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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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"floor to ceiling"
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"love books"
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"beauty and the beast"
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"harry potter"
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"on display"
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"no flash"
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"interesting exhibition"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The State Hall is a library like directly from the fairytale the Beauty and the Beast. The wood works are well-preserved and quite a lot of security staff makes sure it stays this way. There are booths explaining the history of the national library.

Thank René M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Buy the audio tour. Despite one large room, there is lots to see and learn in this space. The audio tour was priceless in telling us the story. There are some chairs if you want to sit, listen and watch. As most people are in...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is easy to miss but is visited by a surprising number of tourists, despite the entrance charge. Photos are allowed. Before you go in, check out the magnificent statues above the entrance (allegories of astronomy and astrology on one side with geometry and geography...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Admittedly, I am very into books, history, and architecture, but I loved my visit here. I have seen other beautiful libraries where they let you peek in the door and I loved that I was able to wander around this library, read about the collection,...More

Thank amandaleenj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It ranks among the best historical libraries in Europe. It's pretty dark and could benefit from better lighting. If you happen to visit the library after the Hofburg Palace, be warned, there are no seats or benches for tired feet!

Thank windinthewillows
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely beautiful place! We were lucky enough to be there for the 650th anniversary where they had special showcases of various books and art collection pieces. It was definitely worth checking out!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In Prague, I got the pleasure of seeing one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. However, the State Hall in Vienna beat it due to one reason: You are allowed to walk in the library and view the books and artefacts (without touching,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love historic libraries and outstanding architecture, this is a must-see thing to do in Vienna. It does require an enterance fee which is well worth the price of admission. There is a good amount of historical information you can read about, so I'd...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The State Hall is absolutely beautiful and the library exhibition there has some really cool items in its collection. Handwritten letters from Freud and maps that are from the 15th century were my favorites. The Hofburg palace has a separate ticket price for just about...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The State Hall Library is a very beautiful and rich baroque architecture and most impressive to visit. The collection of books from the beginning of the century is something that no-one can miss. We found some teenagers unrespectfully laying on the floor was unacceptable and...More

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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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