Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf with Christmas market


Visit the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf with Christmas market and experience the origin of the world-famous Christmas carol up close!


Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf with Christmas market

One Salzburg town in particular will be visited very heavily during the anniversary year 200 Years "Silent Night! Holy Night!": Oberndorf. It is the place where the Christmas carol that would travel around the world in decades to come was performed for the very first time on 24 December 1818. The Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf with Christmas market is among the most important pre-Christmas locations and only a stone’s throw away from Romantik Hotel GMACHL.


From church to chapel

When Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr first performed their famous song 200 years ago, there was no chapel. It originally was the location of the St. Nikola church, based on a 12th century Romanesque building and repeatedly rebuilt over the course of its history due to poor groundwork, severe fires and natural disasters. After a particularly devastating flood in 1899 the town decided to build a new parish church St. Nikolaus 800 m upstream, the old church was torn down soon after. Construction of today’s memorial chapel began during the interwar period.


The Christmas market of Oberndorf Salzburg

The town’s pre-Christmas focus was on the centrally located park for many years. It was only comparatively recently that the Christmas markets fully moved on the square between Chapel and Silent Night Museum with Christmas post office. This year you can experience romantic Advent flair in two towns in two different countries from 23 November to 24 December. Visit the daily open Silent Night Chapel, stroll across Silent Night Square and cross the Salzach river on the Salzachsteg to the neighbouring Laufen with its own market. Town brass bands and choirs on Saturday and Sunday afternoon plus carriage rides cap off the idyllic Advent programme.

The GMACHL is less than a 30-minute drive from Oberndorf. Alternatively, you board the Lokalbahn train in Bergheim and reach the town centre within 20 minutes. Your reception team always has up-to-date schedules and route descriptions at hand for you as well as many other pre-Christmas tips. The only thing missing for your Advent enjoyment is a non-binding enquiry!


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