Plague Column (Pestsaule)
Plague Column (Pestsaule)
4
Points of Interest & LandmarksMonuments & Statues
About
This column commemorates the plague epidemic of 1697.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Plague Column (Pestsaule)
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Inner City
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.
How to get there
  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 2 min walk
Reach out directly

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles627 reviews
Excellent
197
Very good
324
Average
100
Poor
5
Terrible
1

David D
1,205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This memorial to the passing of a plague stands near the centre of the old town of Vienna. The sculpture is baroque in style, and contains images of pestilence being cast down. It only takes a minute or so to see, and is close to many other tourist attractions, but it is worth seeing, partly because it inspired many similar columns in central Europe, but also because it reminds of us the difficulties our ancestors faced in times before modern medicine.
Written September 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Siobhan L
Belton, TX852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Inaugurated in 1694 this column pays tribute to the over 10,000 victims of the Plague in Vienna. It features the holy trinity, a grouping of angels, Emperor Leopold praying to a figure of faith. It stands 21 meters or almost 69 feet and is quite impressive.
Written January 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sandra V
2,463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Beautiful column acting also as a meeting point in the middle of a square/street with lots of shops. Subway station line 1 stops there. It is beautiful. Amazing story. Better than other pestsauler in other cities.
Written January 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

zdaati
Vienna, Austria3,570 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
you can find them many places and fits well to the covid situation these day. Erected in 1683. first version was rather simple but has the holy trinity church on the top and on the side is emperor Leopold kneeling and was the first baroque structure in Vienna. Located in the centre in the pedestrian area close to stephensplatz and graben. something you should see when in Vienna by all means
Written February 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
“So all a man could win in the conflict between plague and life was knowledge and memories.”
- Albert Camus, The Plague (1947)

I come from Taiwan. In 2003, we had a fierce fight against SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). ...... Then, we know the value of knowledge, courage and life.
Written December 26, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania12,973 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Erected in 1679 to commemorate the last Plague epidemics that brought so much death and suffering to the city of Vienna.
Also known as the Holy Trinity column - because of the top section of the column dedicate to the Holy Trinity.
The column has basically 3 levels- on the first level than is the level of mankind there are on several sides represented parts of the Habsburg Empire (e.g. Bohemia, Hungary, Croatia, etc.)
On the second level are depicted the angels - connecting mankind with God- and between the 2 levels, there is king Leopold I praying to God.
The last level is the representation of the Holy Trinity.
Overall a beautiful architectural creation , beautifully decorated , with gold leaf - that shines very nicely in the evening light.
And also the amount of details and the statues and divers feature are a great representation of the Baroque style decorations.
When you are in walking in the area of the Graben, I recommend you stop for a few pics , it is definitely worth it.
Written January 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,675 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Pestsaule is a Plague Column erected after the Great Plague epidemic in 1679. As with most types of columns like this in Central Europe, the column takes the form of a Trinity Column. The column is a fine example of a particularly rich Baroque style monument

The column is roughly divided into three parts, from top to bottom featuring the Holy Trinity, Angels and Saints, finally at the bottom, the parts of Austro-Hungary and Leopold I giving thanks.

Worth going out of the way to see this monument, such is it’s richness, it would not be out of place in a cathedral.
Written October 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Paul Legate
United Kingdom20,378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
The Plague Column is an incredibly intricate structure in Graben in the city centre of Vienna.The baroque column was created after the great plague epidemic of 1679. After fleeing the city the ruler of the Habsburg Leopold I promised to create a mercy column when the epidemic subsided. A provisional wooden monument was built and after many design submissions the assignment was given to Paul Strudel based on a concept by Lodovico Burnacini. The design is very theatrical and is an incredible sight, it is a monument that must be seen on any visit to Vienna.
Written September 30, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rabih SOUAID
Düsseldorf, Germany2,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Free.
Easily noticed in the Graben street.

Many plagues epidemics (Yersinia pestis) ravaged Vienna during its history, but the worst one was in 1679, when more than 80 000 thousand people died.
The Habsburg emperor Leopold I vowed to erect a mercy column if the epidemic would end. In the same year, a provisional wooden column was inaugurated, showing the Holy Trinity on a Corinthian column together with nine sculpted angels.
A new Plague column replaced the wooden one, mixing religious iconography with the Hapsburg dynastic motifs, This elaborate column was erected in 1693.
It was set in the Graben Street. It is a baroque style, and shows different figures. The most important and best known one is the Dear Augustin. They say that Markus Augustin, extempore poet, bagpiper and balladeer, survived one night in a plague pit. He was put there after he was pronounced dead, and, after he shook off the illness, he shouted and sang to get free. So he symbolizes this special relationship between Vienna and death, and that death cannot defeat the city.

The column has a complex iconography, the basic message of which is that the plague and the Ottomans' Second Siege of Vienna (1683), both of them punishments for sin, were averted or defeated by the piety and intercession of the Emperor Leopold I.

In the iconography, the dedication of the holy Trinity expresses itself several times in the number three, or multiples
throughout the column’s design. For example, there are three vertical layers, three wings, nine large angels, three bronze scrolls, etc.

The three stages vertically :

1-In the pedestal reserved for men, the figures at the base represent the triumph of faith over disease.
In the upper third of which Leopold I prays to God as an intercessor,

2- In the middle reserved for angels as a mediator between God and man belonging area.

3- In the highest level reserved for the Holy Trinity.

In addition, there is also a tripartite division in plan, which establishes a connection between the sacral program and the three parts of the Habsburg monarchy:

1-The western face is dedicated to God the Father and bears a double-headed eagle, the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as the coats of arms of the Inner Austrianlands, the duchies of Styria, Carinthia and Carniola. Between the western and eastern wings are the coats of arms for the core countries of the monarchy.

2-The eastern face is associated with the Son of God and bears the coats of arms of the kingdoms of Hungary, Croatia and Dalmatia, as well as Bosnia.

3-The northern face, which belongs to the Holy Spirit, is decorated with the coats of arms of the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Margraviate of Upper Lusatia and Lower Silesia, as well as the Duchy of Silesia.
Written January 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nemesis🇬🇷
Athens, Greece6,479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
A huge monument impressive in the center of town. Great architecture that narrates with extraordinary way the history of Attraction
Written January 1, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 209
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Plague Column (Pestsaule) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Plague Column (Pestsaule)

According to Tripadvisor travelers, these are the best ways to experience Plague Column (Pestsaule):


Restaurants near Plague Column (Pestsaule): View all restaurants near Plague Column (Pestsaule) on Tripadvisor

Plague Column (Pestsaule) Information

Excellent Reviews

197

Very Good Reviews

324

Plague Column (Pestsaule) Photos

782