There are thirteen Silent Night locations in the federal states of Upper Austria, Tirol and the Salzburger Land. All of them are municipalities that are closely connected with the song: This is either because Franz Xaver Gruber or Joseph Mohr lived there for a period of time or because the song itself is of particular importance here.
200-year anniversary in the Silent Night locations
The song “Silent Night!” has always been commemorated and celebrated in a special way in these locations: either with museums, remembrance points, chapels and churches, theme trails or guided tours. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary, these endeavours have been intensified in all “Silent Night!” locations: Museums are being renewed and reopened, new exhibition ideas are being turned into reality and an abundance of events enrich the advent and Christmas periods. The anniversary is a time of joy and celebration!
The real backgrounds and histories
Although still only 2017 – one year before the 200th anniversary – the “Silent Night!” locations already have a lot to offer: But in a mindful and observant manner. It is not about the hustle and bustle or the commercial aspects, instead the song, its creators and its message of peace are to the forefront. Beyond that, the endeavour to explain the real history behind the song to visitors is very strong. There are many legends and half-truths told about “Silent Night!”: The song fosters the creation of legends and entices people to embroider its history with fantastical add-ons. The real story is told at the “Silent Night!” locations: Simple and moving.
A wonderful journey into the land of the Silent Night
The 200-year anniversary of “Silent Night!” is an invitation to people from all across the globe to discover for themselves the wonderful place that the song originated from and that Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr, as well as Tirol’s nature and national singers, called home. The smaller and larger locations, as well as the urban centres in the heart of Europe have retained their history and their charm. These are not places where people are just served up artificial experiences, these are instead places of encounter. Visitors can expect modern exhibitions, lovingly maintained museums full of local history and treasures of art-historical significance that have their very own stories to tell. Here visitors can meet people with a close personal connection with the song. And they tell the story of Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber: And how both these men changed Christmas forever.