Silent Night, Holy Night …
… created 200 years ago in Austria when a priest from Salzburg, Joseph Mohr, and Franz Xaver Gruber, a teacher from Upper Austria, sang the song for the very first time at the St. Nikola Church in Oberndorf near Salzburg.
The original poem was authored by Joseph Mohr, whereas Franz Xaver Gruber added the melody on his request. Only a few years later, singing families from the Zillertal valley carried the song from Austria into Europe and the rest of the world. Today, the song is performed in over 300 languages and dialects.
Check out these myths and legends that surround the origins of ‘Silent Night’.
Spend a White Christmas in Austria in 2018 and be uplifted by the many 200th Anniversary highlights that will honour this much-loved Christmas song at Silent Night locations in SalzburgerLand, Upper Austria and Tirol.
IMAGE: The City of Salzberg, Austria