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Austrian National Library, Vienna

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 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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  • Something not to miss, especially lovers of books, absolutely amazing, never seen anything like
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  • This place is simply stunning. The beauty of the books and the architecture are absolutely beautiful. It is in the center of Vienna so it doesn't really require an effort to go. Definitely a must see. 
  • visited the prunkroom ! amazing ! you travel back in time. the paintings are wow ! the librairy is wow ! 
  • Worth every penny. Words and pictures don't do this library justice. Simply marvelous. A must see whilst in Vienna. Highly recommended.
  • Where do I even start with this place?? Photographs of the Prunksaal may give you an idea of the beauty of this place, but actually stepping inside yourself is something entirely different. Located inside the Hofburg Palace, it is the centre of the old imperial library. The architecture, design and the colours chosen to build this library is perfect, but it's also the history being preserved in the hall in the form of books and information on the hall itself that makes this hall a must-visit. This hall really is so beautiful it is difficult to describe in words. As mentioned above, while you are not allowed to touch the old books, there are plenty of books you can take a look at under a glass cabinet, and stands and tables detailing the history of the hall and people of significance in relation to the hall. As of May 2016, one full price ticket costs 7 Euros, and a reduced ticket for students (must show student card, they accept international as well) is 4.50 Euros.
  • Amazing library. Worth the stop if you're walking around the area. It's next to the Habsburg Crypt too, you can do both in a half day, like I did. Check out my pictures in the review.
  • Wonderful architectural creation. Beautifully presented. Make time to visit you will not be disappointed.
  • Really amazing decoration for a library. Open day is a good opportunity to enjoy it for free.
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