St Peter's Abbey

Currently Open [Closes at 06:30 pm]
  • Address: Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +43-662844576
  • Ticket Price: 2 EUR
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Cemetery, Family And Kids, Monastery

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.

  • 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.

  • Adults: 2 Euros
  • Children (6-15): 1.50 Euros
  • Youth (16-18), students, senior citizens and groups of 10+ adults: 1.50 Euros

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

Catacombs timings:

  • 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.

  • Bus 270 stops at Salzburg Rathaus bus station.
  • Rent or hire a car/taxi.

  • St. Peterstifskeller
  • Goldener Hirsch
  • ZipferBierhaus
  • Restaurant K&K

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  • St Peter's Abbey Address: Sankt-Peter-Bezirk 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
  • St Peter's Abbey Contact Number: +43-662844576
  • St Peter's Abbey Timing: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm
  • St Peter's Abbey Price: 2 EUR
  • Best time to visit St Peter's Abbey(preferred time): 09:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Time required to visit St Peter's Abbey: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 60.55% of people who visit Salzburg include St Peter's Abbey in their plan

  • 67.42% of people start their St Peter's Abbey visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see St Peter's Abbey

Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

70.81% of people prefer walking in order to reach St Peter's Abbey

People normally club together Salzburg Cathedral and Mozart's Birthplace while planning their visit to St Peter's Abbey.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • "Small, simple and peaceful" This is a lovely Abbey and one were we sang one piece for no audience. The architecture is stunning and some of the sculptures are truly amazing. There is no fee to enter and unlike the Dom you can expect it to be quiet. The cemetery attached is amazing - graves so small - people must have been tiny in those days.

  • Beautiful old cathedral. Nice architecture and art. Lots of history inside.

  • Peaceful place, calm and spiritual. The church is simple and quaint.

  • The Church of St. Peter is one of the most popular churches in the city of Salzburg in Austria. Many people associate emotional experiences with the collegiate church of St. Peter. Be it weddings, baptisms or funeral ceremonies. The center of monastery is the collegiate church of St. Peter. The ruined first abbey church was redesigned by Abbot Balderich in the style of the High Romanesque style. In 1147, this still existing construction was inaugurated. The multiple transformations reflect the varied history of the monastery. Between 1760 and 1782, Abbot Beda Seeauer completely redesigned the interior of the church with the collaboration of national and foreign artists (Franz X. König, Lorenz Härmbler, Johann N. Högler, Benedikt Zöpf, J. Weiss, J. Martin Schmidt). If you are visiting Salzburg then this is a must visit. Also, do try the Olive -n-Cheese bread 👍from the stalls outside the cathedral. Trust me its one of the lip smacking breads i have ever had. Till now i can not forget the taste, its simply yumm... 🍘

  • Best time to visit: Christmast

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