Petersfriedhof, Salzburg

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Visit the catacombs embedded in the rock of the Festungsberg at Petersfriedhof, the oldest cemetery in the city. The oldest tombstone dates to 1288, but the catacombs most likely originate from the early Christian days. Walk through narrow passages, which probably served as hermitages and a burial site. Climb the staircase up to the two chapels. Enter the Maximus cave, the highest prayer room of the catacombs. Notice an arched grave that supposedly served as a stone bed. Between the two chapels, you can stand on a viewing platform with a small wooden bell tower. Many of the aristocratic families and notable people of Salzburg are buried here, including Mozart's sister, Nannerl, and Haydn's younger brother, Michael. Arrange to visit Petersfriedhof and other attractions in Salzburg using our Salzburg vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    not a bad place to spend eternity except for the fact that you don't get to enjoy the views. really nice cemetery as far as beauty - the views from here are amazing - the huge rock face with the windo...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If a cemetery can be described as beautiful then this one is. The layout is great and the graves are all so different and well cared for. There are also large family plots behind railings - this area ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Nice place to visit, something hidden, free. It gives a look of disheveled, but it is perfect as presented you it. Place of rich history and tranquility. Something that you must visit if you're going to Salzburg
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  • May 16, 2017
    Beautiful little cemetery with lots of small graves. A lot of the headstones have interesting designs. You can hear the found of a falling water in the distance. A nice little tranquil place.
  • April 10, 2017
    this was quite the resort and i saw several dead bodies in the catacombs but other than that this place was lit as heck
  • February 20, 2017
    So quite and peacefull. Wortwhile visiting and enjoying a moment of reflection.
  • September 5, 2016
    One of the best spot ever. Lovely cemetery. Great view around
  • February 15, 2016
    Beautiful cemetery. The catacombs carved in the side of the cliffs are a neat little excursion that are less crowded than the main attractions in the city. You can get in with your Salzburg Card. It is very quick to do ~15 minutes.

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