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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

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Address: Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
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(43 1) 534 10
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00

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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Unbelievably beautiful

It is hard to describe in words just how beautiful this library is. It is just amazing and awe inspiring - when my husband and I entered it our jaws just dropped. It has the most... read more

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Ipswich, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is hard to describe in words just how beautiful this library is. It is just amazing and awe inspiring - when my husband and I entered it our jaws just dropped. It has the most stunning ceilings. There are copies of ancient books in closed cabinets and very high stacked shelves of books. This is an absolute must see... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Simply beautiful library. This is also included in the Vienna pass. Note that it is closed on Mondays.

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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Do not miss this place! The library is absolutely stunning. Magnificent setting; gorgeous building. As with most museums, flashes aren't allowed on cameras, and the light tends to be low.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent place to visit. not only for the architecture but also to see the stacks of book shelved and the ceiling high mobile stairs to climb up the shelves. Spent a good hour browsing the objects and history pamphlets

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One room to visit which is well worth seeing with its magnificent ceilings, walls of old books, globes and other interesting bits of information to read.

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Athens, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A fantastic display of not only wealth, but knowledge. You can tell they really prized these books (and globes). The murals are gorgeous and there are plenty of works with descriptions on display. I honestly wasn’t sure a library would be worth a stop when there’s so much else to see in Vienna, but it is absolutely worth the time.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Andrew Carnegie will be turning in his grave. The entry fee is 8 euros. Libraries worldwide are a public facilit. Not so here. We declined to enter despite the rave reviews

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This has got to be one of the most interesting libraries in the world. You can wander around the original stacks amid very well conserved architectural splendour. It's big enough that you won't feel crowded. The ceiling frescoes are worth the admission alone.

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Adana, Turkey
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Finding the Library is on the back side of the Sisi Museum. It's easy to walk past especially since it's entrance is not in the middle of the tiny plaza, but it's off to the left side of it, and not advertised very largely. The building has two statues on each side of men holding globes. Once you enter its... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was the most impressive library that I have ever seen. Plan on taking your time to explore all of the many interesting displays.

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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 centre. 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.
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