Alter Peter: Info and entrance fees to the church of St. Peter with lookout tower

Alter Peter, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

St. Peter: Munich's oldest parish church offers a fantastic city panorama

Enjoy one of the most spectacular views of Munich from the tower of St. Peter. Located in the city center right next to Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt, St. Peter is Munich's oldest parish church. Its tower is affectionally known as "Alter Peter" (Old Peter) amongst locals.

A landmark with great history: Facts about St. Peter

St. Peter's is not only one of Munich's best-known churches, but also one of the state capital's top sights. And there are good reasons for that:

  • View: The viewing platform in St. Peter's, at a height of 56 meters, offers a great view in all directions - including, of course, Marienplatz with City Hall (Rathaus) and the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) behind it
  • City history: The church of St. Peter is the oldest parish church in Munich with the oldest bells, and historically the first tower clocks in the city. The weathered grave slabs on the outer walls of the church take visitors on a journey back in time.
  • Art treasures: The nearly 300-year-old Baroque high altar with a golden figure of St. Peter is one of Munich's best-known ecclesiastical art treasures.

Video tour: What's to discover at the church

Viewing platform in the tower: See Munich from above

Aussicht Alter Peter, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

If you're free of giddiness and fit for climbing stairs, then you're bound to enjoy one of the most beautiful views over Munich from the tower of Alter Peter.

  • 300 steps: That's about how much visitors have to climb to reach the viewing platform at 56 meters.
  • What is there to see? From the Alter Peter you not only have an excellent view of the Frauenkirche towers and the old town, but you might even see the Alps if the weather is good - which, with the Munich skyline, makes a perfect picture-postcard panorama.

Entry information for St. Peter's church and the tower

Entrance fee to the tower:

  • Adults: 3 euros
  • Pupils (6-18 years): 1 euro
  • Students (on presentation of a valid ID): 2 euros
  • Children under 6 years: free
  • Advance reservation is not possible
  • Admission to the church is, of course, free of charge

Opening hours:

  • The tower is open every day except on Easter Friday, Shrove Tuesday and New Year's Day.
  • Opening times are: Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

What's to see inside the church

Peterskirche von Innen mit Hochaltar, Foto: München Tourismus
Foto: München Tourismus

Inside the parish church of St. Peter, there are numerous art treasures to explore. Among them are a high altar from the early 18th century with a golden figure of St. Peter - and the relics of St. Munditia in a glass coffin for all to see. The remains of the catacomb saint, who lived in Rome around 250, arrived Munich as a gift in the 17th century.

History of St. Peter: Munich's oldest tower clocks and historic bells.

St. Peter - Alter Peter, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

St. Peter's Church is closely connected with the history of the city of Munich. The roots of the church on the little "Petersbergl" hill in the old town traces back to the 12th century. Its tower clocks are the oldest documented city clocks in Munich and have 8 dials. The tower bells have also been an integral part of the city for centuries. Four of the current eight bells were cast between the years 1327 and 1720. The smallest and oldest bell are no longer rung - the "Poor Sinner's Bell" (Arme-Sünder-Glocke) used to sound during executions on Marienplatz and now hangs behind a barred window in the tower basement.

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