Otto Wagner's Church at Steinhof
The dome, featuring gold-plated copper plates can be seen from afar. After all, the church rises above the entire complex of the former psychiatric hospital in the city's hilly western suburbs. St. Leopold was built as an institutional church between 1904 and 1907. Alongside the Secession it is considered to be a key Art Nouveau work in Vienna and also has similarities with St. Charles Church at the Vienna Central Cemetery.
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Audio guide for Otto Wagner’s Church of St. Leopold
Otto Wagner also designed most of the church’s interior fittings himself, including the lighting, the seating and also the altars. He ensured that aesthetics and practicality were in perfect harmony, both indoors and outdoors. This included matters such as how many people had a clear view of the high altar, or how the building should be cleaned. Many artists were involved with the fittings, including Kolo Moser (glass mosaics on the windows) and Othmar Schimkowitz (column angels on the main portal and angels on the high altar).
The Steinhofgründe were once part of the psychiatric hospital but are now a popular recreational area. When having a relaxed walk, the shadows of the many fruit trees are a splendid spot to stop and have a picnic. A large playground and a football pitch are available for kids.
Otto Wagner's Church at Steinhof (Otto Wagner Kirche am Steinhof)
- +43 1 505 87 47 85180
- Fr - Su, 10:00 - 17:00
The Otto Wagner Church is closed from 1 November, 2023 until 15 March, 2024.
- 12 Steps
- Seeing eye dogs allowed
Interior: no steps. Access to the church is currently restricted and not possible for wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties!
- Main entrance