Erzabtei St Peter
Salzburg shines more brightly than ever since the opening of the DomQuartier in 2014, showcasing the most fabulous baroque monuments and...
Salzburg’s trophy sights huddle in the pedestrianised Altstadt, which straddles both banks of the Salzach River but centres largely on...
The fortress is a steep 15-minute jaunt from the centre or a speedy ride in the glass Festungsbahn funicular.
You’ll love or hate this themed dinner, with Mozart music, costumed performers and (mediocre) 18th-century-style food. It’s held in...
Stiftsbäckerei St Peter
Next to the monastery where the watermill turns, this 700-year-old bakery bakes Salzburg’s best sourdough loaves from a wood-fired oven.
St Peter Bezirk 1-2 · interesting places nearby
Erzabtei St Peter information
A Frankish missionary named Rupert founded this abbey church and monastery in around 700, making it the oldest in the German-speaking world. Though a vaulted Romanesque portal remains, today’s church is overwhelmingly baroque, with rococo stucco, statues – including one of archangel Michael shoving a crucifix through the throat of a goaty demon – and striking altar paintings by Martin Johann Schmidt.
Take a stroll around the cemetery , where the graves are mini works of art with their intricate stonework and filigree wrought-iron crosses. Composer Michael Haydn (1737–1806), opera singer Richard Mayr (1877–1935) and renowned Salzburg confectioner Paul Fürst (1856–1941) lie buried here; the last is watched over by skull-bearing cherubs.
The cemetery is home to the catacombs , cavelike chapels and crypts hewn out of the Mönchsberg cliff face.