Next to the North Tower of St. Stephan are two doors: one to heaven (an elevator whisks you up to the observation platform); the other, to hell (basically, the entrance for the catacombs underneath the cathedral.)
Pick the wrong door and you lose! Just kidding. The catacombs here are an invaluable tour through Vienna’s history in its own right. The underground burial place contains some 10,000 bodies, and also contains the tomb of its founder, Duke Rudolph. Other remarkable items here include 56 urns containing the intestines of other members of the royal Habsburg clan and huge rooms filled, floor to ceiling, with thousands of bones and skeleton stacked on to of each other. Not for the faint of heart.
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