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Silent Night Chapel © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbHSilent Night Chapel © TSG Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Visit "Silent Night" Locations

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.  

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

Singing families from Zillertal spread the song around the world

Maybe the soft melody and the hopeful text would have gradually disappeared into oblivion. However, two families from the Zillertal Valley propelled “Silent Night, Holy Night” into being the most famous and loved Christmas song of all times.

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? Stories about “Silent Night”

Find out about some fun facts surrounding the conception of Silent Night.

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.

winter magic © Österreich Werbung / Sebastian Stiphoutwinter magic © Österreich Werbung / Sebastian Stiphout

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.  

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

Christmas traditions

“Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt......“ (Candle, candle burning bright....“) - that’s the first line of a poem little children chant before lighting yet another candle on the wreath every Sunday during Advent. Just one of the many small and big Christmas traditions still alive in Austria.

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