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State Hall of the Austrian National Library

Josefsplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
+43 1 534100
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Josefsplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
Inner City
+43 1 534100
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Reviewed 3 days ago

comparable to the Trinity College/Dublin library of historic books in a gorgeous historic Setting (Prunksaal), a must see

Thank globalJuergen
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The library is very well preserved and looks stunning. It holds a lot of information on the freemasonry era of Vienna. We do believe, however, that for just seeing the library (the only room in the state hall open to the public), the tickets were...More

Thank Arthur B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend this to anyone traveling to Vienna! This was a highlight of my trip. Not only is it powerful being in such an old library, it is so beautiful too! There is a small fee (I think 7 euros?) but completely worth it. They...More

1  Thank omusette
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This national library is so beautiful. It's mainly for exhibition purpose as those books are so old that visitors are not even allowed to touch them. Visitors may walk around in the long hall way and have the time travel feeling. Some mini exhibition are...More

Thank davidcklai
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see for book lovers! The enormous collection is very impressive and the room itself is just beautiful. The entry fee is a bit on the expensive side but included a free exhibition on the Freemasons when we visited. So it offered...More

1  Thank Sunny E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone, whether or not you are "into" books, will want to experience this room. Everything about it is wonderful, but the majesty of the building, the multi-story book stacks, and the awe inspiring decor have to be seen. I took pictures but they don't do...More

Thank Rick S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly amazing spaces and architecture which has been well preserved and is immaculately presented. Breathtaking central hall and dome

Thank greganddeb49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Close to Hofburg Palace and Michaelerplatz. Has an entry fee to enter the library, but worth the price as so much to see inside especially if you are a lover of ancient and historical books.

Thank milespointstravelkom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't pay to go into see this as we were on culture overload but peered through the open doors. It looked spectacular and probably is worth a closer view.

Thank blakeljr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I think this has been the most fascinating place we have seen in Vienna. 200.000 books collected up to 1850. But you cannot touch them, as the purpose is to show visitors the library set-up, and the ceiling paintings. It is 70 meters long, and...More

1  Thank RobEnJolanda
Inner City
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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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
19 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.