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  • After performing a little research, my group and I realized the square we were standing in was named after the Stephensdom cathedral and comprised of the original Stephansplatz and the Stock-im-Eisen-Platz
  • People simply need to visit Stephansplatz to see them for themselves

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      Imagine an individual stepping off the U-Bahn at the Stephansplatz station in Vienna, Austria. She and her group move along up stairways and escalators, passing by security systems and the underground shops and delis, beside hundreds of German-speaking Austrians and tourists from around the world. As she rides the last escalator, leading to the ground level of Stephansplatz, she sees the Stephensdom cathedral looming above her. She has reached Stephansplatz, the square containing one of the largest cathedrals worldwide and shops to delight all tourists.

      After performing a little research, my group and I realized the square we were standing in was named after the Stephensdom cathedral and comprised of the original Stephansplatz and the Stock-im-Eisen-Platz. The two squares became known as one, called Stephansplatz, when the houses separating them were torn down.

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      area is breathtaking, whether seen during the day or at night. Coming up from underground, tourists first notice the Stephensdom cathedral. Located directly in the middle of the square, the cathedral has a wide birth on all sides, making the gothic towers and stained glass windows all the more spectacular to behold. Best of all, for us shoppers, the tourist trap shops are not a far walk down the roads.

      While walking to the shops, tourists will have the opportunity to gaze at the centuries old buildings as well as the modern-day buildings. Admiring both the stonework, intricate designs, and glass and steel. The combination of building materials represents the culture in Vienna, Austria. Locals work with and rely on current technology and political trends, yet retain the values seen throughout Europe, such ...


      • as hard work and perseverance.

        During the walk, tourists will also enjoy watching the people. Naturally, Austrians are not much different than any other people group. The businessmen run about, hurrying to their destinations and speaking on their cell phones. Merchants are busy selling their products, having little attention for anything other than their business. And the lovers walk arm in arm, unashamed of their affection for each other, which cannot always be said for couples in the United States. Overall, Austrians are far friendlier and respectful to tourists than they are reputed to be. I still remember the young women who invited my group to tea, and the older woman who allowed us to pet her dogs and taught us some useful German phrases.

        Once in the stores, shopping tourists will take great

        delight in all the options before them. All types of items exist to help tourists commemorate their trip. Items which caught my eye most include postcards, playing cards, key chains, figurines, rosaries, t-shirts, sweatshirts, dollies, coin bags, pottery dishes, books, and candies. Countless more items exist. People simply need to visit Stephansplatz to see them for themselves.

        Everyone who has ever considered visiting Austria must book a visit to Stephansplatz. The beauty of the square is beyond words and the people pleasant to speak with, if the tourists speak German or if the locals speak English. One of the shops, if not the Stephensdom cathedral itself, is bound to hold items which tourists will forever treasure. On the whole, Stephansplatz is a magical place for tourists to behold, in both daylight and the lighting at night.




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