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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  • You can have a magnificent view of Vienna as well as the impressive roof from the south tower using the elevator that takes you up there. There is a view of the large bell that is only used a few...  more »
  • Stunning place and access to rooftop of tower was incredible. Reasonably priced and free just to go into. A must see if you’re in Vienna  more »
  • Same like everywhere. Of course it’s impressive architecture and well maintained. I checked many cathedrals around the globe and they are almost the same. If you’re not religious you can only say if.....  more »
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  • Impressive Gothic-era cathedral with distinctive high tower. Many period features. A lot of visitors, but no real crowds. You can find some quiet places to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere. The cathedral is set in the middle of charismatic Stephansplatz. The best possible combination.
  • The must-see spot of Vienna. A majestic temple and a spacious area full of shops, cafés, restaurants and bars. Some of the best hotels of Vienna are to be found in the area. So many people pass by and it is amazing how clean this place stays! You have to go inside the cathedral and admire its interior. If you consider yourself brave enough, you can climb up the around 400 stairs and you will get to one of the towers. The view of the city is breathtaking!
  • Wonderful location with lots to do around it. In itself it rather a more religious place for people of Christian faith. They have small Christmas market there in winters that adds to the flavor of festivities. Some programs/shows/prayers/mass take place at the Cathedral around Christmas time that might be worth your time if you are into that.
  • 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.
  • A very fine Cathedral in the heart of the city. The interior is breathtaking for the intricacy of the carving. The exterior is just as imposing and becomes something you glimpse along streets or over rooftops as you visit Vienna. There are several rooftop cafes in the city, including the aquarium and some large store that all give a fantastic view of the cathedral and city skyline. For a fee you can go to the top of one of the towers as well.

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