With the imperial purse withering and Gothic styles losing their allure, work on a second tower on Stephansdom was abandoned and in 1579...
Cathedral South Tower
When the foundation stone for the south tower (Südturm) was laid in 1359, Rudolf IV is said to have used a trowel and spade made of...
Vienna’s Gothic masterpiece Stephansdom (St Stephen’s Cathedral), or Steffl (Little Stephan) as it’s locally called, symbolises Vienna...
Haas & Haas
The fragrance of tea from around the world greets customers on entry to Haas & Hass, Vienna’s prime tearoom (coffee is also served)....
The Viennese would simply be at a loss without Figlmüller. This famous Beisl has some of the biggest and best schnitzels in the...
01, Stephansplatz · interesting places nearby
Stephansdom Katakomben information
The area on Stephansplatz around the cathedral was originally a graveyard – making it the ‘dead centre’ of Vienna in a very literal sense. But with plague and influenza epidemics striking Europe in the 1730s, Karl VI ordered the graveyard to be closed and henceforth Vienna buried its dead beneath Stephansdom in the ‘New Tombs’, which in the 19th century became more wistfully known as Katakomben (catacombs). You can only enter on tours.