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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

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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. The State Hall – built in the 18th century as part of the former Court Library – is a...more
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Josefsplatz 1, Vienna 1010, Austria
Inner City
+43 1 53410
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning building and architecture! The peace inside allows you to appreciate the beauty and history. A magnificent place to visit!

Thank Adam A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you absolutely love books and libraries, this place is fantastic! Straight out of a fairy tale. If you're not a huge book person or even an art person, you can skip this place. It is extremely pricey for being just one hall. When I...More

Thank Inspiration724154
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply breatjtaking! So glad we stopped by to see this, it's like Beauty and the Beast combined with Harry Potter. Looming bookshelves look over sculptures and large gloves of the world and are covered by a beautifully painted ceiling. There are books so well preserved...More

Thank Emma T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in just because we were passing by and saw it. So glad we did. I felt like Belle from Beauty and the beast when she saw the library. Unbelievable amount of books in a spectacular building. Definitely worth while.

Thank jvosberg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the library they must have used to imagine the library in Beauty and the Beast. It is just wonderful. Soaring ceilings with murals throughout and beautiful wooden ladders and shelves of ancient books that go up for two floors. The entrance fee was...More

Thank LeleGaler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I cannot describe my excitement before visit this library. All photos are worthless unless you go there and experience this place. Tons of books and volumes, and a few sculptures. I could stay there forever. There are small, medium size and huge volumes and thousands...More

Thank Aragorn65
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Austrian National Library is 650 years old in 2018, and the State Hall is a wonderful sight: so many books (too bad you need a special permission to open the books - but it's good that they are preserved in their rarity against too...More

1  Thank ANGELO V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entering this hall, took my breath away. I've felt like I was in a movie scene. The place itself is extremely quiet, even though there's large amount of tourists inside. It is one of the highlights of Vienna. I could just stay there entire day...More

1  Thank Matthew N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I LOVED this place!! I could spend hours just looking at the beautiful room. Almost strained my neck trying to take I all in. A must see for any one who loves a good book or history!

Thank Nomad733323
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very special place, worth the ticket. Great not only for book lovers. Very interesting to read the explanations.

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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.