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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. Numerous localities spread throughout Upper Austria, Tirol and SalzburgerLand hold the stories and secrets just waiting to be unwrapped. And the best time, the most romantic time to venture out on such a journey, is during the deep silence of the winter months when the snow lies high.

Besides visiting museums and exhibitions, ample opportunities exist to experience the winter charm and beauty of the countryside around the Silent Night localities. Tobogganing, skiing, cosy hours in the spa or simply just enjoying some tranquil time out – there’s lots of variety to choose from.

As white as snow: Winter in Austria

The snow-covered stillness of winter

  • Magical winter © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Magical winter © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
  • Katschberger Adventweg © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner Katschberger Adventweg © Österreich Werbung / Lisa Eiersebner
  • Christkindl Kirche Steyr © TVB Steyr / Meidl Christkindl Kirche Steyr © TVB Steyr / Meidl

What’s there to discover in Upper Austria?

Steyr, the Silent Night village in Upper Austria lies at the entrance to the National Park Kalkalpen and is bordered by the valleys of the rivers Enns and Steyr. Discover the wintery forest wilderness in the national park and catch the chamois mating season in autumn – a truly unique experience. A snowshoe hike through the deep snow-covered countryside in the national park arouses the desire of the whole family to want to explore more. Which animal tracks are those in the snow? Which bird’s nest could that be in the tree tops? Where do rabbits sleep in winter?
Christkindl Kirche Steyr © TVB Steyr / Meidl Christkindl Kirche Steyr © TVB Steyr / Meidl

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What does SalzburgerLand have to offer?

  • Summit station Flachau © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Summit station Flachau © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller
Mariapfarr, one of the Silent Night hamlets, is nestled in the holiday region of Salzburger Lungau and known as one of the sunniest places in Austria. Numerous skiing areas jointly making up 150 kilometres of slopes guarantee snow and lots of fun. Ski tours, cross-country skiing, hiking, horse-drawn carriage rides and rustic huts all complement the beautiful magic of winter that lies in the air.

Another Silent Night community, Wagrain, is one of eight winter sport resorts in the Salzburger Sportwelt. Together with the villages of Flachau, Wagrain-Kleinarl, St. Johann-Alpendorf, Radstadt, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Eben and Filzmoos, they form the core of Ski amadé – Austria’s largest recreational skiing paradise.

Tennengau, located between the city of Salzburg and Dachstein, is a dream location for winter sport enthusiasts allowing for the perfect mix of both families and winter athletes. The provincial capital of Tennengau is Hallein, a further Silent Night location, which has become a favourite region for cross-country and backcountry skiing.

In winter the city of Salzburg is the ideal place to combine being outside in nature with cultural delights: 4,000 cultural events take place every year and 20 museums offer top-notch programmes. Enjoy lovely winter walks in the Old City of Salzburg – try going up the Mönchsberg and the Kapuzinerberg, or stroll along the River Salzach, or maybe even walk to Hellbrunn.

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All about the Winter Charm of "Silent Night"

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