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Austrian National Library, Vienna

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Discover the rich history of Austria from the 14th century to the present day at Austrian National Library. The library complex features four museums, archives, and multiple special collections. You can peruse antique manuscripts, rare books, old maps dating back to 16th century, papyrus from the 15th century BCE, old and precious prints, and more. Visit the Prunksaal, the central structure of the old imperial library and part of the Hofburg palace. You can walk down the hall lined with marble statues of emperors and see the frescoes depicting the virtues and the wealth of Habsburgs, the founders of the library. Plan your Austrian National Library visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vienna using our Vienna holiday planner.
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  • ON a Sunday we could only see the Library which was well worth the visit anyway and a ticket price of 7 Euros each. It's a stunning, thought-provoking place with lots to see. Not a big place, interest...  more »
  • My wife and I came here primarily to view the much talked about and advertised dome ceiling Fresco. At a price of €7 each adult to enter the library, we felt it reasonable. The library is very grand a...  more »
  • A little hard to find, even though it's located right by the Hofburg. Outstanding decor, collections and much more. One of the best places I have been in Vienna.  more »
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  • Amazing, beautiful! Enter through Josefplatz for the state hall. The exhibits on the Freemasons were not really my thing but the interior and frescoes and walls of books and globes were enough to melt this bookworm's heart. A very Harry Potter like feel to it, if you love books and libraries it's a must see!
  • The Austrian National Library was funded by the Habsburg and is the largest, and likely one of the most beautiful libraries in Austria. As the national library, it stores every book ever publish in Austria but its main attraction is its collection of rare books and manuscripts that is a treasure trove on its own. Since it’s Vienna, it’s also notable that the library stores first prints of major music scores by famous composers. The library is housed within the Imperial Palace so it’s no typical library. The palace the books live in is ornate, decorated with culture and beautiful to walk through. Its space, a cathedral to knowledge. Absolutely stunning.
  • This was a big surprise I was not expecting mich from this place but it blew me away in the end the murals on the ceiling are something super special. Try and go early in the morning for it to be quiet.
  • It's hard to believe you such an amazing and owe-inspiring library like this actually exist
  • As a bibliophile, my wife was entirely obsessed. The beautiful marble, stacks of leather books, ornate decorations and the history and artifacts were absolutely breathtaking. The audiotour is less of a tour as it does not good you around the library. It is filled with lots of excellent history and explanations. This is a must-see attraction.