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Karlskirche, Austria

From series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Year: 1737. Height: 72 m.

Karlskirche is a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. The church has a huge turquoise cupola with two high columns. Its high is 72 meters, it was built by order of Karl VI in 1716.

Karlskirche, Austria At the beginning of the 18th century, Vienna had a terrible plague epidemic. Thousands of locals died because of it. When the epidemy has finished, the emperor ordered to build a church in honour of his patron Saint Charles Borromeo. The building was finished in 1737. At first, the church was quite complex from the architect point of view. There you can see several styles – the columns are made in ancient Roman style, the portico is an ancient Greek style, pavilions are in a baroque style.

It is important to see not only the rich decorated façade but also the wonderful decoration. There you can see a lot of great frescoes and old icons. The main decoration of the church is an old altar with an unusual terracotta relief. Under the cupola, there is a great viewing point that is open for tourists. To get there you have to use an elevator and then the staircase. Inside the cupola is decorated with a delicate painting made by Johann Michael Rottmayr. When you get to the viewing point, you have an opportunity to see the cupola closer. Next - Kings Theatre


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ATM bankomat: 'Bank Austria Bankomat' located in 0.11 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'W04-Operngasse-Straße' is located in 0.25 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Centrex Europe Energy & Gas AG' in 0.21 km
Supermarket: 'BILLA' in 0.13 km
Parking: 'Parking' in 0.11 km
Apotheek: 'Paulaner Apotheke' in 0.25 km
Police station: 'Police Inspectorate Vienna - Kärntnertorpassage (Karlsplatz)' in 0.33 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Manzana' in 0.05 km
Railway station: 'Wien Rennweg Bahnhof' in 1.24 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Schwechat Airport VIE - in 16 km
 »  M R Stefanik Airport BTS - in 61 km
 »  Turany Airport BRQ - in 108 km
 »  Piestany Airport PZY - in 117 km
 »  Kunovice Airport UHE - in 121 km
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Best hotels near Karlskirche

Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt

Located in 0 km from Karlskirche
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Rooms: 130
Guests of the Wombat's City Hostels Vienna At The Naschmarkt can start their day with a rich buffet breakfast every morning. A welcome drink, bed … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna

Located in 1 km from Karlskirche
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Rooms: 254
The air-conditioned rooms come with large windows, a large flat-screen cable TV and a bathroom with a shower or a bathtub. Some rooms have an own … More: photo, rates and booking
Wombats City Hostel Vienna - The Lounge

Located in 2 km from Karlskirche
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Rooms: 65
The bright and modern rooms at the Wombats City Hostel feature parquet floors and a private bathroom. The main part of the Mariahilfer Straße … More: photo, rates and booking
Yppartment

Located in 3 km from Karlskirche
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Rooms: 2
Guests staying at Yppartment can also make use of the fully equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher, coffee machine and dining area. Private … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Vienna Opera Toilet
0 km - Vienna Opera Toilet
The opera friends can visit the unique 'Operntoilette', which is located in the capital of Austria. The Musiktoilette is located in the immediate vicinity of the building of the Viennese Opera in the pedestrian tunnel. The entrance to the toilet costs about 60 …
Mozarthaus Vienna
1 km - Mozarthaus Vienna
The Mozarthaus, located in Vienna, is one of the most visited urban sights. During several years of life in the Austrian capital, the outstanding composer has changed dozens of apartments. The original furniture was only available until our days only in the apartments …
Toilet of Modern Art
2 km - Toilet of Modern Art
Another public toilet, which can be found in Vienna, will please the followers of contemporary art. The viewable toilet is very easy to find. It is located not far from the famous Hundertwasserhaus, in the original decorated souvenir shop 'Hundertwasser …
Praterturm
3 km - Praterturm
One of the main attractions of Vienna is Prater Tower chairoplane; the height of its central column is 117 meters, which is comparable with a 33-storey building. The base has a 12-pointed star form, where 12 double seats are attached, so at the same time 24 people can …
Flower Clock in Vienna
13 km - Flower Clock in Vienna
Tourists tend to admire the flower clock not because of the complexity of its mechanism or even scale, but because of its spectacular appearance. The clock in Vienna can be definitely called one of the most marvelous in the world. It’s located in the city park, near …
Seegrotte
15 km - Seegrotte
The Austrian town of Hallstatt can boast not only one of the most mysterious and frightening mines in the world, but also a unique natural attraction, the largest underground lake in Europe. The lake and the mine wear one name – Zeegrotte. This unique object was …

Top destination around Karlskirche - Vienna


Vienna has prepared to its guests widest choice of attractions and museums. Stadtpark City Park is simply a great place for a family rest. In the beginning of the 19th century several buildings existed on the territory of the park. However, already in 1860 the buildings were completely demolished. Best urban park architects and gardeners worked over the project of the park, which was opened in 1862.

Museum of Criminology (Kriminalmuseum), which was opened in 1991, is one of the most unusual cultural institutions. The exposition of the museum is devoted to most notorious crimes that have been committed in Vienna during the last hundred years. Here you can see old photographs, documents concerning the crimes and weapons used in murders.

Wiener Karlskirche is a prominent architectural landmark. The church now has lost its religious significance and now is used as a museum. The architecture of the church is a unique combination of Italian, Greek and even Japanese traditions of construction. This is a truly unique building. Art lovers should visit the exhibition of Salvador Dali, the museum of which is located in one of historic buildings near Jozefplatz Square. We also suggest visiting Historical Museum (Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien), which exhibits various ancient artifacts of the Roman Empire, as well as a collection of contemporary art and medieval sculpture.
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