I think my favorite part about Europe (other than absolutely everything) is that there are castles & cathedrals everywhere you turn and they are truly magnificent. We explored Schönbrunn palace & the Zoo, the amazing Austrian National Library and I couldn’t wait to visit Stephansplatz and see if we could tour the catacombs underneath. St. Stephens Cathedral is built on top of two older churches and has both Roman and Gothic features – while the roof displays a multi colored chevron pattered design. The Cathedral can be seen from throughout the city and after touring inside, I recommended you visit a few places to grab a bite to eat afterwards – my recommendations are at the bottom of this post!
The Cathedral is completely free to enter but if you have the time there is a great 40 minute audio guide available in 23 different languages you can listen to for €6pp, you can take a personal guided tour or even watch a concert after dinner. Over 6 million people visit the Cathedral every year so taking a tour, donations or even purchases a candle to ‘make a wish’ helps support this beautiful cathedral.
Touring the catacombs: Upon entering Stephansplatz head towards the left backside of the church where you will find a sign stating the next tour time (read about the times here). You pay the guide who offers the tours in both German and English as you exit the catacombs. Cash required (tip encouraged) 4,50 for adults and 1,50 for children up to 14 years old.
Now that you’ve explored and learned about the Cathedral it’s time to grab a bite to eat with some amazing views of the Cathedral from a different vantage point! For breakfast or brunch I highly recommended heading to SKY Cafe & Bar to grab a delicious brioche and cappuccino or fresh fruit and a light salad for lunch.
Needing an afternoon snack or pre-dinner drink while watching the sunset? Pricing is expensive but the view is worth it – plus, a Huge Spritz while watching the sunset is worth €9. Lameé Rooftop Bar has a boutique feel with lots of stand up tables and cozy chairs. We were the only one with a child, but nobody seemed to mind! Finding this place is tricky but SO worth it! It is located a few doors down from Le Burger and the entrance is through a hotel – just take the elevator all the way up!
Head caddy-corner from the Cathedral to a delicious spot for lunch/ dinner at Le Burger. The straws are edible, the service is incredible and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! I wanted to go back for every dinner while we were in town!
Man, such an amazing day in Vienna – I am so thankful to be exploring Europe with my little family – we are having a blast. Thanks for stopping by, and as always…..get out there and explore!
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