St Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Stephansplatz, Dunaj, Avstrija

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St Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna is the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria.

With almost three million visitors to Vienna a year. St Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna is the number one attraction in the city: Tours in and around the Cathedral feature plenty of worthwhile things to see and lots of interesting information. You can also climb up St Stephen’s Cathedral (South Tower, Türmer Stube), take the lift up to the Pummerin (North Tower), or go down into the catacombs.

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral is 107.2 meters long and 34.2 meters wide. It has four towers. The tallest of these is the south tower at 136.44 meters. The tower room, from which there is a gigantic view across Vienna, is reached via 343 steps. A total of 13 bells hang here. However, the best-known bell of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Pummerin, is located in the 68.3 meter-tall north tower.

It is the second-biggest free-swinging chimed church bell in Europe. On the roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, colorful roof tiles were laid to create the Royal and Imperial double-headed eagle and the coat of arms of the city of Vienna. The interior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral was changed again and again over the centuries, right through to the Baroque period.

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In addition to valuable altars and side chapels, the impressive cathedral treasure can also be seen, including relics decorated with gold and precious stones, monstrances, liturgical texts and books as well as vestments. Numerous important people were also given their final resting place in St. Stephen’s Cathedral: Emperor Friedrich III. was buried in an impressive marble sarcophagus.

The tomb’s cover slab alone weighs eight tonnes. Prince Eugene of Savoy has his final resting place in a private chapel. And famous names buried in the catacombs of St. Stephen’s Cathedral include the Habsburg duke Rudolph IV. “the founder”, who laid the foundation stone for the Gothic reconstruction of the cathedral in 1359. In addition, the graves of Vienna’s cardinals and archbishops can be found in the catacombs.

Easter concerts and Advent concerts are also held each year in St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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To get to know St. Stephen’s Cathedral even better, you are invited to take part in a guided tour of the cathedral and the catacombs, and to visit the two towers. 

If you decide to visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral with your own guide, observe the following tour schedule so as not to disturb church services:

Monday to Saturday
Between 9 am and 11.30 am and between 1.00 pm and 4.30 pm.

Sundays and Public Holidays
Between 1 pm and 4.30 pm.

  • Guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes daily
  • English guided tour of the Cathedral, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo – Sa, 10:30
  • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo – Sa, 10:00 – 10:30
  • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Mo – Sa, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes Su, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Guided tour of the catacombs, every quarter or half an hour, duration approx. 30 minutes on holidays, 13:30 – 16:30
  • Elevator to the Pummerin bell (January – June & September – December) daily, 08:15 – 16:25
  • Elevator to the Pummerin bell (July & August) daily, 08:15 – 18:00
  • Ascend the South Tower of the Cathedral daily, 09:00 – 17:30
  • July – September: Evening tour including tour of the roof Sa, 19:00
  • Main entrance
    • no steps (Double swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
  • Side entrance
    • 3 Steps (Double swinging doors 90 cm wide )
  • Further information
    • Seeing eye dogs allowed
  • Comments

    Access to the Treasuries and museum by elevator (warning: steps!), not wheelchair-accessible, daily from 10 am – 6 pm. Closed Sun and public holidays.
    North Tower: access via elevator only (door width: 65 cm) and 12 steps (not wheelchair-accessible). South Tower: 343 steps (not wheelchair-accessible).
    Parking space for visitors with disabilities (Singerstrasse).

Sunday and festivities:

  • 7:30 
  • 9:30 
  • 11:00 – Latin
  • 12:00 
  • 18.00
  • 19.00
  • 21.00 

Weekdays:

  • 7.30 
  • 12.00 
  • 18.00 – Saturdays
  • 19.00 – English

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is 107.2 meters long and 34.2 meters wide. It has four towers. The tallest of these is the south tower at 136.44 meters. The tower room, from which there is a gigantic view across Vienna, is reached via 343 steps. A total of 13 bells hang here. However, the best-known bell of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Pummerin, is located in the 68.3 meter-tall north tower.

It is the second-biggest free-swinging chimed church bell in Europe. On the roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, colorful roof tiles were laid to create the Royal and Imperial double-headed eagle and the coat of arms of the city of Vienna. The interior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral was changed again and again over the centuries, right through to the Baroque period.

A visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a must for every visitor to Vienna.

In addition to valuable altars and side chapels, the impressive cathedral treasure can also be seen, including relics decorated with gold and precious stones, monstrances, liturgical texts and books as well as vestments. Numerous important people were also given their final resting place in St. Stephen’s Cathedral: Emperor Friedrich III. was buried in an impressive marble sarcophagus.

The tomb’s cover slab alone weighs eight tonnes. Prince Eugene of Savoy has his final resting place in a private chapel. And famous names buried in the catacombs of St. Stephen’s Cathedral include the Habsburg duke Rudolph IV. “the founder”, who laid the foundation stone for the Gothic reconstruction of the cathedral in 1359. In addition, the graves of Vienna’s cardinals and archbishops can be found in the catacombs.

Easter concerts and Advent concerts are also held each year in St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

We bring you our recommendations for hotels for every pocket in Vienna and the distance from the St Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna.

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Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof

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  • One of top picks in Vienna. Built in 1913, Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof is located in the centre of the first district of Vienna, only a few steps from the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
  • Air-conditioned rooms are very spacious and comfortably furnished. The Viennese studio Einwaller decorated the rooms and other parts of the hotel with 21st century interpretations of various styles, from Baroque to Art Déco.
  • Offers a varied spa programme in an elegant and relaxed atmosphere. The spa covers 250 m² over 2 floors and includes 2 saunas and a steam room. A fitness centre is also available on site.
  • The surrounding historic part of Vienna is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Kohlmarkt and Graben luxury shopping streets as well as St. Stephen’s Cathedral can be reached within less than a 5-minute walk from the Hotel.
  • This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Vienna!
  • 0.2 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • 5 stars
  • Wonderful 9 /10 Score from 2,848 reviews
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Park Hyatt Vienna

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  • 0.4 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • One of top picks in Vienna.
  • The Park Hyatt Vienna is located in the city centre’s Golden Quarter, in a former bank building dating back to the early 1900s and combines luxury with Viennese elegance.
  • It offers a luxurious wellness area with an indoor swimming pool, a 24-hour reception, and an à la carte restaurant.
  • Ranging from 35 to 170 m² in size, the air-conditioned rooms and suites at the Park Hyatt are elegantly furnished, combining modern appliances with typical Viennese décor.
  • Guests can choose from various dining options, including brasserie classics and modern drinks at the historical The Bank Brasserie & Bar, a selection of whiskys at the Living Room cigar lounge, traditional Viennese coffee specialities at the Café am Hof and afternoon tea at the Lounge.
  • At the in-house wellness area Arany Spa guests can indulge in a vast selection of relaxing beauty and body treatments or exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness centre and at the 15-metre-long indoor swimming pool.
  • Some of Vienna’s most famous sights, including Saint Stephen’s Square and Cathedral, and the Kärntner Straße shopping street, can be easily reached within a 5-minute walk from the Park Hyatt.
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Vienna! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
  • 5 stars
  • Wonderful 9.3 /10 Score from 527 reviews
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Hotel König von Ungarn

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  • 0.2 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Vienna’s oldest hotel is located directly in the city centre, only 50 m away from Saint Stephen’s Cathedral and in the immediate vicinity of many other sights.
  • Founded in 1746, Hotel König von Ungarn (King of Hungary) first served as the guesthouse of the archbishop and is especially popular with cultural travellers and lovers of opera, concerts and theatre.
  • All rooms are individually designed and charmingly furnished. The glass-covered interior courtyard invites to relax in a traditional ambience.
  • The Restaurant König von Ungarn serves classic Viennese and Austrian cuisine as well as a wide selection of fine Austrian wines.
  • A short walk of a few minutes takes you via St. Stephen’s Square and Kärntner Straße to the State Opera. Stephansplatz Underground Station that connects to Line U1 and U3 can be reached within a 3-minute walk.
  • The name was inspired by the Hungarian nobility, who used to stay here in the times of the empire.
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Vienna! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
  • 4 stars
  • Wonderful 9.2 /10 Score from 1,266 reviews
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Schlosshotel Römischer Kaiser

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  • 0.6 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedra
  • One of top picks in Vienna.
  • The Schlosshotel Römischer Kaiser is one of Vienna’s most traditional hotels, offering an ideal city centre location in a quiet side street of Kärntner Straße. The Karlsplatz Underground Station (lines U4, U1, U2) can be reached within a 5-minute walk.
  • Built in 1684 and family-owned since 1904, this small baroque palace is only a few minutes’ walk from the State Opera, the Hofburg Imperial Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a laptop-sized safe and a minibar. Coffee is also available in the lobby, 24 hours a day.
  • A rich breakfast buffet is available from 07:00 to 11:00 and breakfast can also be consumed in the privacy of your room. Numerous restaurants, bars and cafés are in the immediate vicinity of hotel, as well as the Ringstraßengalerie, an inner-city shopping mall.
  • Combines a stylish ambience with modern comfort. All rooms and suites are individually furnished, and the bathrooms, fitted with a bath tub, are designed in an original Gianni Versace style.
  • This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Vienna! Guests are happier about it compared to other places
  • 4 stars
  • Excellent 8.9 /10 Score from 1,343 reviews
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Hotel Kärntnerhof

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  • 0.3 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • One of top picks in Vienna. Decorated in a blend of the Viennese Art Nouveau and Italian elegance, the Kärntnerhof is in a quiet location in central Vienna, only a 5-minute walk from Saint Stephen’s Cathedral. It has free in-room Wi-Fi.
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  • A large breakfast buffet is served every morning. In summer, guests can relax on the roof terrace. Private parking is available on site.
  • The Kärntner Straße and Graben shopping streets are just around the corner, and the Schwedenplatz metro station (line U4) can be reached in a 3-minute walk.
  • This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Vienna! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
  • 3 stars
  • Excellent 8.9 /10 Score from 1,343 reviews
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Hotel zur Wiener Staatsoper

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  • 0.5 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • One of top picks in Vienna. The family-run Hotel zur Wiener Staatsoper, built in 1896 in a neo-Baroque style, is in a side street of the Kärntner Straße shopping street, and only a 1-minute walk from the State Opera. The pedestrian zone starts right at the hotel’s doorstep.
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  • The rooms are all furnished in a traditional Viennese style, and each includes a flat-screen satellite TV, a portable fan, and a bathroom.
  • The staff of Hotel zur Wiener Staatsoper are happy to give you recommendations and arrange city tours, concert tickets and airport transportation.
  • Parking is available in a public garage nearby.
  • The Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Albertina museum and St. Stephen’s Cathedral can be reached in a few minutes. The nearest subway station (Karlsplatz, 3 underground lines) is a 2-minute walk away.
  • This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Vienna! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
  • 3 stars
  • Very Good 8.4 /10 Score from 620 reviews
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Kolping Wien Zentral

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  • 1.6 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • One of top picks in Vienna. The Kolping Wien Zentral is centrally located in the heart of Vienna, just over a quarter mile from the modern Museumsquartier. Wheelchair-accessible rooms, a 24-hour front desk and a spacious terrace are provided. The exterior facade was designed by the artist Karl Korab.
  • All rooms at this 2-star hotel are functionally furnished and have private bathrooms. Free access to Wi-Fi is available in public areas on the first floor and in some rooms.
  • Guests can enjoy breakfast (gluten-free and lactose-free on request) in the bright breakfast room, or on the terrace when the weather is nice. A grocery store is located in the building.
  • Kolping hotel is 229 m from the famous Naschmarkt (open-air market), with many restaurants and unique shops.
  • Kettenbrückengasse U-Bahn (subway) station is 293 m away. Guests can reach the center of Vienna’s Old Town in 10 minutes with public transportation. The Opera or St. Stephen’s Cathedral are a 15 to 30-minute walk away.
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Vienna! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
  • 2 stars
  • Very Good 8.4 /10 Score from 3,775 reviews
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Pension Stadthalle

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  • 3.1 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Located close to the Westbahnhof Train Station, Schönbrunn Palace and the Mariahilfer Straße, the Pension Stadthalle is only a few metres away from the Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna’s largest indoor arena.
  • The modern rooms all come with a flat-screen TV and an en-suite bathroom. Free WiFi is available.
  • A 2-minute walk from Pension Stadthalle, guests can relax in the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle’s garden and enjoy a drink at the bar. Breakfast is available there, as well.
  • Within a few minutes’ walking distance you will reach the Mariahilfer Straße, Vienna’s biggest shopping street. The Museum Quarter and the Spittelberg area with its many restaurants are only a few minutes away.
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Vienna! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
  • 2 stars
  • 3.1 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
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Derag Livinghotel An der Oper

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  • 0.8 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • One of top picks in Vienna.
  • Only 50 m away from the State Opera and the Karlsplatz Underground Station (lines U1, U2 and U4),
  • Offers flat-screen TVs and free access to WiFi. A public parking garage is 50 m away.
  • Some units features a kitchen with a dining area and each has a bathroom with a hairdryer. Bathrobes are available upon request.
  • The Kärntnerstraße Shopping Street and the Musikverein Concert Hall, where the New Year’s Concert takes place, are also just 200 m away from the Derag Livinghotel. Schönbrunn Palace is a 20-minute underground drive away and St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a 10-minute walk from the property.
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Vienna! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
  • Wonderful 9.1 /10 Score from 1,016 reviews
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