The history of St. Peter’s Stiftskulinarum stretches back a long way. The location is shrouded in legends and situated within one of the town of Salzburg’s oldest walls. Even Faust is said to have visited the ‘Stiftskeller’ abbey cellar as it was originally known.

The Stiftskulinarum is situated in the heart of Salzburg old town in the monastery complex of the Benedictine archabbey of St. Peter. In the year 803, the St. Peter “abbey cellar” was mentioned in the records for the first time by Alcuin of York, a courtier of Charlemagne. In the 11th century, the focus was on the wine trade: Leopold VI the Glorious took the monastery of St. Peter under his protection and permitted the export of 40 wagon loads of wine from Austria per year and made a promise. It was in 1517 that Abbot Wolfgang Walcher built a rock cellar with access to the abbey court.

The excavated rocks were used in the construction of the mill at the abbey bakery. In 1527 the abbot had Chillian Pitricher the wine cellar extended by a second rock cellar. Waggoners and craftsmen received a “wine penny” or “house drink” for their work. So a wine tavern gradually turned into a hotel. In the years soon after 1900 Abbot Willibald Hauthaler began to renovate the Peter cellar – it was at this time that the “Willibald Arcades” were also built. So step by step the rooms were adapted to the requirements of the times – so it’s a place whose walls are sure to be hiding more than one exciting story.

1200-year tradition…


First documented mention of St Peter’s Stiftskeller by the scholar Alcuin of York, one of Emperor Charlemagne’s advisors. Our restaurant is therefore considered to be the oldest inn in Europe.


St Peter’s Stiftskeller enters the history of literature thanks to a 14th century poet and composer known as ‘The Monk of Salzburg’.


The cellar area is significantly extended, and considered by Faust to be a place of quality.


The Stiftskeller changes, as patrons now include nobility, clergy and the emerging middle classes.


At this time Michael Haydn lived on the top floor of the Stiftskeller.


The Stiftskeller is awarded the right to brew and serve beer. Previously, the monks of the Stiftskeller had only been allowed to serve their own wines.


French troops are assigned quarters in the Stiftskeller during the Napoleonic wars.


Abbot Willibald Hauthaler oversees the construction of the Baroque Hall and expansion of the ‘Willibaldhöhle’ vault


The monastery cellar is looted during the First World War.


At 25 years of age Claus Haslauer takes on a major challenge, becoming the first ever leaseholder of St Peter’s Stiftskeller.


World première of the famous Mozart Dinner Concerts in the historic Baroque Hall. These have since enjoyed great popularity and are performed daily.


Veronika Kirchmair-Haslauer begins to update and redesign the restaurant’s interiors.


The Stiftskeller celebrates its 1200th anniversary.


Extensive conversion work ensures the kitchen and taproom infrastructure at St. Peter’s Stiftskeller becomes state of the art.


St Paul Soul Food Catering joins the St Peter Stiftskeller family. The highly successful catering concept guarantees a bespoke, exclusive and professional service for every event.


Redesign of the Willibaldhöhle vault and the arcade courtyard.


Sous vide and charcoal barbecue are added to the St. Peter Stiftskeller repertoire.


St. Peter’s Stiftskeller is renamed ‘St. Peter Stiftskulinarium’ and awarded two Gault Millau toques.


Two restaurant concepts are launched at St. Peter’s Stiftskulinarium in May 2020: ACHTHUNDERT&DREI offers international fine-dining cuisine, while PETER serves Austrian and Mediterranean specialities.


St. Peter’s Stiftskulinarium is awarded the ‘Salzburger Landeswappen’ (coat of arms) for outstanding achievements on behalf of the state of Salzburg.

Art is long!
And our lives are short

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