St. Stephen’s Cathedral has watched over the city of Vienna for more than 700 years.
It is a magnificent monument, reflecting the history and intricate architectural capabilities of Austrians.
Built in the Gothic style, way back in the 13th century, this Cathedral is often referred to by its German name Stephansdom.
Table of contents
- What to expect at St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- How to get to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral hours
- Stephansdom’s Mass times
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral tickets
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral for free
- Dress code for St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral map
- What to see in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- History St. Stephen’s Cathedral
What to expect at St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The St Stephen’s Cathedral and Dom Museum combo is the best way to explore this attraction.
At the Cathedral, you get an audio guide, a 30-minute tour of the Catacombs in its basement, and you can also visit the South Tower & North Tower.
Once you have explored the 860-year-old Cathedral, you can visit Dom Museum in the next building.
Or you can book a two-hour-long walking tour to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in which a local guide historical masterpieces of Vienna.
A local guide takes you around during this highly-rated tour and drops you at the Cathedral entrance, after which you are free to explore on your own.
How to get to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is in Stephansplatz, Vienna – on the edge of a large and lively square that shares its name.
The cathedral’s colorful tiled roof helps identify the beautiful building from all parts of Vienna.
If buses are your preferred mode of travel, you can board bus numbers 1A, 2A, or 3A to get down near the Cathedral.
By U-Bahn (Subway)
Stephansplatz Metro Station is the closest station, right opposite St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Stephansplatz station is served by U1 and U3 Lines.
The city center of Vienna is a pedestrian-only zone, which is why driving to the Cathedral isn’t a good idea.
If you must drive to the Cathedral, we recommend parking the vehicle in the outskirts and using public transport for the last mile. Or better still, walk it.
No parking is available near the monument.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral hours
From Monday to Saturday, St. Stephen’s Cathedral opens at 6 am and closes at 10 pm, and on Sunday, it opens at 7 am and closes at 10 pm.
The historic Cathedral is open all through the year.
Stephansdom’s Mass times
Being the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral holds regular masses for its visitors.
Mass timings on Sundays and holidays
|Time||Type of Mass|
|7 am||Holy Mass|
|9 am||Parish Mass|
|9 am||Children’s Mass (Lower Church)|
|10.15 am||Main Service|
|11 am||Holy Mass|
|12 pm||Holy Mass|
|6 pm||Holy Mass|
|7.15 pm||Holy Mass|
|9 pm||Holy Mass|
Mass timings on working days
|Time||Type of Mass|
|6.30 am||Holy Mass (on Maria Pocs Altar)|
|7.15 am||Chapter Mass with Laudes|
|8 am||Holy Mass (on Maria Pocs Altar)|
|12 pm||Holy Mass|
|5 pm||Prayer Service (Saturday: 1st Vespers)|
|6 pm||Holy Mass|
|7 pm||Holy Mass (Saturday in English)|
Mass timings change during Summer Ordinance. For detailed Mass timings, click here.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral tickets
There are many ways to experience St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
However, most tourists in Vienna visit Stephansdom Cathedral as part of a walking or bicycling tour.
About these tickets
The St. Stephen’s Cathedral tickets we have recommended below are skip-the-line tickets, which means you don’t have to queue up anywhere.
These are also smartphone tickets. That is, they will get emailed to you as soon as you make the purchase.
On the day of your visit, you can show the tickets on your smartphone and start the tour.
Tickets for St. Stephen’s Cathedral & Dom Museum
Besides admission to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, this ticket also gets you an audio guide of the Cathedral (and Treasury).
You can also join the 30-minute guided tour of the Catacombs in the church’s basement. Visitors can explore the catacombs only on guided tours.
The ticket also gets you access to the South Tower & North Tower.
Once you have explored St. Stephens, you can visit Dom Museum Wien, right next to the Cathedral.
Dom Museum Wien is one of the finest museums of Vienna and is home to treasures of sacred art, liturgical objects, etc.
Adult ticket (19+ years): 20.50 Euros
Walking tour to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
A local guide leads this highly-rated two-hour-long walking tour to St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
You meet the local guide at 9.30 am and start your city exploration, and on the way see historical masterpieces such as:
- St. Michael’s Church
- Hofburg Palace
- Heroes’ Square,
- Imperial Treasury
- Austrian National Library
- Albertina Museum
- State Opera
- Providentia Fountain (at Neuer Markt)
- Imperial Crypt
- St. Stephen’s Cathedral
At the end of the tour, the guide gets you at the doorsteps of Stephansdom Cathedral, which you can enter and explore for as long as you want.
This tour is available in both English and German.
Adult ticket (14+ years): 25 Euros
Child ticket (6 to 13 years): 15 Euros
Private tour to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
This personalized private tour starts at 3 pm and lasts for two hours.
A certified Austrian tour guide takes you through Vienna’s old town highlights before reaching St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
At the St. Stephen’s Cathedral’s entrance, you pay 6 Euro per person (extra) and explore the historic building.
Once you are out, you continue exploring the city of Vienna.
The cost of this tour is 145 Euros for groups of up to 10 tourists.
That’s why we highly recommend this St. Stephen’s Cathedral tour to families or groups bigger than five members.
Tip: If you want something cheaper, try the morning walk to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral for free
A small part – the front of the nave and part of the Northern side – of the St Stephen’s Cathedral is free to enter.
You can also enter the Cathedral’s shop without a ticket.
However, everything else requires a ticket.
Free with Vienna Pass
The only way to explore the whole of St Stephen’s Cathedral for free is by buying the Vienna Pass.
If you buy the Vienna Pass, you pay once but can access over 60 of Vienna’s top attractions for free.
Besides saving money, it also helps you save time because you can skip the long waiting lines and walk right in with a Vienna Pass.
This Pass is available for 1, 2, 3, or 6 days, and the price varies accordingly.
Dress code for St. Stephen’s Cathedral
There is no obligatory dress code for St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna.
However, since it is a religious place, visitors are expected to dress moderately.
We recommend respectful clothes which do not hurt the sentiments of others.
Halter tops, short shorts, low t-shirts with cleavage, etc., aren’t advised for women.
It is common for tourists wearing halter tops to throw a scarf over their shoulders.
As for the men, it is better not to wear a hat. Also, it is best to avoid t-shirts with rude wordings such as “I hate God” or “Girlfriend beater!” etc.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral map
St. Stephen’s Cathedral stands with its colorful mosaic roof in the heart of Vienna.
With its wide choir halls to giant staircases, St. Stephen’s Cathedral’s every nook and corner carries its own importance.
That’s why you mustn’t miss out on any part of this famous Cathedral.
We suggest keeping St. Stephen’s Cathedral map with you while you visit the religious attraction.
What to see in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral has stood tall for the last seven centuries.
There are many exciting things to see and explore at the Cathedral.
One of the oldest remaining parts of the Cathedral is the Giant Gate and the Towers of Heathens, dating back to the 13th century.
St. Stephen’s houses a wealth of art treasures in its treasury.
Visitors can see the most valuable pieces of the Cathedral Treasury in the West Gallery.
The Exhibition houses sculptures, textiles, paintings, and many more items dating back many centuries.
No Cathedral is complete without bells, and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral has 22 bells in total.
One of these bells is St. Mary’s Pummerin and weighs over 20,000 kgs.
Statues and elaborate works of art throughout the Cathedral make the gothic monument even more beautiful.
While visiting the Cathedral, don’t miss out on two of its highlights – the wiener-Neustadter Altar built in 1447 and the High Altar made with black marble.
The statues in these altars represent the Patrons of the province, Leopold and Florian.
You can also see the figures of St. Roch and St. Sebastian, who were invoked during the time of plague to save the city.
History St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The building of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna started in 1137.
The Cathedral has gone through many calamities like fires in ancient times and, more recently, the destruction caused by WWII.
However, St. Stephen’s has been constructed and reconstructed time and again.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral also holds particular importance to classic music lovers.
One of the greatest composers, Mozart, shared some of his life’s most precious moments like his marriage in this church.
It is also the church where Joseph Haydn sang as a choir boy.
The Cathedral took over 200 years to take shape it is in today.
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