of the most important squares in the city center of Vienna
is Stephansplatz. Not only does this mark the official
"kilometer zero" of the Austrian Capital but it has a place
in the hearts and history of the people of the city that is
not forgotten and always apparent.
Most important for visitors to the city it is a central
stopping point on the U-Bahn both for changing lines and
also for accessing so much of the city that is within
Originally only half the size the square was expanded
when a row of houses separating it from Stock-im-Eisen-Platz,
today the two areas are considered one.
Outside the original city walls the platz became part of
the city in around 1200 but it wasn't until 1978 with the
opening of the U-Bahn station that the square became central
to the city.
Stephansplatz is in easy walking distance from the
Naschmarkt, at a little over 1km it will take less than 20
minutes to walk and the route is an interesting one past
many of the important buildings of the city. First
walk to the northen end of Naschmarkt beside Karlsplatz. Go
to the right of the Novomatic Forum and take the pedestrian
crossing into the Karlsplatz itself. Stay on the right side
of the road, not so at the end of Karlsplatz it is simple to
cross once, then turn left and cross again and again onto
Opernpassage. Keep walking staright ahead and pass the
Opera, Dorotheum, Hotel Astoria and continue on Karntne
Strasse. Simply continue on this same road until it meets
Stephansplatz, the spire of the Cathedral above you tells
you when you have arrived.
As well as the square itself of course the main reason
people come to the Stephansplatz is the St Stephan's
Cathedral itself, this massive gothic. Also don't
miss out on the Diözesanmuseum which is the Cathedral
Museum of the Archdiocese of Vienna, and also overlooking
the square is the Kaffeemuseum Wien which tells the
story of how Coffee became such as integral part of Vienna.
The Kärntnerstrasse which was on the route from
Naschmarkt to Stephansplatz is itself one of the main
shopping roads of the city, but also leading out of the
square are the important Graben which is the most
upmarket street in the city. And beyond that it leads to the
Kohlmarkt where all major brands both international
and local can be found.
Of course the ultimate in staying near here is to stay
overlooking the Cathedral itself by taking a room at
Hotel am Stephansplatz, a modern business hotel in a
traditional building in this perfect location it offers
luxurious rooms with grand views from the upper floors. Well
heated rooms keep you warm in the winter, while shower and
bath in the room as well as a fitness center and small sauna
in the building make for a luxurious stay.
Alternatively the DO & CO Hotel also in the square
itself is a modern 43 room hotel in a piece of stunning
modern arcitecture that contrasts and complements the
historic buildings around it.