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Stille Nacht Kapelle in Oberndorf © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbHStille Nacht Kapelle in Oberndorf © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

How "Silent Night" became a global hit

The places where the world-famous Christmas carol comes from remain steeped in memories and history today.

Anglöckler im SalzburgerLand © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk (Eva trifft.)Anglöckler im SalzburgerLand © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk (Eva trifft.)

The carol and its message of peace

Six verses that changed the world. From the very first time it was heard, the song has been a symbol of hope, peace and solidarity.

Stube im Stille Nacht Museum © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbHStube im Stille Nacht Museum © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH

About Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr

Neither of them lived to see their collaborative work achieve worldwide fame: Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr, one the composer, the other the lyricist of the world-famous Christmas carol and song of peace “Silent Night”.

Advent © Österreich Werbung / Harald EisenbergerAdvent © Österreich Werbung / Harald Eisenberger

Advent magic in the locations of "Silent Night"

Advent events and Christmas markets in the locations of "Silent Night"

Christbaum holen © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk / eva trifftChristbaum holen © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk / eva trifft

How a Christmas carol went viral

What is probably the world’s most famous song of peace was composed in a time of war, natural disasters, hunger, suffering and poverty.

Orgel in Arnsdorf © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin GollacknerOrgel in Arnsdorf © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin Gollackner

The myths and legends surrounding "Silent Night"

“Silent Night” is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Over the years all sorts of myths have grown up around the famous Christmas carol.

Lebkuchen © Österreich Werbung / Harald EisenbergerLebkuchen © Österreich Werbung / Harald Eisenberger

Traditional festive treats

Classic delicacies on Christmas Eve.

Stille Nacht Kapelle, Oberndorf © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbH / no  nameStille Nacht Kapelle, Oberndorf © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbH / no name

The big "Silent Night" quiz

An assistant priest from Salzburg and his poem, a teacher from the town of Hochburg-Ach and his composition, a church in Oberndorf, Christmas 1818, and the yearning for peace and hope – these were the ingredients for what is probably the world’s most famous Christmas carol. Many stories have arisen around “Silent Night” and a number of chance occurrences came together to make for the later popularity of this song of peace from Salzburg. How much do you really know about the origins of the world's most-famous carol?  

Winterzauber © Österreich Werbung / Sebastian StiphoutWinterzauber © Österreich Werbung / Sebastian Stiphout

All about the Winter Charm of "Silent Night"

All year round you can delve into the history behind Silent Night, the world’s most popular Christmas carol.

Christkindlmarkt Altstadt Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof LacknerChristkindlmarkt Altstadt Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner

Events featuring Silent Night

The global message of peace found in the carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” has set the agenda for the 200-year anniversary celebrations. Numerous activities and events in villages and localities throughout the regions of the three Silent Night provinces in Austria – SalzburgerLand, Tirol and Upper Austria – are being organised to mark the occasion.

Strasser-Häusl, Zillertal © Tirol Werbung  / Michael GrössingerStrasser-Häusl, Zillertal © Tirol Werbung / Michael Grössinger

Singing families from Zillertal spread the song around the world

Maybe the soft melody and the hopeful text would have gradually disappeared into oblivion. However, two families from the Zillertal Valley propelled “Silent Night, Holy Night” into being the most famous and loved Christmas song of all times.

Franz Xaver Gruber Gedächtnishaus © Franz Xaver Gruber Gemeinschaft  / Franz Xaver Gruber GemeinschaftFranz Xaver Gruber Gedächtnishaus © Franz Xaver Gruber Gemeinschaft / Franz Xaver Gruber Gemeinschaft

Did you know? Stories about “Silent Night”

Most people love stories. But the most interest surfaces when it’s a true story about real people who actually experienced everything.

Weihnachtsmarkt © Österreich Werbung / Reinhart BryanWeihnachtsmarkt © Österreich Werbung / Reinhart Bryan

Christmas traditions

“Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt……“ (Candle, candle burning bright….“) - that’s the first line of a poem little children chant before lighting yet another candle on the wreath every Sunday during Advent. Just one of the many small and big Christmas traditions still alive in Austria.

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