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.
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.
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.
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 !
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.