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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

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Address: Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Phone Number: (43 1) 534 10
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Beautiful National Library Hall!

You can walk into this magnificent baroque library hall, where they hold special exhibitions regularly. Nearby is the Papyrus Museum, Esperanto Museum, and Globe Museum, all small... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can walk into this magnificent baroque library hall, where they hold special exhibitions regularly. Nearby is the Papyrus Museum, Esperanto Museum, and Globe Museum, all small but worth visiting. Note the entrances to all of these is not the main entrance, which is still used as a public library.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This building is very interesting to visit just for the beautiful architecture. There were a few cases that had some rare manuscripts displayed and also several display cases of emperor Franz Josephs life in photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the State Hall of the Austrian National Museum, and the presentation is truly spectacular. Especially notable are the fresco ceilings and the display of many of the most famous books in the museum's possession. This activity is free with the Vienna Pass. We spent about an hour in the State Hall (pictures are allowed, but no flash) and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a real library--nothing much to see inside except modern fixtures and people reading. The outside is, of course, stunning in a Viennese imposing way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yet another impressive building and with the space to enjoy it without being on top of it. The entrance is adjacent to the entrance to the Neu Berg Museum. Not too many benches hence lots sit down on the steps !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Austrian National Library was good, but a little frustrating. The main entrance to the library is not where you enter to see the State Hall, which is what all the photos depict. We ended up paying to see a ho-hum museum of musical instruments and medieval armor (more than I ever wanted to experience, quite frankly) and then an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, what can I say about this place! This library blew me away when I visited it, with its Harry Potter like architecture. A must visit for old and young. The highlight of my visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Austrian National Library was an amazing experience, both inside and outside - the architecture on the outside and the art on the inside is well worth the visit - highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of books but the highlight of the building was the beautifully painted high ceiling and the paintings between the magnificent oak carved panels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of must seen places in Vienna....very impresseve. I spent couple of hours, but at the end I've decided, I am not done... I have to come back I strongly advise to everyone who are visiting Vienna

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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.