The area on Stephansplatz around the cathedral was originally a graveyard – making it the ‘dead centre’ of Vienna in a very literal...
Cathedral South Tower
In 1433, after 75 years of toil, Stephansdom's tower reached its final height of 136.7m, and today you can ascend the 343 steps to a...
With the imperial purse withering and Gothic styles losing their allure, work on a second tower on Stephansdom was abandoned and in 1579...
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
Vienna’s Gothic masterpiece Stephansdom, or Steffl (Little Stephan) as it’s nicknamed, is Vienna's pride and joy. A church has stood here since the 12th century, and reminders of this are the Romanesque Riesentor (Giant Gate) and Heidentürme . From the exterior, the first thing that will strike you is the glorious tiled roof , with its dazzling row of chevrons and Austrian eagle. Inside, the magnificent Gothic stone pulpit presides over the main nave, fashioned in 1515 by an unknown artisan.
One often-overlooked detail is the pulpit’s handrailing, which has salamanders and toads fighting an eternal battle of good versus evil up and down its length. The baroque high altar , at the very far end of the main nave, shows the stoning of St Stephen. The chancel to its left has the winged Wiener Neustadt altarpiece , dating from 1447; the right chancel has the Renaissance red marble tomb of Friedrich III . Under his guidance the city became a bishopric (and the church a cathedral) in 1469. Note that the main nave is closed during mass, held up to eight times a day.