Stephansdom South Tower or “medieval 343 stairs”

Vienna’s 1st District or “1. Bezirk” is certainly something special. It is city’s central District, the crossroad of its excellent transportation system (“Wiener Lines”), legislative focal point, a place with most luxury shopping areas and the historic core of the city.

If you’re in the mood for a really special combination of “medieval spirit”, a magnificent view and a jogging endeavor – Stephansdom’s “South Tower” is a place for you.

It’s not quite obvious where the entrance is. To find it, when you’re looking at St. Stephen Cathedral main entrance, go to the right. There you’ll find the entrance and pay the fee (€ 5,00 for adults). Then you’ll free to start a rise with 343 stairs inside a relatively tight and dark spiral.

 

At about three-fourths of the ascent, the first reward for your effort comes and also a place where you can rest for a short break. You’ll walk into a relatively roomy space with a high ceiling where in the past the “Pummerin” or the biggest bell in Stephansdom has been located. It has been cast three hundred years ago of captured Turkish cannons.

Upon overcoming the 343 stairs and reaching the height of 72 meters (tower itself is 136,4 meter high) you’ll feel happy to have reached the top. There you’re awarded by a beautiful view of the city from the bird’s perspective. Don’t forget you’re standing at the highest point built already in medieval Vienna.

You’ll find more information at the official “St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna” Site at: http://www.stephanskirche.at/index.jsp?langid=2&menuekeyvalue=27 

Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Vienna

If you’re visiting Vienna’s historical 1st District and feel hungry, we can advise you to visit the charming restaurant located at “Judenplatz”, only a few minutes walk away from the main shopping streets.

Ellas Judenplatz Location

Restaurant Ellas Judenplatz Vienna

There is more to say about the “Judenplatz” square itself.  Although situated in the first district it’s a bit hidden and therefore with not as many tourists around and secondly, it hosts the “Holocaust Memorial” https://www.ikg-wien.at/memorials/?lang=en.

The restaurant is owned by Lefteris Dermitzakis. While enjoying the food, you’ll feel the charm of Greek hospitality and will be surrounded by Mediterranean flair. If you want to be sure they will have a place for you, you can reserve the table at http://www.ellas.at/

 

When the days are warm enough, we advise you to enjoy your meal at their terrace, surrounded by olive trees. It’s not hard to understand that we enjoyed our time there.

 

So, relax and have a taste of Mediterranean coastal dishes.