St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter)

St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), Salzburg

St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter)

St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter)
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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This medieval monastery has served as the home to monks for over 1,000 years.
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MoonaMuslim
728 contributions
A very beautiful church that is worth looking at!
Jul 2020
The St. Peter Abbey, also known as the Archabbey of St. Peter, is a very beautiful church. The Gothic ribbed vault in the vestibule. Combined with the Renaissance style, the baroque onion dome, or the ceiling paintings with rich rococo decoration.
There is a large square in front of the church, but it is very quiet, even if it is very busy and busy in the old town. There are two chapels to the north and south of the vestibule.
It also has the cemetery, with its "catacombs" on the north wall of the cemetery, even if they are not catacombs in the literal sense.
The monuments and well-tended graves in the cemetery with the graves of Mozart's older sister and Michael Haydn are definitely worth a walk.

The church is centrally located in the old town. Just take 1-2 hours and look at the wonderful ceiling, paintings and architecture of the church.
Can be easily integrated into a tour of the old town if you come through the cemetery, visit the church, and then walk on to the forecourt of the church (or the other way around)
Written May 13, 2021
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Worth Visiting
Jan 2020 • Solo
This church is located in a quieter spot as compared to Salzburg cathedral and hence was less busy. Although not as grand as Salzburg Cathedral but still worth a visit when in the old town.
Written December 30, 2020
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Ali I
48 contributions
Beautiful church
Aug 2020 • Couples
The interior is beautiful, and fortunately very quiet when we visited. The surrounding square and graveyard are also peaceful places to spend some time.
Written August 31, 2020
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RainbowOxfordshire
Banbury, UK36 contributions
Okay but bad leaflet
Aug 2019 • Family
A good place to wander through, however we felt they needed more information on the description of the items there. The leaflet guide is very unhelpful so we suggest that you improve this. In conclusion, quite interesting but not incredible. Nice views though!
Written May 23, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL13,351 contributions
Closed for renovations
Jun 2019
Unfortunately, the interior was closed when we visited for renovations. However, we did get to enjoy the exterior and the cemetery. The chapel was impressive so I wish I could have seen inside.
Written April 12, 2020
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Robert R
Skipton, UK255 contributions
No information
Feb 2020 • Couples
As all the others reviewers write, this is a beautiful church. Stunning architecture complimented by fantastic decor, paintings and statues.
You walk around and admiring it's magnificence, but most disappointingly there is no information at all.
It is so frustrating, it doesn't need to be an expensive or intrusive audioguide or similar, laminated information sheets on the walls or cheaply printed leaflets. Could have made the visit so much more than it was.
Written February 26, 2020
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Sid_00001976
Cirencester, UK41 contributions
Quite a nice Abbey to visit while in Salzburg
Feb 2020
Stopped over at the Abbey and spent an hour resting up at the Abbey while admiring the beautiful architecture of the building and the paintings, etc.
Written February 12, 2020
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SimeyTravels
San Diego, CA3,236 contributions
Abbey, Cemetery, Chapel
Dec 2019
We made it into the Church of St. Peter on our last day in the city. It was cold and rainy that day, so we fully expected the church to be packed with tourists, seeking shelter from the weather.

It was actually quite empty when we stepped in, with only a couple other people wandering the building, and one devout woman towards the front, deep in prayer.

We didn't want to bother the parishioner, so we tried to steer clear of the area around her. We tiptoed our way down the center aisle, taking our time to pause in front of the statues, memorials, dioramas and tombs. We took pictures where we felt comfortable, and silently admired the paintings mounted high above the pews.

Once done inside the church, we stepped back out into the courtyard, and walked around the building to get to the cemetery. I knew this as one of the final "Sound of Music" scenes, where the family hid from the Nazis before fleeing over the mountains into Switzerland. I really wanted to see the tombs that the family hid behind, just to put myself in that scene, but alas, I quickly found out that was all Hollywood trickery. The scene was based on this cemetery, yes, but it definitely was not filmed here. (And I'm honestly quite glad about that - I'd hate to think of graves being desecrated in any way, for the sake of a movie).

We took pictures within the cemetery, anyway, marveling at the way the graves are taken care of, and the holiday decorations included on the grounds. We then popped in to the small chapel within the cemetery, which was another quiet, nice place to stop and reflect for a bit.

We stopped at the Catacombs - or as much as we could see - before heading back out to the other courtyard and stopping in to the bakery. It was crowded down there, and the smell of freshly-baked bread was intoxicating! We didn't buy a loaf at that time, because we were still full from breakfast, but I wish we'd had the chance to go back.
Written January 26, 2020
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Steve W
1,276 contributions
A Visit
Jan 2020
St. Peter's Abbey is well just amazing the ceiling and workmanship just amazing so much to see and look at we were pleased to visit its worth the look must visit
Written January 15, 2020
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Grett
Spain31 contributions
A surprising view
Jan 2020
We were touring around the baroque style interiors of Dorm Quartier, then the beautiful painting and then we saw this beautiful abbey!
Written January 9, 2020
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