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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
(43 1) 534 10
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The baroque world in the State Hall What comes to mind when you think of a library hall? Enter the State Hall of the Austrian National Library and your expectations are guaranteed to be exceeded. Feel the essence of history. The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a breathtaking 80 metres long and 20 metres high. An intricately decorated dome and numerous frescos provide an imperial flair. This baroque jewel is home to over 200,000 tomes. Four magnificent Venetian globes, each with a diameter of over one metre, provide the finishing touch to the heart of the Austrian National Library.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Inner City
(43 1) 534 10
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this stunning place as part of a guided walking tour of Vienna's Inner City during our Vantage River Cruise in July 2017. It is the largest library in Austria, with over seven million items in its various collections and is located in the...More

Thank cordovachick
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Glad to have visited this space. Very impressive space for books. Pictures are allowed, thank goodness that some libraries allow tourists to take photos (no flash) as there really aren't any people visiting this space to borrow books.

Thank sitcharliesit
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is just tucked behind the spanish riding shool. Would be very easy to miss. The interior is amazing and one could spend hours just admiring the beautiful ceilings and wall decor.

Thank greengem8
Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is just an impressive building with beautiful ceilings and wall decor. We saw the freemason exhibition which was enlightning

1  Thank ulriklauritzen
Reviewed 1 week ago

We probably would have skipped this all together was it not for my son who was living in Vienna and said it was a must see! The interior is just stunning, almost feels like you are in a magnificent church but with floor to ceiling...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a book nerd's dream. It was almost like being in a church. This is a must see if visiting Vienna.

Thank Mandabeth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous interior, with many sculptures and painted ceilings. Must be seen to believe, top-three attraction in Vienna, along with Albertina and Stephansplatz, IMO.

Thank NeedVacay88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You wont ever see anything so magnificent ever in your life! Truly breathtaking. pictures do no justice, the size of this place is massive and the art is so beautiful and detailed! well worth a visit! especially if you are a book or history lover.

Thank Erin R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an absolute treasure....near the Albertina it's a hidden gem....the library is breath taking and it looks so original.....some great displays and all for 7 euros....please pick up the pamphlet as you enter the library...it gives you a plan and tells you who the...More

Thank Mathew M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my favcorite stop in Vienna. It is easy to walk through and ful of beauty and interesting items. It mixes art, history, and education into a wonderful mix.

Thank Edward 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
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
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
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.