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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

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Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria
Phone Number: 01/504-61-87
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Description: Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best...
Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.
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Koncert in the church

We went for a classic koncert in this church - Requiem by Mozart. It was a good concert in a beautiful church. It was cold in there because it was in March, but if you are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We went for a classic koncert in this church - Requiem by Mozart. It was a good concert in a beautiful church. It was cold in there because it was in March, but if you are stopping by in the Spring do yourself a favour and give yourself this experience.

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Olsztyn, Poland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

25 years after my first visit to Vienna I had a chance to show the city to my wife. The St. Charles's Church was one of the most beautiful places I wanted to show her. And when we got there there was a surprise. In the centre of the most beautiful baroque church of Vienna some idiot placed a scaffolding... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The alter at this place is amazing but for some reason they have decided to build a viewing platform in the middle of the dome. In order to to build this platform they have erected a huge scaffolding eyesore in the main part of the church. It's a real shame as the view from the top of the scaffolding platform... More 

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Bekkevoort, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You will surely pass this church on your walk through the city. It's worth to spend some time here and take some pictures of the church and the Karlsplatz.

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Brisbane
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The outside is impressive and the internals beautiful. Unfortunately the cost of entrance (especially when restoration is being undertaken) turns most off (as it should). The lift inside and the climb at the scaffolding is a bit challenging for anyone that has any height or crowd fears. To be honest, probably worth a look from the outside but the cost... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I've visited many churches around Europe and this has one of my favorite exteriors. It's not the biggest like La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona), nor the most famous like Notre Dame (Paris), nor the most significant like St.Peter's Basilica (Rome), but it does have a beautiful facade and gorgeous Tiffany-blue dome. If you come in late-November, Christmas markets pop up around... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Karl's church has an impressive oval dome, painted in Baroque style frescoes. The main attraction is an elevator set in the middle of the church, enabling all visitors to climb all the way to the very top of the church. Thanks to that elevator, one can enjoy all fresco paintings from a very close distance and see a very impressive... More 

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Birzebbuga, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I was sceptic about the elevator to the dome but it resulted in an enjoyable experience. You have to pay an entrance ticket which includes the museum (only a small room) the church and the elevator. There was not a large crowd and one can stay as much as he wants on the scaffolding in the dome. From up there... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This baroque church is impressive from the outside but when you go in - wow! Somewhat like the tardis, it seemed to be bigger inside than it looked from outside. Very light and airy with beautiful paintings on the ceiling and up into the dome. The biggest surprise was a lift and then scaffolding-based stairs that took you right up... More 

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Nice, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Too many beautiful free churches in Europe to pay eight euros apiece for a family of six to go in.i'm always happy to pay a couple of euros, but unless it's a full-scale half-day museum that's a rip off. We watched a handful of other people show up, see the list of prices and walk off as well.

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