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Silent Night and Winter Charm

Discover the history of “Silent Night” in Upper Austria, Tirol and SalzburgerLand – as well as other winter delights in the region. Written and composed in Austria, “Silent Night” has become the world’s most popular Christmas carol. A wide variety of places throughout Upper Austria, Tirol and Salzburger Land offer visitors the opportunity to discover the song’s history for themselves. Perhaps the best and most romantic time to do so are the snow-filled winter months.

Christmas market-Old Town Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof LacknerChristmas market-Old Town Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner

200 Years of Silent Night

The global message of peace found in the carol “Silent Night” is setting the agenda for its bicentennial celebrations. Numerous events will take place throughout the three Austrian provinces most closely associated with the song’s history – SalzburgerLand, Tirol and Upper Austria.

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

Two Families Spread a Song Around the World

Perhaps the soft melody and the hopeful lyrics of “Silent Night” would have disappeared into oblivion – were it not for two families from the Zillertal Valley who helped the song become the most famous Christmas carol of all times. Find out how they did it!

Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf in SalzburgerLand © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbHSilent Night Chapel in Oberndorf in SalzburgerLand © 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.

Christmas custom in SalzburgerLand © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk (Eva trifft.)Christmas custom in SalzburgerLand © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk (Eva trifft.)

The Carol and Its Message of Peace

From the very first time it was heard, this carol has been a symbol of hope, peace and solidarity.

Room at the Silent Night Museum © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbHRoom at the Silent Night Museum © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH

Gruber and Mohr: The Creators of "Silent Night"

Neither the composer nor the lyricist of the world-famous carol lived to see their collaborative work achieve worldwide fame.

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

Advent Magic in the Locations of "Silent Night"

Numerous atmospheric events taking place during Advent in places where "Silent Night" hails from.

Getting the Christmas tree © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk / eva trifftGetting the Christmas tree © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk / eva trifft

How a Christmas carol went viral

The world’s most famous song of peace was composed during periods of upheaval, war and turbulence.

Organ in Arnsdorf © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin GollacknerOrgan in Arnsdorf © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin Gollackner

The myths and legends surrounding "Silent Night"

Over the years all sorts of myths have grown up around the famous Christmas carol.

Gingerbread © Österreich Werbung / Harald EisenbergerGingerbread © Österreich Werbung / Harald Eisenberger

Traditional Festive Treats

Find out about some Christmas classics and make them for yourself with these delicious recipes.

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

The big "Silent Night" quiz

How much do you really know about the origins of the world's most-famous carol? Take our quiz to find out.  

Franz Xaver Gruber memorial house © Franz Xaver Gruber Gemeinschaft  / Franz Xaver Gruber GemeinschaftFranz Xaver Gruber memorial house © Franz Xaver Gruber Gemeinschaft / Franz Xaver Gruber Gemeinschaft

Did you know? Fun Facts about “Silent Night”

“Silent Night” is one of the most famous Christmas carols in the world. And yet, there are a few interesting things you might not know about it yet... Find out now!

Christmas market © Österreich Werbung / Reinhart BryanChristmas market © Österreich Werbung / Reinhart Bryan

Christmas Traditions

The Advent period in Austria is also known as “the most peaceful time of the year.“ It is a time of old customs: baking biscuits, putting up Christmas decorations, singing Christmas carols and many other much-loved traditions are shared by families in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

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