Take a right into the alleyway that leads to the rail car to the castle and you will enter a small cemetary at the base of the mountain.
In the back of the cemetary is a doorway that leads to the catacombs.
I, in my infinate luck, tried to see it on a Tuesday. The catacombs are CLOSED only on Tuesdays.
This is the most lovely cemetery I've ever seen. Flowers and other greenery are everywhere. The iron crosses replace cold stone. Take a stroll through. It's located at the foot of the hill that the fortress sits on. You can't miss it.
This cemetary (I think it was near the Cathedral) was really lovely and worth wandering through. All the grave markers were very ornate, made of raught iron (sp?) and gold leaf, with many flowers everywhere. What a wonderful place to rest.
This is one of the most peaceful and interesting spots in Salzburg. The church is a simple Romanesque shell that hides an elaborate Rococo interior that is well worth a look. Outside the church, you'll find a quiet, flowering garden-cemetery that is the final, peaceful resting place for many celebrated Salzburg residents. Just above the cemetery, you'll find the Catacombs which were carved into the rock face by 3rd century Christians. For a euro, you can visit the Catacombs, which are less spectacular for the cavernous interior as they are for the amazing views over the city.
I have a picture of St. Peter's Church itself in my last travelogue (Photographing Salzburg).
Right where I was staying in Salzburg at the Institut St Sebastian, is the St Sebastian Church and its cemetery. Some notable persons who now reside there are Wolf Dietrich, who had a huge mausoleum built to commemorate himself. Both Mozart's father and widow are also buried at St. Sebastian's.
The cemetery situated behind the Abbey is one that is extremely exquisite in its beauty and blue-blooded history.
It lies at the foot of the rock called the Mönchsberg. Many of the aristocratic families of Salzburg lie buried here along with many other noted persons, including Nannerl Mozart, sister of Wolfgang Amadeus (4 years older than her better-known brother, Nannerl was also an exceptionally gifted musician).
Note of interest for Sound of Music fans. This was the site where Liezel's boyfriend blew the whistle on the Von Trapp family as they hid in one of the tombs.
There is a chapel on the grounds - the Romanesque Chapel of the Holy Cross and St. Margaret's Chapel, dating from the 15th century.
There are also Christian catacombs situated in the rock wall above the cemetery. However, it was closed when I was there is early April.
Admission to the cemetery is free. Admission to catacombs is 1 euro for adults.
May-Sep Daily 10am-5pm;
Oct-Apr Daily 10:30am-3:30pm
This is a photo taken at St. Peter's Cemetery.It is located next to the small church of St. Peter.Here you can see beatutiful ornamented graves,and lot of flowers and small trees,it looks more like a garden that like a cemetery.
You can still see catacombs cut in the rock that originate from 215 A.D. These can be visited to 5 pm in the summer. I found the family vaults from the 17th century with of particular interest with their iron work. Yes, this was another Sound of Music location.
The deep and wonderful respect for the deceased in European cities sometimes amazes me. This is one of many I have visited where the gravesites are actually small gardens, obviously carefully and lovingly tended presumably by family members. This one also requested that you tour the cemetery in silence. It is a lovely and peaceful place for reflection/meditation. This one was also the model for the one used (in Hollywood) in the Sound of Music.
This is one of Europe´s oldest active burial grounds. Today you can still see catacombs cut in the rock of the Moechsberg and originating from 215 A.D. Only priests and monks were buried here up to the year 1454. The arcades around the cemetery are family vaults from the 17th century with various examples of wrought iron work
This gothic small chapel stands in the middle of the St. Peter's Cemetery.
It is only occasionally opened to the public.
If you look closely on the outside of the chapel, you can admire the gothic period of marble panels emblazoned on the wall. Splendid indeed !
There are numerous personalities buried here. All relating to Salzburg history.
You can see names & numbers like this :
Lorenz Hagenauer (Mozart's friend)
Vault 16.The Cemetery areas itself looks like a beautiful garden.
Wander around this area, quietly & smell the plants & flowers growing around this cemetery...
Now, we shall move to St. Peter's Cemetery.
This area has kept its present form since 1627.
The constructions of this cemetery can be traced back to the late Roman Juvavum. Enclosed by beautiful arcades, housing numerous epitaphs and artistic wrought iron gates, the cemetery has a mystic character all around it.
To the right of the street leading to the Festung Hohensalzburg funicular there is a path leading to St. Peter's cemetery. The graves are carefully tended by relatives and often covered with vines and flowers. Up on the cliffs you can see some structure, which claimed to be "catacombs". We didn't see them as they were closed; however according to our tourbook the "catacombs" are nothing more than a few shrines and shallow caves.
If this looks like the cemetery scene in the Sound of Music, you're right! However the movie was filmed not here but on a set in Hollywood, which was inspired by the actual cemetery.
After the castle tour we walked back down the hill and ended up in the cemetery behind St. Peter's Church. It is an interesting stroll if you don't mind headstones. Read them, they are very old and interesting!