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  • Empress Elisabeth's travel guides
    Empress Elisabeth's travel guides
    Now at the State Hall
  • Prunksaal mit Beethoven Ausstellung
    Now at the State Hall
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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 nearly 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.


Empress Elisabeth’s travel guides

Until September 13 at the State Hall

In the 1950s, part of Elisabeth's private library came into the possession of the Austrian National Library, including a larger collection of her travel guides such as this wine-red coffer with a total of 22 travel guides to cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Capacity library area at Heldenplatz

Due to the minimum distance required by the authorities, currently not all seats are available in the reading rooms. The capacity indicator serves as an orientation for your visit


136 seats (reading rooms, lounge or research zone) are still available.

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