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Austrian National Library (Nationalbibliothek)

Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
(43 1) 534 10
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Josefplatz 1, Vienna A-1015, Austria
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is hard to describe in words just how beautiful this library is. It is just amazing and awe inspiring - when my husband and I entered it our jaws just dropped. It has the most stunning ceilings. There are copies of ancient books in...More

Thank Fellowtraveller00
Reviewed 4 days ago

Simply beautiful library. This is also included in the Vienna pass. Note that it is closed on Mondays.

Thank Cyrus S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Do not miss this place! The library is absolutely stunning. Magnificent setting; gorgeous building. As with most museums, flashes aren't allowed on cameras, and the light tends to be low.

Thank DocStreiner
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent place to visit. not only for the architecture but also to see the stacks of book shelved and the ceiling high mobile stairs to climb up the shelves. Spent a good hour browsing the objects and history pamphlets

Thank K S
Reviewed 4 days ago

One room to visit which is well worth seeing with its magnificent ceilings, walls of old books, globes and other interesting bits of information to read.

Thank C2014travel
Reviewed 5 days ago

A fantastic display of not only wealth, but knowledge. You can tell they really prized these books (and globes). The murals are gorgeous and there are plenty of works with descriptions on display. I honestly wasn’t sure a library would be worth a stop when...More

Thank Apollo_Diablo
Reviewed 5 days ago

Andrew Carnegie will be turning in his grave. The entry fee is 8 euros. Libraries worldwide are a public facilit. Not so here. We declined to enter despite the rave reviews

Thank Mar186525
Reviewed 1 week ago

This has got to be one of the most interesting libraries in the world. You can wander around the original stacks amid very well conserved architectural splendour. It's big enough that you won't feel crowded. The ceiling frescoes are worth the admission alone.

Thank Lorenzo Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

Finding the Library is on the back side of the Sisi Museum. It's easy to walk past especially since it's entrance is not in the middle of the tiny plaza, but it's off to the left side of it, and not advertised very largely. The...More

Thank Corrine R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the most impressive library that I have ever seen. Plan on taking your time to explore all of the many interesting displays.

Thank HMW1st
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
How long should I plan for the visit? What are the musts-to-see?
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
Hi, I will be visiting Wien in May and I have read in some webs that the library is open only from June to September. Is this right? Thanks!
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
Do they allow camera inside the library?
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.