Stephansdom

Price guide: Mid-range

Stephansplatz, Vienna, 1010

Price guide: Mid-range

Stephansdom
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#3 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Design and architecture, Education, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Stephansdom

By far the most important religious building in Austria.

It's impossible to miss the Cathedral around which Vienna has grown. This temple of worship, and seat of the cardinal, is a symbol of survival and belief for the pious population. At the end of the Second World War a fire caused tremendous damage to the building. Almost immediately the whole country began collecting (obligatory) donations to begin speedy reconstruction. Still today school children swarm out regularly to collect much needed funds (donations are no longer obligatory), so that ongoing renovation work on the 850 year-old facade can continue. Only recently did I realise how the colour of the fourth tallest gothic steeple in the world has changed. It's white again! The main facade will hopefully be visible again soon, too.

The Viennese nicknamed the city's landmark “Steffl”, meaning "little Stephan", and a trip to Vienna is not complete if this treasure has not been admired from within. Open every day, and still very much in use, enter through the main front gate and stand in awe, appreciating what Adolf Loos once called “the most solemn interior in the world”. 

There are regular guided tours in English, these can include visits to the Catacombs and, sometimes in summer, evenings tours of the roof. On the last night of the year St Stephan's square is packed with champagne wielding masses ready to hear the massive Pummerin bell ring in the New Year.

Price advice: 

Comprehensive ticket including audioguide, Catacombs, south & north steeple for one adult & one child 14.50 euros.

Expert tips: 
Have a look inside for free!
Apr-Oct Mon-Sat conducted tours in English are at 3.45pm.
The main (south) steeple is accessible from the outside, but only on foot. The second (north) steeple has a lift.
Church services are held on a daily basis.
Organ recitals are given on occasion.

More information on Stephansdom:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Landmark / monument, Religious site, Viewpoint
Address:
Stephansplatz, Vienna, 1010
Website:
http://www.stephanskirche.at
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 7am-10pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both

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