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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #53 of 407 attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Church of St. Charles     The Church of St. Charles (Karlskirche) is located at Kreuzherrengasse 1. It was ordered built by Emperor Charles VI in... more »
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful church to visit when you are in Vienna. A great way to visit the church is to attend a classical music concert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I have never visited a church where you can take a panoramic lift up to the dome. It was absolutely fantastic. we went up twice. Once you get to the end of the lift, you can climb 125 metres further to reach the top of the dome. I didn't make that trek - the stairs are really scaffolding and they... More

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Bucharest, Romania
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I was stunned to discover not only a beautiful religious piece of art surrounded by peace in the heart of the city, but an interior that takes your breath away and leaves you mouth-open. Because you never thought you would be able to take an elevator right from the nave up to the cupola of a church and let you... More

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Delft, The Netherlands
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42 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Many of the churches in Vienna allow some sort of free access; Karlskirche charges 8 EUR. The entry fee includes a lift to a higher level inside the church (done in a rather strange way) to allow closer inspection of the paintings on the dome. Another 100+ steps on a seemingly temporary construction-type scaffolding setup will bring you higher, but... More

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Palermo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Definetely my favourite church in Vienna! It's just in the perfect viennese style! Easily reachable with the subway. Take a look at the columns, perfect welcome to such an amazing place!

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Vienna, Austria
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199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Karlskirche is perhaps Vienna's grandest church exterior. It is a huge early 18th century baroque church with a couple of mighty columns in honour of Karl Borromäus. The church is also the home of a spiritual order - the Kreuzherren mit dem Roten Stern. It is the kind of place everyone passing by stops to take photos. In a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The church facade while attractive may not be alluring compared to the beauty inside. The main altar is grand and simply outstanding. There are a few other altars on both sides. There are beautiful paintings on the ceiling. The church has installed an elevator inside the church all the way up to the ceiling. Pay the €8 entrance fee it's... More

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Fife, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This was by far the best 8€ spent on an attraction during our recent visit to Vienna as visiting any visitor attraction is relatively expensive in this city. A very peaceful,place, but the effort taken to install a lift and stairs to allow visitors to view the awe inspiring dome paintings is to be commended. Even if you don't fancy... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a truly remarkable baroque building. It has an extraordinary facade with huge columns outside depicting the life of St Charles. We nearly resisted going in because of the charge but were pleased we did because there is a lift inside. This takes one up to a viewing platform high in the church. A staircase takes one up to... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I was in the church and saw an excellent performance of Vivaldi Four Seasons and Vivaldi Arias by Ensemble 1756 and vocalist Marelize Gerber. To experience such wonderful music and Ms. Gerbers beautiful voice, in this beautiful baroque church was the highlight of my trip. The acoustics also seem to resonate in a very special way.

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