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St. Peters Church Munich (Alter Peter)

Der Alte Peter in München gehört zu den beliebten Sehenswürdigkeiten. Galerie

The Peterskirche (“Church of St. Peter”) is one of Munich’s major landmarks, the oldest parish church in the city, and is known affectionately by the locals as Alter Peter (“Old Peter”).

 The church stands on Petersbergl hill, which is the only noteworthy elevation within the Munich’s historic Old Town, close to Marienplatz. It might not be as famous as the Frauenkirche, which is just a few walking minutes away, but it is magnificent. 

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, get rady to 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, you might see the Alps.

There is an entrance fee for the observation deck. It is worth spending a little loose change for the telescopes that allow you enjoy a detailed view of the Old Town.

Legends & history

A church has been standing on Petersbergl since the 11th century; over the course of time it was 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:

Summer hours:

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.

 

Winter hours:

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.

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