St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Kreuzherrengasse 1, Wien. (Open Map)


Constructed between the years 1716 and 1739, the impressive Karlskirche - Vienna's finest baroque church - was born out of a vow made by Karl VI during the 1713 plague. Located at the southeast corner of Resselpark, the church was designed and started by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and completed by his son, Joseph. Its grand, elliptical copper dome reaches a height of 72 meters, and one of its highlights is the lift to the cupola (included with admission) which provides a close-up view of the intricate frescos painted by Johann Michael Rottmayr.