Old Town Churches Walking Tour, Vienna

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.
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Old Town Churches Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Town Churches Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: leticia
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Malteserkirche

1) Malteserkirche

The Maltese Church (Malteserkirche) is a Gothic church of the Knights Hospitaller in Vienna, on Kärntner Straße. The first church on this site is mentioned in 1217, as a "House of the Prueder of the Order of Saint John", a commandry to care and support crusaders. The current building was built in the mid 15th century. In the 17th century it was a favored preaching location for Abraham a Sancta Clara. This building was rebuilt to fit contemporary taste in the Baroque era and in...   view more
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Kapuzinerkirche

2) Kapuzinerkirche

The Kapuzinerkirche or the Capuchin Church is also a monastery for the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The building was started in the early 17th century, but was interrupted by the 30 years war. Finished in 1632, the church is best known for the tombs that lay beneath the Church itself. Here one will find the tombs of several of the Habsburg dynasty. The last Habsburg to lie in state at the church was Otto von Habsburg who died in July of 2011.

The Church is aisle-less, and its simplicity...   view more
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Augustinerkirche

3) Augustinerkirche

The Augustinerkirche or the Augustinian Church was built to serve the royal court of the Habsburg dynasty. Built in 1339, the church was on the palace grounds but over time the palace expanded and the church is now part of the Hofburg. The church does have a rather beautiful steeple to set it apart from the rest of the facility.

The church includes a cloister for Augustinian friars and today six monks tend to the needs of the local flock. As you can imagine this church has played host to...   view more
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Lutherische Stadtkirche Wien

4) Lutherische Stadtkirche Wien

Lutherische Stadtkirche Wien or the Lutheran City Church has been through many changes since it was first built in 1582. At that time it was a Catholic monastery built at the behest of Elisabeth of Austria. She lived here after being widowed and it is speculated that the church was built to atone for the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre.

During the religious turbulence of the 18th century, the church was abandoned. In 1783 the monastery was purchased and divided among the three new owners,...   view more
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Hofburgkapelle

5) Hofburgkapelle (must see)

The Hofburgkapelle is a chapel that was essentially swallowed up by the Imperial castle. In fact at one point only the apse was visible externally. The chapel has been a part of church life in Vienna since at least 1424. While the castle around the chapel has been added to and ownership divided amongst various royalty, the chapel remained open for the use of all the peoples of Vienna.

Today, from September to April, the Vienna Boys Choir and members of the Vienna State Opera orchestra perform...   view more
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Minoritenkirche

6) Minoritenkirche

Minoritenkirche is also known as The Italian National Church of Mary of the Snows. The corner stone was laid in 1276 and dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi. As the name suggests, the church started out as a Minorite holding of the Franciscan monks. In 1782, Joseph II gave the church to the Italians and the name was changed. The Minorite community had fled the area under religious prosecution.

This old church has been through several changes in its long life, and it is easy to see where...   view more
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Michaelerkirche

7) Michaelerkirche

St. Michael's Church (German: Michaelerkirche) is one of the oldest churches in Vienna and also one of its few remaining Romanesque buildings. Dedicated to the Archangel Michael, St. Michael's Church is located at Michaelerplatz across from St. Michael's Gate at the Hofburg Palace. St. Michael's used to be the parish church of the Imperial Court, when it was called Zum heiligen Michael. Over its long history, spanning more than eight centuries, the church has incorporated a...   view more
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Peterskirche

8) Peterskirche (must see)

St. Peter’s Church sits atop one of the oldest known religious sites in all of Vienna. There has been a church on this site since the early 4th Century A.D. A much larger version of today's church was reportedly built here in 792 and was to have been founded by none other than Charlemagne himself.

In more modern times, Peterskirche takes up much less space, being crunched into what it occupies on Petersplatz. The overall architectural design is Baroque. In fact, this is one of the most...   view more
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Stephansdom

9) Stephansdom (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...   view more
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Franziskanerkirche

10) Franziskanerkirche

Franziskanerkirche is also known as the Church of St. Jerome as well as the Franciscan Church in Vienna. The outside of this beautiful church is Renaissance while the inside is pure Baroque. It is a wonderful mix and an interesting place to visit. The location is not in a high tourist area, and there are wonderful little shops and cafes around to make the visit even more pleasant.

The present church was built in the early 1600s on top of the site of another church that had been destroyed....   view more
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Dominikanerkirche

11) Dominikanerkirche

The Church of St. Maria Rotunda, also known as Vienna's Dominican Church (Dominikanerkirche), is an early Baroque parish church and minor basilica in the historic center of Vienna. It is the third church built on the same site in the course of time. The impressive facade was built in the Roman-Lombardic style with dominant columns, supporting the cornice. The church consists of a long central nave, flanked by three side chapels on each side, a transept, a choir and an apse. The...   view more
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Jesuitenkirche

12) Jesuitenkirche

The Jesuit Church or Jesuitenkirche is located on Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz in Vienna. This church was completed in 1627. It is a marvelous example of Baroque architecture with a few odd twists. The twin towers look a bit out of place at first, but the whole building balances out nicely. The niches on the building with the statues are simply lovely. The Church was dedicated to Saint Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier when first erected. However, in 1703 the church was rededicated to the Assumption of...   view more
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Heiligenkreuzerhof

13) Heiligenkreuzerhof

The Heiligenkreuaerhof and Bernardikapelle is a collection of shops, apartment’s courtyards and one beautiful old church. This area may be a bit difficult to find, but it is worth the effort. This area was once home to merchants and the shops were outside of the protective city walls. Some of the basements date back to the 12th century although most of the visible parts of the buildings there now are considerably older. The buildings were generally built in the mid 17th to mid 18th centuries. ...   view more
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Ruprechtskirche

14) Ruprechtskirche (must see)

Ruprechtskirche or the Church of St. Rupert is thought to be the oldest church in Vienna. Although there has recently been some dispute about that fact, it is home to the oldest stained glass window and the oldest bells in Vienna. The church is named for St. Rupert of Salzburg, the patron saint of Viennese salt merchants.

Tradition has the church being built in the early 8th century although even that date is in dispute. The first written record about the church occurs around 1200 and the...   view more
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Maria am Gestade

15) Maria am Gestade

Maria am Gestade (English: Mary at the Shore) is a Gothic church in Vienna. One of the oldest churches in the city - along with St. Peter's Church and St. Rupert's Church, it also is one of the few surviving examples of Gothic architecture. Located in the Innere Stadt at Salvatorgasse 12, near the Donaukanal, the church was traditionally used by sailors on the Danube river. The name reflects the former location on the Fluvial terrace of an arm of the Danube river, prior to its...   view more
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Walking Tours in Vienna, Austria

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Create Your Own Walk in Vienna

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vienna is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Town Center Walking Tour

Old Town Center Walking Tour

The Innere Stadt, first district of Vienna, is part of the World Heritage Site Historic Centre of the city. Originally the inner city was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates. Take this tour to explore the beautiful landmarks, famous museums and specialty shops in the Central area of the Innere Stadt.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Nightlife Walking Tour

Nightlife Walking Tour

Vienna has a reputation for history, classical music and elegance, but don't forget about its hot nightlife. The city is full of trendy bars, cafes, disco and clubs, where you can spend a fantastic evening dancing the night away. You can't visit Vienna without stopping at some of the following after-hours hot spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 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, as does Austria's current president.

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

Music Venues Walking Tour

To call Vienna the "Music Capital of the World" would not be an exaggeration. It is home to a vast range of magnificent music venues where you can enjoy the sounds of Mozart’s arias, fabulous compositions by the "King of Waltz" Johann Strauss, famous Viennese Waltzes and other superb works of world-known musicians. Come enjoy the majestic sounds you will hear in some of the most popular music venues of Vienna.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Famous Homes of Vienna

Famous Homes of Vienna

Vienna was once the home or temporary residence for a number of celebrated people and noble families. Talented musicians, composers, architects and even famous psychologist Sigmund Freud once resided in this beautiful city. Most of their former homes are now museums which acquaint us with the lives and works of these famous persons.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour

Landstraße Attractions Walking Tour

Landstraße is a densely populated urban district of Vienna, located southeast of the city center. Established largely during the 19th century, it is mostly known for the 18th-century castle and gardens of Belvedere, the residence of Eugene of Savoy (housing the Austrian Gallery, these days) and the Hundertwasserhaus block of flats, designed in a dream-like manner by architect and painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Landstraße is also home to another of Hundertwasser's creations - the KunstHausWien, as well as the Museum of Art Fakes. Speaking of the fakes, the artistic value of Landstraße is anything but fake, so it is well worth exploring, as such!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km

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