Another grand part of the Hofburg complex, housing more than seven million items for both representation and research, including the largest collection of block printing dating to before 1500. Prince Eugene of Savoy’s collection is housed here, as is the Hapsburg Family Estate Library.
In March 1938 Hitler stood on the balcony of the library to announce the Anschluss.
Now visitors come to marvel at the State Hall, with its towering shelves of books reaching all the way to the frescoes.
Staircases and secret shelves. A bookworm’s dream.
Being surrounded by all this grandeur can make a person hungry. I think I’ll head to a cafe to savor my visit over a slice of Esterhazy torte and a good book.