Austria is considered the heart of Europe and has a lot to offer tourists. It is a beautiful place with beautiful mountains in the background as well as breathtaking landscapes in front of which the local people and animals live their lives. It is a popular tourist destination as it has some gorgeous lakes, captivating museums, relaxing parks and a variety of activities. Apart from all this, there are also some great churches here as almost the entire population is Catholic and Christian. There are lots of beautiful old churches that you can find as well as some new ones. Here is a list of the best Church in Austria Which you must see!
10 Best Churches in Austria
Take a look at some of the best churches in Austria that are icons of architecture and will mesmerize you with their majestic grandeur. And oh, don’t forget to add these to your next Europe itinerary!
1. 4 Corners Fellowship Church
It is one of the most popular Pentecostal churches in Austria. The church itself is a simple church consisting of a large hall with a stage in the front where people perform and a small table in the middle of the room where effects are handled. They have Sunday services followed by small prayer groups.
Place: Abserberggasse, 27, 1100, Vienna, Australia
Time: Sunday 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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2. St. Charles Church
It is considered one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in Austria. It is situated on the northern edge of the Alps. It is influenced by the Baroque style and its exterior is nothing short of breathtaking. If you climb to the top of the dome, you can get a spectacular view of the city. It is important to note the Greek and Roman elements present in the design. On Fridays and Saturdays there are special concerts that you should definitely check out.
Place: Kreuzerengasse 1, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Time: Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
entrance fees: Rs 683 for adults and Rs 341 for students.
3. St. Michael’s Church
This peaceful place is one of the oldest churches and is still one of the famous churches of Vienna. It dates back to the thirteenth century. Although the exterior is plain, don’t let that fool you. There are a lot of interesting things inside like encrypted text and much more. The architecture inside is truly unique and different from other churches. It is influenced by Roman, Gothic and Baroque styles.
Place: MichelerPlatz, 12, Vienna, Austria
Time: Monday to Saturday 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Sunday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
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4. St. Peter’s Church
This hidden gem is one of the best Catholic churches in Vienna Austria. It can be found among all the other buildings on Graben Street, but you need to look carefully as you may pass by it. There are some beautiful paintings on the ceiling, so don’t forget to look up when you go inside. The highlight of this place will be the stunning Baroque organ which still survives after so many years.
Place: Peterplatz, 1, 1010, Vienna, Austria
Time: Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturday to Sunday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
5. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
This church is actually a very important landmark in Vienna and is the most famous Gothic church in the area. St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Australia is a massive cathedral with four massive towers, one of them containing the largest bell that can be found in all of Europe. This bell can be heard from anywhere in the city. After you finish touring the church, check out the Catacombs, where the tombs of archbishops and cardinals can be found.
Place: StephansPlatz, 3, 1010, Vienna
Time: Monday to Saturday 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Sunday 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
entrance fees: INR 384
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6. Franciscan Church
This traditional Baroque style church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Austria. Many valuable statues and fine art works can be found around the church. However, the main attraction of this place is the statue of the Madonna which can be found directly on the altar and is a great centerpiece. If you like old buildings this is the place to be.
Place: Franciscan Street, 5, 5020, Salzberg, Vienna
Time: 6:30 am – 7:00 pm
7. Protestant Church of Christ
It is one of the popular Evangelical churches in Vienna Austria that has a perfect combination of Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance styles. The stained glass window is beautiful. You can join the service (which will be in German) every Sunday at approximately 9:30 am. The clock at the top of the tower makes it one of the most popular churches in Austria.
Place: Schwartzstreet, 5, 5020, Salzberg, Austria.
Time: Daily 8:30am-6:00pm.
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8. Court Church
Also called Hofkirche, it is one of the popular churches in Innsbruck, Austria. From the outside it doesn’t look that special, but the interior is beautiful and the artefacts you can find inside are also very interesting. There is a small museum attached to the church and if you pay a fee, you can take pictures of all the sculptures. However, if you just want to join the service, it is free. There are 28 statues in total and the best statues have to be those of Emperor Maximilian and King Arthur.
Place: University Street 2, 6020, Innsbruck, Austria
Time: Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
entrance fees: INR 598
9. Basilica St. Michael
This huge church in Mondsee Austria is famous because the wedding scene from the movie ‘Sound of Music’ was filmed here. You can see the remains of 5 important saints which are a part of the altarpiece and you can also see the remains of Abbot Konrad II who died while defending this abbey in 1145. If you love history this church is a great historical sight that also combines religion. After completing your tour of the church, you can take a tour of Mondsee Lake or visit the nearby souvenir shop to buy items related to the film ‘Sound of Music’.
Place: Church Street (Kirchengasse) 1, Mondsee, Austria
Time: Daily 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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10. Ziral Parish Church
It is also known as the Holy Cross Parish Church and the largest place of worship in Ziral. If this church isn’t on your list of must-see Catholic churches in Austria, it definitely should be. The paintings here were done by Franz Plattner who painted the entire ceiling in vivid watercolours. There are beautiful floral patterns that cover the walls in the interior. The entire church is essentially a beautiful work.
Place: 1 Auer Street, Zirl 6170, Austria
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FAQ about churches in Austria
What are some famous churches in Austria?
So, you have the Church of Mariahilf which is located in Tiefgraben, Austria. You can find the Votivkirche Church which is also in Vienna. It is a neo-Gothic church which also houses a museum. In Austria you also have an old Catholic church and it is located in Vienna. It is a proper Catholic church in the country.
How many churches are there in Austria?
There are 14 legally recognized churches and religious communities in the country. In addition, there are 10 state registered confessional communities throughout the country.
What is Austria famous for?
Although Austria is famous for many things but it is mainly famous for palaces, castles, buildings and is known for its architectural works.
Do they speak English in Austria?
The national language of this country is not English but German but you can speak English here as there are a lot of English speaking people in places like shops, restaurants and hotels. Vienna receives a large number of tourists from other countries.
Is Austria safe?
Austria is considered a safe place in Europe but you still need to have some common sense and take some precautions. There is some level of security here. There was always a rumor that there is a high risk of terrorist attack here but the security is quite good and no such terrorist attack has happened.
Is Austria a small country?
Yes, it is a small country and it is a major mountainous country in all of Central Europe. It is between Germany, Italy and Hungary.
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