3. Euregio Pleasure Cycle Tour
30th August – 2nd September, 2018
A section of the Tauern Cycle Trail around the City of Salzburg is again part of the EuRegio Pleasure Cycling Tour, which is taking place in 2018 already for the third time. Under the motto of “cycling, enjoying nature and discovering the sights – and this across borders!” an adventurous and over 200 km long route is being created, which is divided into three easily manageable day stages. Professional cycle guides accompany the cycling tour and a luggage transport service is available. The start and finish line is again the City of Salzburg – ideal for travelling to.
200 Years of Silent Night! Holy Night!
In Oberndorf near Salzburg, on 24th December, 1818 Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber sang “Silent Night! Holy Night!” for the very first time. The lyrics came from the young Salzburger Pastor, Mohr, with the melody being composed by the Upper Austrian teacher and organist, Gruber. Two hundred years later, the song is sung by some two billion people in more than 300 languages and dialects around the world. “Silent Night! Holy Night!” is a UNESCO World Heritage piece and world peace song, international heritage and musical heritage piece. The big anniversary is being celebrated in 2018 in many Silent Night Towns, with museum openings, special exhibitions, a new stage play and numerous events.
Three Silent Night Towns are located directly on the Tauern Cycle Trail:
- The town where it was first played – Oberndorf near Salzburg with the Silent Night Chapel and new Silent Night Museum.
- The salt city of Hallein, where Franz Xaver Gruber lived and worked for 28 years, with the newly designed Franz Xaver Gruber Platz and the new Silent Night Museum which opens in September 2018.
- And finally the City of Salzburg, the focal point of the national exhibition “200 Years of Silent Night! Holy Night!” – Austria’s message of peace to the world. The exhibition is distributed over a total of nine Silent Night Towns and museums and opens on 29th September, 2018.
On 24th November, 2018 the new stage play titled “My Silent Night” premieres at the Felsenreitschule. The production offers all the conditions for bringing “Broadway” to Salzburg. The American film composer and Emmy Award winner, John Debney (‘Ice Age’, ‘Sin City’, and ‘The Jungle Book’) has composed the music. The script has been developed by the author, director, and singer Hannah Friedman. Andreas Gergen, known from the successful production of “The Sound of Music”, is directing.
New City Thoroughfare in Hallein from 2017
In the course of the re-paving of the old town of Hallein, a new direct route through the historic old town of Hallein was made for cyclists on the Tauern Cycle Trail. From 2017, you will be able to cycle directly from the Bayrhamer-Platz across the Robertplatz to Pfannhauserplatz directly in front of the Celtic Museum Hallein.
Award for the Tauern Cycle Trail
In March 2016, the Tauern Cycle Trail was re-awarded a 4-star quality bike route award by the ADFC (German Bicycle Association). The Tauern Cycle Trail achieved a very good rating within the 4-star category with 87 out of a possible 100 points! With this award as a quality cycling route, the success of the lots of work in recent years has been correspondingly “confirmed”, while at the same time this is incentive for further improvements of the route! One thing can only really be taken into account in this award, the unique landscape along the Salzach and Saalach, as well as the exceptional culinary diversity on offer here.