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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
+43 1 53410
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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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Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped by during our visit to Vienna - what a visually stunning, breathtaking hall of painted beauty. The whole place takes your breath away the moment you walk in. Perhaps a little steep at 7 Euros for the entry but considering thats the price of...More

Thank Andy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think maybe its the best interior architecture I have ever seen in my life. Beautiful drawings & colors, I was stunned by the beauty ! Everything is old, even the books on the shelves are ancient. Photography is allowed but without a flash (I...More

Thank Ahmed E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really beautiful room with exhibitions. Nov/Dec 17 this was a Masonic history exhibit. A bit steep at €7 per adult but well worth a visit.

Thank James K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beautiful building was a challenge to find and yet when found was so easy - maps were a bit confusing. Glad we found it as it was a real wow when we walked in the door. We found staff somewhat curt and not welcoming...More

Thank KathyS13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The architecture of the State Hall of the Austrian National library leaves the visitor breathless. Inside there are changing exhibition, but it would be good to add something more regarding the history of the library. The visit is quick, but it totally worth, as view...More

Thank Pee17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So many things to see in Vienna but the setting and the astonishing room is an absolute must. The grandeur and ceilings are truly exquisite. The books are like from a movie setting with leather volumes and sliding ladders. Don't miss it.

Thank Roger H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful library will make you fill like an aristocrat almost 300 years ago. Definitely impressive.

Thank Alexis M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Housing Austria's best! A baroque state hall with a difference - frescoes, arches, marble statues etc. It took 3 years to build (1723-1726) with the ceilings completed 4 years later in 1730. It is currently used as a museum housing books and works by Prince...More

Thank Hello T
Reviewed 10 November 2017

My son loves books. I love architecture. So, this was a must see. The library is absolutely impressive. Minus one star because it so very hot that it was not quite so enjoyable.

Thank mariezp
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Hidden doors, stunning architecture, art and a super interesting history of how the Viennese royal family were educated.

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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.