Stephansdom, Vienna

Stephansdom, Vienna (must see)

Stephansdom or St. Stephen’s Cathedral is an amazing work of art and a testament to one city’s love for their church. It is the home church of the Archbishop of Vienna. The large building can be seen from most of Vienna with its distinctive south tower that rises an impressive 445 feet in height. In fact, this tower was manned by a night watchman until 1955, and his duty was to ring the “fire bell” if any fires broke out in the city at night. There was to be a twin north tower, but due to several factors, it is considerably shorter and different in design than the impressive south tower.

The inside of the massive church contains several smaller chapels in addition to the main sanctuary. This huge portion of the edifice has 18 alters, but the most amazing alter is the high one. It is carved in marble and is a representation of the stoning of St. Stephen, the church’s namesake. The Wiener Neustädter alter is also a breathtaking work of art.

The Cathedral's bells are an important part of life in Vienna. While the oldest of the 23 bells are not rung anymore, several are and they all have a special meaning. One of the most special is the St. Mary bell. The original bell was made from the captured Muslim invaders cannons. The bell was badly damaged when it crashed to the floor during a fire; however, part of the damaged bell was used when casting the new bell.

The outside of the cathedral is also as distinctive. The incredible tile roof is covered by almost 250,000 tiles. The steep pitch of the roof keeps it fairly free of debris. The walls also have interesting features including the rods used as standard dry goods measure for drapes and linen cloth. Be sure to allow enough time to see this entire amazing Cathedral.

Why You Should Visit:
While incredible architecture can be witnessed anywhere in Vienna, this majestic Roman-Gothic masterpiece is absolutely unmistakable.

Tip:
Visit the crypt (really interesting, although a bit macabre) and either the South Tower (if you can manage 350 steps!) or the North Tower (by taking the lift up).

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 6am-10pm; Sun: 7am-10pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Stephansdom on Map

Sight Name: Stephansdom
Sight Location: Vienna, Austria
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour I   Old Town Center Walking Tour   Old Town Churches Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

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Hofburg Sights Walking Tour

Hofburg Sights Walking Tour

The Hofburg area has been the seat of Austrian government since 1279 for a sequence of empires and republics. Throughout centuries, it has been expanded to include various institutions, such as The Imperial Chapel, The Naturhistorisches Museum and Kunsthistorisches Museum, The Austrian National Library and more. The area is also home to the former imperial palace, which now forms part of the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Old Town Souvenir Shops

Old Town Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Vienna without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Vienna, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Old Town Churches Walking Tour

Sacred buildings in Vienna impress visitors with their historic architecture and magnificent interiors. The remarkable Gothic Stephansdom, charming Baroque St Peter’s church, and other sacred buildings of Vienna provide not only a history of the city, but a refreshing look at truly beautiful architecture, as you will see in this tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Old Town Chocolate Stores

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Vienna is famous for its mouth-watering confections. In its specialty shops and boutiques, usually located on the ground floors of historic buildings, you will find the best roasted coffee, high quality chocolates, sweets, wafers, cocoa and, of course, Mozartkugels. Don’t hesitate to visit the wonderful specialty shops in the Old Town featured in this guide.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Old Town Palaces

Old Town Palaces

Among all of the amazing sites Vienna offers, none are more breathtaking than the palaces found around the city. All of them have maintained their great history, art collections, luxury interior and refinement through the last 4 centuries. Many of them were restored and became elite conventional centers. This tour will will guide you to some of Vienna's greatest royal homes in the Innere...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

Alsergrund & Josefstadt Tour

Alsergrund, the ninth district of Vienna, is associated with many notable names of Viennese art and science. It is the birthplace of Romantic composer Franz Schubert. Ludwig van Beethoven died here in his apartment at Schwarzspanierstraße 15. Berggasse 19 is the former residence and office of Sigmund Freud.

Josefstadt is the smallest district in Vienna. Most mayors of Vienna have lived here,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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