Scary guided tour through Vienna’s catacombs

Vienna’s city of the dead below St. Stephen’s Cathedral

The catacombs below St. Stephen’s Cathedral are a special attraction on your holiday in Vienna. In the southern side aisle of the cathedral, the steps lead down to the dark catacombs, to the “Necropolis” city of the dead. In a 30-minute guided tour through the catacombs’ low corridors and creepy tombs, you will not only visit the tombs of the former Habsburgs, but also those of the bishops and cardinals buried there. While you marvel at magnificent metal vessels, copper coffins and urns in one tomb, you can see the bones and skeletons of numerous dead people in the others.

Creepy highlight during your summer holiday in Vienna

Up to 30 tombs and 11,000 dead are housed in the former cemetery, also called “Freithof”, until burial within the city limits was forbidden by Emperor Charles VI in 1783. The guided tour through the catacombs is possible all year round. But it is highly recommended particularly in hot temperatures to get a welcome cool down in the dark corridors.

The catacombs are not the only attraction in Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the “Türmerstube”, situated at a height of 72 metres, and the largest bell in Austria, the “Pummerin”, are worth seeing too.

Sightseeing & varied experiences in the Austrian capital Vienna

After the guided tour through the catacombs below St. Stephen’s Cathedral you continue your sightseeing tour in Vienna’s city centre. Numerous other sights and museums are just waiting to be explored by you.

For further away destinations, such as the Schönbrunn Zoo, it is worth returning to your central boutique hotel The Harmonie Vienna beforehand. Treat yourself to a short break in the afternoon to chat, read or just relax over a delicious tea and cake. Afterwards we move on to more exciting discoveries in the Austrian capital: whether it’s shopping in the Mariahilferstraße, sightseeing on the comfortable Hop-On Hop-Off buses or to the nearby Sigmund Freud Museum.

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