St. Peter’s Cemetery, or Petersfriedhof, would be a famous attraction for its beauty and because it the oldest Christian graveyard in Salzburg 1627, but we, as well as most visitors, came to see where the Von Trapp family hid in The Sound of Music! To jog your memory, Mother Superior hid them among the gated crypts from the Nazis. However, the musical took liberty with the facts. The Von Trapps had time to put their affairs in order and then serenely drove across the mountains into Switzerland.
There are so many little streets and squares in Salzburg running higgly-piggly in all directions that it was a bit of a challenge to actually find the cemetery, tucked under the Monchsberg and very close to the bottom of the funicular. Two other methods of egress into the cemetery is by walking through the square of St. Peter’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery, or find the Festival Hall and walk down the street closest to the mountain.
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