Peter’s Abbey (Stift St. Peter)

St Peter's Abbey is one of the oldest active churchs in the German-speaking area, famous for its amazing baroque decoration.

Peter's Abbey Salzburg

The interior of Peter’s Abbey – Photo credit:

Peter’s Abbey was founded in 696 by St Rupert. The original building was a Benedictine monastery and a base for mission work of the monks. After serious damages in a fire in the Romanesque period, the monastery was rebuilt and later decorated with sumptuous items in the 17th and 18th century.

The Abbey has a glorious exterior and interior design. The door is itself a masterpiece dating back to 1240 depicting Romanesque arches. When you enter the marvelous building, you will be overwhelmed by the harmonious mixture of styles; Rococo, baroque, Romanesque… You will adore the several artwork and paintings from the 17th century like the one featuring the trip to Egypt and death of innocents.

Peter’s Abbey is also renowned for being the place where the famous composer Mozart and his wife performed for the first time “Mass in C Minor”.

Savoring delicious Austrian dishes in the old historic restaurant dating to 803, is a unique experience not to miss.