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?
Notenblatt von Joseph Mohr © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH
How many verses does “Silent Night!” have?
Holy Night Chapel, Oberndorf © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Eva-Maria Repolusk / eva trifft
In which town was “Silent Night!” sung for the first time?
Mohr-Gruber memorial at the church in Oberndorf © Österreich Werbung / Markowitsch
What was Joseph Mohr’s occupation?
Silent Night score © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin Gollackner
When did Joseph Mohr write his poem “Silent Night”?
Vanillekipferl © Österreich Werbung / Harald Eisenberger
Which typical sweet dish is traditionally baked in the Advent season in Salzburger Land?
Portrait of Franz Xaver Gruber with his guitar © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin Gollackner
What instrument accompanied the singing at the first performance in 1818?
Organ in Arnsdorf © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin Gollackner
According to legend, what was responsible for the Oberndorf organ being unplayable?
Glühwein © Österreich Werbung / Harald Eisenberger
What is a typically Austrian Christmas dish?
House of Franz Xaver Gruber in Hallein © SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH / Kathrin Gollackner
Where did Franz Xaver Gruber work as an organist?
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