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. Use our Vienna trip planner to arrange your visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral and other attractions in Vienna.
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  • St. Stephens Cathedral is truly grandiose and a must to see when visiting Vienna. Only wish those in charge had not commercialised it in so many way by charging for everything in sight except...  more »
  • We love visiting the different cathedrals throughout Europe. Each is different and the history is mind numbing. St. Stephen's is up there with some of the best we have seen. It takes time to really...  more »
  • Very crowded when I visited and restricted where you can go compared to other churches. After a while I get fed up seeing wonderful buildings that were built by the very rich at the expense of the...  more »
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  • St Stephen's Cathedral is probably the main highlight of Vienna and a monument to how important religion used to be. The church is massive and an awe to behold. Unsurprisingly, the church is constantly crowded, so you'll have to jostle with the hordes of crowd when visiting the church. They also have specific opening times so it's best that you check their website prior to visiting. The church also offers different tours to different sections of the church for a price, such as the main sanctuary, the tower and the catacombs. If you have the time and money, it's good to go for all. You can get all the info from the website. We went for the catacombs tour and we absolutely love it. Not only will you be able to see the bodies of the past bishops, you'll also able to see actual bones from black plague victims buried underneath the church. It was quite the creepy experience but totally worth it. St Stephen's is unlike other European churches I've seen due to its scale alone, and the catacombs were our favourite part. Definitely worth the 6 Euros.
  • I like visiting churches. I think they are calming. This one is really nice. There are usually a lot of people, but the staff is friendly and helpful. We went up the tower and it gives a nice view from up there. Due to the small elevator, the amount of people up there is limited which gives the opportunity to take nice pictures. In front of the church there are some people trying to sell tickets for concerts, but if you tell them you don't want anything, they leave you alone and don't pressure you.
  • I love this place and the city center in general. Apart from the beautiful cathedral there are so many place where you can have a quick bite or stay sit as long as you want. During the Christmas period is even better!
  • Magnificent. Just amazing. Entrance it's free and if you want to go for a tour down to catacombs you have to pay 6 euro extra. To use headphones for voice over and to just go further inside to the hall you need some extra money also. I haven't post an inside pic to go and check it out on your own and because I respect church. I just took one for myself to remember. Definitely go. The cathedral has very famous shops around.
  • An impressive cathedral with impressive views too. Personally I didn’t find the catacombs too interesting, although the tour guide did a good job at making it seem more interesting than my was. Be aware that if you want to go up the cathedral to see the incredible views of Vienna, the lift option and stairs option lead to two different places, with different view points. The stairs can be a bit challenging to climb and the windows at the top offer nice views from inside, through glass. The lift option leads to an outside part with a wider range of vision but part of the views are restricted due to the cathedral roof. I thought that the lift offered better views and better photo opportunities because it is not behind glass and has a wider range of vision. Both however are interesting and you won’t be disappointed either way :) Final tip: check if there is a church event on like mass for example, when something is taking place, the accessible area of the church for tourists is significantly less.
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