The Views of Vienna

The Views of Vienna, Vienna, Austria (B)

Are you afraid of heights and confined spaces? Then, please don’t climb 343 steps to reach the viewing point of ˝Steffl˝ tower (the southern tower of St.Stephen’s cathedral). Yes, I went up 343 steps. There must be something wrong with me, right?:) Well, I just like climbing towers and viewing the city from above. And it’s always interesting to get the bird’s-eye perspective of the city, don’t you think so?

It was a long climb and it’s really narrow so when you come across other people trying to go down while you’re going up it isn’t’ really pleasant. Luckily, I did it first thing in the morning (read at 9.30 am but the tower opens at 9) so there weren’t that many tricky situations. The cost of the ticket is only 4.50 euros and you get your money’s worth. The only disappointment is that when you get to the top (at 67 m; you can’t get to the actual top of the tower at 137 m) there’s a souvenir shop. As with other towers there’s a protective wire so you have to take pictures through it. It wasn’t the sunniest of the days but I still got to see the beautiful Vienna’s buildings down below me. Since the St.Stephen’s cathedral is right in the center of the city you get to see the top of Hofburg’s dome (the royal palace), the Belvedere castle, many church spires and domes and the magnificent neo-Gothic Rathaus (City Hall). You can also see the amazing tile work of the cathedral’s roof which represent Hapsburg’s coat of arms in the shape of the double-headed eagle. It must be quite something to go up in the late afternoon when the Christmas lights are switched on because then you can admire the festive decorations of Kartnerstrasse (the high street) and Graben street (there are beautiful pine Christmas trees which smell so nice) and you see the big red baubles of Rotenturm street. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Views of Vienna
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Tanja Domijan Blasich
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • ˝Steffl˝ tower
  • Belvedere castle
  • Rathaus
  • Karntnerstrasse
  • Graben street
  • Rotenturm street
  • Karlskirche
  • Italian church
  • Danube Tower
  • UN city
  • Giant Ferris Wheel
  • Glorietta
  • Schonbrunn Palace

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