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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 entry, 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.
Karlskirche-am-Karlsplatz.jpgKarlskirche at Karlsplatz © VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Important facts about Karlskirche:
Constructed in: 1737
Architectural style: Baroque
Height: 72m
Admission: Contribution to preservation efforts, includes panorama lift to the dome:
Adults 6 €, groups of 6 people 6 € / person, school and university students 4 €,
children up to 10 years free of charge
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm and 1.00 – 06.00 pm
Sundays and holidays: 12.00 am – 7.00 pm'
HOP ON HOP OFF Station number 1 Vienna State Opera

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.Otto-Wagner-Kirche-in-Wien-(c)-Oesterreich-Werbung_Diejun.jpgKirche am Steinhof (c) Oesterreich Werbung/Diejun

Important facts about Kirche am Steinhof:
Constructed in: 1904–1907
Architectural style: Art Nouveau
Admission: Guided tour 12€, visit 5€, art nouveau tour 16€
Opening hours: Sightseeing Sat, 04.00 – 05.00 pm, Sightseeing Sun, 12.00 noon – 04.00 pm,
Guided tour Sat 03.00 pm; Guided tour Sun, 04.00 pm; Holy mass Sun, 09.30 am;
Holy mass holidays 09.30 am

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.

Ruprechtskirche_VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS 2.jpgRuprechtskirche at Schwedenplatz © VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Important facts about St. Rupert’s Church:
Constructed in: 12th century
Architectural style: Romanesque
Admission: free
Opening hours:
Mon: 10 am – 12 noon and 3 –  5 pm
Tue: 10 am –  12 noon
Wed: 10 am –  12.00 am and 3 – 5pm
Thu: 10 am –  5 pm
Fri: 10 am –  5 pm
Sat: 11.30 am – 3.30 pm

Late night openings every Friday from 9 pm to midnight
Holy mass on Saturdays at 5 pm (in July and August at 6 pm)
HOP ON HOP OFF Station number 12, Schwedenplatz

St. Francis of Assisi Church

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:
Mon, Tue, Wed: 7.30 am – 5 pm
Thu, Fri: 8 am – 7 pm
Sat: 7.30 am – 08.30 pm
Sun: 8 am – 07.30 pm
HOP ON HOP OFF Station number 20 Reichsbrücke/Pier 8

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. The admission fee applies only if you want to visit
the whole church, including side wings, catacombs and cathedral treasures – admission
to the church itself is free.Stephansdom_VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS_Bernhard Luck.jpgSt. Stephen's Cathedral at Stephansplatz © VIENNA SIGHTSEEING TOURS/Bernhard Luck

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
Architectural style: High and Late Gothic, Romanesque
Height: 136m
Admission:  Cathedral Tour – Audio guide – Catacombs – South Tower – North Tower
Cathedral Treasure: 17.90 €
Elevator to the Pummerin: Adults 5.50 €, children 6–14 years 2.00 €
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday 06 am – 10 pm
Sundays and holidays 07 am – 10 pm
Guided tours: Monday to Saturday 10.30 am
HOP ON HOP OFF Station number 1 Vienna State Opera, 12 Schwedenplatz

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