Karlskirche
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
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Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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
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  • sssteveg
    Haifa, Israel1,785 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great concert in a beautiful church!
    We went to 2 concerts during our recent visit to Vienna. One of them was at Karlskirche (St. Charles' Church), a beautiful baroque church, and it's beautiful both inside and out. There is a standard concert played here about 3 times a week, featuring Vivaldi's 4 seasons, and usually another unrelated work or 2. Even though this is a tourist-oriented concert, run on a regular basis, the concert was absolutely fantastic. The first violinist was exceptional. I did my best to identify him, but I couldn't find his name anywhere. All in all - a beautiful venue, and a fantastic concert!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • kcarters
    Peterborough, United Kingdom248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vìvaldi four seasons
    This is a hidden gem and definitely needs to be seen to be believed. Weirdly it doesn’t seem to have much love locally! The place inside is insanely beautiful. The exterior is like Taj Mahal with the pond and reflection (but then they drained it when I was there for a film festival!) We saw Vivaldi opera here. Vivaldi may be buried in the grounds but (again) no mention or monument. This place is amazing but no one seems to be that fussed! Opera was superb and so atmospheric too!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia135,347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Karlskirche
    It is one of the symbols of the city. Karlskirche is an example of Austrian Baroque. The building was built in 1737. The construction was started by the architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, and completed by his son Joseph Emmanuel Fischer von Erlach.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Robert C
    Canterbury, United Kingdom58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A church with hope
    Where the metro U1 and U4 meet is this fine church. Not as ornate as its more grand cousins in Vienna, this church reflects a brighter ambience - a place of hope. For the hearty there is a 100 step climb to the cupola, giving you a good view of the city, a look at some of the Church's treasures and organ loft. There is no loo, but the local technical college to the left of the main entrance, are welcoming for the desperate. The night lift in front of the church is vibrant in the summer. A very pleasant place to "hang out."
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Isabel_K90
    Zurich, Switzerland123 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church
    I visited the church in August on a hot summer day. Just the area itsself is really pretty. There are a bunch of benches and a fountain in front of the church and a drink stand. Just sitting there an enjoying the view of the church is worthwhile. I went inside the church too and the inside is pretty too. Ive read comments that the entry is expensive but actually I think it basically is regular tourist attraction prices (which are all not exactly cheap). With the entrance to the church its included to go to the roof and different floors with small exhibits.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Roslyn138
    Wrexham, United Kingdom1,047 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Austrian Baroque church
    The church is not as ornate as some of the others in Vienna, but still worth a visit . It had a Xmas market in front of it so you could also relax and have a hot drink. There was an admission price but we didn’t think it was expensive . We did take the steps up to the cumulative do that we could enjoy the views on a cold November afternoon - then down a level to the organ and church treasures. You do enjoy the splendour of the church from the organ level . As mentioned worth a visit
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Yura1963
    Toronto, Canada189 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice church
    Amazing church inside and out. Read its history before you go. Entrance fee is 9 euros and they take cash only. You can go upstairs and get a nice view of the city. I don't think it's worth 9 euros . There are lots of churches in Vienna you can visit for free.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 28, 2024
  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia11,445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imposing 18th century Baroque church with an imposing entry fee. Overall didn't justify the cost.
    This largely Baroque church was built between 1716 and 1737 on the orders of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, and dedicated to Charles Borromeo, a saint who won fame as a healer of plague sufferers. There is normally a lake in the square outside of the church but, as it was December, this appeared to have been drained to accommodate some very good Christmas markets. The church, with its huge dome standing over 70 metres high, is flanked by two giant columns that are covered in spiral bas-reliefs depicting scenes in St. Charles Borromeo's life. There are small platforms near the top of each of the columns upon which sit structures that look like the tops of minarets. There are gilded eagles sitting around these platforms. The main entrance has a large portico supported by six columns atop of which there is a pediment with reliefs depicting scenes from the plague. Above this is a large terrace which you can walk out onto. Entry to the church was on the right hand side, looking from the front, and cost EUR 9-50 per person and had to be paid in cash. I am aware that this money goes on the upkeep of the church but this was one of the most expensive entry fees I have paid to enter a church that is not a cathedral. There are 13 steps to reach the ticket office then another 50 to get to the organ (and a side area where there is a large wooden cutaway model of the church and a weird mounted equestrian statue) and a further 72 to get to the outside viewing platform. The interior is a mass of marble with beautiful frescoes in the dome which display the intercession of St. Borromeo pleading with the Holy Trinity to help end the plague in Vienna. The painting above the main altar shows the ascension of St. Borromeo. There are a range of other frescoes and paintings on the walls and in the side chapels as well as further bas-reliefs, statues, carvings and gilded furnishings.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2024
  • Diane S
    Fairfax Station, Virginia183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Baroque Church
    The long line to enter Karlskirche was more likely due to the driving wind and sleet during our visit than to interest in the church, but everyone was duly impressed. It is a stunning church, and the baroque architecture and light and bright interior separates it from St. Stephens. Information about Emperor Charles I was also provided.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
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ian1811
Scotland, UK599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When visiting Vienna mak your way to Karlskirche. It is 8 euro to get in but with the City Pass makes it 5 euro.
The inside is something to behold and also there is an art installation in there just now consisting of globes with reflective surfaces which give you a whole different perspective. Don't be put off by the scaffolding as that is part of the experience. Go up in the lift and get a whole different view of the church, the Dome and look out the dome window, you won't be disapointed.
Written March 1, 2020
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Monika T
Warsaw, Poland546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I imagine that the celing of the church is beautiful, but we weren't able to see it. It was covered by huge hanging silver balls - as I was told, they were supposed to be Christmas decorations - unfortunately they disfigured the interior.
The second minus is for elevator for turists inside - it is not proper for church, the top view of Vienna can be seen at other viewpoints.
Beautiful is altar, organs, piece of the ceiling you can see from behind the balls.
The entrance is paid.
Written January 6, 2020
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andrew_mctaggart
Southampton, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is probably one of the best churches I have ever visited. It is light and airy and there is a lift inside which takes you up into the dome. The frescoes are wonderful, no cracks in the ceiling and you feel you can touch it. Definitely recommend a detour to see it
Written January 28, 2020
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Oliver P
Bingley, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church and artwork, well worth a look around from the outside and in. Not sure about the giant mirrored balls however, felt out of place (why have an art installation in a church).
Although the elevator looked out of place you could see the artwork on the ceiling up close. Next to underground station so easy to get to.
Written January 11, 2020
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Jorge L
Queijas, Portugal53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
An interesting church very well worth the visit. A beautiful piece of arte, that has an elevator that allows us to climb to the very top of the church a few meters below the dome. There are some more stairs that will give you wonderful views of Vienna. Very well worth the money!
Written February 1, 2020
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Gareth P
397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Beautiful church with great presence, overlooking a fabulous crafty Christmas market (in December).
Don’t hesitate to spend the minimal fee to go in, it’s worth it for the ornamentation, the ambiance, the organ balcony and the views from the panoramic observation deck.
My favourite church in Vienna.
Written December 18, 2022
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BlarghBlargh
Birmingham, UK382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Horst S
Cape Town Central, South Africa723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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mnm_travelling
Sydney, Australia124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We have been inside the church a few times in the last decades, but this time was the first time that we listened to a concert inside of the church.
Specifically Vivaldi Violin Concerto in E Minor RV 278 as well as "The four seasons" performed by Ensemble 1756 on original instruments.
It seems they play it every night apart from Thursday and Wednesday, but I would not have been able to tell based on their engagement and fervor.
To my surprise the orchestra used the acoustics of the Karlskirche very well.
Written June 27, 2022
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