Guided tour

Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

Silent Night Oberndorf Christmas Eve Tour from Salzburg

From US$ 65.24 per person

Enjoy the festive Christmas Eve celebrations in the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf, near Salzburg. It was here the now world-famous song was first sung. Drink your fill of the magical atmosphere, among the snow-covered foothills of the Alps.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German

Experience

Highlights
  • Walk along the snow-lined pathways of the Alps
  • Take part in the Christmas festivities in the Oberndorf Chapel
  • Hear and sing Silent Night in all languages
  • Discover the birthplace of Silent Night
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Christmas festivities in the Oberndorf Chapel

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    Meeting point

    Mirabellplatz bus station

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    What to bring

    • Warm clothing

    Not allowed

    • Non-folding wheelchairs

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    • For those traveling in a wheelchair, please note that your wheelchair must be collapsible and you must be able to climb into the bus or minivan independently (1 to 3 steps). If you are traveling in a wheelchair, please indicate this when booking.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    3.6 /5

    based on 10 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      3.2/5
    • Safety
      3.5/5

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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.

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    December 31, 2022

    Arrive half an hour before the departure time.

    January 1, 2020

    Nice experience on Christmas Eve, shame about the weather though and hard to see as most people have umbrellas.

    December 25, 2019

    Product ID: 891