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“WOW....this is an extraordinary church”
Review of Kirche am Steinhof

Kirche am Steinhof
Ranked #15 of 570 things to do in Vienna
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Los Angeles, California
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90 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“WOW....this is an extraordinary church”
Reviewed July 7, 2012

Words fail me when trying to describe this church. You must see this church to appreciate what Otto Wagner, the architect, created. Rather that try to describe it, I suggest you look for photos of it on the internet. It is not an easy church to visit as it some distance from the center of Vienna. Both the exterior and interior are architectural masterpieces. Be sure to make arrangements to see the interior, not just the exterior.

Visited May 2012
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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“breathtaking”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

This church by Otto Wagner is simply breathtaking. It was pouring with rain when I visited, but nothing can detract from the beauty of this white and gold creation, and the interior is flooded with light even on a dull day. Wonderful stained glass windows by Kolo Moser complement Otto Wagner's design to perfection. Absolutely worth the trip out to the suburbs.

Visited June 2012
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london
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“superb”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

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

Visited June 2012
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Vienna, Austria
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164 reviews
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“Take the tour - there's so much to experience!”
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.

Visited May 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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“Attended a Christmas eve service there”
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".

Visited December 2011
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