St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
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Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral: Top 5 highlights

One of Austria's most famous sights, Vienna's magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral attracts more than 1 million yearly visitors. Over 800 years old, St. Stephen's is a majestic ensemble of architectural styles – here are 5 of the treasures that await you there.

Giant's Door

Giant's Door

The ornate entrance got its name from a mastodon thighbone that hung above the door in the 15th century. Giant's Door and the flanking towers are the oldest parts of the cathedral.

High Altar

High Altar

St. Stephen's main part has 18 gorgeous altars. Amongst them, the 17th century High Altar is the most spectacular. Built over 7 years, it represents the stoning of St. Stephen.

Tomb of Emperor Frederick III

Tomb of Emperor Frederick III

This impressive raised sarcophagus carved out of thick red marble took 45 years to build. Decorated with more than 240 statues, it's a sublime specimen of medieval art.

Steffl

Steffl

Affectionately nicknamed "Steffl," St. Stephen's gigantic south tower is 136 meters tall. A dominant feature of Vienna's skyline, Steffl is one of the city's most iconic landmarks.

Catacombs

Catacombs

Due to the bubonic plague of 1735, the bones from cemeteries near St. Stephen's were moved to the catacombs below the cathedral, which now house the remains of over 11,000 people.

Our insider tips

Climb atop Steffl

Throughout history, St. Stephen's south tower, "Steffl," served as a watch post to guard the city. Though unused since 1955, the watch room still exists and is open to visitors. It's a steep climb up 343 steps, but those up to the challenge are rewarded with the most spectacular views of the entire city.

Visit the catacombs

St. Stephen's fascinating catacombs should not be missed. However, note that it's necessary to book a guided tour in order to visit the catacombs.

Attend mass

St. Stephen's regularly hosts mass, open to the public. The schedule of mass times is listed on their website.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday to Saturday, 6:00AM to 10:00PM, Sunday 7:00AM to 10:00PM. Tour hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00AM to 11:30AM, 1:00PM to 4:30PM and Sunday 1:00PM to 4:30PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    While it's free to enter, general and catacomb tours, as well as transportation options and packages will cost extra.
  • Will I need a guide?
    With over 800 years of history to cover, a guide is a great idea!
  • How to get there
    Take the U1 or U3 train to Stephansplatz and it's a short walk to the Cathedral.
  • Additional information

    • You may bring your own guide, but please make sure it's during tour hours so as not to disrupt those worshipping.

What people are saying about St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Exceptional, educational and very enjoyable.

Wolfgang was a fabulous guide. He has a vast amount of fascinating stories, a sense of humor and led our group skillfully and safely through the streets of Vienna. I give him more than five stars and recommend him to anyone who is looking for an exceptional and seasoned guide. I lead walking tours in San Francisco for San Francisco City Guides and it was a pleasure to be with a real professional like Wolfgang.

Professional guide is knowledgeable and friendly.

Katarina spent three hours walking and talking with us. She gave us a great introduction to Vienna, it’s history and culture. She answered our questions and gave us opportunities to rest.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts Reviewed by Bianca, 05/09/2018

In depth, broad ranging everything you want to know crammed into 3 hrs

Our guide Katerina was a delightful, intelligent and lively person whose introduction to Vienna was just what we needed. She was able to include politics, art, history, economics, military,religious and social history and the time flew by. So glad we booked this for our first morning in Vienna as it gave us the perfect orientation and set us off curious to learn more.

Vienna 3-Hour Walking Tour: City of Many Pasts Reviewed by Jessica, 05/08/2018

This is a great way to know Vienna in a fast-paced approach.

Herbert is a phenomenal tour guide. He’s engaging and very knowledgeable. Definitely recommend this tour to any newcomer to Vienna.

Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Fides, 04/05/2018

Herbert was a great tour guide - very interesting and funny!

I would definitely recommend this tour. It was a good introduction to Vienna. We got to see a lot of the sights, but, more importantly, we got a lot of the important history of the city in a casual, interesting way. Our tour guide, Herbert, was great!

Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Scott, 10/19/2017

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