State Hall of the Austrian National Library, Vienna

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Discover the rich history of Austria from the 14th century to the present day at State Hall of the 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 State Hall of the Austrian National Library visit and explore what else you can see and do in Vienna using our Vienna holiday planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We were expecting something incredible but we found a wonder beyond our expectations. Surrounded by thousands of Tomes breathtaking, never seen a library so majestic and superb, endless harmony notes. A place to visit, see and live intensely in every corner. Very interesting and informative exhibition on masonry that we admired inside in early August. Really impressed with this unique experience.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Definitely worth visiting is a wonderful place to ... You can take a picture of family discount and. .. Very impressive I think really well gabogil as archaic library.
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  • August 16, 2017
    comparable to the Trinity College/Dublin library of historic books in a gorgeous historic Setting (Prunksaal), a must see  more »
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  • July 28, 2017
    Absolutely amazing! Worth every cent to see an awe-inspiring collection of books!!
  • July 9, 2017
    Very impressive, must see, historical library!
  • October 12, 2016
    Historic old library, it was really something special, I took lots of pictures, they don't make libraries like that anymore!
  • June 28, 2016
    Really impressive!
  • July 14, 2017
    Makes you feel like you've wandered into the world of RPG. See all floor, wall, and ceiling there is.
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