Church of St. Peter (Alter Peter)
"The Kirche St. Peter (“Church of St. Peter”) is one of Munich’s landmarks, the oldest parish church in the city, and is known affectionately by the locals as Alter Peter (“Old Peter”). The church stands on a hill called Petersbergl, which is the only noteworthy elevation within the Munich’s historic Old Town.
299 steps and a great view
If you want to enjoy a view of the entire city center from the tower of St. Peter’s parish church, you must first climb no less than 299 steps. Once you reach the top, the panoramic view of Munich’s center makes up for the effort. When the weather is very good, the view even reaches to the Alps.
There is an entrance fee for the observation deck. In addition, it is worth it to spend a little loose change for the telescopes that allow many an interesting detailed look at the Old Town.
Legends & history
A church has been standing on the Petersbergl since the 11th century; over the course of time it has been rebuilt and expanded several times. This explains the various styles in the works of art that can be found inside the church. These include a magnificent gilded high altar from the 18th century and large ceiling frescoes that extend along the entire nave. Marienplatz (“Mary’s Square”), the Viktualienmarkt (a farmers’ market), and the Rindermarkt (“Cattle Market”) are grouped around the church nave of the Alter Peter. Why were two clock faces placed on each side of the tower of the Alter Peter? According to legendary Munich comedian Karl Valentin: Well, so that two people could look at the clock at the same time.
Opening hours for the tower:
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closing: 7:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closing: 6:00 p.m.