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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #54 of 404 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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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We visited the church this evening to hear Mozarts Requiem. Painful to listen to, very dark, Old Testament music. 39 euros each for average seats. The church itself is breathtaking-architecture,frescos and paintings.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is one of the most attractive churches you will find in Vienna. It's façade is wonderfully baroque. It's beautiful green dome is flanked by two columns reminiscent of Trajan's column in Rome. Concerts are held each night at 8pm and cost €30.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
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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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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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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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