Imbergstiege Staircase

The Imbergstiege is a staircase on the right side of the Altstadt (Old Town) in Salzburg. It links the Old Town on the level of the Linzer Gasse with the Kapuzinerkloster, the Capuchin monastery. The staircase is very narrow in some sections, but the most direct connection to the monastery and its popular look-out platforms.

The Imbergstiege was first mentioned in the 14th century. Bishop Johann Paul Ciurletti funded its modernisation in 1620. He also endowed the erection of the Benefiziatenhaus, a characteristic building that you can see there. However, as soon as in 1671, the Imbergstiege was in need of repair once again. Prince Archbishop Max Gandolf von Kuenburg funded the necessary measures.

In 1756, a large group of pilgrims fell victim to a rather terrible accident. The Imbergstiege, then covered with a heavy roof on wooden pillars, collapsed under the weight of the large group. Several people were buried under the falling roof and pillows, six of them died. You can still find a plate with an inscription in the arch at the onset of the staircase today. A new Imbergstiege was built in 1888, this is the staircase that is still in place today.

At the onset of the Imbergstiege (off Platzl), where the Steingasse starts, commemoration plate indicates that this is the birthplace of Joseph Mohr, composer of "Silent Night, Holy Night". The plate is wrong, though - for further details, please see our article on the Joseph Mohr birthplace. Just next to this plate, you can see a crucifix above the first steps of the staircase. It dates back to 1730 and was renovated in 2004.

Further Reading
Imbergstiege on SalzburgWiki (German, but with pictures)

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