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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #53 of 414 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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Zurich, Switzerland
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great place. Such a lovely church, and they really do something for people interested in European culture & arts. Take the lift and you have a UNIQUE view on the ceiling paintings of this great church. Nice staff, really friendly. Lovely decoration. I can't understand the people who say that 8 Euros is too much for that... More

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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I didn't have time to go in, but the views from outside are superb. Just have your camera ready and start taking pictures. The jugendstil underground station nearby offers more picture opportunities.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The inside was beautiful and nice. However the whole lift and top view felt shaky and unsafe! The exhibition was not interesting at all.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Vienna's Karlskirche, designed by Johann Fischer von Erlach, is an acknowledged masterpiece of baroque church design. The striking front facade is flanked by two stone columns inspired by those in ancient Rome. The carvings around the columns represent the qualities of courage and steadfastness. Inside the church, the eye is drawn to the magnificent high altar and the cupola with... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

You cannot go to Vienna and miss this. There is a charge of 8 euros to get in towards the church refurb but it is amazing inside and not to be missed. There is a scaffold with a lift which takes you to the top of the globe with obscured views of Vienna. I found it took away from the... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This church is considered the most baroque in all of Vienna . It is beautiful inside. While we were there, chamber music was being played. The acoustics were wonderful ! If you go to Vienna , you must stop by for the grandeur !

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santa rosa
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88 reviews 88 reviews
54 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I did not let the negative reviews about the scaffolding keep me from going inside. I hesitated because of the 8 euro entrance fee but ever so gkad i did not let that deter me. The alter, organ and side alter paintings are all impressive. But, no doubt, the highlight was going into the dome. Seeing the paintings up close... More

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Unfortunately, you have to pay to enter, but the building is still worth going to see just from the outside especially on a sunny day. There are lots of benches around and a playground- useful if you have kids :)

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Green Bay, Wi
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Although they are restoring some frescos, it is well worth visiting. We attended a concert for 19 euros on Sun night and viewed the church for free, although the elevator isn't available then. Some of the paintings were so clear and vivid that it was mesmerizing. The concert was beautiful and the church is outstanding. A must see!!

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Dokkum, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our travel guide was telling us it was the greatest barrok church in Vienna. Inside we had to pay 8€ for entering a church that was in renovation, thus rapped in iron end plastic cover. The museum contained 3 relics and a couple op pictures of the church. A big dis appointment. There are a lot of churches looking better... More

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