St Peter's Abbey, Salzburg
About St Peter's Abbey, Salzburg
St Peter's Abbey, Salzburg - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Ticket Price: 2 EUR
Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
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One of the oldest monasteries in Europe, the St. Peter’s Abbey is one of the prettiest places of worship in Europe. It was founded in 696 by Saint Rupert and the present day Romanesque style building stands at the foot of the Monchsberg. Located in the heart of Salzburg’s Old Town, it is known for its captivating cemetery, catacombs and ancient lineage. Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor debuted at this church.
The founding of the monastery was aimed at promoting missionary work in the Eastern Alps and in 1641, it was a member of the Salzburg Congregation. In 1927, St. Peter’s was given the status of an Archabby. During the Nazi regime, the church’s monks were expelled but returned to the monastery after the war.
The Abbey’s church is a Romanesque structure with a lavish, Rococo interior. With its onion dome and high altar, visitors will find the church to be very pretty as well as peaceful, truly a delight to those who frequent religious shrines.
St. Peter’s Abbey is home the oldest library in Austria with more than 10,000 volumes and 800 manuscripts. The most valuable is the Verbruderungsbuch. The collection consists on medieval church history and art history, as well as literature on the local history of the city. There are numerous documents archived, including those used for the abbey’s administrative purposes and a musical archive of all the famous musicians to have played there. There are also paintings, church treasure, instruments, a coin cabinet and many other curios.
The abbey cemetery is another sight, as each grave is marked with gorgeous wrought iron headstones and miniature gardens, all set aglow by the candles placed there in the evenings. The cemetery is one of the oldest in Europe, with entire families being laid to rest in large plots. In the cemetery, lay Mozart’s beloved sister and Haydn’s brother.
The abbey is also home to one of the oldest restaurants, mentioned in a document from 803. Located in the Abbey Cellars, enjoying a meal in such an old establishment should prove to be quite the experience. You can treat yourself to a musical concert on a Saturday, choral vespers on Sunday and normal services on weekdays. A ten minute walk from the river Salzach, St. Peter’s Abbey is a beautiful site, rich in heritage and a must see.
St Peter's Abbey Information
- Christmas is the best time to visit the abbey.
- The Abbey, which includes such incredible detail into the life of St. Rupert (the founder of the church and the Monastery which used to inhabit the surrounds) and St. Benedict through many beautiful paintings.
- Expect a lot of crowd.
- Recommendations: Visit the catacombs and cemetery.
St Peter's Abbey Ticket Prices
- Adults: 2 Euros
- Children (6-15): 1.50 Euros
- Youth (16-18), students, senior citizens and groups of 10+ adults: 1.50 Euros
St Peter's Abbey Opening and Closing Hours
Abbey Church of St. Peter timings:
- Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 12 pm|2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- No visits during Mass
St. Peter Cemetery timings:
- Summer: 6:30 am – 7 pm
- Winter: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
- May – September: 10 am – 6 pm (Monday – Sunday)
- October – April: 10 am – 5 pm (Monday – Sunday)
- Closed on January 1, December 24-27 and December 31.
How To reach St Peter's Abbey by Public Transport
- Bus 270 stops at Salzburg Rathaus bus station.
- Rent or hire a car/taxi.
Restaurants Near St Peter's Abbey
- St. Peterstifskeller
- Goldener Hirsch
- Restaurant K&K
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St Peter's Abbey, Salzburg Reviews - Write a Review
A very interesting place where you can find old and new tombs. Its easy to arrive and if you dont have enough time to go to a museum, this place is perfect for you.
Such a beautiful church full of inspiration & relaxation.
Another beautiful cathedral. You have to walk through.
This monastery is one of the oldest in Europe and it's amazing. Plenty of saints of the Catholic church have lived here. You got to see the catacombs and the graveyard. If you have the chance you should join a mess or maybe one of their prayer time.
There are several art treasures in St. Peter Church. Interior including some altar paintings by Kremser Schmidt. The Salzburg Madonna in the left chancel is from the early 15th century. Some of documentary about Mozart explained that Mozart's Great Mass in C minor was premiered in the church in 1783, with his wife Constanze singing first soprano. Thus there are many collections of famous musicians in the church.