“Austrian National Library: Several museums and the fascinating State Hall are found here.”
A visit to the Austrian National Library in Vienna provides opportunity to see rare and historic manuscripts, books, maps, globes, papyrus, precious prints and other items of interest, housed in three speciality museums and the fascinatingly beautiful State Hall also known as Prunksaal, located in a wing of the Hofburg Palace.
Visitors can see the Globe Museum, Papyrus Museum and the Esperanto Museum by purchasing a combo ticket (4 Euro per person) and/or see Prunksaal (7 Euro per person). It is the Prunksaal that is the main reason for visiting the Austrian National Library museum collections.
Prunksaal is the central structure of the imperial library, located in Hofburg Palace and was built by the order of Emperor Charles in 1726. It is beautifully and tastefully decorated in baroque fashion and is a place you can immerse yourself in rows of rare and historic manuscripts, surrounded by lovely statues, old globes and beautiful ceiling frescos from the 18th century. Photography is allowed so make sure to snap off a few while you are in the Senate Hall.
Overall, the gem of the Austrian National Library is a visit to Prunksaal, which we consider to be one of the very best individual attractions in Vienna, a special treat for those fans of art and literature.
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