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Austrian National Library, Vienna
(4.6/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The library is the classic high library, the "Prunksaal", like Prague and others. There is a separate exhibition of all kind of globes, terrestrial and armillary spheres ( the constellations) , from 1...  more »
  • The national library is a real rich concentrate of treasures. In addition to containing more than 200000 books offer many different collection which is a must with more than 200 world maps. The building is architecturally impressive with spectacular Baroque halls with the Gala Hall which has a height of 20 meters and time beautifully frescoed. I am attaching some pictures If this review did you like, you can read about my many other for Vienna and I'm glad a click on: is it useful?
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  • I was thinking if you go or not go, as opinions were divided between those who found it expensive and those who claimed that the visit was worth. I loved it, worth the visit. Them books old, them paintings of the walls and the dome and the 4 columns of marble. I'm glad of have it visited. I would definitely recommend it. Price 7.50 and students around €3.
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  • The library is nice to look at. However, the tourist area where you are able to walk through is small. There are few posters explaining some history. However, I don't think the 7.5 € admission price is high.
  • If you are even remotely interested in books, history, or architecture, this is a cannot miss in Vienna. The State Hall is one of the most beautiful rooms in the entire world. The price might seem a bit high at first glance, but it's worth every penny.
  • Worth every penny. Words and pictures don't do this library justice. Simply marvelous. A must see whilst in Vienna. Highly recommended.
  • Very small, but a must see!! If you have the Vienna Pass you have no excuse. It may be a bit complex to find, but trust the Google maps one. If you are a smart traveller you must have offline cached your maps and need to trust the star that Google Maps gives you. If you have an iPhone, too bad for you guys!
  • Habe online Jahrestiket bezahlt und ich krige keine. Onlineshop funktioniert nicht. 10 Euro weg geschmissen :(