Peterskirche, Munich

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    On the tower of St.Peter

    by globetrott Written Aug 24, 2004

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    The 302 steps up the tower of St.Peter / " Alter Peter " were rather exhausting , but it is certaily worth the effort, when you are searching for a perfect panorama-view.
    As you may see on my picture, the platform is rather narrow and I may imagine that a lot of people might want to watch the Glockenspiel all at the same time...

    ...so be there a long time ahead, when you intend to have a good place to watch it !

    the view from St.Peter church
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    St.Peter - Munich's oldest church

    by globetrott Updated Aug 24, 2004

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    St.Peter - also called "Alter Peter" by the local people - is the oldest church of Munich, built in the 11th century.
    The church looks great from inside , but mainly I may recommend to walk up the tower and have a look around with certainly the best panorama of Munich.
    The 3 pics before (Frauenkirche, Glockenspiel and Rathaus) were taken from there.

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    St.Peter - the interior

    by globetrott Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Do not miss the interior of St. Peter church / Alter Peter, as it is really worth a visit and looks beautiful.
    The church is open during the day and may be seen freely and without entrance-fee.

    Only to walk up the tower you have to pay a small amount !

    ...and on a hot summerday it is even a perfect place to relax and cool down a bit !

    St.Peter church / Alter Peter
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    Peterskirche

    by antistar Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    The elegant spire of Alter Peter (Old Peter) offers one of the best views in all of Munich, but you have to put some effort into it. There's a lot of steep stone steps between you and that view. Once you get there be prepared for a squash as well as an awe-inspiring view, because at the top of that narrow tower is a balcony just wide enough for one person. Shortly after I arrived at the top a tour group of about 20 French tourists arrived all at the same time and caused chaos, with people bunching up and being squashed against the railings. A tip for tour guides: don't take your entire group of 20 up to a popular monument all at the same time when there's barely enough room for single file at the top. This was also in November, so god knows what the crush would be like at the peak of the tourist season.

    It costs a couple of euros to climb to the top, which you pay to the poor soul whose humble job it is to sit in a box all day and take your money. The tower is open until about sunset every day, but it changes with the season.

    Peterskirche and its tiny viewing platform Everyone's favourite photograph from the top. The Olympic Tower and BMW Building North over the Residenz The Olympic Tower
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    Peterskirche

    by acemj Updated Aug 20, 2004

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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.

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    Best View of Old Munich

    by dcwizard Written Feb 26, 2004

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    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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    Alter Peter - The "Old Peter"

    by Henkster Updated Feb 2, 2004

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    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!

    Alter Peter - Climb up the tower, its worth it!

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    Peterskirche

    by diageva Written Feb 10, 2004

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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 ...

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    Peterskirche

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 18, 2007

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    Munich's oldest and much restored church, Sankt Peter (1180), known locally as Old Peter, has turned over a new leaf, and it's a gold one at that; but bear in mind that nothing remains from the original built in 1368. The white-and-gray interior has been extravagantly 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 famous tall steeple, whose 92 metres and 300 plus steps you can climb for a fee (around 1 and a half euros when I last heard). Coloured 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.
    On the exterior of Sankt Peter you will find memorial slabs such as you see here in pics 1&3, of interest to the curious such as myself but often overlooked by the masses. I find there's often powerful artworks and centuries old inscriptions that are fascinating if you take time to ponder.

    Powerful bas relief on the outside Church is on the left Skull and crossbones on memorial A new leaf or two Classic restoration
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    St. Peter's Church

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 14, 2007

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    A small hill south of Marienplatz has been the site of a church since the 8th Century, the oldest parish church in Munich. The current church in the Gothic style was built from 1379-86 with subsequent additions in the 17th Century including the spire. The striking grey and white interior is dominated by Asam's golden high altar (image 4) with the figure of St. Peter. The ceiling frescoes are by the ubiquitous Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Golden statues of apostles line the church as well. This is a particularly striking interior.

    Zimmermann (1680-1758) was the leading fresco painter and stucco artist of mid-18th Century Munich. His works grace not only the St Peter's Church but also the Residenz and both the Palace and Amalienburg at Schloss Nymphenburg.

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    "Alte Peter" or Old Peter

    by flyingscot4 Written Nov 9, 2007

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    The oldest church in Munich, Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church), or "Alte Peter" as it is called, the interior is a mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Rococo. It dates from 1180 and has been influenced by many of the art forms over the centuries. The interior has been redecorated since WWII and is now resplendent with new gold and other new embellishments to go along with the trademarks of the past. The tower can be climbed (lots of steps - 302 to be precise) and on a clear day the Alps are visible.

    Alte Peter at night The frescoed ceiling The high alter during Lent The pulpit From the center aisle

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    St. peter: the oldest church in Munich

    by d_d Written Jul 27, 2003

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    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.

    St Peter

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    Peterskirche

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 27, 2009

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    St Peter's Church, or the Peterskirche, is the oldest parish church in Munich. It offers centuries of beautiful church art and a high tower (306 steps to the top) which affords a great view of the city. On a clear day, one can even see the peaks of the Bavarian Alps.

    The tower of Peterskirche Another view of the church View from the tower
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    Alter Peter II

    by dinhyen Written Jul 14, 2003

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    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.

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    St Peter’s church

    by mindcrime Written Feb 6, 2013

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    St Peter’s church(Peterskirche) –also known as Alter Peter(Old Peter)- is one of the oldest churches in Munich. It’s a roman catholic church that was built in 1368 in gothic style replacing the one from late 12th century that was destroyed by the great fire in 1327 but on the same spot there was a pre Merovingian church since 8th century.

    Once inside I loved it (pic 3), the ceiling fresco looks bright new, originally made by Zimmermann in mid 18th century but was recreated in 2000. The High Altar is impressive but I also liked some beautiful paintings (among them 5 gothic paintings by Jan Polack). Another weird thing to see is a gilt covered and gem-studded skeleton(pic 5)! It’s the relics of Saint Munditia, an early Christian martyr. The relics came to St Peter church from Rome in 1675.

    The 92 meter high tower (a renaasance steeple top was added in early 19th century) can be visited if you dare to climb 306 steps to the top (there’s no lift). From there (the platform is at 56m high) you will have great view over the city. For panoramic view check here

    Peterskirche St Peter���s church relics of Saint Munditia
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