Photo of the Punk Hall: on the side the magnificent bookcases, in the center a marble statue of a man on a pedestal, in the background columns and a vault painting
Prunksaal, Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Wien © Österreichische Nationalbibliothek/Hloch
Photo of the Punk Hall: on the side the magnificent bookcases, in the center a marble statue of a man on a pedestal, in the background columns and a vault painting

The Danube. A journey into the past

For centuries, the Danube was an untamed natural space. Cataracts were a threat to shipping and even the imperial residence city of Vienna was at risk of flooding. This did not change until the 19th century, when the Habsburg Monarchy set itself the task of taming the river.

The Danube became a major waterway, linking the countries of the multi-ethnic empire. But what has never changed over the centuries: the river with its spectacular banks is a unique place of longing. Musicians celebrated the wonderful "Blue Danube", while painters such as Jakob Alt  recorded them in his amazing water-colours.

In the large special exhibition "The Danube", this and other extraordinary works from the Austrian National Library invite visitors on a "journey into the past". The Danube is presented as both a border and a link, as a space of yearning for artists and as a traffic route. And of course it is also about natural disasters and natural areas worth protecting.

The highlight of the exhibition is a spectacular 44-meter-long reproduction of the famous Pasetti map. This map, published by the Imperial-Royal State Ministry from 1857, shows an extremely precise image of the Danube in the territory of the Habsburg Monarchy from Passau to the Iron Gate. Its purpose at that time was to create public awareness of the political and economic importance of this waterway for the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, after the major regulatory measures and the construction of numerous power stations, it is a reminder of a Danube that no longer exists.

Current Dates

  • Wed. 28 Apr 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Apr 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 30 Apr 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 01 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 02 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 04 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 05 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 06 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 07 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 08 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

May

  • Sun. 09 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 11 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 12 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 13 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 14 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 15 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 16 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 18 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 19 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 20 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 21 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 22 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 23 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 25 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 26 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 27 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 28 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 29 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 30 May 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

June

  • Tue. 01 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 02 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 03 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 04 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 05 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 06 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 08 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 09 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 10 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 11 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 12 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 13 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 15 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 16 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 17 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 18 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 19 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 20 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 22 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 23 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 24 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 25 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 26 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 27 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 29 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 30 Jun 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

July

  • Thu. 01 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 02 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 03 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 04 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 06 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 07 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 08 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 09 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 10 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 11 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 13 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 14 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 15 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 16 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 17 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 18 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 20 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 21 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 22 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 23 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 24 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 25 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 30 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 31 Jul 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

August

  • Sun. 01 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 03 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 04 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 05 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 06 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 07 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 08 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 10 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 11 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 12 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 13 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 14 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 15 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 17 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 18 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 19 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 20 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 21 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 22 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 24 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 25 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 26 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 27 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 28 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 29 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 31 Aug 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

September

  • Wed. 01 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 02 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 03 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 04 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 05 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 07 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 08 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 09 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 10 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 11 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 12 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 14 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 15 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 16 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 17 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 18 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 19 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 21 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 22 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 23 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 24 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 25 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 26 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 28 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 29 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 30 Sep 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

October

  • Fri. 01 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 09 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 12 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 19 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 20 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 21 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 22 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 23 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Tue. 26 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 30 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 31 Oct 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November

  • Tue. 02 Nov 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wed. 03 Nov 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 04 Nov 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 05 Nov 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 06 Nov 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 Nov 2021, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.