Silent Night Chapel

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.
Several multi-media points have made it easier to delve into the history of the origins of the carol and life at that time. Visitors can experiment musically or verbally with various versions at a karaoke point. Several interactive positions are available for children and adults, where they can discover the facts, play with puzzles and listen to stories. The museum courtyard is dedicated to the Oberndorfer philosopher and Nobel Prize Winner, Leopold Kohr.
On the top storey there is an educational room for workshops and for school classes.

Tourismusverband Oberndorf
Stille Nacht Platz 2
5110 Oberndorf
T +43 6272 4422

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