Stephansdom Cathedral

Stephansdom Cathedral

Towering over Stephansplatz in the heart of Vienna city centre, St Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna.

Stephansdom, one of Vienna's most recogniseable symbols, standards on the ruins of an earlier ancient Roman church, built and dedicated to St. Stephen in 1147. Of this, only the Giant's Gate and the Heathen Towers still remain.

Stephansdom from the outside

The cathedral is crowned by a 137-metre tall spire. The Gothic-style Steffl tower, or Little Stephan, as it's ironically known, can be seen from all over Vienna. A snail's-pace climb up the tower's staircase will reward you with unforgettable views over the city centre. 

Admire the cathedral's striking multi-coloured roof, made up of 230,000 glazed tiles in ornate chevron patterns and the distinctive double-headed eagle, symbol of the historic Habsburg dynasty.

Inside Stephansdom

The many different architectural styles visible inside Stephansdom pay testament to Vienna's complex history: see Gothic naves, side chapels and choirs side by side with Baroque features like the High Altar. Visit the elaborate tombs of the many important people who have had the honour of being buried inside the cathedral throughout history, and it was the site of Mozart's wedding and funeral.

Stephansdom's vaults also guard a huge collection of artwork spanning a number of centuries. Some of the highlights of the cathedral include:

  • The Pummerin ('Boomer') Bell: the original Pummerin was cast out of over 200 cannons seized from Turkish troops after the 1705 siege of Vienna. In the fire of 1945, the almost 50,000 lb bell crashed to the floor of the destroyed south tower. Its replacement, now located in the sturdier north tower, is the largest bell in Austria.
  • The catacombs: excavated in the 18th century, the ossuaries contain the remains of over 10,000 Viennese citizens.
  • The image of Christ crucified, above the altar in the Chapel of the Cross, has a beard made of real human hair. According to legend, the hair still continues to grow!

Cathedral Museum (Dom und Diözesanmuseum)

The Cathedral Museum has in its collection religious paintings from the 18th century, sculptures of the Virgin and Child dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and even some Medieval-age carvings. Stephansdom's most precious objects are now housed in their own exhibiton: the Treasure is found in the cathedral's west gallery.

The heart of Vienna

Stephansdom is one of Vienna's most important monuments and a must-see on any trip to the Austrian capital. Its location in the heart of the city makes it the perfect place around which to centre your sightseeing, as it's surrounded by numerous other places to visit, as well as excellent restaurants and cafés.

Schedule

The Cathedral is usually open from 6 or 7 am until 10 pm daily for churchgoers, however visiting hours are as follows:
Monday to Saturday: from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Sundays and public holidays: from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Price

Cathedral: free entry.
Guided English speaking tours (Monday to Saturday 10:30 am, meet at pulpit)
Adults: €6.
Children between 14 and 18 years old: €3.50.
Children under 14 years old: €2.50.
Catacomb tours (every day, taking place every 30 minutes)
Adults: €6.
Children between 14 and 18 years old: €3.50.
Children under 14 years old: €2.50.
South Tower climb
Adults: €5.
Children between 14 and 18 years old: €3.
Children between 6 and 14 years old: €2.
Lift to the Pummerin (North Tower)
Adults: €6.
Children between 6 and 14 years old: €2.50.
Children under 6 years old: €0.50.
All-inclusive ticket
Includes guided tour and entry to Catacombs, South Tower, North Tower and Treasury
Adults: €19.90.

Transport

U-bahn: Stephansplatz on lines U1 and U3.
Bus: Stephansplatz on lines 1A, 2A and 3A.

Nearby places

Mozarthaus Vienna (182 m) Peterskirche Vienna (248 m) Clock Museum (382 m) Imperial Crypt (402 m) Spanish Riding School (504 m)