…were heard on Christmas Eve, 1818 in Oberndorf from only a guitar and two voices singing, and yet this was to become the most famous song in the world.
In 1816, Joseph Mohr wrote a touching poem in the village of Mariapfarr, Franz Xaver Gruber composed the melody two years later at Christmas Eve, not realising that two years later it would become the lyrics of that simple Christmas Carol which would someday gain world fame.
“Silent Night! Holy Night!” was a message of peace, which spread like wildfire around the world. Today, there is hardly anyone who does not know the contemplative melody, but few people know that the origins of this simple Christmas Carol lie in SalzburgerLand, that Franz Xaver Gruber grew up in Upper Austria and that the song went out into the world from Tyrol.
The trail of the song leads today through SalzburgerLand, Upper Austria and Tyrol. Lovingly decorated museums, churches and memorials in the Silent Night towns, remind of the history and proliferation of this moving song and also the life and work of the two creators – Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber.