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Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek

Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
(43 1) 534 10
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Center of information and research regarding the rich history of the Republic of Austria dating from the 14th century to present day.
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Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This library is like a hidden gem among the bigger-name sites in the middle of Vienna. It's 7 euros pp to enter which is worth it because it's a truly spectacular library. Rows up to the ceiling of historical books, statues, various types of globes,...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is unbelievable that they were able to preserve those collection of books and references. The two globes as well was educational. I wonder how they were able to think during those days - many discoveries, skills, talents ...

Thank Panching L
Reviewed 5 days ago

The State Hall of the Austrian National Library is one of the world's most beautiful historic libraries. Habsburg Emperor Charles VI (1685-1740) had this 77 metre long gem of secular baroque architecture built for his court library. See: the frescoes; the 200,000 valuable books; four...More

Thank Maria M
Reviewed 6 days ago

As a librarian, this was incredible to see. There is so much to take in. The admission fee is small and worth it! There are books from the 4th century on display! Look for the hidden doors in the bookcases, and make sure to check...More

Thank Lucithechin17
Reviewed 1 week ago

The State Hall of the National Library is a must for any first time visitor to Vienna. The entrance fee is somewhat expensive, but it buys a spectacular experience for book lovers or even just visitors who can appreciate the ancients texts it holds.

Thank jleone435
Reviewed 1 week ago

This stop was also in our Vienna Pass and was definitively worth going. The interior is very impressive. I have to say though we had seen it in 10 minutes, but if you're in the neighbourhood it's worth the stop. The opening hours were also...More

Thank lancelotd669
Reviewed 1 week ago

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, interesting maybe for young people too as it's...More

Thank Noel C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 and opulent. Row upon row of ancient...More

Thank SweetMoto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank mar7am
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth the visit, for book lovers and history buffs too. They have an exhibition on Maria Theresa at the moment throughout 2017, which has a lot of information on this significant Empress.

Thank Bridget J
Inner City
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards
Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks
such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera),
Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’
former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as
Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse
and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the centre. The
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Yanessa S
How long should I plan for the visit? What are the musts-to-see?
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
Hi, I will be visiting Wien in May and I have read in some webs that the library is open only from June to September. Is this right? Thanks!
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
Do they allow camera inside the library?
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.