniors. Audio guide is 3€, but deposit is necessary, either 20 euro or an ID. The exhibits are great, audio guide tells you the necessary peculiarities and facts. Too many books and manuscripts here. It's cold inside to preserve exhibits. The building itself is a masterpiece.

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Vienna, Austria
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

no matter which country you are from, you will find a document about your government/kingdom there! the building is also one of a kind!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

In my husband's words "I didn't know places like this existed!" If you love books and/or architecture, or just appreciate beautiful things - you must stop here in Vienna! It was absolutely amazing. It literally looks like something out of a movie. I wish people still built buildings like this!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I almost balked at the 7.50 Euro price for a one-room visit, but I'm glad I didn't. As other reviewers have said, the room itself is amazing, even for nonbibliophiles. But if you love books and libraries, this is to die for. From the giant historical globes to the statuary to the illustrated manuscripts to the books themselves, it's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The ceiling frescoes were simply gorgeous!! Our guide explained the logistics of how the books were placed on the shelving - fascinating. The whole atmosphere was one of calm and awe. Definitely a highlight.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The library is an example of fine Austrian architecture. The hundreds or thousands of different tomes the line the shelves are a spectacle as are the frescoes on the 30 metre high ceiling. There are German and English explanations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I just wanted to sit in the state room for hours. It was the one place I wanted to see more than anything in Vienna and it didn't disappoint. Truly magnificent and awe inspiring. Just standing there surrounded by so much history was truly wonderful. Will definitely visit again when I go back to Vienna.

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Inner City
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.