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Up the tower
I t is not only worth to visit this beautiful church but as well to climb up some 306 stairs up to a height of around 56 meters from where you have a wonderful view over the city of Munich. You look directly down on the Marienplatz and see finally the townhall and especially the Frauenkirche in all its imressive size and as well you have a look over the whole city and more when the weather allows it. Look here to see what I saw.
Alter Peter (Old St. Peter's Church)
For a small fee you can climb the narrow steps up to the top of the tower of the old St. Peter's Church and have another look out over the city.
The church is close to Marienplatz and the Viktualienmarkt.
Second photo: View from the tower of the old St. Peter's Church at dusk.
Third photo: Looking up at the steeple of old St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church is the oldest parish church in Munich. It was founded in the 11th century and has been undergone several reconstruction in other architectural styles. The church has an overwhelming rich interior.Everything in Late-Gothic with a lot of 18th-century figures of the apostles.
Don't miss to climb up the 300-ft tower to have a great view over the city. You find photos from the tower in my travelogue.
Entrance fee to the tower: 1.50 Euro (students: 1.00 Euro)
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.
A MUST !! Alter Peter / Old Peter
This is something I discovered only 2 years after I had already been living in this city.
Go to the Marienplatz. Stand in the middle of it. Look towards the book store "Hugendubel" (you cannot miss it) and then look up to the sky. Somewhere quite close you can see the copper green roof of a chruch tower.
This church tower is called "alter Peter" and for only one Euro you can walk up many stairs to go to the top. (they dont have a lift). It is soooo worth it - especially on a sunny day you have a wonderful viel all over downtown Munich including the English garden, the river Isar, the german museum etc etc - it is a great first thing to tdo to get oriented in this city and to see, how close the downtown attractions are to each other. Dont miss it!
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The "Alter Peter" is yet another city centre church which has a tower you can climb. This time I mean climb since there is no lift. However, since it gives a view back towards the Frauenkirche, it is supposedly an even better view than from the latter. I must admit we never had the energy to try it the first days, and the weather deteriorated and left little inspiration for view points later during the stay. Next time I will try as it looked nice to stand outside in the tower, with a birds eye view of München. Moreover, the church itself is the oldest in the city centre.
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this church boasts great art and architecture but one other thing to see here is the skeletal remains of St Munditia, (patron saint of single women) dressed in a sequined gown, and displayed inside glass coffin. SCARY!!!
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"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.
I just loved the Peterskirche, or "der alte Peter" which is one of the oldest churches in Munich's center. You will find it just off the Marienplatz and a few steps from the Viktualienmarkt. For those who are quite fit, the Peterskirche offers a great view from the top of the steeple. There's no lift, just the 302 stairs which you have to climb in order to be rewarded with the best of views.
See the Interior (2)
The inside of the church is interesting. The altar has many carved figures and paintings but at its center is the treatment by Egid. Q. Asam of the Church Fathers. Under the tower is the baptismal font of 1620 (H. Krumper). Nearby is a bas-relief in red marble of early 16C (E. Grasser) and the ornate pulpit should be given more than a glance.
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The oldest parish church
Close to Marienplatz you can see St. Peter's church tower. This is one of the main churches and, alike Frauenkirche and Heiliggeistkirche, all three can be seen from this square.
St. Peter has a long history and after WWII was at the point to be demolished. In this place there was originally an ancient church -XIth century- but it was in XIIth century when St. Peter itself began to be built. Immediately it became the first Munich parish church being a transitional style-early gothic church. As time passed it got additions in several styles such as baroque or neoclassical but the whole kept a good balance between those elements. The high altar was changed by a magnificent baroque one made at XVIIIth century resembling that one of St. Peter's basilica at Rome and it's one of the most beautiful elements inside.
Especially valuable were the ceiling frescoes by Zimmermann, added in XVIIIth century too but what you can see now are not the original ones for those were destroyed. The actual ones are a superb restoration work finished at the end of XXth century -few years ago, really-. Nevertheless, the original stucco decoration couldn't be saved and has not been restored.
In the lateral choruses you can see many old and precious altars and you would do right taking a glance there. You can also climb up the tower and get a fantastic view of Munich.
It seems incredible again that this great church had been greatly destroyed and authorities thought it was not worth to rebuilt it again. Fortunately, the determination of some parish priests made the miracle.
This is the oldest parish church in Munich. It has a very interesting interior with old masters from six centuries.
I suggest walking up to the top which is a long way up and best done at quiet times of the day. Once up there you'll have a wonderful view over the city.
Location: Rindermarkt 1, just near the Marienplatz.
A truly tall steeple
Peterskirche is a nice church near the Marienplatz with a very tall steeple. This is the steeple that I chose to climb to get a good look at the heart of Munich. The admission fee was not expensive. You need to be prepared to climb many steps as you approach the top. It will make you break a sweat on a warm day. At the top, an amazing view of the city awaits you. You can stare straight down into Marienplatz. People will appear as ants since you are so high up there. Take note of all of the beautifully restored buildings in the vicinity including Altesrathaus, Neuesrathaus, Frauenkirche, and others as far as the eye can see. You will see those onion domes that are characteristic of this region. Further away, I could see the Olympic tower on the horizon. Hopefully, you will not have a fear of heights up here. There is of course fencing to hold you in. Climb the tower so that you can see many of the other places you would like to visit while in Munich.
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For those with little time to spend: Alter Peter
You have flown into Munich, have some hours to spare, and wish to see as much as possible? Here's a suggestion:
St Peter's Church, known as Alter Peter (Old Peter), is Munich's oldest parish church (well, it was basically rebuild after WWII) and situated near Marienplatz (townhall) which makes it easy to find. But first and foremost, Alter Peter is one of the best viewpoints the city has to offer - that is, if you are willing to climb 306 steps.
Especially when the Föhn wind blows, and the Alps appear closer to the city than they actually are, the platform on St. Peter's 91 m / 299 ft spire (platform: 56 m / 184 ft) provides a nice panoramic view.
The view comes with a caveat though, as the platform lacks descriptions, so you need to know what the BMW tower looks like.
Alter Peter's chimes are produced by eight bells which can be seen when you walk all the way up to the platform. The biggest, the "Jubiläumsglocke", weights 7,000kg / 15,435lb, produces a low F and is one of the largest bells in Germany.
Inside, the church is dominated by the high altar to which Erasmus Grasser, a leading sculptor in Munich in the early 16th century, contributed.
Likewise worth to be seen are the panel-paintings on the choir walls by Jan Polack, a 15th-century painter, and the relics of Saint Munditia, than a Christian martyr, now a 1,700 year-old skeleton wrapped in jewels.
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It was a strange day.. 3 times raining alternating with clear sunshine.. We climbed up the tower to grab the great view of Muenchen city.. it took us quite a while with its 300 steps...
St. Peter is the oldest church in Munich, the sunray got through the round windows... made ornate interior even more brilliant.
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