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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria
Phone Number: 01/504-61-87
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Ranked #50 of 311 Attractions in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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157 reviews 157 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

When we visited the church, we were disappointed to walk in and see the dome under renovation. Large scaffolding covered the entire dome and you couldn't see any of it from the floor. Then we noticed an elevator and asked the attendant if our ticket included the elevator ride. It did and what a great surprise. It transported us directly... More 

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Gyor, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Very impressive building and one of the most beautiful churches of Vienna. Love the details, especially on those huge columns. Recommended ;)

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Maynooth, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The inside of this wonderful church is breathtaking. It's the largest of it's king and the decor is stunning. There is a Christmarker in the Square in front of the Church.

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Caldicot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This baroque style church is a masterpiece and a visit is a must. From the outside it is an imposing building, like so many in Vienna. Inside it is jaw dropping. Having paid a small entrance fee, which is helping meet the cost of restoration, you are able to take a lift and some stairs right up into the dome... More 

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Vienna
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It is one of the most imposing baroque churches in Vienna and you should not miss it while in Vienna. Especially now, during the Christmas time! The whole square in front of the church is full of little wooden huts selling handmade stuff, Christmas decorations, all different sorts of punch and good food. And at the back of the market... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This church is a true masterpiece.....my Favourite in Europe. I visited during the day to view the incredible art works and was really impressed. I returned at night for the performance Mozart's requiem....totally amazing inside this building! It is disappointing to have the glass elevator and scaffolding inside, looks awful, but I still love this church!

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Best thing about this church is the panoramic view from the top of the dome, don't miss it! You can take an elevator most of the way and then some stairs at the end, worth the climb. Church itself is quite pretty with beautifully painted ceiling. Unfortunately I didn't have time for a concert there, that would have been amazing!!

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We were fortunate that while in Vienna two nights in a row classical music concerts were scheduled at this soaring cathedral. What an amazing place to hear Handel, Bach, and other great composers. The music reverberated and soared, cascading down upon the small audience seated below. The cathedral itself glowed. It is being beautifully preserved. If you are ever in... More 

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Angol, Araucania, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I donotkonwhow lucky i was but i get there just when theyfinished therestoraition of thecupula Frescos .... thanks to that I do not know if it will be permanet andIhope so I find a building structure with a galss elevator to lift you up to Cupula to see really close the fressh painting Unfortunally i gt afraid to climb to... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Karlskirche is a splendid and unusual baroque wonder on the least of days, but due to its current restoration project now provides an amazing opportunity. Since admission fees are helping finance the work, visitors can ride a glass enclosed elevator from the ground floor of the dome to a very high platform within it, from where they can walk... More 

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