Free entry to St. Stephen’s Cathedral treasury

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Vienna PASS Benefits:

Free entry to St. Stephen’s Cathedral Treasury
Normal Ticket Price: Adult: €5,50 ; Child: €2,00

St Stephen’s Cathedral is one of Vienna’s most important and symbolic buildings as the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. The 14th century Romanesque and Gothic cathedral is famous for its multi-coloured tiled roof and has played a part in Viennese culture over the centuries, witnessing many important imperial and social events.

Highlights:

  • Treasury
  • Multi-coloured mosaic roof
  • High Altar

Did you know:

- The intricately tiled roof has a total of 230,000 glazed, multi-coloured tiled

- 'Pummerin', or 'boomer', is the Cathedral’s largest bell (and largest in Austria) weighing 20,130 kilograms.

- Thanks to the bells at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Ludwig van Beethoven was able to discern just how completely hard of hearing he was thanks to witnessing birds flying out of the bell tower upon the bells being run, without being able to hear them chime himself

- The cathedral has played an important part in the culture and history of Vienna: it held Antonio Vivaldi’s funeral in 1741 and was also where Mozart got married and where two of his children were baptised

Things to see:

Cathedral Treasury

The most precious objects of the cathedral treasury of St. Stephen’s are displayed in the west gallery of the cathedral. The relic treasury is said to have been founded by Duke Rudolf IV, known as “the Founder”, who also founded the University of Vienna in 1365. The exhibition also displays valuable pieces of art, including sculptures, textile arts, medieval manuscripts, panel paintings, and masterpieces of Viennese goldsmithing.

Guided Tours: Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 11.30, 13.30 - 16.30, Sunday and public holidays: 13.30 - 16.30
Tours take place every 15 or 30 minutes depending on demand - see board at the stairs to the catacombs for details

For seasonal openings for the Towers and Catacombs please refer to www.stephanskirche.at

Bells

St Stephen’s Cathedral has 22 bells in total; the heaviest, St Mary’s, Pummerin, weighs over 20,000kgs with a diameter of over 9ft, ringing only on special occasions and to mark the turning of a new year. The south tower holds the electrically operated bells used during masses at the cathedral and the Roman Towers hold the bells that toll for evening prayers and funerals. Most of the bells have either religious or imperial names to celebrate Austria’s rich culture and religion.

Decoration

The cathedral has resplendent decoration throughout its church and chapels, as well as its exterior. Decorated in gothic and baroque style, there are multiple statues, works of art and elaborate alters to admire as you explore this church. With a total of 18 alters in the church body, it doesn’t include the other smaller alters in the adjoining chapels! Apart from the high alter, the Wiener Neustädter A is the most impressive, is made up of two triptychs that are opened according to the day and occasion. Because of the sheer size of it, when it was restored it took 10 art restorers 40,000 man hours to complete.

How to get there:

    Underground: U1, U3: Stephansplatz
    HOP ON HOP OFF: Schwedenplatz / DDSG Blue Danube

see the: full list of attractions included

St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Monday 06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 22:00
Thursday 06:00 - 22:00
Friday 06:00 - 22:00
Saturday 06:00 - 22:00
Sunday 07:00 - 22:00
Cathedral Treasury
Monday 10.00 -18.00
Tuesday 10.00 -18.00
Wednesday 10.00 -18.00
Thursday 10.00 -18.00
Friday 10.00 -18.00
Saturday 10.00 -18.00
Sunday 13.00 – 18.00

Closed: Treasury: 1 Mai -1 June 2017

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Address:

Stephansplatz 3, 1010, Vienna

Telephone:

+43 (1) 515 52 3054