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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...
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Nice church

This is an amazing church. I visited it in winter and struggled to get to it through a snow blizzard. It has an eastern taste from inside.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing church. I visited it in winter and struggled to get to it through a snow blizzard. It has an eastern taste from inside.

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Consett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We went into this church by chance on a day trip to Vienna. The outside with its roman style pillars is stunning. Inside is quite like an eastern church like Hagia Sophia, but also some reminders of the church at Aachen. At the moment they are restoring the fresco on the dome so there is the chance to go up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place well worth the visit. It is superbly maintained. We were fortunate to have a private tour - so interesting!

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Morgan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The church is undergoing a major interior renovation, and they have a great elevator and then several flights of stairs so that you can witness the renovation from a birds eye view. if you are afraid of heights, not a problem. The ground-level interior is incredible!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

In March 2015 my daughter and I attended two concerts at the beautiful St. Charles's Church, Vienna, conveniently located to the subway and therefore extra welcoming. I love Mozart's Requiem and had been given tickets from Kris Kringle the previous Christmas and was very grateful to the old man! The time of purchase must have stood us in good stead... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you like baroque monuments, such as Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, you will love this church built by well known architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. Dominantly central structure, fully decorated, with two pillars that are reminiscent of obelisks, shows how original details can be well integrated in traditional building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The interior is amazing, the details on the nave are amazing. There is a bad thing about it, the scafolding inside covers the ceiling and is wobbly. After going up i hessitated to climb the last set of stairs because of the constant wobble. Not a place for a person scared of heights:)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Unfortunately, the exterior was being repaired while I was there. I could still go inside, and find, of course, the usual European cathedral architecture. The grounds outside the church are very bpelsant with a palyground and vendors selling food and drink.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

From the moment you enter you are surrounded by brilliant colours of the wall paintings. As you rise up the dome (by lift) there are a number of areas undergoing restoration but still maintaining a level of brilliance. The climb to the viewing area at the crest of the dome is restricted to 10 visitors at a time but well... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This is the first time I have been to a church where an escalator has been installed right in the middle of the floor. You could say it is the most prominent feature of the church. You can't see very much of the outside as it is in the process of being restored. Same goes for much of the inside... More 

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Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria
Phone Number: 01/504-61-87
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Vienna Region  >  Vienna>  > Wieden
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Wieden
The fourth district combines elegant tradition with contemporary style and relaxed living. More than a dozen town palaces and churches such as St. Charles Borromeo have added glamour to a neighborhood known for its traditional retail and crafts shops, taverns, cafés. Wieden is also home to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest street market. Many bohemian types have found their way to Wieden: meet them in trendy cafés and bars, shop alongside them for vintage items, enjoy Wien Museum’s and Kunsthalle’s modern temporary exhibitions, and hang out with the bees at Vienna’s most beautiful urban garden, Karlsgarten.