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Petersfriedhof // Salzburg, Austria

And I’m back! After a fun-filled week at Disney World and Universal Studios for my son’s 10th birthday, I am back in Houston… just in time for a tropical depression. I wish we could give some of this rain to California but for now, it’s rain boots and ponytail hair to work today. On the plus side, this gives me a great chance to get back in the swing of things and get back to recapping our latest trip to Europe. Today we will be visiting the 4th largest city in Austria.

While walking around Salzburg, I stubbled upon the Petersfriedhof or St. Peter’s Cemetery located at the foot of the Festungsberg. While it is the oldest Christian graveyard in Austria, it reminded me a lot of the cemeteries in New Orleans. Both are beautiful, unique and so full of history. The oldest tombstone in St. Peter’s Cemetery dates back to 1288 with the cemetery itself dating back to about 700. 

And this is why I love Europe.
The cemetery is small in size and does not take long to walk through. It is perfect to visit before or after visiting Hohensalzburg Castle which is what I did (I stopped by afterwards). While walking through, you will notice catacombs carved into the rock of the Festungsberg. Pretty amazing especially if you think about what they had to work with “back in the day”. I can barely hang a picture straight on the wall and they are carving catacombs and chapels into the side of a mountain.

I walked around for about half an hour before making my way back down to the city for dinner. If you’re in Salzburg, this little cemetery in the shadow of the fortress is worth a quick stop.


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  1. I know! Pretty amazing… I would love to see the Pyramids just because of that. I was just at Epcot and did the Spaceship Earth ride where they talked about how we went from writing on cave walls to FaceTiming and GoPros!

  2. Looks great… I love exploring cemeteries I come across. Whereas it has always seemed a bit "morbid" back in the states, maybe that's because they have so much more personality and variety here?

  3. I think small cities (and villages) are the real charm of Europe! Life back in Greece is quite ordinary and stressful at the same time (due to the debt negotiations)…so the beach and pretty much anything else keeps me sane!! As the summer progresses you're going to see more beach pictures!!

  4. I absolutely loved Salzburg! It is the perfect size, not crazy big like Paris or London but not small. Salzburg is definitely one of the prettiest cities I have visited! You'll have to visit one day ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I totally think you're right… I wouldn't walk around a cemetery here in Houston but when I'm in Europe, it's a total different experience. Maybe because too, the cemeteries in Europe are soooo much older so seeing a tombstone dating back centuries ago is pretty cool!

  6. Beautiful pictures! That cemetery has me intrigued. I love exploring some of the old (for Canada) cemeteries we have here in Halifax, but they can't compete with that. Just another reason to love Europe ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. So serene and peaceful! These photos really bring out how the buildings, garden, and cemetery have so much rich beauty and history. A reason I'd rather be in Europe than go on tropical vacation again (for now).

  8. It definitely has that old feeling about it! I love visiting cemeteries in different places. We're off to Warsaw in September and I can't wait to visit the big Jewish cemetery that they have there.
    Gorgeous photos! and congrats on making the Travel Tuesday host!

  9. It's one of the things I love about Europe… everything is so old and has so much history! You can walk by a building and it was built in the 1300's… no biggie over there lol. I forgot how "young" this side of the world really is!

  10. Congrats on making it for cohost! I hope you nominate me for the next round ๐Ÿ˜‰ hahah and reading your comment below I recommend you head down to SPI (South Padre Island) for your beach escape!

  11. it's so close to where we used to live so we took day trips during the weekends,.. I never visited during Spring Break though.. hah

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