The famous carol „Silent Night! Holy Night!“ was performed for the first time at Christmas 1818 in the Church of St. Nicholas in Oberndorf. The author of the text, Joseph Mohr, was a priest in the Schifferkirche (boatsmen’s church) in Oberndorf and Franz Xaver Gruber, who composed the music, was a teacher in Arnsdorf.
The museum is situated directly next to the „Silent Night“ memorial chapel. The most interesting exhibited items are the story about how the carol came into being, the way the carol spread around the world and the history of Oberndorf with its boatsmen on the river Salzach, whose lives were interweaved with the carol.
During the Advent time before Christmas there is an idyllic Christmas market with fine handicrafts. In addition there is the Silent Night Post Office, from where each year people can send their Christmas mail all over the world, - direct from the source of the Carol.
Stille Nacht Platz 2
T +43 6272 4422
Free entry to the museum with the Seenland Card