St. Michael's Church
St. Michael's Church
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Dear visitors of the Michaelerkirche! A warm „Grüß Gott“ here in the Michaelerkirche in Vienna. As you visit us here on the website, hundreds of people enter our 800 year old church every day. Our ancestors expressed their depth of faith in art in this space and pass on their conviction to our time. Today, the international religious community of the Salvatorians accompanies this parish. Our concern is to enable people to take responsibility in the Church and in society. Even if you stay with us only for a short time, we would like to invite you to form with us an albeit „virtual“ parish. Fr. Erhard Rauch SDS, Parish priest of St Michael’s Church
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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.
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  • Herrengasse • 3 min walk
  • Stephansplatz • 5 min walk
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  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
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    Michaelerkirche
    Michaelerkirche is one of the oldest churches in Vienna, and also one of its few remaining Romanesque buildings. The church history spans more than eight centuries, and several architectonic styles can be noticed. The church is a late Romanesque-early Gothic building dating from about 1220–1240. Its present-day aspect is unchanged since 1792.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,731 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of Vienna's most interesting historic churches
    One of the most interesting churches to visit in Vienna is St. Michael's which is located at Michaelerplatz just across from the Hofburg Palace. Originally constructed in the 13th century, the building is a medley of historic architecture with Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, Baroque, Rocco and Neoclassical features added over the centuries during the churches many expansions, rebuilds and restorations. Of particular interest, make sure to see the high altar "Maria Candida" and monumental " Fall of the Angels" stucco sculpted scene of a cloud full of angels and cherubs falling from the ceiling above. Ceiling frescos, charming chapels and crypt are additional highlights for those visiting St. Micheal's. Give yourself at least 15-20 minutes to view leisurely, more if you enjoy spending time in historic churches and are a fan of architecture.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, Michigan1,070 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Romanesque church with stunning altar art!
    St Michael's Church is a lovely Romanesque style church located at Michaelerplatz across from the Hofburg Palace for whom it was the parish church. We were there on a Sunday evening (open until 10pm!). We walked all around the church nave and side chapels. Not to be missed is the Jean-Baptiste d’Avrange's 1872 high altar featuring the Fall of the Angels. Also the The Entombment of Christ, a stunning white marble sculpture. We came across a plaque that appears to be a death mask of Mozart, and found out that during a memorial service for Mozart, parts of his famous Requiem were performed here. Also in the square in front of the church are excavations of the remains of a Roman settlement uncovered in the early 1990s.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2024
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mmills522
Columbia, SC71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
If you enjoy history then this church is better than the Cathedral. The collection of original frescos in this church is impressive. You truly get a sense of how beautifully colorful a medieval church must have been. In addition, the sculpture and artwork is impressive. This church is for the history lover. Please take time to notice the original medieval women’s entrance door and the cross fro Auschwitz. You don’t need a tour guide. As you walk through the church pull up their detailed website, where each part of the church is explained in great detail. It’s very quiet without many tourist given it’s right on the square. I was in the church alone most of my visit. They do allow photos . I spent about 1-1 1/2 here but I like to linger and also sit and reflect on the beauty. Very doable for the elderly but children would be quite bored .
Written October 21, 2022
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,291 contributions
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Dec 2022
Take your time to explore the church, one could feel overwhelmed initially but there are displays in English that assist in understanding the centuries of history before you.

St. Michael's Church in Vienna has unique catacombs where bodies do not decompose. Portions of the church date to 1200's.

We visited the small Christmas market that was held outside the church, one that I do not recommend going out of your way for.
Written February 8, 2023
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Lorrie W
Milwaukee, WI160 contributions
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Feb 2022
This was a BEAUTIFUL church. The religious imagery is amazing. It had a great statue of Mary Magdalene, St. Michael on the front of the building. There were also an altarpiece of the Last Judgment, Michael separating the holy from the sinners. The Deposition from the Cross is a beautiful painting. It is a short walk from the Sisi Museum. I think it is one of the better Cathedrals in Vienna!
Written February 25, 2022
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Solo
Michaelerkirche is one of the oldest churches in Vienna, and also one of its few remaining Romanesque buildings.
The church history spans more than eight centuries, and several architectonic styles can be noticed.
The church is a late Romanesque-early Gothic building dating from about 1220–1240. Its present-day aspect is unchanged since 1792.
Written August 31, 2023
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.

MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,070 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
St Michael's Church is a lovely Romanesque style church located at Michaelerplatz across from the Hofburg Palace for whom it was the parish church. We were there on a Sunday evening (open until 10pm!). We walked all around the church nave and side chapels. Not to be missed is the Jean-Baptiste d’Avrange's 1872 high altar featuring the Fall of the Angels. Also the The Entombment of Christ, a stunning white marble sculpture. We came across a plaque that appears to be a death mask of Mozart, and found out that during a memorial service for Mozart, parts of his famous Requiem were performed here. Also in the square in front of the church are excavations of the remains of a Roman settlement uncovered in the early 1990s.
Written June 18, 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,756 contributions
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Oct 2022
Architectually this church is not as impressive as the imposing St. Stephen's Cathedral.

On a smaller scale the Saint Michael's Church is one of the oldest churches in Vienna, Austria. Its one of fewRomanesque buildings remaining.

The location is at Michaelerplatz across from the Hofburg Palace.

It has a mixture of achitectural styles such as late Romanesque, early Gothic.

It dates back to 1220–1240 so has a lot of history..

The interior consists of two aisles of ancient Gothic structure.
Written November 22, 2022
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia4,441 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
St. Michael's Church is located opposite Hofburg Palace across the Michaelerplatz. It has the distinction of being one of the oldest churches in Vienna dating from 1200s.

Once it was the parish church of the imperial family. There is a crypt below the church which is open for tours.
Written January 31, 2020
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA21,344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Business
I went here twice, once during the day and once at night. It was nice both but amazing at night. It’s so old looking and gives a person the coolest feeling and sense of religion. I loved it. I’ve been to numerous churches in Europe and this is one of the best.
Written September 20, 2022
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Michael Adamidis 🇬🇷
Kastoria, Greece6,534 contributions
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Nov 2019
my favorite church fo vienna after the saint stephen church dom..it is near to city center of vienna and easy to find.
Written November 15, 2019
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EqualRightsTourist
San Francisco, CA795 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
I'm amazed at all the different types of buildings in Vienna. Another example of a church that fits in this city's culture.
Written November 25, 2019
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