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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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"love books"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place you cannot miss! Richly decorated ceiling, statues, wood carved shelves, unique books, a place like you have never seen before!

Thank Elena257
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had seen the State Hall of the National Library on a TV show and decided to visit while on a short stay in Vienna. It was truly spectacular – both the architecture and decoration of the building and the priceless books, maps and other...More

Thank Julie H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Library is maybe not the most straightforward sightseeing object but this one is worth it. The hall is beautiful and looks like taken from some magical movie. Many old precious books were on display as well as old maps and huge globes. However, for me...More

Thank Julija T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, a very beautiful library with impressive architecture. We went around mid-day and it was packed, but still definitely worth a trip.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For anyone who can appreciate a combination of history, book and art this building is truly fantastic, with such a wealth of history - and artefacts which are truly priceless. It was good to see the chequered past between 1938 and 1945 acknowledged specifically. Would...More

Thank Nevhomer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Prunksaal is a really impressive part of the national library. You can go in and watch the frescos - there are also detailed descriptions of the figures. I think the museum part in general was ok, it gives you an overview over all the...More

Thank Leilanja
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The State Hall of the library is absolutely gorgeous. You are able to walk through the hall, but can't get too close to the books as they are roped off. The architecture is lovely and there are also some interesting exhibits to look at.

Thank Megan R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding library - the ceiling is fantastic. I could have spent all day viewing the exhibits. Exhibit was well documented and easy to access. It can be very crowded at times. We arrived early.

Thank Carol D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the corner of Josfplatz, not easy to spot but well worth the effort!! Stunning surroundings everywhere you look. You can only imagine the items that are in here -- original handwritten musical scores, handwritten books, globes, the list goes on. And the sheer volume...More

Thank Pete R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just breath taking interior and all the books! Also exhibition is very interesting. It's like in old movies, or in Harry Potter or in GOT. We really liked it a lot!

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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
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Lara l
30 December 2015|
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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
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ichbinrachel
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.
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