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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 #21 of 416 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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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Nationalbibliothek (National Library) is the institution that hosts all books and magazines published in the country. It's ample collections are undergoing modernization, and searching for items has become much more convenient. In the basement, you find a nice and very price worthy restaurant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I was passing outside when I realised the entrance was free that day so took advantage. The library is huge and impressive but the best part is the World War I exhibition. Living in the UK it's very interesting to see the war through the eyes of the other side too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

An Meine Voker - loosely translated To My Peoples is a thought provoking exhibit about WWI from the perspective of contemporary witnesses. With letters, posters and other material from the actual time we see the war from a completely different perspective. This exhibit is housed in the breathtaking National Library with its stunning frescoes. The 2D painting of a balcony... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It´s inbelievable to see how well maintained and preserved are all the books and the complet library. It was for sure a great time visiting this library.

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Berlin, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The scene is gorgeous but only 1 minutes can finish the visit without the exhibition. The ticket for adult is 7 euros which is a bit high.

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I am always surprised by how many people go to Vienna and miss this. It may very well be the most beautiful library in the world.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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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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