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.
In this article, we explain everything you need to know before you visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Location of St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Centrally accessible and easy to locate, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is situated in the Stephansplatz, Vienna.
The Cathedral stands on the edge of a large and lively square that shares its name.
With a colorful tiled roof, the Cathedral can be identified easily from anywhere in the city of Vienna.
Address of St. Stephen’s Cathedral: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria.
How to get to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
With its central location, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is well connected to all corners of the city.
You can use one of the below-given options to reach St Stephen’s Cathedral.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral lies within walking distance of the city center.
Tourists exploring multiple attractions within the city center, can just walk and reach the Cathedral.
We recommend this Google Map link for directions.
If buses are your preferred mode of travel, get onto bus numbers 1A, 2A or 3A to get down near the Cathedral.
By U-Bahn (Subway)
With all major routes connecting the site, U-Bahn is one of the best transport options to reach the Cathedral.
Stephansplatz is the nearest station to the St Stephen’s cathedral.
Like any other city in Europe, the city center of Vienna is also a pedestrian-only zone.
That’s why driving to the Cathedral isn’t that good an option.
If you must drive to the cathedral, we recommend you park the vehicle in the outskirts, and use public transport for the last mile.
Or better still, walk it.
No parking is available near the monument.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral hours
The historic Cathedral of St. Stephen stays open all through the year.
The opening times from Monday to Saturday are 6 am to 10 pm.
On Sundays, St Stephen’s opens an hour later – at 7 am and closes at 10 pm.
The Cathedral maintains these timings on public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Christmas Day etc. as well.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral 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
7 am: Holy Mass
9 am: Parish Mass or Family of the Parish Mass
9 am: Children’s Mass in the Lower Church
10.15 am: Main Service (With music arranged by Cathedral’s music Section)
11 am: Holy Mass
12 pm: Holy Mass
5 pm: Vespers
5.30 pm: Rosary
6 pm: Holy Mass
7.15 pm: Holy Mass
9 pm: Holy Mass
Mass timings for working days
6.30 am: Holy Mass (on the Maria Pocs Altar)
7.15 am: Chapter Mass with laudes
8 am: Holy Mass (on the Maria Pocs Altar)
12 pm: Holy Mass
5 pm: Prayer Service (Saturday: 1st Vespers)
5.30 pm: Rosary
6 pm: Holy Mass
7 pm: Holy Mass (Saturday in English)
Mass time changes 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.
1. Walking tour to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
This is a two-hour long highly rated tour, at the end of which you can continue to explore Stephansdom Cathedral for as long as you want.
At 9.30 am every day, a local guide kicks off this walking tour, and takes you around 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
This tour is available in both English and German.
Adult ticket (14+ years): 25 Euros
Child ticket (6 to 13 years): 15 Euros
Tip: If you want something cheaper, try morning walk to St. Stephen’s Cathedral
2. 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 the highlights of Vienna’s old town before you reach St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
At the St. Stephen’s Cathedral’s entrance you pay 6 Euro per person (this is 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.
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, for a flat fee you can access over 60 of Vienna’s top attractions for free.
Besides saving money, it also helps you save time because with a Vienna Pass, you can skip the long waiting lines and walk right in.
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, to not hurt the sentiments of the others.
Halter tops, short shorts, low t-shirts with lots of cleavage etc aren’t advised for women.
It is a common practice amongst tourists wearing halter tops to throw a scarf over their shoulder.
As for the men, it is better to not wear a hat. Also, t-shirts with rude wordings such as “I hate God” or “Girlfriend beater!” etc can be avoided.
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 it is important that you don’t miss out on any part of this popular Cathedral.
We have provided below St. Stephen’s Cathedral map.
We suggest you bookmark this page, or take a print out of the map for your visit.
What to see in St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral has stood tall for the last seven centuries.
There are many interesting things to see and explore at the Cathedral.
One of the oldest remaining parts of the Cathedral are the Giant Gate and the Towers of Heathens dating back to 13th century.
St. Stephen’s houses a wealth of art treasures in its treasury.
The most valuable pieces of the Cathedral Treasury are displayed in the West Gallery.
The Exhibition houses sculptures, textiles, painting 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.
Throughout the Cathedral, statues and elaborate works of art make the gothic monument even more beautiful.
Another highlight to see while in the Cathedral is 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 statues of St. Roch and St. Sebastian, who were invoked during the time of plague to save the city.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral history
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 destruction caused by WWII more recently.
However, St. Stephen’s has been constructed and reconstructed time and again.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral also holds special 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 the shape it is in today.