The Eastern City Center: Stephansdom and Medieval Vienna

DESTINATIONS austria vienna the-eastern-city-center-stephansdom-and-medieval-vienna

For more than eight centuries, the commanding Stephansdom cathedral has remained the nucleus around which the city has grown. Vienna of the Middle Ages is encapsulated behind it, and you could easily spend half a day or more just prowling the narrow streets and passageways. Stephansplatz is the logical starting point from which to explore Vienna's past and present. Streets here are named after medieval trades: while Bäckerstrasse was the street of the bakers, weavers peddled their wares on Wollzeile. Legend has it that several Knights Templar were murdered in Blutgasse, or "Blood Alley."



Vienna's soaring centerpiece, this beloved cathedral enshrines the heart of the city—although when first built in the 12th century it…

Learn More >


This is Mozart's only still-existing abode in Vienna, with three floors of displays about his life and the masterworks that…

Learn More >


The maze of tiny streets surrounding Himmelpfortgasse (literally, "Gates of Heaven Street") conjures up the Vienna of the 19th century.…

Learn More >

Ready for a trip of a lifetime to Vienna?


Please don't close or refresh the page while we are processing your submission
Please be patient, this could take a few minutes.