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.
In the area, you'll find a variety of "Silent Night" events as well as museums and exhibitions on how the carol came into existence.
In addition, there are ample opportunities to experience the winter charm and beauty of the countryside. Tobogganing, skiing, relaxing in a spa or a simple, quiet winter walk – you’ll find it all here.
Mariapfarr – where the lyrics of Silent Night were written – is nestled in the Salzburger Lungau holiday region and is known as one of the sunniest places in Austria. Numerous skiing areas offer 93 miles (150 km) of slopes, guaranteed snow and lots of fun. Ski tours, cross-country skiing, hiking, horse-drawn carriage rides and rustic huts make for a truly magical winter.
Featuring a new Silent Night museum, Wagrain is one of eight winter sport resorts in Salzburger Sportwelt. Alongside 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.
Located between the city of Salzburg and the Dachstein glacier, the Tennengau region is a dream for winter sport enthusiasts, catering to families as well as winter athletes. The capital of the region is Hallein, where Silent Night composer Franz Xaver Gruber lived from 1835 until his death in 1863. This is also a great destination if you’re looking for cross-country and backcountry skiing.
In winter, the city of Salzburg is the perfect mix of nature and cultural delights: Here, approximately 4,000 cultural events take place every year and the city’s 20 museums offer top-notch exhibitions. Enjoy lovely winter walks in the Old City of Salzburg – try walking up the Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg hills, stroll along the River Salzach, or maybe even walk to Hellbrunn Castle.