St. Stephen’s Cathedral or Stephansdom is the main church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop. This gothic cathedral can be found at the heart of Vienna in the Stephansplatz where ruins of two earlier churches used to stand.It is considered the most important religious building in Vienna and it has witnessed many historical events. Its colored tile roof is one of the city’s notable symbols.
The cathedral was badly damaged in the Second World War, but it was restored seven years after. The pulpit is one of the highlights of the church’s interior was built in 1513 as a tribute to Anton Pilgram. There are a total of 18 altars in the main church and more in the five smaller chapels. There are also tombs, catacombs and crypts of Viennese royalty including Prince Eugene of Savoy.
You can also visit the South tower and climb its 343 steps to get a great view for 3. It is open from 9am to 5:30pm. The North tower has a lift which can be used to see the sights. If you want to go on a guided tour, you may choose between English and German speaking guides.
The church is still used for regular services and events. It is open Mondays to Saturdays from 6am to 10pm and 7am-10pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Stephansdom 3., Stephansplatz
Tel. 515 52 – 3526
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