My fascination with the Almkanal only grew more with a tour of the Mönchsberg, or Monk’s Mountain, tunnels with Almmeister Wolfgang Peter on the evening of Tuesday, September 22.  Construction of this 400 meter tunnel dates back to 1136 to 1143 when the Archbishop wanted to bring water to the protected St. Peter’s Monastery and Church on the other side of the mountain, in the heart of the Old Town of Salzburg.  For 3 weeks each September the Almkanal waters are lowered in order to conduct the necessary annual repairs.  Tours of the tunnel take place then.

Tunnel 1

Tunnel 2

Tunnel 3

 Tunnel 4