Schottenkirche

Schottenkirche, Vienna

Schottenkirche
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The area
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
  • Schottentor • 3 min walk
  • Herrengasse • 5 min walk

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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,454 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Located on Freyung Square is one of the most interesting churches in Vienna namely Schottenkirche .
Schottenkirche ( Scots Church ) is a parish church attached to the Scottenstift ,founded by Irish monks ,Ireland was at the time known as New Scotland, it's an awesome looking church with a great history.
The first church was of Romanesque style of architecture was destroyed by fire in 1278,an earthquake in 1433 greatly damaged the subsequent church, poor restoration work was carried out in 1449 but in 1638 the church was struck by lightning and collapsed in full view of Ferdinand II,Holy Roman Emperor, this was the opportunity to completely rebuild the church which took place between 1638 and 1641 and built in the stunning Baroque style of architecture that more or less gives us the stunning church we see today.
Walking around Freyung Square this church is most definitely the eye catcher,looks magnificent both day or night and attracts a lot of tourist attraction,its most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area and easy to locate on Freyung Square.
Written June 5, 2019
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CarlaColumna123
Cologne, Germany1,489 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Schottenkirche is a roman.catholic parish church in Vienna's Inner City. Interior of the church is designed in high-baroque style and beautiful. I like this church very much.
Written March 14, 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Beirut, Lebanon2,212 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Free entrance.
Hidden Gem.
Visit Duration: 20-30 minutes.

The Schottenkirche (English: Scots Church) is a parish church in Vienna 

The exterior is very decent, however the interior is Fabulous. High-baroque style with several chapels, beautifully frescoed ceiling and terracotta-red touches.
Our lasy of scots is the Oldest monastery in Vienna.
Written January 30, 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,809 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Schottenkirche is a church located at Freyung Square. This is a parish church with a history dating as far back as the 12th century when founded by Irish and Scottish Benedictine monks. However, the church building you see today is from the more recent Baroque period.

The exterior is three level facade with embedded column structures, small statue niches. The entrance is flanked by two small side towers. Windows include ornamentation while the pediment and roof are topped with angelic figure and golden crosses.

The interior is a decorated with marble walls lined with columns, moderate ornamentation and a ceiling with leafy pattern and frescos. The alter is attractive. There are side chapels Baroque in style as well. Unfortunately, we found the main nave is blocked by a screen, preventing further access into the main nave and side chapels. As such, we were only able to view the church interior from the back.

In the end, much less ornate than other Baroque churches in the city centre, we liked what we could see at Schottenkirche. Would have much enjoyed having been able to explore the interior more than was possible. Hopefully others will have better access to the church at other times of the year.
Written March 28, 2018
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csabadapp
Brasov, Romania160 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
Not too fancy from the outside, but the inside is impressive. Take some time checking it out, it is beautiful.
Written November 8, 2017
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Hollyrik
Bellevue, WA423 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Many probably walk right by, given the nondescript exterior on Freyung, but it is definitely worth a look inside. As we were staying in the adjoining Benediktushaus, I felt a bit of obligation to use a spare five minutes to take a peek. The entry woodwork was being restored, and as with many churches, the nave is blocked off with a screen to limit casual wandering, but the interior view from the back is impressive nonetheless.
Written October 4, 2017
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia25,196 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
This church is in the Freyung Square and is not elaborate externally and more subdued than most others internally but still worth a visit if in the area.
Written May 18, 2017
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chopin1981
Victor, NY419 contributions
May 2017 • Family
This church is less busy than others in the 1 Bezirk. There are fewer tourists coming here (at least in my experience), so if you would like to visit a quiet church with beautiful paintings and altars, this is a place for you.
Written May 13, 2017
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😊Aii Burstein 🍀🌸
Vienna, Austria2,853 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
The Schottenkirche (Scottish Church) is a parish church located at the public square Freyung in the first district Vienna city, very peaceful although around there a lot of shops, Cafe-Restaurant, the Church built in 1158, now inside the church is in high-baroque style, to get there by public transport Tram number D/1/71 underground U2 at the "Schottentor Station" then a few walk direction to Stephansdom. Entry free !
Written April 11, 2017
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J Teo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,508 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Schottenkirche is a church on Freyung Square. Austrian composer Haydn’s memorial service was actually held here when he died. Pretty much a celebrity here during his time, Haydn taught Beethovan and was a mentor to Mozart, so you can imagine the pedigree here. You can visit inside the church if mass isn’t going on and it features two massive organs.
Written February 28, 2017
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