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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
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+43 1 53410
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Reviewed today via mobile

It was an amazing experience to visit the library. I was impressed of the architecture of the greatness of the hall, the smell of the old books and the marble statues. You can choose an audio book for a better understanding. The closing hours are...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LarisaMustata
Reviewed 3 days ago

Breathtaking building! Well worth the entrance fee to see this gorgeous library – wish my hometown had libraries like this! Went in the afternoon and bought the ticket direct from the counter, although it was busy, it wasn’t overcrowded inside. Great way to spend an...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janelle S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Having read the reviews I thought this would be impressive but it was truly amazing. So interesting seeing this beautiful library with all these ancient books and learning about its history. The paintings on the ceilings are stunning.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you like libraries (and I do )then you will love this - one of the best I’ve been to(and I’ve been to a few).

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NorthEastnostromo
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very modest entry fee allows you to take a walk back in time. The library architecture is stunning and being surrounded by books and other documents that are hundreds of years old is an amazing experience. When you visit walk around and take photos...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LJA_55
Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit pricey to see just the state hall, would be nice to have a small area to read (I know there is a separate reading room with a separate ticket) but just so you get the real feel of a library than just a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kormensandiego
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not very expensive, only 8 euros and is beautiful inside. It reminded me of Harry Potter. very interesting staff to read. The only downsize is the video is only in german, would have been nice to be able to understand it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 481batata
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing library, not a lot to see here but worth a visit just to see the library. ( free with the Vienna pass)

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Graham M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Photo cannot do this space justice. Amazing, fool-the-eye frescos are counterbalanced by huge stacks of books. There are literary and historical displays also throughout the room. We almost skipped this site, but were glad we didn’t.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is very misleading. We bought the ticket from the website (3 euro per tix) but you can’t access to this place. The tix was for a modern library. From google this place is called Austria national library from website but found the place...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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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28 December 2018|
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Response from jjsunny10 | Reviewed this property |
There are different museums in the area (the Museum District) and the library is one of those. We spent about an hour at the library and other museums are nearby.
Daniel C
22 November 2018|
Response from M_n_chem | Reviewed this property |
Museums and galleries are usually closed on Christmas and 1st Jan. However, I advise you to check on their website in advance.
17 October 2018|
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Response from josephhK1782WR | Reviewed this property |
You can visit any part of the library that is available for public - means that there are certain section that is used for officials and administration that is limited to library staff - and you do have to pay entrence fee... More