St Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral interior © Mstyslav Chernov
St. Stephen's Cathedral interior © Mstyslav Chernov

The cathedral is one of the city's most recognisable symbols and the massive south tower, standing at 445 feet (136m) tall, is a dominant feature on the Vienna skyline. The 343 steps can be climbed for a fantastic view over the city.

St Stephan's Cathedral is the most important religious building in the city and is one of the greatest Gothic structures in Europe. It has been in a state of continual preservation and repair since its original construction in the 12th century due to fire, city sieges, and bombardment.

The cathedral is built of limestone and has an ornately patterned and richly coloured roof covered by glazed tiles. The interior is rich in wood carvings, sculptures, and paintings, and has numerous chapels and altars, as well as the catacombs, which can be visited on a guided tour. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was married here, had children baptised here, and his funeral was held in the Chapel of the Cross.

Address: Stephansplatz

Website: www.stephanskirche.at

Telephone: Guided tours: (+43) 151 552 3054

Transport: U-Bahn to Stephansplatz

Opening times: Daily 6am to 10pm (from 7am on Sundays). Various guided tours take place daily.

Admission: Free admission to the cathedral. All-inclusive Cathedral Tour: €19.90 (adults). Other packages and concessions available.