New City Thoroughfare in Hallein
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 spring 2019, you will be able to cycle directly from the Bayrhamer-Platz across the Kornsteinplatz to Pfannhauserplatz directly in front of the Celtic Museum Hallein.
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 was 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 opened 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.