Stille Nacht Kulturerbe

The world famous song “Stille Nacht,” in English “Silent Night” is celebrating its 200 year anniversary. Originally written as a poem by Joseph Mohr, a priest from Salzburg in 1816, a melody was added by Franz Xaver Gruber on Mohr’s request. In 1818, the song was heard the first time after the Christmas Mass at the St. Nikola Church in Oberndorf, not far from Salzburg.

Image credit: Stille Nacht Kapelle Tourismusverband Oberndorf


Since then the song has become known in the entire world and is performed in over 300 languages and dialects. It is considered a song for piece and should give hope.

Image Credit: Copyright Österreich Werbung Autograph des Liedes Stille Nacht – Salzburger Museum – Rupert Poschacher.


To celebrate this, the Tourism offices in Austria are offering a variety of events. To learn more about the background of this fantastic song and to find out details about event take a look: