Silent Night ‘Stille Nacht’ was composed in 1816 in Mariapfarr by a young priest Father Joseph Mohr. He moved to Oberndorf bei Salzburg the following year and in 1818 Franz Xaver Gruber composed the music to the famous Christmas song. This tour celebrates this classic song and visits the places that moulded its creation.
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- Return flights from London Gatwick to Salzburg
- 6 days car hire
- One night’s B&B in each of the Silent Night villages
- One night in Salzburg at the Hotel Wolf Dietrich
Fly to Salzburg or Munich and pick up your hire car. Travel onto Mariapfarr where the lyrics to this classic were written. In the Old Parsonage you will find exhibition pieces and documentation relating to Joseph Mohr. The Hotel zum Granitzl is located on a beautiful south facing slope at an altitude of 1250m surrounded by nature and impressive mountain scenery.
On to Wagrain where Joseph Mohr worked for around a decade. See the Joseph Mohr exhibition in the Waggerl museum, his primary school and his grave.
The Hotel Schauttauer is based in Wagrain and offers great views of the surrounding landscape.
On to Hallein to the former residence of Franz Xaver Gruber. The house (Silent Night Museum) now retells the story from the creation of the music to the worldwide popularity of the song. The song famously heard in the First World War Christmas ceasefire sung in German, French and English. It is also the home to the guitar that was used during the first performance of the song. The Hotel Langwies in Bad Vigaun was first mentioned in 1357 as an upper farm in the wide hayfield. It then was a hunting lodge before becoming a hotel.
On To Oberndorf to the Silent Night Chapel and Heritage Museum. The museum covers 260 square meters and charts of the song. Nearby is the and where the song was first performed in St. Nicholas parish church on Christmas Eve 1818. The composer of the melody was a schoolmaster and organist by the name of Franz Xaver Gruber in the nearby village of Arnsdorf.
In Arnsdorf you can find the Franz-Xaver-Gruber Night Museum which shows the classroom where Gruber taught and during the summer holidays visitors can also access the classroom to see the old school furniture, teaching materials and old registers. The upper floor where Gruber lived is now a museum. Nearby is the Maria im Mösl pilgrimage church where Gruber played the organ. Guided tours are possible by advanced arrangement only. Staying in the Romantik Hotel Gamchl and enjoying the panoramic views.
On to Salzburg to visit the many delights of the city (dropping the car off as Salzburg is a walking friendly city) – the Hotel Wolf Dietrich is ideally placed to explore the city.