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Corpus Christi Procession in Modern Vienna

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  • Capuchin Crypt in Vienna
    Capuchin Crypt in Vienna
    Photo: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Fasten-Tour GmbH
The Eucharistic procession following the service. At 4 altars the procession stopped, the Gospels were sung, the intercessions were made and the blessings were given.
Distance 1.6 km
2:00 h
5 m
5 m
176 m
171 m
The way of the Corpus Christi procession in baroque Vienna led from Stephansplatz accompanied by kettledrums and trumpets over Kärntnerstraße, Führichgasse and Augustinerstraße to the Augustinerkirche with a stop at Josefsplatz. Then the procession continued over Michaelerplatz and Kohlmarkt to the Trinity Column on Graben and back to Stephansplatz. The Nobel procession took place with the participation of the emperor, the court and the dignitaries, celebrated by the archbishop, accompanied by troops with music playing. At the 4 altars set up in the open air, the Gospel was read, the blessing was given and volleys were fired. Since the end of the 16th century, the Corpus Christi procession at the Viennese court was designed as a major public event to demonstrate religious sovereignty over the city. The public Corpus Christi processions were intended to clarify this unique connection between the Habsburg house and the body of Christ to the people.    

Author’s recommendation

In Traunkirchen and Hallstatt, the Corpus Christi procession still traditionally takes place with ships on the lake. "On the lake - honor God"
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Update: June 29, 2021
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176 m
Lowest point
171 m
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Tips and hints

The next Corpus Christi procession in Hallstatt on the Lake will be on June 16, 2022 at 9 a.m. The course of the Corpus Christi procession in Hallstatt will be such that after the festive service in the Catholic parish church, a blessing will take place on the market square of Hallstatt before the procession with festively decorated boats moves on Lake Hallstatt.

Questions about the Corpus Christi procession in Hallstatt will be answered by the Catholic Church in Hallstatt with pleasure. The contact details are: Telephone: 43 (0) 6134 8279, E-Mail:


Stephansplatz (171 m)
48.208803, 16.372443
48°12'31.7"N 16°22'20.8"E
33U 601963 5340418



Turn-by-turn directions

We leave Stephansplatz, in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral, in a southerly direction and to get to Kärtnerstrasse. We follow Kärtnerstraße’s course out of town until we come to the level of Marco-d’Aviano-Gasse on the right, into which we turn. Marco-d’Aviano-Gasse is very short and leads to the Neuer Markt. We cross the Neuer Markt in walking direction and come to the entrance to the Capuchin Crypt, where an outdoor altar was set up during the Corpus Christi procession through Vienna's inner city in the Baroque period. We leave the square in front of the Kapuzinergruft and continue on Tegetthoffstraße in a south-westerly direction out of town. After a short distance, we turn right into Gluckgasse, which we walk through to get to Lobkowitzplatz, where we turn left. The next altar was set up here on Lobkowitzplatz in the Baroque period. Lobkowitzplatz leads to Augustinerstraße, into which we turn right and on which we pass Josefsplatz and the Stallburg to get to Michaelerplatz, where the next altar was set up. We leave Michaelerplatz in a north-easterly direction to Kohlmarkt, on which we go to Graben. On the Graben we go up to the Trinity Column, where the fourth altar was set up. The Corpus Christi procession set off for it’s final stage on the eastern part of the Graben from Trinity Column to Stephansplatz.

Public transport


Stephansplatz is located in the center of Vienna and can be easily reached with the Wiener Linien, Stephansplatz station.

Underground: U1, U3

from Vienna Airport: CAT (City Airport Train) to Wien Mitte station, then with U3 towards Ottakring to station Stephansplatz

from Westbahnhof: take the U3 in the direction of Simmering to the Stephansplatz station

from Hauptbahnhof, the main railway station: take the U1 in the direction of Leopoldau to Stephansplatz station

Bus: 1A from Schottentor to Stephansplatz, 3A from Schottenring or Stubentor to Stephansplatz

Where can I buy tickets for the Wiener Linien?

There are ticket machines in the underground stations, Wiener Linien advance booking offices and a Wiener Linien online shop.

You can also buy tickets in most tobacco shops.

You can use the smartphone application to buy day and single tickets in Wiener Linien's mobile online ticket shop .




By road

If you are coming by car, we recommend using a park and ride garage.

From the west via the A1 motorway to PR Hütteldorf, then with the U3 in the direction of Simmering to Stephansplatz station.

From the south via the A2 and A23 motorway to PR Erdberg, there take the U3 in the direction of Ottakring to the Stephansplatz station or via the A2 and A21 motor way to PR Siebenhirten, there take the U6 in the direction of Floridsdorf to the Westbahnhof station and continue with the U3 in the direction of Simmering to the Stephansplatz station

From the east on the A4 motor way to PR Erdberg, there take the U3 in the direction of Ottakring to Stephansplatz station


Parking garages in the city center of Vienna:

Parking garage City Stephansplatz in the northeast corner of Stephansplatz, at corner of Schulerstraße, behind St. Stephen's Cathedral. Access from the Parkring via Zedlitzgasse.

Car park Cobdengasse, Cobdengasse 2,

Garage am Hof, Am Hof 1 


Parking for coaches is available at Schwedenplatz (Franz Josefs Kai), at the Parliament (Schmerlingplatz) and at the town hall (Rathausplatz).





48.208803, 16.372443
48°12'31.7"N 16°22'20.8"E
33U 601963 5340418
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Book recommendation by the author

 Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture, by Miri Rubin  

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass Stadtplan 433, Wien 1:15.000 by

Kompass-Karten GmbH








Kompass-Karten GmbH



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171 m
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