Metro U1 and U3 station Stephansplatz
Monday to Saturday 06.00 - 22.00 o'clock, Sundays and public holidays 07.00 - 22.00 o'clock
Dirve up with the elevator onto the north tower with Pummerin bell and enjoy the view at the city.
The Stephansdom Vienna (C3) with the famous Pummerin bell is a world wide known cultural possession and one of Vienna landmarks. The local people use also the name Steffel for this impressive cathedral. Several times a day worship services are celebrated and sometimes also weddings and requiems from popular people which are even broadcasted live on television. At such special occasions and at important church festivals the Pummerin bell is ringing.
The Romanesque church St. Stephan in the heart of Vienna was consecrated in the year 1147. There were constantly redesigns and structural extensions which were influenced by different styles like late Romanesque and Baroque. In 1450 the construction of the north tower begun.
Hard times like the Turkish Sieges, fire blasts and wars didn't really damage the Stephansdom for more than 800 years until the last 2 weeks of the 2nd World War when the cathedral was burned to the ground. But due to the engagement and the love of the citizens to the stone popular landmark already after 7 years the Stephansdom was ceremoniously reopened and due to that it is also a symbol for the reconstruction of Austria after the 2nd World War.
In 1951 the new Pummerin was casted in St. Florian partly out the material of the old bell which tumbled down at the fire in 1945. It was pulled up in 1957 onto the 68 m high north tower. The biggest and heaviest bell of Austria weighs 21.383 kg.
To reach the top room of the high tower, which is the 133m high south tower and also commonly known as Steffl, you need to climb 343 steps.The cathedral itself is 107 m long and 34 m wide. The central aisle is 28 m high and the three choir halls are 22 m high.
The entrance to this imposing building is free and the numerous art historical and architectural details like the pictures, altars, figures as well as the atmosphere in this cathedral of Vienna is worth visiting. It's also impressive to have the view at the city center from one of the towers. (e.g. elevator onto the north tower with Pummerin bell: approx. 5 Euro for adults, approx. 2 Euro for children from 6-15 years).
Who prefers to step down instead of up, can also visit the catacombs in a guided tour (approx. 5 Euro). In the Bischofsgruft you can find the urns of the Habsburger and also the tomb monument for emperor Friedrichs II which consists of red marble.