This gothic cathedral is right in the centre of Vienna and has brightly coloured zig-zag roof tiles. It’s another of the city’s landmarks and it’s well worth looking inside as it’s packed with history. You can see Austria’s largest bell in the North Tower, but our recommendation would be to climb the steps up the South Tower for a terrific view of central Vienna. If you fancy going down, rather than up, you can also visit the catacombs on the regular guided tours which run at the Cathedral. This is an extract from our free Vienna City Guide.
There are lots of highlights to look out for around the cathedral but our favourite was the incredible Gothic pulpit (pictured above) which dates back to the 1500s. The carvings are so detailed they are haunting and look also for the lizards and toads! You wouldn’t know it now, but the cathedral was severely damaged by fire in the last days of the second world war and was re-built within the space of 7 years.
Cathedral Tours in English take place daily at 3.45pm with an adult tour price of 4.50 Euros (2012 prices). The South tower is open 9am-5.30pm daily and adult admission is 3.50 Euros (2012 prices).
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Stephansdom, Stephansplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 151552 3767 (administration)
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