For all those who arrive in Vienna from the west by train, Lazaristenkirche will be one of the first impressions they’ll get from the city. The church is located right opposite the Western Train Station on Neubaugürtel and with its 68 metres high tower hardly to overlook. Built from 1860 to 1862 for the religious order of the Lazarists – a catholic order only for male – by architect Friedrich von Schmidt (who also planned the impressive and far better known Town Hall), the church appears in neo-Gothic style and is consecrated to the immaculate conception. Just nearby the Lazarists have built a monastery as well. As there are many more impressive churches and cathedrals in Vienna, Lazaristenkirche will not end up on many tourists’ schedules; but in case you are around it might well be worth a short visit.