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4-hour Vienna City Tour with Private Guide
"Create your own itinerary based on your person interests and preferences and visit places that only locals know about in the center of Vienna. We will organize your tour the transport and the logistics in advance so that you can make the most of your time. Meet your tour guide at your pre-arranged time and place probably your hotel. Together with the tour guide you will start with a transfer by “Vienna Ring Sightseeing Tram” along the famous ring street with its famous buildings starting with the Opera House continuing to the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) to the Parliament the Museums Quarter (a complex of different museums and cafés) along the famous Ring Street. After a stop in a typical Vienna coffé house and a Sacher cake we continue into the very center where in the middle of it rises the emblem of Vienna the St. Stephan´s Cathedral. After taking the elevator to the top and visiting the inside of this beautiful cathedral you continue with your private tour guide to the Graben – Vienna´s finest address for exclusive shopping along with the Kärntnerstrasse. which is famous for it´s beauty and the Heuriger; the Heuriger are wine taverns with food – which can only be prepared by the family who owns the tavern. The is only allowed to come from the own vineyard. There will be traditional folkloric “Schrammel mu
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Private 3-Hour Walking Tour of Vienna
"After your guide meets you at your centrally located hotel you will walk and see the famous landmarks of Vienna such as the former Habsburg residence ""Hofburg Palace"" get a splendid view of Ringstreet Opera house City hall Parliament Museums
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Private Guided Tour of Musical Vienna
"After meeting at the designated meeting point you will start your tour with a private transfer to the second largest cemetery in Europe – Central Cemetery where you visit graves of Beethoven Schubert Brahms Johann Strauss Jr. and other musical legends. Once you get back to the city centre you will walk in the footsteps of Haydn Mozart
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Stephansdom - St. Stephen's Cathedral Tips (252)

Opening Times Of St. Stephen’s

Opening times of St. Stephen’s, with some restriction during services:
Monday to Saturday: 06:00 - 22:00
Sundays and Public Holidays: 07:00 - 22:00
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Guided Tours:
Monday to Saturday
between 9 am and 11.30 am, and
between 1 pm and 4.30 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays
between 1 pm and 4.30

Cathedral Tour:
all year round, takes about 30 minutes, meeting point: pulpit
Monday to Saturday: 10.30 am and 3 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays: 3 pm
€ 4,50
Tower Climb:
Monday to Sunday: 9 am - 5.30 pm
€ 3,50

At the city center, metro U1 / U3 interchange.

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lotharscheer
Oct 24, 2016

The symbol of Vienna

This beautiful cathedral sits at the center of the old town in Vienna.

Admission is free, with donations accepted. Once inside you can choose to enter the treasury or the towers. We passed.

The cathedral inside is stunning, with some beautiful chapels and high alter.

We spent about 30 minutes and saw everything.

A must see and do while in Vienna.

The cathedral is currently being restored on the outside.

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jlanza29
Apr 28, 2016

Main Cathedral of Vienna (2)

part two of my tips with more pictures inside.

one of the Tallest Roman Catholic Cathedral in Europe can be found at the Center of the Inner Stadt of Vienna, the St. Stephen's Cathedral (also known as the Stephansdom. It has a height of 137 Meters (the Belfry) and has twin spires and the main roof has a height of 111 meters. The Cathedral was built in 1160 AD and had undergone several renovations since then. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna and was the primary Cathedral of the Habsburg Empire and the Holy Roman Empire for a time. The Cathedral was dedicated to Saint Stephen, the one who was stoned to death by Saul of Tarsus (Now Saint Paul) The Cathderal occupies the center of the Stephansplatz area of Vienna and inside it the cathedral, it has 18 altars, 5 chapels and a Gothic Design plus 4 towers of which have different heights. Inside the catacombs of the church are famous Austrian and Habsburg and German Personalities such as Prince Eugene of Savoy, Frederick III (Holy Roman Emperor), Habsburg duke Rudolph IV, etc.

the church is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday to Saturdays
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sundays

Admission is Free

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machomikemd
Feb 09, 2016

Main Cathedral of Vienna (1)

one of the Tallest Roman Catholic Cathedral in Europe can be found at the Center of the Inner Stadt of Vienna, the St. Stephen's Cathedral (also known as the Stephansdom. It has a height of 137 Meters (the Belfry) and has twin spires and the main roof has a height of 111 meters. The Cathedral was built in 1160 AD and had undergone several renovations since then. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna and was the primary Cathedral of the Habsburg Empire and the Holy Roman Empire for a time. The Cathedral was dedicated to Saint Stephen, the one who was stoned to death by Saul of Tarsus (Now Saint Paul) The Cathderal occupies the center of the Stephansplatz area of Vienna and inside it the cathedral, it has 18 altars, 5 chapels and a Gothic Design plus 4 towers of which have different heights. Inside the catacombs of the church are famous Austrian and Habsburg and German Personalities such as Prince Eugene of Savoy, Frederick III (Holy Roman Emperor), Habsburg duke Rudolph IV, etc.

the church is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday to Saturdays
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sundays

Admission is Free

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Feb 09, 2016
 
 
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St Stephan's Cathedral

I found St Stephan’s Dom (Cathedral) one of the most spectacular Cathedrals of our entire trip of Europe. Opened in 1160, it must be one of the oldest. I just love the amount of history.
Outside, I most love the mosaic tiled roof. I also loved the enormous pipe organs inside.
The height of the cathedral is 137 mts. For me, only Cologne Cathedral comes close to the impressiveness of this one.

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Kate-Me
Jun 03, 2015

Stephansdom

In the heart of Vienna’s 1st district, its city centre, sits Stephansdom, a magnet that seems to draw tourists and locals alike. The streets around it and Stephansplatz itself are always busy – it is the place to meet, the place to relax, and of course for many still, the place to worship. It is also seen as the emblem of Austria and symbol of Austrian identity, as the coats of arms emblazoned in colourful tiles on its roof will testify.

There has been a church dedicated to St Stephen on this site since the middle of the 12th century, but that original building has suffered several almost total destructions and been rebuilt each time. A fire in 1258 left it in ruins and a new church was built on the foundations, which was consecrated on 23 April 1263, an event still marked each year by the ringing of the great bell, the Pummerin. During the 14th and 15th centuries the church was expanded, with choirs and transepts added, and eventually, in 1430, the old structure was removed to leave something like what we see today. The south tower was completed in 1433, and foundation for a north tower was laid in 1450, although this was abandoned when major work on the cathedral ceased in 1511. It did get finished eventually, in 1578, but to a much lower height.

St. Stephen's Cathedral was severely damaged by fire in the last days of the Second World War and virtually reduced to rubble. This was despite the efforts of Captain Gerhard Klinkicht, leading the retreating German forces, who ignored an order to "fire a hundred shells and leave it in just debris and ashes” in order to preserve it. Unfortunately however local looters caused the damage that he had prevented, when fires they started in the surrounding shops spread to the cathedral - the roof collapsed, much of the structure was reduced to rubble and some of the valuable art works were lost, including some beautiful 15th century choir stalls. Others however, such as the pulpit, survived, protected by brick walls built for the purpose. Rebuilding began immediately and took just seven years; Vienna’s emblem had risen once more from the ashes.

Today a visit here is a must if you want to sense something of the Viennese character and pride in their history. The first thing to strike most visitors is the unusual ornate and richly coloured roof, covered with 230,000 glazed tiles. On the south side these form a mosaic of the double-headed eagle symbolic of the Habsburg while on the north side the coats of arms of the City of Vienna and of the Republic of Austria are depicted. The best way to see these is to go up the towers – see next tip for more about this.

But at ground level there is also much to admire. Outside the walls are adorned with a large number of memorials, carvings and other details to attract the camera, and the great doors
Look out too for the large “O5” symbol carved in the wall to the right of the entrance – the 5 was intended to represent an E and therefore “OE” = “Ö” = “Österreich”, that is Austria. The symbol is nowadays under protective glass.

The interior is beautiful and full of interest too of course. The 17th century marble high altar has a painting depicting the stoning of St Stephen, the cathedral’s patron saint. He is flanked by a number of local saints (Leopold, Florian, Sebastian and Rochus) while above him St Mary points the way to heaven (St Stephen was the first Christian martyr).

Elsewhere look out for the Wiener Neustädter Altar at the head of the north nave, with a beautifully carved and gilded triptych (only open on Sundays and feast days), and the stunning gothic pulpit. If you want to really take in everything here, rent an audio guide or join one of the regular guided tours.

It is best to visit at the following times if you want to avoid church services and be able to look all over the cathedral:
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 - 11.30 and 13.00 – 16.30
Sundays and Public Holidays: 13.00 – 16.30
You can access certain parts, around the sides, without paying, but entry to most of it entails paying a small fee. You pay extra for the catacombs and towers (see below) and if you want an audio guide. We had been before, many years ago, so on our “sightseeing visit” this time we only strolled around the perimeter and went up one tower. That was on the Monday ...

Alternatively you can of course attend a Mass, without charge (though I hope you would make a donation in the collection!). On a Sunday morning the main service, at 10.15, has music arranged by the cathedral’s music section and advertised in advance on the website (see below). We went and heard beautiful singing of a mass by Schubert which was also being broadcast on national radio.

My photos show:
Photo one – the interior from near the entrance
Photo two – relief portrait of Anton Pilgram who sculpted the pulpit, near the entrance to the north tower (thought to be a self-portrait)
Photo three – the impressive west front
Photo four – one of a number of memorials from the time the area outside the cathedral was a cemetery, now mounted on its exterior walls (this one is on the west front, left of the main door) Photo five – the pulpit known as the Capistran, which these days is mounted outside the cathedral (north east corner) – from this, St. John Capistrano and the Hungarian general John Hunyadi preached a crusade in 1456 to hold back Muslim invasions of Christian Europe

Next tip: the cathedral towers

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toonsarah
Jul 05, 2014

STEPHANSDOM - INTERIOR

Golly, how many outstanding churches can a city have!

I loved the exterior of the Cathedral, especially the beautifully patterned and coloured roof, but the interior, with its bright coloured lights, just didn't seem to be right! I think it is only lit like this at night.
In a night-club - yes!
In a Church - NO! The coloured lights looked like they should be in a nightclub and not a Church!

The inside has a high Gothic vaulted ceiling, central nave and a stone Gothic pulpit adorned with statues of animals and saints. Interesting, the high Altar is Baroque and made from marble and features four saints. The central painting shows the martyrdom of St. Stephen.
The Wiener Neustädter Altar has a winged altarpiece showing saints and scenes from the lives of Jesus and Mary.

You can see the red marble tomb of Emperor Frederick III from 1513, which is decorated in Renaissance style with several hundred statues and 32 coats of arms, also the catacombs, where the bones of thousands of locals are stocked.

If you want to see everything, it is best to by the "all inclusive tour ticket"

Your FREE TO WANDER AROUND AND LOOK YOURSELF, but you won't see everything.

THE CATHEDRAL IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Monday - Saturday 6 - 10pm
Sundays and Public Holidays 7 am - 10 pm

TOURS IN 2014
Monday to Saturday between 9 am and 11.30 am, and 1 pm and 4.30 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays between 1 pm and 4.30 pm

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR Cathedral Tour - Audioguide * Catacombs *
South-Tower * North-Tower * Treasure
Adult EUR 16,00 Child (up to 14 years) EUR 2,90

CATHEDRAL ONLY Meeting point: pulpit
Daily Tour 3PM
In English Monday to Saturday 10.30 am
Adults 5 euros Children (up to 14 yrs) 2 euros

CATACOMB TOURS - all year round. (Tours take place every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on demand – see the board by the stairs to the catacombs for details!)
Meeting point: stairs to the catacombs

Monday to Saturday 10 am – 11.30 am and 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Sundays and Public Hols. 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

PRICES
Adults 5 euros Children 2 euros

TREASURY
Monday to Saturday10am - 6.00 pm
Sundays and Public Holidays from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm
PRICESS
Adult EUR 5,00 Children 2 euros

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balhannah
May 25, 2014

STEPHANSDOM OUTSIDE WALLS

After I had seen the interior of the Church, it was time to go for a walk and look around the walls. I'm so glad I did, as the walls are full of art works, reliefs and sculptures depicting various scenes of the life of Jesus Christ as well as other religious and historical events.

Before moving away from Giants gate, I noticed two iron bars embedded in the Cathedral wall. These happen to be Vienna's set of measures for verifying the lengths of cloth sold in medieval times. The iron bars are to the left of Giants gate, around one meter high and embedded in the stone. I wondered why they were embedded on the Cathedral's walls and not somewhere else?

Look on the other side of Giants gate, and on the façade and underneath the old tombstones the number 0 5 can be seen engraved in the stone. That was a code of the Austrian resistance movement during the 2nd world war. The name Österreich was forbidden by the third Reich.

Next, I came across the “Relief of Christ in Gethsemane.” Gethsemane is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, made famous as the place where Jesus and his disciples are said to have prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion.

Walking around the side brought me to many more tombstones that were beautifully sculptured.
One memorial tablet was about Jesus and his disciples who are said to have prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion. There is one on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's relationship with the cathedral as a music director shortly before his death. Mozart was married here and two of his children were baptized here, plus his funeral was held in the Chapel of the Cross inside.

There is plenty of interest to view on the walls!

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May 25, 2014
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STEPHANSDOM ROOF & TOWERS

The Stephansdom has towers that are known as the Pagan towers, probably as material from Roman buildings was used to construct the towers. Between the towers is the main entrance to the cathedral via the Giant's Gate.

The South tower is known as "Little Stephen," even though this gothic tower's spire reaches a height of 137 meters and towers high over Vienna's inner city. Inside is a spiral staircase leading from the sacristy to the top, a total of 418 steps.

Opposite, is the north tower. Work on this Tower stopped in 1511. In 1556, instead of continuing building in gothic style, Renaissance style was decided upon. It was never finished and is only 68 meters high, roughly half the height of the south tower. I think it is a shame that this beautiful Cathedral doesn't have two Gothic Towers!

This Tower has a Belfry and houses the Pummerin bell, made from the metal of captured Turkish cannons. The bell is the largest in the Stephansdom and even one of the largest in Europe. Take and elevator to the top of the North Tower for panoramic views.

What can I say about the roof - I loved it. The roof is decorated with more than two hundred thousand glazed tiles which form an enormous mosaic of a double headed eagle (symbol of the Holy Roman Empire) and the coats of arms of Vienna and Austria. It looks great!

It is hard to make out from a photo, but when there, you can see the gold plated Weather Cock on the choir roof of St. Stephens. The cock is a guardian against the devil, is a symbol of vigilance, a symbol of light, because he crows before sunrise, thereby announcing the coming light. So finally the cock refers to Jesus, who leads people from darkness to light.

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balhannah
May 25, 2014

STEPHANSDOM - EXTERIOR

The mighty Stephansdom or St. Stephen's Cathedral is nearly all Gothic, only I couldn't see all of it, as once again it was a Church with scaffolding - not the best for photos!

This Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. Stand here and imagine back to what Vienna was like in 1137 when the first Romanesque church was built on this site. In the 13th century it was remodelled and continued to be altered and added to, till quite recent times.
The church was promoted to the status of cathedral in 1469. The Stephansdom has defied all odds and is still standing nearly 900 years since it was built.

What I noticed about the exterior, was the number of stone-carved animals. Now I know they were here as a symbol of the struggle between good and evil. Evidently, using stone carved animals as symbols is quite an ancient custom.

I love gargoyles and those on St. Stephens were in the form of dogs, lions and dragons. Inside the church, lizards and toads symbolize the pulpit running the everlasting battle between good and evil, crowned at the top by a dog.

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balhannah
May 25, 2014

St. Stephens Cathedral and Stephensplatz

St. Stephens Cathedral and Stephensplatz is well known touristic attraction and symbol of Vienna. It is also a popular meeting place and for my first all-myself-arranged trip its high spears was a main orientation point in my exploring Vienna's old town.

Its architectures style is very interesting. It remind me on several similar but smaller (by its size and by its importance) like for example famous Matthias Church in Budapest. It is hard to make a unique insight on such a popular place. I don't even wish to do that. It is place you cannot miss and it is worth of time to explore its interior at least on your first visit. That is also a first stop for all organized touristic tours from Balkan as I assume it is for everywhere else. I find a information that this cathedral was visited by more then three millions tourists per year. And that is very impressive!

Besides enjoying in its splendid interior design by self or with your tour guide you can enjoy in other touristic advantage. For visitors is allowed to climb up St. Stephen's Cathedral (South Tower, Türmer Stube), take the lift up to the Pummerin (North Tower) and visit its catacombs. There is a souvenirs shop of course. Prices are not high. I have nice cheap postcard.
From building itself I like the roof mosaic especial. Roof tour it is not include or allowed, of course. All architecture lowers must go outside and admired it from far. In fact, the roof is so steep that its cleaning doing only mother nature. I found it that roof consist of 230000 glazed tiles. Its nice ornaments are very interesting. What a imagination especial because its style somehow don't seems to me to belong it there. It definitely "ruing" greyest of its splendor look. It simply reflect its long history. The cathedral is consecrated in 1147.

Note that this is also and cathedral with very rich religious life. In fact this is a main church of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. Seven services are held on weekdays and ten on Sundays. The main feast day of 26 December. is also important to behave in accordance to respect of this holly place.

Stephandom it would be and nice photo object but you need to be very creative if you don't have a good camera. It is to big to "put" in photo as object. But there is a very cool details you could find and "save" with your camera.

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Odiseya
Feb 16, 2014

Stephensdom Catacombs , a must see

St Stephens Vienna is a very old Church but what is below is very creepy!
I have been to Vienna several times since the first visit in 1983 when I worked for the then Blue Danube Radio. This huge Church is in the centre of Vienna and is one of the main tourist attractions as well as being a fully functional Cathedral. There are regular tours of the Catacombs below the church.......this can cost a few Euro/s per person....and it is suggested you tip the guide...on our visit the Guide is a young man who does his talks to the visitors in English and German and he told us he is studying law in Vienna; There are bones and full skeletons of Plague Victims and some grissly stories of how they got there.....High Up Church Cardinals are buried there, and there is a crypt with sealed urns containing the internal Organs of the Hapsburg Royal Family....no pictures allowed there now, but I took some back in 1983 and have digitised these......same bones, well sealed off from the public.......when Plague victims were first interred there was quite a problem with churchgoers, especially in summer as you could well imagine?
The tour takes about half an hour and the tour guide assured us the place is not haunted and there have even been people down there testing for ghosts.......
We arrive back in daylight up some icy stone stairs (we visited just before Christmas 2013) and at this location at the side of the massive church are horse and carriage....we took the short ride of around 25 minutes with the charming young Katie and her horses Max and Philip...Katie spoke really good english and knows about all the places on the coach route.....we we given blankets as of course it was chilly in this open carriage....gives the best view, but there are also enclosed carriages available.
Now outside the main church entrance you are likely to be confronted by young men dressed in period outfits selling tickets to a concert at Schonbrunn Palacw.....we fell for it, bought two tickets for a senior and a University Student...cost just under a 100 euro's for two people...some tickets can cost a lot more, especially for the so called VIP seats.....well this concert a few nights later was not in the main Palace, but in the former stables....No photos allowed......just 18 Orchestra members, the concert lasted less than 2 hours with interval, some of the ticket sellers are also in the orchestra....there is a man and a lady vocalist, and a married couple who do some ballet, and these two appear to have passed their "use-by" date...the music , well there's some Strauss and it all ends with the Radetsky March giving the audience that "Vienna New Year's Concert" experience....the New Year's Concert tickets can sell for up to 1200 euro/s so many think they are getting a bargain at this concert! During the interval i was charged 4 euro/s for one small bottle of Coca Cola....I would suggest you look at what's on in Vienna and book for a Strauss Operetta...usually there is one playing with a much larger Orchestra and many on stage....costs a bit more, but much much better! The interior of the St Stephen's Church has been well covered by others , and you can take pictures without flash. There is a souvenir shop in the Church and others outside in the street which cost a little less...Souvenirs in Vienna are mostly made in China these days.........so keep your picture memories, the city is still beautiful and charming.....I noticed T shirts selling for 49 euro/s!!! This is an absolute rip-off! At the nearby u-bahn station near the escalator you can look down through a glass panel at a former chapel which had been found when the U-ban tunnel was being dug out.......this is so nice to see, and the chapel dates back hundreds of years..

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Jan 23, 2014

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