Day 1: Hochburg-Ach
Hochburg-Ach – in 1787 Franz Xaver Gruber was born in Hochburg-Ach. He grew up in the house “Steinpointsölde” that he was born in. He had to learn his father’s craft, a linen weaver, but he loved music and took up the profession of a teacher. You can get an insight of the poor life of Franz Xaver Gruber at the time of the Napoleonic wars at the Franz-Xaver-Gruber-memorial-house in Hochburg-Ach.
A tour on the Franz-Xaver-Gruber-peace-path makes the timeless content of the song “Silent Night! Holy Night!” perceptible. Each station of the path shows a verse of the song and symbolises the difficult times during the creation of “Silent Night! Holy Night!”. On an inspiring walk through all continents, the peace path is a meditative journey to inner peace and can be experienced at any time of the year. At the end, take a visit to the parish church with the Franz-Xaver-Gruber-memorial-organ.
Day 2: Ried im Innkreis
Ried im Innkreis – here in 1806 Franz Xaver Gruber took his exams and completed his training as a teacher. As in many cities of the “Innviertel” region, the downtown of Ried is characterised by typical Bavarian Barock facades. Not until 1779 Ried and the whole “Innviertel” became a part of Upper Austria. In Napoleonic times, it changed ownership several times between Bavaria and Upper Austria. Also the path, which the original Christmas crib took from the parish church in Oberndorf to Ried im Innkreis was full of troubles. After the demolishing of the church in Oberndorf, it first went in an attic and then into the collection of the vicar “Johann Veichtlbauer”.
He donated these objects to the town of Ried im Innkreis in 1933. And so it happened that the old Christmas crib, which was in the background when the world’s most famous Christmas Carol was sung for the first time, today can be visited at the “Innviertler” folklore museum in Ried im Innkreis.
Day 3: Steyr
Steyr – in Steyr you can visit the 1st Austrian Christmas Museum, where a replica of the first text print of “Silent Night! Holy Night!” from the early 19th Century will be shown starting November 2018.
The individual blocks/days of your tour can be freely exchanged and adapted along with adding further options.