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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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Commenced 1716 - completed 21 years later. Wow! That is a record!

This Kirche has me quite confused. Named after an Italian Archbishop of Milan - who the Austrians spent years fighting. And there is Charles Borromeo above the high altar sitting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This Kirche has me quite confused. Named after an Italian Archbishop of Milan - who the Austrians spent years fighting. And there is Charles Borromeo above the high altar sitting on a white cloud ascending to the Trinity. Most cathedrals have Jesus or Mary ascending. To me the sanctuary is very much a copy of the Basilica of Saint Victoria... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Small entrance fee includes lift to the dome for close up of frescoes and views across Vienna. Make sure you see any exhibitions currently on display included in ticket price €6.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Karlskirche has such a pretty exterior, it is probably one of the prettiest churches to photograph at night. There is a pond in front of it so when it's lit up the reflection is spectacular. I didn't have a chance to go inside so I can't comment on that, but it is definitely worth the trip just to see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful small church in Karlplatz which has a lift up to the domed ceiling to allow you to see the paintings up close. Unusual experience and definitely worth doing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This church is on the outside ring of the old city. While walking the ringstaße take a moment to admire the outside of this church. As for the inside there is a fee to get in, and the feel of the church was ruined with the installation of an elevator in the middle. Only go inside if you are interested... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I didn't go inside as there was a fee to tour the church but the construction on the outside was almost menacing. A truly magnificent piece of architecture with many views to be had as the square in front is very large. I visited on two consecutive days because it was so awe-inspiring. Not gonna say it was the most... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The Church is magnificent on the outside and the interior is ornately decorated - there is a lift up so one does not have to climb too many stairs to get to the top. The scaffolding brings one very close to the frecos, and one can access the very top of the dome to get breathtaking views of Vienna.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We went to Vienna in March, 2015 and while walking around the city came across this lovely Church. The outside was quite impressive but what a disappoint when we went to go inside and found that there was a pretty hefty charge! We opted not to pay it thus did not see the inside which I am sure was beautiful.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I'm of two minds regarding the dome lift. On the one hand it mars a flawless interior with crass scaffolding. On the other hand the lift and subsequent trip up the stairs provides a view of the frescos akin to that of Michelangelo. The 8€ entrance fee was reduced to 5€ by the Vienna card.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I was really lucky, that Saturday evening was the only one free and in that magnificent church was a concert taken place...a musical masterpiece from musics great Masters. Mozart's Requiem. The church is a real gem, a masterpiece of elegance and architecture. I took the lift inside the church leading to the big Thole and i had a very close... More 

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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.