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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

Planning Your Visit

  • 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.

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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,247 reviews

This is perfect tour for any classical music lover. The guide named Thomas told us many interesting facts about Mozart's life and has explaind many controverstion. We could see the most important sights related with Mozart and learn its history. Thanks Thomas for everything. Absolute top was the concert of classical music which took place in very charming place.

Great experience quite different from regular sightseeing. This was our second tour of the day so we did it using rental electric scooters, which was a very good idea. Places are fairly close to each other but if you’re doing it during summery hot day, renting scooter is a good idea. I will definitely do similar activity in the future in some other city.

6 stars? Ute was the perfect guide. Our primary interest was the history of both Vienna and Austria, and she tailored the walking tour accordingly. She was careful with our schedule, fitting in what we needed to see and hear, and included time for tapas at Die Feinkosterei. She was a great teacher and lots of fun!

Ich empfehle dieses Tour , der Führer korrigiert viele falsche Informationen. Die Führung war richtig sehr interessant, ich kann die Stadt ohne Führer nicht gut verstehen. Trip ist nicht schwierig, wir waren mit unserem Sohn und hat das gut geklappt l.

Our guide Horst was fantastic. Born and raised in Vienna. Thoroughly knowledgeable on everything Vienna has to offer. Great tour. Nice route, easy pace, safe, comfortable bikes.