This Franciscan church is a glorious architectural deception. Outside it exudes the hallmarks of an early-17th-century Renaissance style, yet inside it is awash with gold and marble decorative features from the baroque era (about 100 years later). The high altar takes the form of a triumphal arch; hidden behind this is Vienna’s oldest organ (1642), built by Johann Wöckherl. Concerts (€6) lasting 45 minutes take place at 2pm on Fridays from April to October.

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1. Mozarthaus Vienna

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The great composer spent close to three happy and productive years at this residence between 1784 and 1787. Exhibits include copies of music scores and…

2. Literaturmuseum

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An 1844 Biedermeier building houses Austria's literature museum, which opened in 2015. It contains books, manuscripts, letters, photos, illustrations and…

3. Cathedral South Tower

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In 1433, Stephansdom's south tower reached its final height of 136.7m. Today, you can ascend the 343 steps to a small platform for one of Vienna’s most…

4. Cathedral Pummerin

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Weighing 21 tonnes, the Pummerin is Austria's largest bell and was installed in the north tower of Stephansdom in 1957. While the rest of the cathedral…

5. Donnerbrunnen

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This famous fountain has been removed during the construction of an underground parking station, and will be reinstalled on Neuer Markt in 2022.

6. Stephansdom Katakomben

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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…

7. Equitable Palais

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Now containing ground-level shops and upper-level offices, this grand 1891-completed mansion designed by Andreas Streit was one of the few in Vienna never…

8. Dom- & Diözesanmuseum

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The Cathedral and Diocesan Museum of Vienna is a treasure trove of religious art pieces spanning a period of more than 1000 years. Among the collection's…