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Address: Kreuzherrengasse 1 | Karlsplatz/Belevedere Quarter, Vienna 1040, Austria
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+43 1 5046187
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known...

Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.

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Very nice Church, sadly there is fee to visit churches (not donation).

In 1713, the Black Plague swept through Vienna. Emperor Charles VI made a vow: if the plague left the city, he would build a church dedicated to his namesake, and that is why this... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What a treat lay in wait for us as we visited St. Charles for a concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The acoustics in the building were superb and the music produced by the octet (8 person orchestra) was phenomenal, and you could just see the absolute enjoyment they got from playing the pieces. They were accompanied by a soprano who... More 

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In 1713, the Black Plague swept through Vienna. Emperor Charles VI made a vow: if the plague left the city, he would build a church dedicated to his namesake, and that is why this church also named St. Charles Church. The church is beautiful, meet with nice lake and little park in front. It is walking distance from Steaphanplatz, Hours:... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a pretty cool place to see, also you can take an elevator to go to the top of the church and also climb stairs(optional) to see the city.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful church, despite the scaffolding. The rendition of the 4 seasons on period instruments was however pleasantly invigorating, but the absolute highlight were the arias by the counter tenor. Even our teenage son was in awe.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There us scaffolding which is used for renovation. You can use it to see the amazing art work up close!!! Imagine being as close to those masterpieces as the person that painted them - something that has not been possible for 200 years... Fantastic. Beautiful. Wonderful.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stunning Baroque church full of light. A lift followed by 10 flights of stairs allows access to the top of the dome and views across the city. But more importantly you can get up close to the painted frescos on the inside of the dome. And it's a lovely acoustic for the evening concerts held frequently within the church. The... More 

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Whilst the inside of this church was impressive, the scaffolding is a shame and taking the lift and then scaffold stairs to the viewing platform is a bit scary and you can't see much once at the top anyway.

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Try to photograph the reflection in the water, best done from the left-hand side (like the postcard). Great meeting place with a children's playground nearby.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a hugely impressive church, although the most interesting is the possibility to take the elevator up, and then walk the last stairs to the top while studying the roof paintings all the way up. Worth the visit, just for this.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This whole church is, like many in Austria, beautifully presented. What makes it special is the lift that takes you up to the base of the dome where you can view the beautiful paints and from where you can continue up the scaffolding stairs to the very top of the dome for stunning views across Vienna.

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