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Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

1. Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas Eve! This 4 hour excursion to Oberndorf, near Salzburg, will make this Christmas one you will never forget: for in Oberndorf stands the Silent Night Chapel, where the famous carol was first performed. According to the legend, it was here that Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber, the lyricist and composer, found themselves faced with the problem of a broken organ. Mohr remembered the poem, Silent Night, which he had written two years previously, and Gruber wrote out a simple tune that he could play on the guitar. And that was how the famous song was born. It is traditional in Salzburg and the regions around it, upper Austria, Bavaria and Tirol, to turn out all the electric lights on Christmas Eve. The church will be lit only by candlelight. There is no more heartwarming place to take part in the Christmas festivities than the Oberndorf Chapel. Of course, the proceedings end with Silent Night , and whatsmore, in several languages. Before visiting the chapel, a knowledgeable guide will accompany you along the Salzach, through the snowy foothills of the Alps.

From Salzburg: Private Oberndorf Silent Night Christmas Tour

2. From Salzburg: Private Oberndorf Silent Night Christmas Tour

Warm up for the Christmas season on a private tour to Oberndorf bei Salzburg, to explore the origins of the world-famous Silent Night, Holy Night carol. Since this amazing X´mas carol was born in 1818 in Salzburg´s province, Oberndorf, it has been dedicated to a message of peace in the world. This private tour will start at your hotel in Salzburg. With a professional guide, vehicle, and driver for your group, you'll drive to the town of Oberndorf, enjoying views of the wintery landscape and a lake along the way. Learn the history of the carol's creators, and how the song became a hit around the world. In 2011, the carol was added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. With a selection of special activities, this tour will be a trip to remember. Visit the Silent Night Chapel, the site of the songs' world premiere, and the related museum. See the Pilgrimage Church, wander around a Christmas market, and visit a special Post Office. There is much to see, hear, sing and enjoy.

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On time pickup at easily located site. Bus ride comfortable with nice scenery enroute. While all the photographs indicate the small chapel for the service, the service is held outside. The venue is now very commercial with Christmas market vendors and many hundreds of attendees. There is no seating, so bring a "golf-tournament watching" stool for added comfort. Service nice and purpose, "Silent Night", moving. Bus ride return advantageous over driving with the traffic departing.