Karlskirche

Karlskirche, Vienna

Historic Sites • Religious Sites
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Karlsplatz • 5 min walk
  • Karlsplatz • 6 min walk
Popular mentions

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satva
nofit163 contributions
Sep 2021
I was going to see the Tu university and was curios about this nearby church.
Decided to walk in for the view upside.
I have never before climbed up an elevator inside a church's space (not in a tower leading to an outer balcony), so this experience was worth it.
It is also close to Otto Wagner's pavilion.
Written September 18, 2021
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David D
516 contributions
Sep 2021
The church is a large one, visible from afar. It has two large pillars in front of it, in homage to the temple of Solomon, but modelled after Trajan’s Column in Rome. It is not free to enter, but the entrance fee allows one to climb to a viewpoint between the towers and see the plaza from there. The interior is richly decorated, with symbolism everywhere and if one enjoys seeing churches or old architecture, it is worth visiting.
Written September 15, 2021
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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,508 contributions
Sep 2021
Karlskirche is a beauty at night, with its lights reflecting in the pool in front of it. Didn't go inside, but it's worth seeing just from the outside. At night the square is popular with teenagers listening to (in my opinion, bad) music, so depending on what vibe you're after, consider going during the day. It sure is pretty at night though.
Written September 7, 2021
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lin
Leipzig, Germany12 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
one of the most beautiful churches ive ever seen and definitely in the top 3 prettiest buildings in vienna!! i feel like its underrated, i just love the architecture. and great for taking a few pictures for your instagram :)
Written July 20, 2021
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PnazH77
Catania, Italy33 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Very beautiful architecture,the area around is like a park .there is a bus station infront of ,and easy for access.
The statua of this church was very interesting and different.
Written June 7, 2021
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zdaati
Vienna, Austria3,273 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Due to covid we could not go inside but was still very impressive from the outside.
One of the main churches in vienna, in 18 century baraque style with two roman style columns on each side which display the life of st charles borromeo, which it is named for as he ministered the victims of the plaque.
Written February 7, 2021
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Horst S
Cape Town Central, South Africa649 contributions
Sep 2020
The Karlskirche ist most probably one of the top 3 churches in Vienna. They have a temporary lift taking you to the top of the inside ceiling which lets you admire the impressive paintings there. Use this while you can, it will not be permanently there. Inside and outside, the Karlskirche is gigantic!
Written October 19, 2020
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania7,129 contributions
Feb 2020
The Karlskirche - (Charles Church) - a Baroque style built church - impressive and beautiful.
Situated in the Karlsplatz - you can arrive here with public transportation (U-Bahn is in close vicinity) since it is one of the best connected places in Vienna.
The building had 2 Roman style columns to each side of the central Greek temple inspired entrance. The columns have bas reliefs - similar can be seen on Trajan's column in Rome - on them there are Saint Charles Borromeo (since the church is dedicated to him).
I've been "visiting " only the outside - since arriving in the evening gave not too many options for getting inside. (However I recommend you allow some time during the day , after you check for the visiting hours).
Also the Karlskirche is being used as a venue for classical music concerts ... so given this it can be a very interesting place to check-out.
Overall it is a very interesting building and as such you shall put on your list of landmarks you visit when you are in Vienna.
Written August 30, 2020
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Phenos
Paris, France97 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
The church is definitely pretty but probably not worth 8€ per adult.... there is an elevator to see the ceiling painting which is great. Waiting for it to be available is however the longest part of the visit. And don’t be fooled by the panorama promise. It a tiny view... not sure to recommend the visit
Written August 13, 2020
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BlarghBlargh
York, UK310 contributions
Jun 2019
Sadly, we were running short on time before heading home so, although the entrance fee was reasonable, it wasn't worth us paying it considering we wouldn't be able to stay very long. From the outside though, I was really impressive with the architecture and the detail, especially on the pillars, was exquisite. If we are ever in Vienna again, going inside will be top of the list!
Written March 15, 2020
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