The lovingly adorned market stands envelope the festively decorated Christmas tree. Chestnuts roast on an open fire and the air is swirling with aromas of orange punch, cinnamon and glühwein as children, with eyes full of wonder gaze upon the nativity scene and an angel in white accompanies St. Nicholas as he distributes presents. What a perfect setting for a memorable Christmas experience.
On Christmas we gather under the Christmas tree and sing the Salzburg Christmas song “Silent Night”. Gentle tunes and soothing lyrics that uplift the spirit: For almost 200 years, “Silent Night” has continued to enchant people. A song that offers hope and promises comfort. and gives hope. We are Generation Winter and our traditions simply belong to it. It was and will always be.
For centuries, the song has crossed borders and overcome crises. It connects people no matter their origin, age or religion, and provides a link back to the time during which it was created. Over 200 years ago, Joseph Mohr, a priest from Salzburg, and Franz Xaver Gruber, a teacher from Upper Austria, sang the song for the very first time at the St. Nikola Church in Oberndorf near Salzburg. The original poem was authored by Joseph Mohr, whereas Franz Xaver Gruber added the melody on his request. Only a few years later, singing families from the Zillertal valley carried the song from Austria into Europe and the rest of the world. Today, the song is performed in over 300 languages and dialects.
On the traces of “Silent Night”
The many Silent Night locations in SalzburgerLand, Upper Austria and Tirol invite you to follow the traces of the world-famous Christmas song:
- discover the song’s magic and its origin story at the 12 Silent Night locations in SalzburgerLand, Upper Austria and Tirol
- dive into the history of and explore the many stories around the world-famous Christmas song
- various Silent Night museums
- explore picturesque villages, towns and other special places via individual tours and travel routes spread across the three provinces
- try out Christmas recipe ideas from the country of origin of “Silent Night”