Though a cemetery was adjacent to the St. Sebastian's Church from not long after its construction, it was reworked in an Italian Campo Santo style in the late 1790s and has since been a place where prominent Salzburgers have been put to rest. This impressive list includes none other than Mozart's father but perhaps the highlight of the cemetery is the centrally located Gabriel Chapel. This fine piece of architecture by Elia Costello (who is also buried in the cemetery) houses a mausoleum for Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich.
Head to the Mülln Parish Church here
This cemetry is the oldest one in Salzburg, together with the one at the Nonnberg Abbey.
It is one of the most-visited spots in the city of Salzburg.
It has a marvellous location, nested against the Festungsberg, in the shadow of the fortress Hohensalzburg.
Inside the mountain you can pay a visit to the catacombs.
The history of the cemetery probably dates back to about the year 700 when saint Rupert of Salzburg erected the Stift Sankt Peter (Saint Peter's abbey), located right next to the cemetery. The oldest tombstone still there is one from 1288 and the cemetery was first mentioned in 1139.
In the middle of the cemetery stands the small church 'Margarethenkapelle'.
SOme of you might recognize the cemetery as the location of the flight scenes in the movie 'The sound of music', where the Von Trapp family flees after performing at the music festival.
There are several well-known people burried at this cemetery. Some of them are:
Santino Solari, the architect who designed Hellbrunn Palace and the trick fountains
Michael Haydn, the younger brother of Joseph Haydn and also a composer
Nannerl (Maria Anna Mozart), the elder sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Werner von Raittenau zu Langenstein the father of Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau
April 1 until Mai 31: 6.30 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.
June 1 until August 31: 6.30 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Sept. 1 until September 30: 6.30 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Oktober 1 until March 31: 6.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Behind the church is Salzburg's oldest cemetery. It includes catacombs of early christian era burials along with semi-modern burials in the church yard. A water wheel also runs in the cemetery which at one time supplied power for industries run by the friars.
As a lover of cemeteries, I would have to say, St. Peters is one of the best I have seen.
It really is a beautiful walled cemetery where all the graves are well kept, many have flowering plants. The headstones are varied and there are many different designs, and I really liked the arched side walls.
The cemetery was built during the Early Middle Ages and is older than the abbey itself. It is incredible to think, people have been buried here for over 1,300 years.
Quite a few important Austrian people are buried in this cemetery.
CEMETERY IS OPEN....April to October 6.30 - 7PM
November to March from 6.30 - 5.30PM
I really liked this cemetery. It is bounded by arcades and then is full of graves in the grassy middle. My favorite are all of the graves along the arcades with fancily molded inscriptions and paintings. It is especially interesting if you can read German because some of them have some detailed inscriptions.
The tour through St Peters was lovely, but my highlight was the cemetery and its lovely iron-scrollwork crosses, and also all the fragrant roses in bloom on some of them. The catacombs loom overhead almost, but the feeling is peaceful and calming walking through the old graves.
I did not even realise that I was in a cemetary until someone pointed it out to me. This is one of the nicest gardens that I have had the pleasure to walk around in and I think it is just wonderful that the people look so well after the graves of their ancestors.
Petersfriedhof, or St. Peter's Cemetery, is the oldest Christian graveyard in Salzburg, dating back to 1627. It is a worthy attraction in itself, but many visitors also enjoy seeing the place where the Von Trapp family hid out in The Sound of Music.
Merging into the Mönchsberg mountain and enclosed on three sides by elegant wrought-iron grilles, the cemetery consists of Baroque arcades containing chapels belonging to Salzburg's old patrician families. Don't miss the Romanesque Chapel of the Holy Cross and St. Margaret's Chapel, dating from the 15th century.
The cemetery and its chapels are rich in blue-blooded history, monuments to a way of life long vanished. The graveyard is far from mournful: the individual graves are tended with loving care, decorated with candles, fir branches, and flowers – especially pansies (because their name means "thoughts").
Many of the aristocratic families of Salzburg lie buried here along with many other noted persons. In Crypt XXXI is the grave of Santino Solari, architect of the cathedral; in XXXIX that of Sigmund Haffner, a patron for whom Mozart composed a symphony and named a serenade.
The final communal crypt LIV (by the catacombs) contains the body of Mozart's sister, Nannerl, an exceptionally gifted musician herself, and the torso of Joseph Haydn's younger brother, Michael (his head is in an urn stored in St. Peter's).
You can also take a self-guided tour through the early Christian catacombs in the carved in the rockface above the church cemetery. For a small admission fee, visitors can climb a steep set of stone-carved stairs and view several rooms with altars, murals, and inscriptions.
I have to say one thing for old prince archbishop Wolfy Dietrich; he thought very highly of himself. Just after he torched the city of Salzburg in 1598, he ordered that this elaborate mausoleum be crafted so that when the time came, his corpse to be properly laid to rest in it. It was designed by Elio ( not Elvis ) Castello, who himself died shortly afterward, and was buried in the shadow of the mausoleum. About 180 years later, fiddler maestro Leopold Mozart was buried next to Castello. Leopold's son Wolfgang, was a few years later, buried in a mass grave in Wien ( Vienna ).
Well as we all know, Wolfy was violently overthrown from his post of prince archbishop, by his favorite nephew, Markus Sittikus, in 1612. He was imprisoned in Hohensalzburg fortress, and died 5 years later. He was buried in his blue copper domed mausoleum, with four nice windows for him to gaze out of. Such a touching and warm family story.
If you want to learn more about Wolfy and his mistress, Salome Alt, step down into the big pedestrian tunnel crossing on Alpenstrasse. The satiracal posters and grafitti of this jerk are hilarious. Photos of these posters are deemed innapropriate for posting on VT.
What a lovely place, our guide told us that even though some of the graves were more than 300 years old, the families still cared for it and put fresh flowers on regularly. One could almost meditate here, so peaceful it was.
The cemetery of St Peter's (Petersfriedhof), heavily in the shadow of the Festung Hohensalzburg, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful churchyards I've ever visited. It is apparently one of the oldest and most charming cemeteries in the world. According to legend, the Petersfriedhof has been in use since the third century. I loved the wrought iron grave markers and the catacombs built into the side of the mountain.
This churchyard gave makers of The Sound of Music the idea for the scenes at the end of the film, where the Von Trapp family hide in the Abbey. Although it was actually a recreated film set that was used rather than St Peter's graveyard itself but you can see the similarity.
St Peter’s Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the world with connections going back to the Romans and catacombs hewn out of the Mönchsberg rock and over 1000 years old. The cemetery contains the oldest Christian graves in Salzburg dating back to 1627. Some famous people laid to rest in the cemetery are Michael Haydn, brother of Joseph Haydn, Mozart's sister, Nannerl, and the architect of Salzburg's Cathedral Santino Solari. The cemetery was used as a backdrop to the Sound of Music film and was where the Von Trapp family hid out.
St. Peter's is a very well known ancient cemetary. The 1800 year old catacombs are a combination of natural and hand excavated caves embedded in the limestone cliffs of Monchsberg. The cemetary itself is the main tourist attraction but the vertical and very original early Gothic church shown in the photo is also very interesting. The stone block church which dates back about 800 years, contains some precious artwork on the inside but unfortunately has very limited hours during which it is open to the public. It was closed during my visit.
Yes you are looking at the very part of the pantheon where familae von Trapped in the 60's hid from the Gestapo. You must agree that they did not use much creativity in finding a good hiding place in and around Salzburg. St. Peter's cemetary was heavily visited even in those days. Perhaps Rogers and Hammerstein were too busy " borrowing " the music of a famous anti-semitic composer to think of a more creative hiding place.
Well anyway, this cemetary is a fascinating place to visit and should not be missed. The caves at the base of the Monchsberg hills were utilized as part of the 1800 year old crypts of the early Christians. The excellent wrought iron work throughout the cemetary add a lot of character to it. A small part of the ever visible Hohensalzburg fortress is shown in the background. The cemetary gate is immediately to the right of the start of the foot trail to the castle.
This concludes the hound's " sound of music " tour. It wasn't much, but if you did not thoroughly enjoy it, your money will be cheerfully refunded.
guten tag !
Upon leaving the Funicular Railway entrance, you might want to take a detour to St. Peter's Cemetery. I don't know much about this site as I missed this on my trip to Salzburg but I heard it's worth a visit. So from here check your map and getting there should be easy.