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The most impressive church in Munich, in my opinion, is St. Peter's, although that may only be because I always gravitate toward Gothic churches. But is Peterskirche Gothic? Well, sort of. You see, it started out that way in the late 12th century (making it the city's oldest church), but over the years, it has been renovated and remodeled many times so that now there are layers and traces of Gothic, Baroque and Rococo. The interior is full of intersting altars and an amazing ceiling.
I didn't do it, but you can also climb the tower here for a couple Euros.
Peterskirche - Interior
The magnificent baroque Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church) in central Munich. Entrance is free, but climbing the stairs to the top of the bell-tower (to see the city from a decent height) costs a couple of Euros.
Best View of Old Munich
St. Peter's is the city's oldest church, although nothing remains from the original built in 1368. The shape reminds me of the brick St. Anne's church in Budapest. The tower, built in 1607, affords maybe the best views of the city. For 1.5 EUR and a climb up the steps, you are rewarded with a beautiful panorama of the old city, and on a clear day, views beyond. I was lucky during my visit...the entire day was grey and cloudy except for the 30 minutes I was up the tower. A great place to take pictures of the surrounding landmarks from a bird's eye view.
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partly destroyed during World War II it was reconstructed with donativs ... Between the Neues Rathaus and the Viktualienmarket ... you have wonderful views from its tower ...BUT ... yes ...you have to get up step by step trought a narrow way up ... :)) can you??? yes you can ... if you are tired ... just go to the Neues Rathaus tower that have a lift ...
Alter Peter - The "Old Peter"
The 92 meters (301 feet) hights Gothic tower of the church is one of the city?s traditional emblems. The tower is nicknamed Old Peter by the Bavarian population.
The old Peter offers a marvellous view of Munich and of the alps - there are many stairs to be climbed, but the view is worth it!
Peterkirche (Peter's Church)
You must keep in mind that Germany is considered Catholic country, so there are many churches. Starting at the Marienplatz, and facing the Glockenspiel, do a 180 and walk staight back and slightly to your left. A few buildings will be in your way, but if you ask or wander enough, you'll find a red brick church off of Marienplatz. If a door is locked, just walk around th church until you find one open. The church looks unimpressive, but wait till you get it! Excuse the constuction though, this church, like all of Munich, was bombed during WWII. The people who survived WWII were so in love with this church that they chose to take whatever money they might have had and start to rebuild it. Keep in mind that these people were starving and freezing, but they wanted to keep this church. It's still in the process of being rebuilt to be EXACTLY as it was. Stand in the back of the church to admire it. It is a great example of Broque architecture. Facing the alter, go to the left and walk up the aisle on the left side, keep your eyes open for a real human skeleton, one of the few early Christians found in the Roman catachomes (please excuse the spelling). The people of Munich are proud to have aquired this great symbol of their religion. And no, the jeweled eyes that give it an eerie feeling are not real. From here go to the Viktualienmarkt which is in the next tip
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St. peter: the oldest church in Munich
Munich's oldest church (1180), known locally as Old Peter.
The white-and-gray interior has been decorated with gilded baroque accents and trompe l'oeil medallions.
It contains a series of murals by Johann Baptist Zimmermann, but nothing tops the attraction of the bizarre relic in the second chapel on the left: the gilt-covered and gem-studded skeleton of St. Mundita. From its resting place on a cushion, it stares at you with two false eyes in its skull. Jewels cover the mouth of its rotten teeth, quite a contrast to the fresh roses usually kept in front of the black-and-silver coffin. The church also has a tall steeple, which you can climb. Colored circles on the lower platform tell you whether the climb is worthwhile: If the circle is white, you can see as far as the Alps.
Church free; tower 1.50€ adults, 1€ students, .30€ children. Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm. U-bahn/S-bahn: Marienplatz.
Alter Peter II
Another look at Alter Peter including the gorgeous ceiling mural. The interior looks new, as it would since the church was rebuilt, but this doesn't detract from the experience. I wish I had visited the rococo-style Asamkirche as well. It was on my list, but we just ran out of time.
The oldest parish church in Munich, 1158. As time went by some more constructions of diferent styles were added to it. This church is also very outstanding for its tower and the original shape of the vault of it. If you look at the tower you'll be able to count up to 8 clock faces! You can go up to the top of it. Bad news! There is no elevator, so take it easy! That's 1.5 euros to make some exercise.
"Peterskirche" and "Alter Peter"
"Peterskirche" (Saint Peter's Church) is the oldest church in town, built in the 11th century! It's not really the prettiest one, however, you can climb up its tower, which is called "Alter Peter" (Old Peter) and enjoy a phenomenous view over town.
Peterskirche (St. Peter's...
Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church): If you can handle the steep climb up a few hundred stairs, make sure to go to the observation deck of this downtown church.
Its convenient location right across the square from the Rathaus (town hall with the glockenspiel) ensures great views of the city. The cost is but a few euros and even the climb to the top is exciting in its own way.
The Churches of Munich begin with St. Peters, started in the 12th century by monks on the highest hill. Now it is surrounded by these 'younger' churches
The other St Peters...
You also should see St. Peters Cathedral and climb up the tower for a spectacular view of the city, the marienplatz, and the glockenspiel!! They say you can see the Alps on a clear day. We didn't, it was too cloudy:( The Frauenkirche(the twin domed cathedral not far from the Marienplatz) is also really neat and worth the climb.
Climb the 'Alter Peter' and...
Climb the 'Alter Peter' and enjoy the wonderful sight over the city!
Munich's oldest church steeple gives you in 300 steps height a unique and undisturbed sight over the town. It's worth the effort even on rainy days when you can't see the Alpes - I enjoyed it much more than the sight from the Frauenkirche...
Alter Peter (Church of St. Peter)
Oldest parish church in Munich; ornate interior decorated with old masters from 6 centuries. The tower is one of best viewpoints of the city, but it takes 306 steps to climb it...
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