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Silent Night Chapel (Stille Nacht Kapelle)
Silent Night Chapel (Stille Nacht Kapelle)

Silent Night Chapel (Stille Nacht Kapelle)

Stille Nacht-Platz 2, Oberndorf , Austria

Practical Info

Oberndorf is a 20-km (12.5-mile) drive from Salzburg along the A1 and B156. In summer cyclists can follow the Tauern bike path along the River Salzach directly to Oberndorf.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salzburg

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This was a very well organised trip...
Nerys J, Jan 2018
Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel
This was a very well organised trip in a luxury coach, very scenic and well worth going to see the Silent Night Chapel, beautiful area
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A unique gem of a tour. The village...
Amanda D, Jan 2018
Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel
A unique gem of a tour. The village was so pretty and the church was like being in a fairy tale but be warned that there is a lot of standing in this tour. The church is too small to fit everyone and no chairs are provided outside. However it is so worth it!!
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This was a magnificent and magical...
Dana P, Jan 2018
Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel
This was a magnificent and magical expereience. If in Salzburg over Christmas Eve I would recommend especially because there is limited things to do on Christmas Eve. Most restaurants and businesses are closed.
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A fantastic memory! Our bus took us...
Donna B, Jan 2018
Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel
A fantastic memory! Our bus took us 25 minutes or so outside of Salzburg. The scenery en-route was beautiful and our tour guide provided useful information along the way. The first stop was the church and school where Franz Gruber song lyrics writer worked. The structure and grounds were quaint and authentic. The crowds were well managed and beverages were available for purchase. The second stop was the Silent Night Chapel itself in another small town. There was a lot of traffic, so being on a bus made traveling/parking stress-free. There was a Christmas Market there and even though it was was VERY crowded, we enjoyed the experience immensely. In keeping with Austrian tradition, approximately 15 marksmen shot black powder rifles into the air on a nearby hilltop, which added to the authenticity of being there. The mass was in German and English with a wonderful message, and all of the music was lovely! Hearing Silent Night in the place where it was first performed and performed annually for 199 years was indeed moving. Don't miss it!
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While there is no doubt this event...
William K, Dec 2017
Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel
While there is no doubt this event is worth attending it is hardly a mountain tour. First stop was the Gruber School Silent Night Museum a glass of mulled wine and a look around then on to Oberndorf a pretty town with wonderful scenery. There are markets and food stalls there so you can buy food etc. You have enough time to look around and should be able to get into the chapel if the queue moves as it did on the night 24/12/2017. By the time the service starts the crowd is quite large so don't expect to be able to move around much! First some wonderful music, then a welcome from a town official in two languages. This was perhaps a little too long as most of the people there would have been well aware of the history of the song. Then some more wonderful choral singing followed by the pastoral message which while it had a wonderful message could have been shorter as it too was said in two languages making it oh so much longer. Then came the highlight of the night an absolutely amazing rendition of Stille Nacht which was so powerful it needed no translation! However I felt it was a little overpriced and certainly oversubscribed! I only hope some of the price we paid feeds into the local community.

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