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St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

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Address: Stephansplatz 1, Vienna A-1010, Austria
Phone Number: 43-1-515-520, 01/515-52563, 513 76 48
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Austria's most prominent national symbol, this magnificent cathedral is...
Austria's most prominent national symbol, this magnificent cathedral is known for its intricately tiled roof and its nearly 500-foot-tall South Tower, which provides amazing views of the entire city.
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Absolutely stunning cathedral in the center of of Vienna. Pictures don't do it justice. The time we went inside they were practicing on the organ and it was absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Absolutely stunning cathedral in the center of of Vienna. Pictures don't do it justice. The time we went inside they were practicing on the organ and it was absolutely beautiful. I must see while in Vienna and difficult to miss since it's right in the center of everything.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

It was funny: I didn't understand a word of the mess in German, but the message of the concert and the atmosphere were worth it all. :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I walked into St. Stephen's Cathedral, and we were awestruck. I found myself wishing that we would have had time to attend Mass (we are Catholic) even though neither of us are fluent German speakers. I recommend making your way to their gift shop. I found a beautiful and reasonably priced rosary for my grandma.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Obviously, it's an old gothic cathedral...once with so much history, (as with most everything in Europe). It sits in the middle of town and is the focal point of Old Vienna. Interestingly, it is surrounded by all that is new, all the high-end stores, latest technology, and newest restaurants. The cathedral is another European masterpiece.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Whilst not as huge as other European cathedrals, St Stephan's is lovely - interesting interior worth a wander around the aisles and would definitely recommend ascending one of the towers (entry fee applies) for a close-up look at the spectacular tiled roof and fabulous views over Vienna. A lovely landmark for the city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We only visited this church as it was the starting place for one of the city walks in our guide book. Not much different from any other catholic cathedral throughout Europe. Except there was a strange display of notelets (?) suspended on frames hanging between the pillars and illuminated by UV light. And of course a souvenir shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The cathedral is right at the centre point of the city, and is a magnificent sight, inside and out. On a previous trip, I was fortunate to hear Mozart's Requiem performed in the cathedral. The acoustics are very fine, and it gave me a very special memory of this lovely church. Incidentally, whenever you visit, it is worth finding out... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

It always bothers me when they're collecting money as soon as you walk in the door of a 'working' church. Yes, it's a grand building on the inside, but you can get most of the flavour without paying the fee, unless you want to go up one of the towers. It doesn't really compare to some of the otehr great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I'm not usually a cathedral person but this was truly out of this world! It had beautiful decor inside! And the atmosphere was soothing to the soul! I would certainly recommend a visit!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit; however, it is not comparable with the great cathedrals. Unfortunately, much of the exterior was covered for renovation.

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In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.