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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 53410
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The baroque world in the State Hall 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. Feel the essence of history. The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a breathtaking 80 metres long and 20 metres high. An intricately decorated dome and numerous frescos provide an imperial flair. This baroque jewel is home to over 200,000 tomes. Four magnificent Venetian globes, each with a diameter of over one metre, provide the finishing touch to the heart of the Austrian National Library.
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Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 53410
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Reviewed 2 days ago

National library room is really amazing, honestly one of the best thing I saw in Wien. I recommend to go there early in the morning otherwise there will be a long queue to enter this beautiful places. Ticket price: 8€, totally worth it.

Thank iaiola
Reviewed 5 days ago

I saw this attraction in Tripadvisor and its location is in the city center. There is one huge hall covered with fresco paintings all over the walls. A large number of books were arranged on the shelves, from the floor to the ceiling. I loved...More

Thank Sharon_zz
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loved it! It felt like Hogwarts inside. There is over 200,000 books. Entry is a little pricey but I would be willing to pay it again.

Thank hazzamarri2442
Reviewed 6 days ago

The library is really beautiful and I do believe it's worth paying €7 to see it. It's small so 10 minutes should be enough, I usually stay longer because I take a lot of pics :) Nonetheless, I was with my parents and mother in...More

Thank Giovana B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we had read it was an architectural sight to behold we went there on a Monday to find it was closed from some very rude staff.Nevertheless the next day we took a walk there but although we had the Vienna pass we were not...More

Thank suntanKualaLumpur
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you would like to view the most impressive library room on the planet, this is it! A temple of reason and beauty, for sure. It was here, in 1991, that the manuscript of Mozart's Requiem was last displayed. Given the state of the document,...More

Thank DMEnfield
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to see this historic place that possess so much wisdom and creative work. The chamber has such amazing frescoes that my neck started to hurt, due to looking up in the ceiling, and the statues, bookshelves and old books themselves are so nice....More

Thank WNFdiary
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love books you need to visit. Beautiful library hall, truly a treasure for Austria to be proud of. Included with the Vienna Pass but you need to obtain a ticket at the ticket counter.

Thank USR1
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a lover of libraries, this was a must see. It's just like something out of Beauty and the Beast - tall shelves, frescos and even a hidden room! At the time there was an interesting exhibition on the history of the Freemasons which was...More

Thank 84daniella48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My dream library, breathtaking&extraordinary beautiful❤️ Beautiful collection of globes, and books on display; loved the painting on ceiling and exhibition. You can also listen to short operas from 18 centuries in the middle of library by headset .

Thank Junewanguk
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Yanessa S
8 February 2017|
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Response from VioletRoss | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Mike N, an hour at the library should be enough. In December the library placed illuminated manuscripts, illustrated with pictures related to Jesus's birth, in display cases. Be sure to find time for the... More
Lara l
30 December 2015|
Response from Benej | Reviewed this property |
Hello Lara, Sorry for my late reply but I was away on holiday without access to my emails! I definitely visited the Library on May 2015, and it was open. Probably better to check on the official website of the National... More
18 July 2015|
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Response from porcelainfox | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can take photos, but strictly no flash allowed. They have a couple of monitors walking around making sure that no one uses flash or gets too close to the books.