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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  • For sure, it's a must see Cathedral. But very commercial! You have to pay literally for everything to look. Top, left wing, right wing, Center. Different pricing. I bought only the ticket to the top b...  more »
  • A bit grotty at Interior, but is the Gothic ... for the rest not bad the outside especially, with the roof tiles.
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  • I only gave this 3 stars only because it is an architectural gem and a European landmark. We spent a total of three minutes in here because the crowds were overwhelming and you had to pay fairly hefty...  more »
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  • Massive interior, very high ceilings, huge pillars, numerous religious drawings and statures in all sizes and shapes, enormous ancient cathedral with obvious admirable renovation after WW2 destruction, the whole structure makes you wonder about the amount of work and the exceptional engineering that were required to build such a great house of worship. What is supposed to be a wonderful spiritual and cultural experienced is a bit shaken by having to pay an entry fee for main hall and the adjoining museums.
  • This cathedral is very impressive. There is an amusing story about the second tower and it's funding being appropriated elsewhere several times over more than a hundred years before they gave up and capped the second tower. I am not a local guide for Vienna so I suggest finding a guide that can give you some of the history of the cathedral and the city (that's what i did).
  • This cathedral is absolutely impressive both from the outside and inside. In the inside it's pretty crowded with tourists, but don't miss the catacomb tour. In the left side, don't miss the tower - it has a lovely view and you can buy souvenirs at the top. These are 300+ steps, so take your time climbing it.
  • If you go here visit the catacombs. I'm just get the all inclusive tour. You can get much better pictures of the church and the price is appropriate. If you are short on time skip the North tower if you can only do 2 of the 3 things
  • Absolutely breathtaking. Built by European craftsmen of which there are none today. No slaves were used to build this gorgeous cathedral.

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