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This is - according to me - one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna, in gothic style. The interior is full of light, and there are several works of art worth seeing.
The work of art that impressed me most was the cenotaph of...More
We were fortunate to have found out about the Sunday Mass with choir by our tour guide on Saturday. The church itself is beautiful and the Mass was lovely with the Augustinerkirche choir singing. Free entrance, but get there early to get a seat.
If you read through 1000+ postings I have on TA, you'll see a lot include churches. When visiting this I thought, well it's a nice church, but what I didn't realize is this (and I'm quoting Wikipedia): In 1634, the Augustinerkirche became the parish church...More
Worth a quick peek. Admission is free but you can leave a small donation. Photos are allowed. Part of the sprawling Hofburg between the Albertinaplatz and Josephplatz, it wasn’t easy to find the entrance but we followed the arrows and got there in the end....More
While this is not the most ornate church it does have a lovely story which we were told as soon as we entered. The devotion of one man for his wife and their, I think, sixteen children and when she died he had the most...More
Located in a quiet corner of the Hofburg complex, the Augstinerkirche has a non impressive exterior but do go in and discover a visually stunning interior. While the building was built during the 14th century, the interior dates from the late 18 th century and...More
The church has a very pretty interior. It is a 5 minute walk from the Vienna State Opera House, the Museum of Natural History Vienna, the Botanical Gardens (Schmetterlinghaus), and many other destinations. Definitely worth a visit since you'll most likely be in that area...More
Nothing from the outside -breathtaking inside. A church used for Hapsburg family weddings and burials. One of the major sculptural pieces is a tomb stripped of all religious references and replaced by freemasonry ones. See if you can decode it. Well worth your visit.
One of the historic churches that I enjoy visiting in Vienna is Augustinerkirche (Augustinian Church) located along Augustinerstrasse at the Hapsburg Palace.
Augustinerkirche is the Imperial Church of the Hapsburg. Its history reaches back to the 14h-century, the church was the location of royal weddings...More
In my opinion the St. Augustin organ is the one of the finest in Europe. The tradition of great music is unparalled in the City of Vienna. After hearing the Vienna Choirboys feeble attempt at singing a Schubert mass at the neighboring Hofburg Chapel one...More
In Vienna's best-known district, pedestrian boulevards Kärntner Strasse and Graben connect you with landmarks such as the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), Vienna’s iconic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) and the vast compound of Hofburg, the Habsburgs’ former Imperial Palace. Peek down side streets such as Annagasse and Weihburggasse, and Graben’s Seilergasse and Habsburggasse, to get a feel for the center. The
Imperial Apartments and the refreshingly demystifying Sissi Museum are must-dos at Hofburg. Spacious squares such as Am Hof and Freyung often host beautiful seasonal and antiques markets.
Some tourists go to churches, temples, mosques, etc., because they are famous, historic, and pretty. They take pictures, gawk, and tick another landmark off their list. Others are art and music lovers who want to... More
Some tourists go to churches, temples, mosques, etc., because they are famous, historic, and pretty. They take pictures, gawk, and tick another landmark off their list. Others are art and music lovers who want to appreciate great works in the venue for which they were created. Most are respectful.
The ones we notice are those who are not: people who talk too loud, take flash photos (especially of worshipers praying as they light candles,) touch the artwork, and so on. In this very church, someone stole my program when I went to take Communion. It was just a single photocopied sheet, but I had wanted to keep it. The lady who was sitting next to me was so horrified at this (near as I could tell, as I speak no German), she told me exactly what she thought of this horrible person, and she insisted I accept her husband's program -- they only needed one as a keepsake.
Tourists need to remember that these are more than museums -- they are real, working, living houses of worship.
Myself, I always put a few coins in the collection plate. I buy a CD. I say a prayer and light a candle. In Jewish sites, I say a prayer and leave a stone. Mostly, however, I write about my experiences. My two visits to this church were glorious. I love cathedrals, and have spent many happy hours exploring them. I hope my musings and (often strong) opinions at least occasionally assist a fellow traveler.
Coming from the Opera and heading toward the Hofburg Palace, the church is on the left side of the street. The entrance is on the end closest to the main part of the Hofburg. So, coming from the Opera, you would pass the... More
Coming from the Opera and heading toward the Hofburg Palace, the church is on the left side of the street. The entrance is on the end closest to the main part of the Hofburg. So, coming from the Opera, you would pass the entire length of the church (there are concert posters on this wall every few feet). When you get to the end (and a courtyard), do a U turn to your left, and that's the entry.
Go as early as you can. I got there more than an hour before the service, and not only was I able to explore the church and snag a prime seat, the orchestra was rehearsing. What a treat!