The Stephansdom in Vienna

The Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Vienna

The Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Vienna ©ChrisYunker

Vienna is the beautiful capital city of Austria with numerous tourist attractions.

Today we would like to present the Stephansdom, which is also known as the Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Vienna. It has survived many wars and became an important symbol of the freedom of Vienna. The church was built in Gothic style in the year 1147, but its brick roof made in diamond form was added in 1952.

The Stephansdom in Vienna has been the subject of several books, pictures and studies.

The uniqueness of the cathedral as well as its numerous details make the Saint Stephen’s Cathedral a treasure of architecture . The altars, the arches, the towers, the images: every detail has purpose and history.

The interior of the Stephansdom

The interior of the Stephansdom ©max.pfandl/Flick

The history of the Stephansdom in Vienna

The bell of the Stephansdom is one of the largest bells in the world and was made of iron obtained from a cannon captured from the Turks in 1683. The bell rings every year in the city announcing the coming of the New Year.

The Saint Stephen‘s Cathedral was destroyed by fire for several times until the end of the Second World War. But every citizen gave a helping hand and the cathedral was rebuilt in just seven years: the emblem of Austria and the symbol of the Austrian identity was reborn from the ashes once again.

With almost three million visitors a year, the Cathedral of Saint Stephen is the number one attraction of the city. You can climb the south tower or the north tower (Pummerin) of the Stephansdom.

The brick roof of the Stephansdom in Vienna

The brick roof of the Stephansdom in Vienna ©iz4aks/Flick

Visiting the Cathedral of Saint Stephen

If you want to climb the Cathedral of Saint Stephen you have 343 steps to the top of the southern tower. The fee for this tower is 3.5 € for adults, 2 € for children between 15-18 years and 1 € for children between 6-14 years.

To climb the north tower, also known as the Pummerin you have to pay a fee of 4.5 € for adults, 1.5 € for children between 6-15 years and 0.5 € for children under 6 years.

The Stephansdom is opened from Monday to Saturday. The schedule of the cathedral varies depending on season. From April to October it is opened from 8:30 to 5:30 p.m., in July and august is opened from 8:30 to 18:00 and between November and March it is opened from 8:30 to 17:00.

The Saint Stephen’s Cathedral is located at the address: Stephansplatz, Vienna, Austria. You can get there by bus (1A, 2A or 3A) or by subway (Stephansplatz).

The Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Vienna

The Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Vienna ©ChrisYunker

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