Karlskirche
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Built around 1715 by Fischer von Erlach, this is one of Vienna's best known landmarks.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Wieden
The fourth district combines elegant tradition with contemporary style and relaxed living. More than a dozen town palaces and churches such as St. Charles Borromeo have added glamour to a neighbourhood known for its traditional retail and crafts shops, taverns, cafés. Wieden is also home to Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest street market. Many bohemian types have found their way to Wieden: meet them in trendy cafés and bars, shop alongside them for vintage items, enjoy Wien Museum’s and Kunsthalle’s modern temporary exhibitions, and hang out with the bees at Vienna’s most beautiful urban garden, Karlsgarten.
How to get there
  • Karlsplatz • 5 min walk
  • Karlsplatz • 6 min walk
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  • HappyDays1894
    United Kingdom155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vivaldi concert a must do at this church
    Saw this as part of part of the Vivaldi Classical music concert. The church really emphasised the music and was a great venue. Wouldn't pay to just see the church alone though as not really my thing.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written May 13, 2023
  • sssteveg
    Haifa, Israel1,742 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great concert in a beautiful church!
    We went to 2 concerts during our recent visit to Vienna. One of them was at Karlskirche (St. Charles' Church), a beautiful baroque church, and it's beautiful both inside and out. There is a standard concert played here about 3 times a week, featuring Vivaldi's 4 seasons, and usually another unrelated work or 2. Even though this is a tourist-oriented concert, run on a regular basis, the concert was absolutely fantastic. The first violinist was exceptional. I did my best to identify him, but I couldn't find his name anywhere. All in all - a beautiful venue, and a fantastic concert!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • kcarters
    Peterborough, United Kingdom260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vìvaldi four seasons
    This is a hidden gem and definitely needs to be seen to be believed. Weirdly it doesn’t seem to have much love locally! The place inside is insanely beautiful. The exterior is like Taj Mahal with the pond and reflection (but then they drained it when I was there for a film festival!) We saw Vivaldi opera here. Vivaldi may be buried in the grounds but (again) no mention or monument. This place is amazing but no one seems to be that fussed! Opera was superb and so atmospheric too!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia118,072 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Karlskirche
    It is one of the symbols of the city. Karlskirche is an example of Austrian Baroque. The building was built in 1737. The construction was started by the architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, and completed by his son Joseph Emmanuel Fischer von Erlach.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Robert C
    Canterbury, United Kingdom58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A church with hope
    Where the metro U1 and U4 meet is this fine church. Not as ornate as its more grand cousins in Vienna, this church reflects a brighter ambience - a place of hope. For the hearty there is a 100 step climb to the cupola, giving you a good view of the city, a look at some of the Church's treasures and organ loft. There is no loo, but the local technical college to the left of the main entrance, are welcoming for the desperate. The night lift in front of the church is vibrant in the summer. A very pleasant place to "hang out."
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Isabel_K90
    Zurich, Switzerland116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church
    I visited the church in August on a hot summer day. Just the area itsself is really pretty. There are a bunch of benches and a fountain in front of the church and a drink stand. Just sitting there an enjoying the view of the church is worthwhile. I went inside the church too and the inside is pretty too. Ive read comments that the entry is expensive but actually I think it basically is regular tourist attraction prices (which are all not exactly cheap). With the entrance to the church its included to go to the roof and different floors with small exhibits.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Roslyn138
    Wrexham, United Kingdom658 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Austrian Baroque church
    The church is not as ornate as some of the others in Vienna, but still worth a visit . It had a Xmas market in front of it so you could also relax and have a hot drink. There was an admission price but we didn’t think it was expensive . We did take the steps up to the cumulative do that we could enjoy the views on a cold November afternoon - then down a level to the organ and church treasures. You do enjoy the splendour of the church from the organ level . As mentioned worth a visit
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Yura1963
    Toronto, Canada166 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice church
    Amazing church inside and out. Read its history before you go. Entrance fee is 9 euros and they take cash only. You can go upstairs and get a nice view of the city. I don't think it's worth 9 euros . There are lots of churches in Vienna you can visit for free.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written February 28, 2024
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Yura1963
Toronto, Canada166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Amazing church inside and out. Read its history before you go. Entrance fee is 9 euros and they take cash only. You can go upstairs and get a nice view of the city. I don't think it's worth 9 euros . There are lots of churches in Vienna you can visit for free.
Written February 28, 2024
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ihatecrocs
Stockport, UK80 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The church is beautiful from the outside and we were very much looking forward to going in. We had visited a number of the churches in the area. However, this church was charging €10 per person! I understand that churches need funds for upkeep though I am quite sure they have other means . This amount for entrance to what should be a free public place of worship is way too much. While we were looking at the prices ( we didn’t go in!), 4 other people also left due to the cost. They would probably make more money by reducing the cost! Such a shame.
Written February 21, 2024
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Semaan D. Makary
Ehden, Lebanon542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
In the early 18th century, Central Europe was hit by the last great outbreak of the Black Plague. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI made a vow to build a church dedicated to St. Carlo Borromeo—revered for attending to Milanese plague victims in the 16th century, and the emperor’s namesake—if the city was saved. After the plague passed, the new church was officially announced in 1713.

At the main altar, a scene portrays the ascension of St. Borromeo. Above the sculpture group, a circle of angels and sun rays is arrayed in front of a source of light, echoing a similar design found in St. Peter’s Basilica. The fresco of the dome was painted by Johann Michael Rottmayr of Salzburg and Gaetano Fanti of Bologna, and displays an intercession of St. Borromeo—supported by the Virgin Mary—pleading to the Holy Trinity to end the plague in Vienna!
Written January 7, 2024
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Alexandra D
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We were initially annoyed to have to pay for entry to see the church but was worth it once we went to the rooftop terrace.

Views were beautiful and church was very large inside and good to explore.
Written December 20, 2023
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Roslyn138
Wrexham, UK658 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The church is not as ornate as some of the others in Vienna, but still worth a visit . It had a Xmas market in front of it so you could also relax and have a hot drink. There was an admission price but we didn’t think it was expensive . We did take the steps up to the cumulative do that we could enjoy the views on a cold November afternoon - then down a level to the organ and church treasures.
You do enjoy the splendour of the church from the organ level . As mentioned worth a visit
Written December 12, 2023
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Peter M
London, England, United Kingdom1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The musicians performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons were very good. The problem is the acoustics of the church are terrible for a string ensable and the sound was really terrible, we could not make out the instruments clealy and it totally spoiled this wonderful music. We had good seats within the front third of the church. I will be requesting a refund. My strong advice is, unless the music is properly amplified with a good sound system, do not attend this venue
Written November 1, 2023
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OntarioCanuck1
Georgetown, Canada4,077 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful outside views both during the day and at night, reflecting pool. Inside fee to enter seemed excessive to me, elevator no longer present so stairs only access to upper floors. Views of skyline outside not great. A lovely church not sure with admission.
Written October 26, 2023
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sarah s
Hastings, England, United Kingdom10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
First impression- bored staff showing no interest and reading their own books or on their phones. Very expensive and no different to churches visited for free. Just felt dead. On the other hand at Stephen’s was great. Wish hadn’t wasted the money
Written October 19, 2023
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Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a beautiful church. I did not go inside, as it costs money, but I wholeheartedly recommend detouring your trip to at least look at Karlskirche.
Written August 23, 2023
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Isabel_K90
Zurich, Switzerland116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I visited the church in August on a hot summer day. Just the area itsself is really pretty. There are a bunch of benches and a fountain in front of the church and a drink stand. Just sitting there an enjoying the view of the church is worthwhile. I went inside the church too and the inside is pretty too. Ive read comments that the entry is expensive but actually I think it basically is regular tourist attraction prices (which are all not exactly cheap). With the entrance to the church its included to go to the roof and different floors with small exhibits.
Written August 23, 2023
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