The Stephansdom, or St. Stephen's Cathedral, was build in Gothic style back in the 14th, 15th, and 16th Centuries, with the Romanesque "Giant's Doorway" on the west facade dating back to the early 1200s.
The Hochturm or south toweris 450 feet or 137 meters was built more than 600 years ago.
You have to explore the interior but also allow time for towers and Catacombs
The north tower has an elevator and stairs.
The Hochturm requires a climb of 246 feet (75 meters) up a spiral staircase to the observation platform. The views from the top are breathtaking, and you'll also be able to see the colorful rooftop of glazed tiles at close range.
If you will take the guided tour below ground you will see the bones of dead rulers, archbishops, and other personages. Also you will explore the catacombs where the bones of more than 15,000 Viennese have been stacked like kindling since the 1700s.
St. Stephen's is open daily for tours and worship.
Monday to Saturday 6 am - 10 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays 7 am - 10 pm
St. Stephen's Cathedral or Stephansdom, or just "Steffl" for locals is a must see for everyone interested in history or architecture! It kind of dominate a large spot of central Vienna. Finished in 1160 it has many scary symbols of religious devotion and earthly power.
I also suggest the crypt tour which shows the remains of numerous plague victims and the final resting place of the Habsburg monarchs and their families. This will cost you an extra and taking photos of the human remains in the crypt is not allowed. Don't miss the opportunity in taking the elevator up into one of its towers and admire the city from above. Spectacular view of the city.
Up to now I haven't noticed much the difference between Catholic and Protestant churches and cathedrals but this time I was told a little bit more about it and I kind of like more the Catholic ones, at least St. Stephens Cathedral. It is huge and amazing and there were many people inside - worshipers and visitors, the chore was singing and the atmosphere was really spiritual!
The church was dedicated to St. Stephen, who was also the patron of the bishop's cathedral in Passau, and so was oriented toward the sunrise on his feast day of 26 December, as the position stood in the year that construction began.
Built of limestone, the cathedral is 107 meters (350 ft) long, 40 meters (131 ft) wide, and 136 meters (445 ft) tall at its highest point. Over the centuries, soot and other forms of air pollution accumulating on the church have given it a black color, but recent restoration projects have again returned the building to its original white.
There are 18 altars in the main part of the church and more in the various chapels. The High Altar and the Wiener Neustadt Altar are the most famous.
The cathedral is located at the Stephansplatz, heart of the city, w full of shops, cafes, restaurants and many more historical sites to see and visit ... :)
The Stephansplatz is a square at the geographical centre of Vienna. It is named after its most prominent building, the Stephansdom, Vienna's cathedral and one of the tallest churches in the world. Before the 20th century, a row of houses separated Stephansplatz from Stock-im-Eisen-Platz, but since their destruction, the name Stephansplatz started to be used for the wider area covering both.
To the west and south, respectively, run the exclusive shopping streets Graben and Kärntner Straße. Opposite the Stephansdom is the Haas-Haus, a piece of striking modern architecture by Hans Hollein. Although public opinion was originally skeptical about the combination of the mediæval cathedral and the glass and steel building, it is now considered an example of how old and new architecture can mix harmoniously.
Well recommended area to visit the cathedral and the concerning Kaertnerstrasse ...
The gothic-style Stephansdom is a very beautiful church in the center of the Vienna oldtown. It has also one of the best viewing points of Vienna (if your fitness is good, climb the steps to the tower of the cathedral). The entrance to the tower is in a little, easily overlooked office at the side of the church (not in the main hall). The most beautiful feature in my opinion is the colourful roof, made from mosaic-like tiles.
Vienna's foremost church, the great cathedral stands in the heart of the old city. The first church built was a Romanesque cathedral completed in 1147. After a fire, the present Gothic cathedral was completed in the 14th century. It suffered serious damage during the Turkish siege in 1683 and again in the last days of World War II. It has seen its share of historical events, including Mozart's wedding and his funeral.
The chief attraction is Alter Scheffl, or Old Steve, the huge north tower. Climbing 343 steps to the top, visitors are treated to a panoramic view of the city.
If you're looking for something a little darker to do, why not take a tour of the catacombs under the gothic Stephansdom Cathedral? For 4 Euros, you can take an approximately 20 minute guided tour (led in English and German) of the catacombs. The catacombs house remains of some of Vienna's famous Habsburg family, including various body parts in different urns. There are also chambers full of the bones of countless Black Plague victims, some neatly stacked and lined up, others seemingly resting where they fell. There are also some tombstones and statues. The tour is a very interesting look into another side of Vienna.
Minimum 5 people required for the tour.
Tour every 15-30 minutes. 10-11am, 1:30-4:30pm - Monday to Saturday. 1:30-4:30pm - Sunday.
Meeting point inside the cathedral to the left. There will be a sign and a staircase going down.
No photos allowed in the catacombs.
Stephansdom or St. Stephen's Cathedral is the beloved icon of Vienna which is also located at the very centre of the city. It was first built in 1147 as a parish church and rebuilt and enlarged over the centuries. Restoration is ongoing until now.
The cathedral also houses the tombs of Frederick III (Holy Roman Emperor, and Vienna's first bishop) and Prince Eugene of Savoy (commander of the Imperial forces during the War of the Spanish Succession)
St. Stephen has 2 major towers - South tower and North-tower, both can be conquered.
We first went after the North-tower (Nord-turm, 68.3m), which was quite simple: go to the giftshop in the church, buy a ticket, and the elevator will take you up in no time - the view over Vienna is spectacular. (Yes, it is also incredibly unnerving if you suffer from vertigo like some of us...) Up on top of this tower you can glance at Vienna's most famous bell, the "Pummerin" (21,383 kg). The tower also provides an unusually close look at the famous roof of St. Stephen's tower. The North Tower is the shorter of the 2 towers, since building in the Gothic style ceased after 1511 and the tower remained unfinished to this day.
Next we went around the outside the church on search for the door to enter the South tower. The South Tower (Sudturm, 136.44m) was completed in 1433 (the Viennese have given it the nickname Steffl, which also denotes the whole cathedral). This tower, one of Vienna's most famous landmarks, is lit at night and can be seen all over Vienna. This time there was no elevator, so we had to climb the stairs...and climb....and climb....and climb...... 343 steps. It was a little disappointing to arrive at the top and all there is, is a little wooden room with windows (yes - really nice view) and yes - another giftshop.... but it was worth it just to be able to say "We climbed the South tower!"
This beautiful Gothic cathedral has thousands of visitors every year and they all seemed to be there on the day I visited. They were all milling around outside the cathedral on a hot Saturday August afternoon with the ubiquitous street artists and performers found in most cities - but inside it was cool and shady and quiet. Entrance is free but of course donations are always gratefully accepted.
The foundations of this cathedral date back to 1147 and the tiled roof (250,000 tiles to be exact!) was constructed with the design of the Hapsburg coat of arms in 1490. It was restored after fire damage in WWII.
This huge gateway to the Cathedral was called 'The Giant's Door' because during it's construction in the 15th Century a mammoth's bone was dug out of the earth on the spot where the doorway was being built!
The Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral) is a large church in the Gothic style that is located in Vienna's city center. There is an underground stop (Stephansplatz) on the U3 line right outside the cathedral -- so it is very accessible by public transportation. Also, the area outside of the cathedral is bustling with hotels, stores, restaurants, and other tourist attractions.
I viewed both the exterior and interior of the cathedral. While it is a beautiful church in a fantastic location, I was a little disappointed because it wasn't anywhere near as impressive as the gigantic Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany that I visited a couple of years ago.
For a few euro you can take the elevator up to the top of the tower. You get a great view of the gothic detail, the roof tiles and a view of Vienna. Interior there are laser lights giving a modern look to a normally staid church interior.
In the heart of Vienna is the large Gothid Stephansdom Cathedral. The foundations date back to 1147, however only the 13th Century "Giants Doors" and Heathen Towers are the oldest remaining items. There is a colorful tiled roof, that you can get a better view of by taking the elevator up the North Tower
One of the many main sights of Vienna is the Stephansdom. Filled with art the Stephansdom is almost like a museum. It is huge inside.
Like the main door are the two side towers remains from the old church building (late roman style) mentioned 1295 the first time. In 1450 the north tower was started and the building process lasted over 100 years. In that time the gothic style became oldfashioned and the construction was stopped. A cuppola closed the unfinished tower.
More infos about the Stephansdom you will find on the link below. The linked page is in English and is the official page of the Stephansdom.