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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria (Innere Stadt)
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Ranked #48 of 294 attractions in Vienna
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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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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We recently revisited St. Charles (Karlskirche) and enjoyed this impressive historic church in Vienna just as much as we have in the past. Here you can find an excellent church exterior and facade, made up of an attractive blend of architectural styles. Further, the interior of the church is an elegant display of Italian Baroque designed by famed Austrian architect... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Yes the 8 euro entry fee might seem a bit steep and yes there is scaffolding on the inside of the church BUT it's a novel approach to take a lift that goes up into the dome of the church so that you can get close up to lovely painting on the ceiling...and there is a limited roof top view... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Loved this cathedral, take the lift to to dome to see the beautiful frescos. Stunning. 12 flights of stairs to the turret for the views. Not for the faint hearted or if afraid of heights. The art work is beautiful. Spiritual visit. Worth the cost.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I was unpleasantly surprised that they were charging an 8 euro entrance fee! I told them but a church has no clue about marketing. I did pay for the ticket and took the lift and stairs all the way up the dome. I have seen (too) many churches in 20 years of travelling but this was the first time that... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The Karlskirche (or Church of St Charles) is a very imposing high domed church towering over the (Square). The two large pillars with carved illustrations snaking around and up its length at the front give it a classical appearance. On hearing from the girl on the ticket booth that the church is undergoing major renovation this turned from a reluctant... More

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This church is best seen in the early morning as the sun's rays come through the window over the high altar and radiate a heavenly glow. We did not go up in the lift to the dome. It was a pleasure to pay an entrance fee, because churches like this have a huge maintenance and preservation cost. Traveller Tip: Visit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Yes, the lift is small and yes you have to then climb a few more flights of stairs, but being so close to the images on the walls and rotunda was well worth the few Euros and some physical effort. How often have we stood on the ground floor of a church/cathedral looking up at such images and just get... More

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Liss, Hants
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Impressive from the outside, this is the only church in Vienna that charges you an entry fee of €8. That does get you access to a viewing platform that has mixed reviews on here. Bearing in mind that every other church in Vienna is free to enter and then you can pay to go up and see the view, I... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This is a wondrous church from the outside - very impressive. The inside is pleasant, but costs a hefty amount for a church, and is currently undergoing construction. This allows you to reach the dome, which has an excellent fresco you can see up close, and a "viewing platform," which really provides no appealing view. If I did it over... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Of all the Viennese buildings we visited on our tip this was my favourite. Best €6 euro spent (student rate and €2 audio guide)! The ceiling paintings are so beautiful and with the lift you can get up so close to them to appreciate them! Lift only takes you part way, you have to walk the last flight or two... More

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