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Review of Kirche am Steinhof

Kirche am Steinhof
Ranked #17 of 610 things to do in Vienna
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

it's a bit of a trek, only open Sat 3-5, but worth it

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

The church in and of itself is remarkable and spectacular, both in what one sees as well as the clientel it was built to serve. It is set within what used to be a very large enclosed and fully self-sufficient settlement for treatment of the mentally ill, and included fields of grain, its own mill, a real theater--also art nouveau, as well as an industrial laundromat to serve the facilities, etc.. You'll find out why it was eventually walled in [scurrilous!] as well as the intrigues that led to only the third altar being found acceptable.

2  Thank Kathy E
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

The only Saturday we were in Vienna happened to be the Christmas eve, I was not sure if the church would have been open for visits at all, called them in the morning and got a confirmation that they will open at 3PM as usual. We arrived slightly late - got off at a wrong bus stop - keep in mind that the hospital is huge and the bus makes at least two stops at different entrances to the hospital, don't get off the bus until you actually see the church up on the hill! When we finally climbed the hill the church was open and the "tour" was already under way - paid the old lady at the entrance 8 euro each and went inside. The "tour" was actually a long lecture in German which we don't understand. It was freezing cold inside, seemed much colder than on the outside. The interior of the church is not huge and rather succinct, you don't really need more than 15 minutes to see and photograph everything there's to see but we thought it impolite to walk around and take pictures while the lecturer was speaking, so we had to wait for almost an hour until he finished. After examining the interior details and taking our pictures, we left the church but were surprised to see much more people arriving than leaving - it turned out a Christmas eve service was scheduled for 4PM! If we knew that in advance we could have saved 16 euro and skipped the "tour". Hence a tip: when planning a visit, it won't hurt to inquire about scheduled services and other possible ways of getting into the church than the paid "tour".

6  Thank Marassa
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

My husband and I went to see the Kirche am Steinhof today and were very impressed at the outside and looked forward to seeing the interior, which was locked. We were told by an Austrian visitor that a tour would take place at 1.00pm, so we waited around until a tour guide appeared. He told us that the tour was in German, and that once we joined the tour we would not be allowed to leave it until the end (45 minutes), as we would be locked inside the church. We agreed to do this as we had travelled a long way by public transport to see this church. However, at 1.20pm, the guide was still talking in German to the group and we still had not seen the inside of the church, and we reluctantly decided that we could no longer stand around and wait, feeling like total losers. Had I known that the interior was not accessible I don't think I would have made the effort to get there. I really cannot understand the rationale behind it and feel very let down.

6  Thank PeggyandTerry
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

The problem with this church is that it is open only on Saturdays from 4 to 5pm. There is a guided tour at 3pm but only in german. The church was designed by Otto Wagner and decorated by Kolo Moser. It is a beautiful example of viennese art nouveau: Jugendstil. Both exterior and interior are wonderful in every detail.

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