St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The building and the cultural asset that is St. Stephen's Cathedral has been the subject of many books, picture books and studies, etc. The uniqueness of this cathedral and the countless thousands of details of which it is comprised make St. Stephen's a treasure trove of art history and architecture. Altars, portals, towers, columnar figures, pictures: each detail has its own purpose, background and history.
St. Stephen's Cathedral was severely damaged by fire in the last days of the Second World War and virtually reduced to rubble. But with seemingly everyone lending a hand, the cathedral was rebuilt in just seven years: the emblem of Austria and symbol of Austrian identity had risen once more from the ashes.
To preserve this cultural heritage site for the next generations and to prevent the building from falling into disrepair, St. Stephen's Cathedral must continue to be carefully restored.
St. Stephen's Cathedral is the number one attraction in the city. Tours in and around the Cathedral feature plenty of worthwhile things to see and lots of interesting information. You can also climb up St. Stephen's Cathedral (South Tower, Türmer Stube), take the lift up to the Pummerin (North Tower), or go down into the catacombs. Detailed information about the cathedral is offered on the guided tours.
Information provided in part by: Dr. Annemarie Fenzl