The Stephansplatz is a square at the geographical centre of Vienna. It is named after its most prominent building, the Stephansdom, Vienna's cathedral and one of the tallest churches in the world. Before the 20th century, a row of houses separated Stephansplatz from Stock-im-Eisen-Platz, but since their destruction, the name Stephansplatz started to be used for the wider area covering both. To the west and south, respectively, run the exclusive shopping streets Graben (literally "ditch") and Kärntner Straße ("Kärnten" is the German for Carinthia). Opposite the Stephansdom is the Haas-Haus, a piece of striking modern architecture by Hans Hollein. Although public opinion was originally skeptical about the combination of the mediæval cathedral and the glass and steel building, it is now considered an example of how old and new architecture can mix harmoniously.
First To Review: Emily H.
Mar 27, 2009
Vienna is a truly beautiful and magical city. Stephansplatz is at the center of the city and it's named after the cathedral located there, St. Stephan's Cathedral (Stephansdom). The cathedral is one of the largest in the world and is also the seat of the Archdiocese of Vienna. Entry is free, but donations are highly recommended. You will find many street entertainers there, and if you're lucky like my husband and me, a political protest. Make sure to visit Figlmuller's, off one of the side streets, for Schnitzel so large, it overlaps the plate!
Mar 24, 2011
Wien is a truly wondeful city, and has a lot of beautiful places. My favorite place in the city is the Heldenplatz and surroundings.The Stephansdom is very beautiful, and surrounded by streets with all kinds of shops and restaurants. The interior is also very beautiful, but I personaly think that the Kölner Dom and the Cathedral in Prague are even more interesting.
Oct 27, 2008
The plaza around St. Stephen's Cathedral is bustling with people usually, and street perfomers and carriages (just mind the smell of the horses :( ).... and lots of outrageously expensive souvenir shops and restaurants, but is nothing to brag about....in contrast to the church itself, which is awe-some!
Nov 11, 2009
It's very interesting place, not just because of the cathedral. This place is full of tourists and street performers. Drawers, luftballon and moving statues. I liked it,but t's true I didn't miss on a wonderful house the sign of the most common fast food restaurant.
Mar 28, 2009
I love Vienna! Such a rich and interesting history there. In the cathedral are the remains of the Hapsburg dynasty, stored in an interesting and rather gory way. If you want to learn more then you should go! You have to learn about this city's history to get a lot out of it!