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St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

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Intricate in design and architecture, St. Stephen's Cathedral is a cultural icon and symbol of Austrian identity. With a multicolored tile roof and tall Romanesque towers, it has become one of the most recognizable images of the city. Consecrated in 1147, the cathedral stands on the remains of former versions, which were destroyed by fire, siege, and World War II. The cathedral's repairs and rebuilding can be seen today in the mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Join a guided tour to learn more about the iconic building's history. Separate tours lead you through the main cathedral, the catacombs, the treasury, or up one of the towers for a view of Vienna from above. Choose an inclusive tour to see all of the parts of this site. Arrange to visit St. Stephen's Cathedral and other attractions in Vienna using our Vienna trip itinerary planner.
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  • St. Stephen's Cathedral: Certainly one of the most famous buildings in Vienna's Centre located. Much of the buildings and streets was built at the time of our visit. From the inside, we found the Cathedral of less attractive.
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  • An icon of Vienna, in all its glory. The style is unique, around interesting room for pedestrians. Everything is lovely and bucolic... except the construction! Everywhere, on all the wings of the Cathedral, on the forecourt, everywhere!
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  • Located on Stephansplatz square, this magnificent cathedral is undergoing major renewal. It is very noisy and crowded but even so, a must see. When you exit, walk down the side street to Mozart's Hous...  more »
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  • Beautiful Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral. The site goes back to the first parish church in 1147 but current cathedral dates to the middle 1300's. Incredible pipe organ and if you are there to hear the choir the acoustics for song are tremendous. Voices ring within the stone walls. Typical Gothic high arched ceilings. Not a lot of stained glass but there is a lot of artwork. Camera friendly, even during services.
  • Great site but very touristy. Have to dodge the people out front selling tours and packages. Saw many people run into the church to escape a rain storm and then sit everywhere, floor, alters. A cool church but not as cool as others I've seen in Europe. Gift shop is very small. The beautiful roof is the best feature.
  • Amazing cathedral, outside and inside. If you're lucky enough, you can hear the organ playing. Get the elevator up for a breathtaking view, visit the tombs, it all worth it. Highly recommended.
  • One of the most surprising stops in our time in Vienna. St. Stephan's is truly stunning. Get the "all inclusive" ticket if you have the time. The views from the tower are wonderful and offer an up-close view of the ornate cathedral roof. The catacomb tour had a great guide and wanders through old and be catacombs and views of mass graves. The audio tour allows access to the natives and alter and provides a history of the church's construction. The best part, surprisingly, was the treasure room. Though we are not very interested in the many guilded Catholic relics here, the rooms offer some of the most majestic views of cathedral's interior.
  • Amazing to look at. Didn't get a chance to go inside, but it is breathtaking just to look at. If you are able stop by at night time, by Christmas time, to see it ( and the surrounding streets/shops) all lit up.

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As a former imperial capital, Vienna is full of lavish hotels reminiscent of the city’s royal past. If you’re traveling on a budget, it’s not hard to find hotels for a more affordable price. Consider staying in the Innere Stadt, or First District, if you only have a short time in town, as you’ll be within easy walking distance to many of the city’s main tourist attractions. Outside of the central core, Leopoldstadt, or Second District, lines the Danube and offers peaceful walks through tree-lined paths. For shopaholics, Mariahilf, or Sixth District, is a central neighborhood with busy shopping streets and lively markets.
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