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“A step back in time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Petersfriedhof

Petersfriedhof
Salzburg, Austria
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Ranked #15 of 90 Attractions in Salzburg
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Activities: Walking, City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: This picturesque cemetery, much of which dates back to the 17th century, provides a secluded spot to escape the bustle of the rest of the city.
Ballarat
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“A step back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Such a beautiful cemetery. The graves are well cared for.

A very picturesque place on the side of the main hill in the Salzburg Old Town. We really enjoyed wandering through the headstones of this beautifully ornate place.

Very peaceful, just like stepping back in time. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Very unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I have never seen a cemetery like this one. The graves are beautiful and well cared for, it is free to walk through and very interesting. This is also the basis for the 'Sound of Music' cemetery - although the actual scenes were filmed in Hollywood.

An interesting fact, in Austria grave sites are rented, not purchased. So new graves pop up in this cemetery every time someone's family neglects to pay the rent.

Visited October 2013
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Paris, France
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“Sound of Music and more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

One of the most beautiful resting places anywhere. It is a must visit. One can wander through it, entering on one square and ending on the other.

Visited September 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“The oldest cemetery in Salzburg”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

It's just a beautiful and unique cemetery. It's unique because of the colorful and unusual grave markers, as well as the fact that each grave is like a mini garden. The families that rent these spaces take very good care of their loved ones. The setting of this cemetery was the inspiration in creating the movie set for the famous "Sound of Music" scene. The scenes of the von Trapp children hiding from the Nazi soldiers were all filmed in Hollywood, but it's still worth it to see the original setting. The scenes of the movie come to life here as you're walking through the cemetery. It's a short and scenic walk through the cemetery on your way to the Residenzplatz. Don't miss the old bakery near the water wheel on your way to the plaza. They have really good sweet rolls.

Visited May 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Lovely and ancient”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Cemeteries in Austria differ from US - helped to have guide book to explain customs and also highlight particular "residents" (Mozart's sister).

Visited October 2013
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