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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

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What comes to mind when you think of a library hall? Enter the State Hall of the Austrian National Library and your expectations are guaranteed to be exceeded. The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a...more
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Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
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+43 1 53410
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited here at the tail end of a conference in Vienna. This is one of the most beautiful libraries I have ever been in. It is well worth spending an hour visiting

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Derick H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The state hall is STUNNING! Very cool history. Reasonable 8€ entry cost. Pictures will blow your mind.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank katiebA7622TO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the highlights to our trip to Vienna. When you walk in it is simply breathtaking. It was an honor to set foot in such a glorious space. 110% recommend.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Chalarenee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you've ever dreamed of owning the library from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, then you need to stop here. Tons and tons of old books, maps, globes, etc. Statues, gorgeous woodwork, hidden staircases, and swinging bookshelves that reveal other rooms....it's a book lover's fantasy.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank wirttravelers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to the State Hall of the National Museum was a treat. The Exhibition and interior are absolutley amazing and worth the visit. Seeing and reading the history of King Maximilian of Austria was an experience. Sunday´s entrance is free.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place, full of history and knowledge. It desplays several kinds of art inside one building, literature (obviously), but also sculpture and those magnificent painted ceilings) A definite must see.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had this as a group's visit with a adjacent (very good) catered dinner. The visit of the book collection is a stunning experience, also thanks to the history behind it (the book collection from Prinz Eugen, originally at his winter palace).

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Philip P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jaw dropping interior, amazing ceilings with paintings, statues and plenty of old books.worth to buy the ticket.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Ewa S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although you cannot touch any of books stored in the hall, there are lots of things to look at and you will be surprised at. Great hall.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning ceilings, a truly beautiful library, worth the €8 entrance. You won’t spend a long time here but there are seats where you can sit and take in the scenery.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse
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Bernice G
April 18, 2019|
Response from Janelle S | Reviewed this property |
It’s €8 for adults.
December 27, 2018|
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Response from jjsunny10 | Reviewed this property |
There are different museums in the area (the Museum District) and the library is one of those. We spent about an hour at the library and other museums are nearby.
Daniel C
November 21, 2018|
Response from M_n_chem | Reviewed this property |
Museums and galleries are usually closed on Christmas and 1st Jan. However, I advise you to check on their website in advance.