Towards the end of November, Salzburg enters a period of reflection. The days become shorter and the first snowflakes of winter start to fall. The well-known customs such as the traditional Krampus Run, Advent wreath making and burning of Weihrauch are all part of Christmas rituals, but there are other contemplative customs which are still very much cherished such as the Frautragen, Kripperlschaun.
Gentle tunes and soothing words that touch the soul: The magic of “Silent Night” has remained uninterrupted for more than 200 years. A song that promises consolation and gives hope. Over and over again.
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”