January 18, 2018

A Beautiful Resting Place in Salzburg

As I stated in A Merry Cemetery in Romania, I find cemeteries fascinating.  I don’t have an obsession with death, I just find that cemeteries not only offer a unique view of a cities history but can also offer a very peaceful and beautiful haven amongst even the largest cities.St Peters Cemetery with fortress Salzburg Austria

While I was in Salzburg, I was lucky enough to spend time in St. Peter’s Cemetery and I found a beautiful and peaceful final resting place for many of Salzburg’s historic families of the past.

Nestled up against the Mönchsberg you will find St. Peter’s Cemetery.  Dating back to 1627 this is the oldest Christian cemetery in Salzburg and should not be neglected during your stay in this wonderful city.St Peters Cemetery Salzburg Austria

This cemetery is not sad or scary but would be a lovely place to spend eternity. . . or some time during an afternoon!  As you wander through you will be amazed at the beauty, the color and the serenity.  Each of the plots is still tenderly taken care of by family members.St Peters Cemetery with fortress and catacombs Salzburg Austria

This World Heritage Site is enclosed by beautiful wrought-iron on three sides and the Mönchsberg on the fourth making it a perfect home for the aristocratic families of Salzburg.  Among the families interred are Mozart’s sister, Nannerl, Joseph Haydn’s brother, Michael, and the architect of the cathedral, Santino Solari.

There are rumors that St. Peter’s Cemetery was the filming sight of the scene where the Von Trapp family hid behind the tombstones during their escape in the Sound of Music.  In actuality the scene was filmed in Hollywood but the cemetery was used as inspiration for the set.St Peters Cemetery 2 Salzburg Austria

Another interest tidbit is that the plots in the cemetery are rented which means if your relatives stop paying the rent your remains are moved to a nearby ossuary! There’s a reason to be nice to your relatives.View from Catacombs above St Peter's Cemetery Salzburg Austria

After enjoying St. Peter’s Cemetery make sure you take the stairs back in time to the Catacombs. Carved into the rock above St. Peter’s Cemetery the catacombs are worth a visit, if only for the views of Salzburg!  Be careful as you climb the very steep stairs on your way to exploring the rooms containing altars and frescoes from yesterday.  As you gaze out the windows, you will be amazed at the beautiful site unfolding before your eyes.


What cemeteries have you enjoyed while traveling?

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  2. Amazing pics. i think this is so nice place.

  3. cindy says:

    Oh how wonderful to find someone else who not only enjoys cemeteries, but also enjoys them during the day! 🙂

    Besides being oasis of calm and beauty, I love them for what they tell you about a place and it’s people – like what it tells you to know that you can reuse a tomb in New Orleans after a year and a day or to see the way Allied war cemeteries have rows of white marble crosses in perfect rows or to see the different types of gifts left on graves around the world.

    I too had a wonderful afternoon at St. Peter’s in Salzburg (while my father paced around and wondered what in the world I could find so interesting in a cemetery!) It is one of my very favorites!

    A few other favorites, some of which are very different in feel: Ninilchik near Home Alaska, the old cemetery in central Boston and (better yet) the old cemetery in Concord MA, Palapala Ho’omau cemetery (where Charles Lindberg is buried) on Maui and St. Benedict’s on the Big Island (well, any cemetery in Hawaii), the poets corner of Westminster Abbey, any cemetery in Ireland. . . . The most poignant I’ve seen, a German WWII cemetery in the rain where almost every grave marked a soldier under age 20 and most died in the days leading up to Christmas. The most poignant AND dramatic, the mass graves of St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Oh so many lovely memories!

  4. Another fascinating tour of this remarkable city. And i never knew the cemetery scene was a Hollywood set…wow. Once again, your pics are extraordinary!!
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  5. I’ve been here too! I find the war time cemeteries to depressing. But a walk around the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris is a wonderful journey through 200 years of French history, with people like Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde etc.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      War time cemeteries definitely have a different feel to them. I do enjoy them but they are not the beautiful peaceful places like this one or Pere Lachaise.

  6. jade says:

    We’ve visited a lot of cemeteries… (are we morbid?! haha) They seem to always be peaceful and quiet, especially in a big city- sometimes it is nice to go there to get away from the crowds.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      No you’re not morbid! Cemeteries are very calming and a great way to escape the crowds. I also find they are sometimes a great way to learn a bit more about local history.

  7. All of the flowers and greenery make it a beautiful, relaxing place.
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  8. Debbie,

    I never knew about this cemetery, but it looks like a relaxing place to visit.

    In Prague, the cemetery adjacent to St. Peter and St Paul Basilica at Vysehrad (Prague’s other but equally notable castle) is worth a look, as a number of well-known Czechs are buried here. It can be a very peaceful place to visit, too.

    In Hong Kong, you can take a short ferry south to an island Cheung Chau (“long island”), which happens to be quite narrow at the centre, and there resides a cemetery at the top of the hill as well. From what my sister told me (and from what I saw), all the graves there face “outwards” to the sea, so that anyone buried in the cemetery has an eternal “view” in the afterlife. I think that’s a great story.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I do love Normandy although the cemeteries there have quite a different feel to them! Everyone needs to go visit the beaches and cemeteries in Normandy.

  10. Not only does this look like a very peaceful cemetery, but it has gorgeous views!
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  11. Christopher says:

    Oh, I love this cemetery in Salzburg! I go by it every time I’m there.
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  12. cliff1976 says:

    Edinburgh has several with the fortress in view in the background.

    We were absolutely enchanted by the cemetery in a tiny little town in Ireland called Ennistymon. That one was up on the hill overlooking the town, but the day we were there it was so rainy and foggy that we couldn’t see down the hill into the town, which created a very spooky effect.

    We took some pictures on both those trips: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliff1976/tags/graveyard/
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Sounds like a great cemetery and it was good the weather could assist in setting the mood! Love it 🙂

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