St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
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This 11th-century cathedral, the city's oldest remaining church, is best known for its beautiful golden interior.
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  • Marienplatz • 2 min walk
  • Odeonsplatz • 9 min walk
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  • BalkrishnaShroff
    Mumbai, India23,735 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Divine !!
    It is located just two minutes walk from Marienplatz. We never ever visit a church from sighr seeing point of view. We go inside, sit quietly for few few minutes and pray. St. Peter's Church was lavish. It's very soothing when you just close your eyes and sit at such a divine place. Worth visiting...
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Tunes79
    Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom432 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come for the View, Stay for the Wonderful Interior
    St Peter offers perhaps the best view of Munich. Located just across Marienplatz from the Rathaus, it has the huge advantage of being able to see the wonderful facade of the town hall from the top of its tower. It costs €5 to climb to the top up Barrow wooden stairways - quite steep but not so many of them as to make it too much of a trudge - and you get unparalleled views of the centre of the historic city. Even on a day when it wasn’t brilliantly clear, I could see the Olympiaturm and the shapes of the Bavarian Alps. You enter the tower from outside the church but emerge inside, where the gorgeously decorated ceiling and nave are worth sitting and admiring. A great church all round.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Berke Ayrancıoğlu
    Graz, Austria605 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Originating point of Munich
    St. Peter's church is the oldest church in the city therefore it is probably the originating point of Munich. It is a Roman Catholic church and its tower is one of the landmarks. I can recommend visiting for tourists.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Travel with Sean
    Madison, Wisconsin536 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool Art and an Ancient Corpse
    Inside the church, there are numerous art treasures to explore. What catches the eye immediately are the stunning frescos on the ceiling. Originally painted in the mid-18th Century, they were either destroyed or badly damaged during bombing in WW II and re-created at the end of the 20th Century. Keen observers with a knowledge of religious history will note the upside down cross, relevant because the namesake of the church, St. Peter, was crucified upside down. There are many other beautiful frescos and sculptures, some centuries old, not to overlook the high altar from the early 18th Century with a golden figure of St. Peter. There is also the glass casket with the remains of a martyr who lived in Rome around the year 250. Originally buried in the Roman catacombs, her remains were a gift to Munich in the 17th century.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2024
  • Ray H
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the walk up!
    About 300+ steps. The walk up was well worth it. WARNING to anyone who is claustrophobic. Avoid if you aren’t able to handle tight spaces. Gets very tight. Especially when some people are walking down the stairs and you’re trying to go up. It’s very cramped. The view is worth it. The top has a spot for you to rest. If you can handle all the stairs, I highly recommend!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 22, 2024
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Surf1973
Greasby, UK175 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We went for the view from the tower and that does not disappoint, however the way the crowds are controlled is not existent. Once you pay your entrance fee and start the climb up 14 floors you're on your own and it gets quite narrow on some of the stairs people cant squeeze past causing backlogs and queues, when you get to the very top the viewing platform is only wide enough for two people to pass so if people stop to take pictures (the reason most people go up there) that's it log jam. All the time more and more people are coming up blocking the stairs and making getting down impossible.
There was no staff to be seen only at the pay point at ground level, I'm not a nervous person in crowds or enclosed spaces but this was unpleasant. God forbid something happened while you are up there you are on your own and people will get hurt. Maybe god will be on your side but I didn't want to take my chances and came down.
I fully understand the age of the building means narrow stairs and enclosed spaces also a lift would ruin the building all that is needed is a control on the numbers going up and down, but of course this would mean less income for the church.
Written August 13, 2022
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Tunes79
Barrow-in-Furness, UK432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
St Peter offers perhaps the best view of Munich. Located just across Marienplatz from the Rathaus, it has the huge advantage of being able to see the wonderful facade of the town hall from the top of its tower.

It costs €5 to climb to the top up Barrow wooden stairways - quite steep but not so many of them as to make it too much of a trudge - and you get unparalleled views of the centre of the historic city. Even on a day when it wasn’t brilliantly clear, I could see the Olympiaturm and the shapes of the Bavarian Alps.

You enter the tower from outside the church but emerge inside, where the gorgeously decorated ceiling and nave are worth sitting and admiring.

A great church all round.
Written September 6, 2023
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Jake
Manchester, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We didn't visit inside when in Munich, but did climb the tower for just 3 euros per person on an incredibly windy and snowy February day. From the top of the church tower many major landmarks can be seen in incredible detail, such as the Frauenkirche, Rathaus, Olympicpark and Viktualienmarket. Well worth visiting for excellent views of this beautiful city.
Written February 7, 2020
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Lee
Houston, TX27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Went for a climb up the tower. Narrow stairs as expected and wooden. While the stairs may fit only one person, there are spaces every so often for a breather. I climbed at around 10:50am, it’s a bit crowded at that time since people stay to watch the Glockenspiel performance. Good views all around and on your way down, around the 2ish floor there is an alternative way down that leads into the cathedral. Beautiful interior.
Written December 30, 2022
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beckabock
Hornchurch, UK147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
You can pay a few euros to climb the tower here. It offers good views of Marienplatz and the surrounding city. The stairs are in places single file, so there is a bit of waiting in peak periods. The top has wooden floor and metal grate. I wouldn't recommend for anyone with vertigo or scared of heights. I wasn't too keen. Worth a climb for great views!
Written February 3, 2020
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nsl115
Singapore, Singapore1,142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Awe-inspiring and yet exuding an aura of calm! The sanctuary has withstood the ravages of time since the 16th century and looks very well preserved. Domed painted ceilings and a golden altar and statues.
We were fortunate enough to attend the 930am Sunday service and though we don’t understand German, the time spent there was food for the soul and the presence of God near.
Written February 16, 2020
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JPS
Attard, Malta85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
With over 300 steps to climb your breathe will be taken away long before the 360 degree view takes it away. Personally I love these sort of challenges to get to your goal and you can always catch your breathe once you have arrived at the top and admire the beautiful city surroundings. Though it is very safe, It is a bit cramped up top since the balcony is a bit narrow. If you're into collecting souvenir zero euro notes, souvenir coins and pressed pennies, you defiantly need to go.
Written May 8, 2023
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John N
New York555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Was told this is a must do - climb to the top fo the tower. Be ready to go up and up - 306 steps to the top - there is no elevator, but when you reach the top you get a great view of the city. When you come down be sure to go inside the amazing church
Written August 22, 2022
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Ignatius
Singapore, Singapore208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Given that St. Peter's Church, also known as Peterskirche, is one of the oldest in the heart of Munich, Germany, it is a must visit if you are here. Being a roman catholic myself, I enjoyed my visit reading up on the rich history within dating back to the 12th century.

The church view from outside is known for its distinctive tower, which stands 91 meters tall, housing the oldest bells in Munich, it also offers panoramic views of the city. Unfortunately I believe there is a ticket fee to go up the tower.

The crypt on the sides of the church is interesting to read about as well which houses the remains of many prominent Munich residents, including members of the Wittelsbach family, who were the rulers of Bavaria for many years.

You could also light a candle for blessing if you want via a token donation where the candles are located.
Written March 15, 2023
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BalkrishnaShroff
Mumbai, India23,735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
It is located just two minutes walk from Marienplatz. We never ever visit a church from sighr seeing point of view. We go inside, sit quietly for few few minutes and pray. St. Peter's Church was lavish. It's very soothing when you just close your eyes and sit at such a divine place.
Worth visiting...
Written July 21, 2023
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