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Am Steinhof Church, Vienna

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Architectural Building Religious Site
Explore the stained-glass windows, mosaics, sculptural angels, and chandeliers at Am Steinhof Church, the Roman Catholic oratory of the neighboring psychiatric hospital. The last commissioned work by Otto Wagner, the church is considered one of the most important Art Nouveau churches in the world. Wagner incorporated numerous features related to the church's function within the asylum, such as limited sharp edges, rounded corners, and the separation of the priest's area from that of the patients. Look up at the gold dome, covered with 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of gold plate over the copper roof during a structural renovation. Private tours in English can be booked in advance, but the church has limited hours, so call ahead to confirm. Note that the church is accessible by bus but requires a steep walk, so wear comfortable shoes. Plan to visit Am Steinhof Church and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vienna attractions using our Vienna trip itinerary planner.
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  • Came ago returning home. In just that United scaffolding and out from near the ceiling. Falters a bit is a sight to see.
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  • To visit, not only because of the uniqueness of the Church itself, but also ranging in the Citadel of the Hospital (geriatric, pulmonary and pshichiatrico). The area is surrounded by thickets and clearings equipped for rest, a paradise for those who like to walk in the nature and the Viennese know it well. The Church-please check the opening hours-you can reach by public transport. Restored recently is a rare example of architecture designed to accommodate psychiatric patients (rounded benches, floor slightly tilted to facilitate the cleaning, the bathroom in Church, pulpit and choir are unreachable from inside). A jewel signed Otto Wagner and Kolo Moser (her stained glass).
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  • This church really is amazing and worth the trip as it is west of town but could be combined with a trip to the Otto Wagner Villa and a local restaurant. It is only open on Saturday and Sunday as it i...  more »
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  • A masterpiece of Otto Wagner. It's a shame the church is so long way away from downtown and few people see it.
  • The most beautiful church in Vienna. Area is nice for walks.
  • It's was not bad but driving all the way to dere was something I would not do. There no Parking in front soupy have to park a away
  • Splendid Wiener Sezession/Jugendstil architecture
  • One of the must-see items in Vienna. Everywhere has palaces and museums, but nowhere else has this. And the Saturday-afternoon lecture on its history and art was knowledgeable and informative. (Main problem is finding it and getting there, but there is a bus to reasonably close by, then you have to walk uphill through the grounds of a hospital.)

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