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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.

Brauchtum in Tirol: Anklöckler © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk / eva trifftBrauchtum in Tirol: Anklöckler © 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?  

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