You’ll find St. Charles Church looming over the plaza at Karlsplatz, where dogs splash nearby in the fountain and the sun beats down on the church’s high, green dome.
Inside, incense burns steadily, making the air is as thick as a Young Thug music video. Behind the haze, a huge altar shows off an opulent work of gold and stone meant to depict God’s light. The dome of the church is 74m. high and guests can visit the top, where there is a view of the city, though unfortunately it hides behind windows and fencing. The walk to the top will take you through a monstrous collection of scaffolding, giving you a rare personal look at the ceiling frescos, but if you drop your phone, you’re so screwed.
Karlsplatz; 1 505 62 94; www.karlskirche.at; open M-Sa 9am-6pm, Su noon-7pm
Admission €8, €4 student; no wheelchair accessibility