ADVENT IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SALZBURG
Christmas markets and skiing in the Hochkönig region
"Silent Night" in Oberndorf near Salzburg for the first time. The poem was
written by Mohr, a young pastor from Salzburg, and the melody was
composed by the teacher and organist Gruber from Upper Austria. Two
hundred years later, the song is sung by around two billion people in over
300 languages and dialects around the world. "Silent Night" is a UNESCO
Intangible Cultural Heritage and world peace song, international cultural
asset and musical legacy. The big anniversary is duly celebrated in the 13
Silent Night locations in SalzburgerLand, Tirol and Upper Austria, with new
museum openings, special exhibitions in Salzburg and Linz, a new stage play
and numerous events. Guests from all over the world can enjoy a genuine,
authentic holiday experience on the traces of "Silent Night".
world for years.
In its hometown of Salzburg, “Silent Night” only became widespread after
1866 as a result of its inclusion in a church songbook. In the rest of Europe
and the United States, however, it had already gained popularity thanks to the
travelling and singing Rainer and Strasser families from the Zillertal valley.
Since its inception, the song has been interpreted as a hopeful message about
the human condition. Its status as a world peace song was reaffirmed by its
declaration as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. During the
two world wars of the 20th century, the unifying power of the song became