Petri Church und Petri Tower

The parish church of St. Petri was built before 1190 on the highest point of the city center - as a Romanesque basilica, the remains of which are still visible in the choir room. Due to its location and the baroque dome of the west tower, this church determines the silhouette of the city.

From the 15th century until 1905, the 72-meter-high Petri Tower was home to the city's doormen. A guided tour with climbing this highest tower of Freiberg's Old Town is a must! From 2003 to 2005 the bell tower was reconstructed and the valuable bells were repaired. The large bell, cast by Oswald Hilliger in 1487, weighs 3,850 kg. The small bell from 1570 was cast by his grandson Wolf Hilliger.

High baroque for eye and ear

Major parts of the interior of the Petri Church, such as the organ prospect and pulpit, were created by Johann Christian Feige the Elder after 1728. The organ was completed by Gottfried Silbermann in 1735. With 32 sounding stops, it is Silbermann's largest two-manual organ. The extensive restoration of the organ was completed in mid-2007. From May to October, an organ recital on the Silbermann organ takes place every Wednesday at noon.

Modern framework for parish life

One of the special features of the Petri Church is its modern interior. From 1974 to 1986, the Petri-Nikolai congregation converted the church into a community center. In the process, the artist Friedrich Press designed the nave and the former choir - today an exhibition space. The nave is a worship space and at the same time a festival and community hall.



Petrikirche und Petriturm

Petriplatz 1
09599 Freiberg
Tel.: +49 (0) 3731 34188

Open Church

Petri Church has been awarded the official signet "Verläßlich geöffnete Kirche" ("Reliably Open Church"). It is open for visitors and those seeking peace and quiet:

  •   for every church service

  •   Summertime:  Mon.-Fri. 11.00am - 5.00pm
      Wintertime:  Mon.-Fri. 11.00am - 4.00pm

  •   Saturday von 11.00am to 1.00pm

  •   Closed on Christmas Eve until the beginning of February

Organ Playing

From May to October, every Wednesday from 12:00 to 12:30pm, there is an organ performance on the Gottfried Silbermann organ from 1735 in Petri Church - admission free!

Tower ascent / guided tour by the municipality

Climbing the Petri Tower provides a view over Freiberg's old town and far beyond.

January no guided tours

November March
Wed-Sun: 2:00pm – 4:00pm (on the hour)

April October:
Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun: 2:00pm – 5:00pm (on the hour)
Wen: 12:30pm
Sat: 2:00pm

TIP:  During the winter vacations, tours take place Wed-Sun 12:00pm - 4:00pm on the hour.

Additional guided tours/times by arrangement:
Registration with church parish at Tel.: +49 (0) 151/75014823 or
Info at:


Information about the municipality, the building or the service and event schedule can be found at

Guided tours of the tower by the tourist association

April - October
Wen:  12:30pm /12:45pm after the noon organ music
Sat: 2:00pm

All year round
Registered guided tours

Additional tours/times by arrangement
Registration at the tourist office under Tel.: +49 (0) 3731/212167 and +49 (0) 172/3706824 or
Information at:

Donats cemetery and Jacobi Church

Meeting point for the first guided tour of the Donatsfriedhof at the main entrance Donatsring / Himmelfahrtsgasse. This is followed by the guided tour of St. Jacob's Church, with meeting point at the main portal of the church.

Donats cemetery (April-October)
Duration: approx. 75 min
Admission: 3,00 € p.P., concession 1,00 €
Time:  Saturdays, 2:00pm

Jakobi Church
Duration approx. 30 min
Admission: 3,00 € p.P., concession 1,00 €
Time: Saturdays, 3:30pm

contact church parish Mr. Schmugge: +49 (0) 151/75014823

Special offers for individual tourists

City Tours

Special offers for travel groups

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