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“Amazing Archictecture”

Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
Ranked #4 of 59 things to do in Weimar
Certificate of Excellence
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147 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Amazing Archictecture”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

One word - GO!!! The books truly bring history to life. The short audio and video provide context. But, then you get to the actual and it is beyond beautiful! You feel like you have stepped into history and a whole new world opens up. I could have spent hours just absorbing it - long after the audio guide had finished.

Visited June 2013
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Frankfurt, Germany
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“It's one room”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Seems to be a pattern of Weimar. All these places, nothing but audio guides and one-room exhibits. Sure, it's an historical library and it has statues and shelves and books and paintings. You have to shuffle around in oversized slippers and then you are gone.

Visited May 2013
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Amberg, Germany
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“Arrive before 9 AM.....”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

If you get in line before 9 AM you will certainly get tickets for the day. It opens at 9:30.
With a multilingual audio guide you are able to go through the exhibits as well as the library itself easily. Photos are permitted,without flash.

Visited May 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Get up early to queue for tickets”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

An excellent attraction. There is a limitation on how many people they allow in to the library, so make sure you get there early (e.g. 9am) to buy a ticket.
I'm surprised that some other reviewers have mentioned restrictions on handling the books etc - there are restrictions but if you go with the mindset that it is more of a museum as opposed to a working library you won't feel surprised by the efforts to preserve the books.

Visited April 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“Only One Of Us Got To See It!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Before we left the United States all three of us made reservations to tour the library at 2:00PM on July 17, 2012. We arrived at the Anna Amalia Library early. We bought three tickets and were ready to pick up the audio tour when the guides objected to my husband's backpack and my purse. We were willing to put the backpack in a locker. But the purse had $5000.00 in cash in euros. I couldn't risk handing it over for any reason. Besides, I thought it very unreasonable to ask a lady to leave her purse behind. Our son continued with the tour. My husband and I went to the gift shop, then left to go to the City Schloss Museum where we encountered the same problem. At least one of us was able to admire the well-preserved books from the time of Goethe. Maybe the over-reaction on the part of the staff was due to the fire a few years back, but their attitude is ridiculously impractical. P.S. Our son told us that they made him put slippers over his shoes when touring the inside of the library. These people really need their heads examined.

Visited July 2012
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