The topic “Silent Night!” can be traced in many different ways in each of the 13 Silent Night locations. Alone or with an expert tour guide, on foot or as a big round trip with the car. Although following the song’s trail during the Christmas period and in winter makes it particularly authentic, this can actually be done throughout the entire year. All museums and exhibitions are open all year round. And the strolls along the theme trails are also something very special to enjoy in the summer time as well.
Tours and guided tours:
- In the City of Salzburg there are theme guides to the Silent Night locations given by certified Salzburg guides.
- In Oberndorf, different tours through the Silent Night district and to the Länderbrücke (States bridge) are offered: These take 25 and 30 minutes. Longer tours would be the two-city round trip from Oberndorf to Laufen (90 minutes), a torch-lit hike to the pilgrimage church “Maria Bühel” (60 minutes) or a torch-lit hike from Oberndorf to Arnsdorf that involves visiting the Silent Night Museum and the pilgrimage church “Maria im Mösl”.
- During the advent season in Arnsdorf, group tours through the Silent Night Museum and to the pilgrimage church “Maria im Mösl” are offered.
- In advent 2017, you were able to join an actor on a dramatic tour through Hallein, with the title “Gruber in person”.
On the 2nd/9th/16th and 23rd of December 2017 at 3 pm and 4 pm.
- In the museums in Oberndorf, Arnsdorf, Hallein, Hochburg–Ach, Wagrain, Fügen, Hippach and Achenkirch, bookings for guided tours for groups are also welcomed.
- Oberndorf and Arnsdorf are connected by the 4-kilometre long Gruber-Mohr memorial trail: It is very probable that Franz Xaver Gruber always took this trail when travelling from Arnsdorf to Oberndorf.
- The Wagrainer culture stroll combines the stations of Joseph Mohr’s life in Wagrain and ends with his last resting place in the graveyard.
- In Hochburg-Ach, the beautifully created Franz Xaver Gruber peace trail invites you to retrace the reasons why the song spread so miraculously. The trail is lined with sculptures created by the Tirolean sculptor Hubert J. Flörl.
- From 2018, in Hintersee there will be a newly created theme trail, which leads to the newly constructed Joseph Mohr Memorial Chapel.
- In Fügen, the sign-posted Silent Night theme trail concentrates on how the song came into existence and how it spread across the globe.
Individual round trips through the lands of Silent Night:
- Four-day tour through the Mozart city of Salzburg and the surrounding Salzburger Land
On the trail of “Silent Night!” through the seven Silent Night locations in Salzburger Land: The tour includes the city of Salzburg, Oberndorf, Arnsdorf, Hintersee, Mariapfarr, Wagrain and Hallein.
- Two-day tour through the Zillertal valley and to the shores of Lake Achensee
The tour starts in Fügen in the Zillertal valley, continues on to Hippach and into the Lake Achensee region. The Tirolean nature and national singers ensured that the song from Tirol spread across the globe. That’s what the three Tirolean Silent Night locations commemorate.
- Three-day tour from Innviertel to Steyr
The home of Franz Xaver Gruber and the first printing of the lyrics.
There are also three Silent Night locations in Upper Austria: The tour takes you from Hochburg-Ach to Ried im Innkreis and all the way to Steyr.
- Culinary Silent Night tour through all three Federal States
From Hochburg-Ach to Oberndorf and from Salzburg into the Zillertal valley.
The tour goes from Hochburg-Ach to Oberndorf into the city of Salzburg and from here to the Zillertal valley with the Silent Night locations Fügen and Hippach. The tour is planned to take two days and is garnished with addresses to be visited for some culinary indulgence.