Stephansplatz, Vienna

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    The real centre of things

    by colin_bramso Written Aug 18, 2014

    Stephansplatz is the real centre of Vienna, a large bustling, always-busy square at the heart of District 1.

    The main feature of course is Stephansdom, St Stephan's Cathedral, a beautiful building that is being cleaned and restored to its former glory.

    It's also one of the locations to find the fiaker, horse-drawn carriages, that are so popular with tourists for tours of the city.

    It has a number of pavement cafes around its edges, artists and protraitists offering their wares, a long-standing gelato stall and seating areas. It has a very popular water drinking fountain too, much used on hot days by lines of people.

    It's where Graben and Kartnerstrasse, two of the major shopping streets, meet and has smaller roads and lanes running from it, so it's a good place to start your exploration of the inner city.

    It's also where (peaceful) demonstrations and rallies are held - we've seen many in our times in Vienna.

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    SINGERSTRASSE 1

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2014

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    Wow! I loved the building at Singerstrasse 1!

    The design, the decorative painted exterior, the position - This building from 1882 had it all - Yes, including McDonalds and the famous Aida Pastrie shop and café.
    The late historicist façade has been preserved as it was from the time of the turn of the century.

    A date on the facade of 1906 with the signing "Painted Brothers Voelkel, Vienna" refers to a restoration of the painting.

    Singerstrasse 1 Singerstrasse 1
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    PALAIS EQUITABLE

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2014

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    The Palais Equitable is a mansion in Stephansplatz, built in the 19th century for The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Medieval buildings that once stood here were demolished to make way for this impressive building with its richly decorated façade.
    The Eagles you see are not the Austrian ones, but instead German Eagles.

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    A most crowded Stephansplatz.

    by breughel Written Jun 24, 2012

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    This is most crowded part of Vienna. Visitors of the Cathedral, people coming out of the U-Bahn station (2 lines), the start of the Graben and the Kärntnerstrasse with all their shops.
    There are often events attracting even more people.
    On the north side of the cathedral stand the fiacre. A good thing is that an effort was made to reduce the odor of the horse urine. Cars are not allowed except on the Schulerstrasse.

    The architecture of the surrounding buildings is a mix of all styles from old to very modern.

    Most crowded Stephansplatz Start of Graben. The fiacres. Start of Karntnerstrasse
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    Stephansplatz

    by Roadquill Updated Jun 24, 2010

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    Stephansplatz is a major centerpoint of Vienna. With it's own metro stop, the mighty Stephandom church, Peterskirche a 2 minute walk away, the Mozarthaus a 2 minute walk the other, with many shops and restaurants all around, booths around the church and milling with hundreds of people day and night, this place was alway abuzz.

    Vendor Stall at Stephansplatz
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    St. Virgils chapel - an underground chapel

    by gubbi1 Written Jun 20, 2010

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    This underground chapel had been discovered in 1973 during the building of the underground train station 'Stephansplatz'. The chapels room is about 10 meters long and 6 meters wide. The floor is about 12 meters below the todays street level. This chapel probably was built around 1230 below the Magdalena chapel which stood here. In 1781 the Magdalena chapel was destroyed and the St. Virgils chapel abandoned.

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    St Stephen platz

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 7, 2008

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    The Streets were teaming with life on these hot July evenings . There is so much to see and do in this famous square . A favorite with us was to grab an ice cream and enjoy the street entertainers , like this break-dancer in the photo.

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    Best Place on New Year's Eve ?

    by WStat Written Apr 21, 2008

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    The very best place to be on NY-Eve is St Stephens - square, right infront of Sr Stephen's Cathedral in first districts City Center.
    There will be an enormous crowd, greeting the New Year with fireworks, incredible noise and fun.
    On NY-Eve there is the tradition of having a socalled "Silvester-Path" circling and crossing the inner city. There are stages, music, open-air dancings, a lot of open-air eateries, hawkers etc. So, if you want action, this is the place !
    Another options offer ofcourse the Viennese theaters and the Opera House, performing traditionally "The Fledermaus" by J. Strauss.

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    Stephansplatz

    by bsfreeloader Written Aug 18, 2007

    Dominated by the bulky, Gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), Stephansplatz is Vienna’s liveliest and most centralized square. The square and the many arteries feeding into it all heave with tourists and accompanying street performers, touts, and overpriced eateries. Bustle aside, this is one of the better spots in Vienna to plop down with a drink in hand and people watch. And some of the street performers are extremely talented musicians who are well worth listening to for at least a few minutes (and tipping).

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    Stephansplatz & Graben

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 20, 2007

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    At the heart of Vienna is the Stephansplatz and Graben. Stephansplatz is a large open area famous for the cathedral of the same name and of the controversial Haas House opposite. Although a large glass building would appear on paper to be rather out of place in one of Vienna's most historical areas I think it works quite well with the prominant reflection of the cathedral showing on the glass.

    The Graben was a marketplace during the times of Maria Theresa and was the centre point of Viennese life. Today there are a number of shops and cafes along the wide road as well as a couple of fountains and the beutiful Plague Column.

    Haas House The Graben The Graben Plague Column

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    Expensive shops

    by PelLihi Written Sep 21, 2005

    It's a good idea to take the subway to "Stephansplatz" visit the Stephansdom (check out my tip) and after that stroll around in the 1st district. You will find lots of different shops, restaurants, bars and so on.
    It's also very interesting to sit in one of the "street-facing" cafés and watch the people pass by. This can be very relaxing after a hard shopping trip.

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    the Church in Stefanplatz

    by skinz Written Mar 12, 2005

    I visited Vienna beginning of March only for a few hours.. it was freezing cold.. I didnt have any gloves or scarf and ended up praying on a church in Stephanplatz.. which by the way.. was not only a warm place.... it had a great architecture as well.

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  • Stephansplatz

    by grkboiler Updated Nov 3, 2004

    Stephansplatz is a square in the heart of Vienna. This is a good place to start your tour of the city. Located here is Stephansdom (see my tip), shops and a few restaurants nearby, and plenty of street performers. In the picture to the right, you can even see a little of the Haas Haus (1990), which is a modern building made of glass and aqua-colored marble.

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    Stephansplatz~Graben

    by Audrey118 Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    It is here at this location the Graben is found and it is where the centre of city life was during the Middle Ages.

    For many centuries it was a food market but now it is dominated by buildings, both modern, neo classical style etc.

    Also near here is the Plague Column...

    The picture is of a modern building set among many many classical buidling. This is the Haas Haus

    Haas Haus is across the church
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    Stephansplatz~mimick Mozart

    by Audrey118 Updated Jul 4, 2003

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    I have been to several European countries and funny that this silly act seems to be very popular in most tourist spot.
    It was very popular at least in Germany and my husband actually gave him 2 euro.

    Especially common are men in gold or silver...and here a golden Mozart...you drop a nickel or two and he bow or do something or you can pose with him for a photo etc...!!! But this bloke was harrassed by many school kids who were in the last week of school term, and most were out in the city for some kind of excursion.

    Mozart in Gold!!!
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