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St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

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Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1, Vienna 1040, Austria
Phone Number: 01/504-61-87
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...

Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.

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Go up in the elevator for sure

This church is worth a visit if you're in Vienna. They have an elevator that takes you up to the dome where you can see some of the painting of the dome up close. You can then... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This church is worth a visit if you're in Vienna. They have an elevator that takes you up to the dome where you can see some of the painting of the dome up close. You can then climb a flight of stairs and see even closer. I don't like heights but I did it anyway and was glad. It's a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This church is beautiful, inside and out, and makes a lovely contrast in style to Stefansdom. If you get a change to hear a concert here, go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stumbled upon Karlskirche after completing my planned itinerary early and roaming aimlessly around Vienna (thanks a lot, Vienna metro pass). This is a beautiful church with a pleasant pool of water outside surrounded by students and teenagers enjoying their day. Interior of the church is grand and makes for good photography. They do live classical music concerts here on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On entering the church you are struck by a stunning window behind the alter that captures the afternoon light in a fashion not seen in any other cathedral. The design and use of various shades of marble works very well in a church which is relatively small although the height of the central cupola, which dominates the eye, makes it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful baroque church with all the statues and paintings. They have an elevator which will take you most of the way to the dome. Then you have to walk 110 steps. When you walk the steps you are within a few feet of the paintings in the dome. When you get to the top you cannot go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stop by this gorgeous, historic church and step back in time. Take the lift or climb the stairs all the way to the top and get some awesome pictures of the beautiful, restored paintings. Well-worth a visit next time you're in Vienna!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I haven't been inside but the building is nice and it is a nice place to sit in front of, near the fountain as it is not so much frequented by tourists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is exactly what you'd expect of a Roman catholic construction- huge, ostentatious and impressive. As students, it cost us only €4 each to get in, very reasonable seeing as it took up an hour and was so interesting. insude, there are numerous little alcoves to explore alongside numerous beautiful religious paintings and an amazing painted ceiling reminiscent of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this place. truly beautiful from the outside and in. Inside has a lift that you can use to get closer to the artwork on the ceiling and to make your way to the viewing platform. However the whole thing is not the most sturdy structure I have seen. So maybe not one for the faint hearted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtakingly beautiful church which has a lift that you can take to a set of stairs that take you up inside the copula - you see the ceiling frescoes up front. A visiting choir made an impromptu performance while we were there and the acoustics were glorious. Try to catch a performance there.

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Staying in Wieden

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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.