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5 Churches you must see in Vienna

There is hardly any other city that offers such a variety of historically and architecturally diverse churches as Vienna. One of the most famous buildings is St. Stephen's Cathedral in the city center, one of Vienna's best-known sights. In this blog article, we will show you the five most beautiful churches you must see during your stay in Vienna.

Karlskirche at Karlsplatz

The last large work of the baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach is located in the 4th district: Karlskirche, or St. Charles’ Church. This impressive sacred building is characterized by the mighty green dome. At the beginning of the 1990s, Karlsplatz was mainly known for its drug scene. Today, Karlsplatz is a beautiful square with a park which invites you to relax and is very popular with locals and tourists alike.

Important facts about Karlskirche

Constructed in: 1737

Architectural style: Baroque

Height: 72m

Admission: Adults 8€; groups of min. 6 people 6€ per person; school and university students 4€; children up to 10 years free of charge

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Sundays and holidays: 11.00 am – 7.00 pm

Find more information here.

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Kirche am Steinhof

Another historic jewel is located at Steinhof in the 14th district. “Kirche am Steinhof”, also referred to as “Otto Wagner Church”, was built in 1904 on behest of Emperor Francis Joseph for the patients of the neighboring psychiatric hospital “Am Steinhof”. The church was very controversial among the population due to the unusual architecture of Otto Wagner. A visit to this church is definitely worthwhile.

Important facts about Kirche am Steinhof

Constructed in: 1904–1907

Architectural style: Art Nouveau

Admission: Full price 5€; Reduced price 4€; Student groups as part of a class: 2€/person; Children and young people under 19: free of charge; Booked group tours for school classes/children and young people under 19 (min. 10 people): 2€/person

Opening hours: from 18.03.2023 until 29.10.2023

Saturday: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Sunday: 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

The Otto Wagner Church is closed from 01.11.2023 - 15.03.2024. Guided tours can also be booked during the winter closure.

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St. Rupert’s Church

St. Rupert’s Church in the first district is the oldest church in the city. It was founded in the year 740. Its name was first documented in the 12th century. The building has been expanded and renovated multiple times in its history, but its walls date back to the 12th century. St. Rupert’s Church is especially worth a visit because of its rustic appearance in the fashionable city center.

Important facts about St. Rupert’s Church

Constructed in: 12th century

Architectural style: Romanesque

Admission: free

Opening hours: Tue: 13.30 - 16.00h; Wed: 13.00 - 16.00h; Thu: 13.00 - 16.00h
Church hours are updated continuously, often on short notice, on the church website.

Find more information here.

HOP ON HOP OFF Station number 12, Schwedenplatz


The church at Mexikoplatz is a protected monument. Due to its unusual appearance, this church is reminiscent of a beautiful castle.The church was built between 1898 and 1910 in the Rhenish-Romanesque style. A visit to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi can be combined with a trip to the Danube.

Important facts about St. Francis of Assisi Church

Constructed in: 1898 – 1910

Architectural style: Rhenish-Romanesque

Admission:  free

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 8am - 12pm; addit. Thursday - Sunday: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Find more informaiton here.

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral

This list would not be complete without the impressive St. Stephen's Cathedral. The landmark of Vienna in the first district is not only home to the mighty church bell “Pummerin”, it also has several catacombs where some of the Habsburgs are buried. This church is very popular with tourists. With the Vienna PASS  you have free access to the cathedral treasury Dom Museum Wien of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

Important facts about St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Constructed in: First constructed in the 12th century, second construction phase 1200-–1263, third construction phase 1304 -1340, fourth construction phase 1459-1511 – 1511

Architectural style: High and Late Gothic, Romanesque

Height: 136m

Admission: All inclusive ticket: 20€; Children (6-14 years): 5€

The all-inclusive ticket cannot be purchased for groups. More prices are available on the St. Stephen´s Cathedral website.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 06:00 am - 22:00 pm; Sunday and public holidays 07:00 am - 22:00 pm
Visiting hours: Monday to Saturday between 09:00 am and 11:30 pm and between 13:00 am and 16:30 pm; Sunday and public holidays: between 13:00 am and 16:30 pm

Find more information here.

HOP ON HOP OFF Station number 1 Vienna State Opera, 12 Schwedenplatz


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