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  • Location:Salzburg, Austria
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel

Spend an unforgettable Christmas Eve in Salzburg on this tour to the Silent Night Chapel. From the city of Salzburg, travel through the breathtaking foothills of the Austrian Alps along the Salzach river valley to the town of Oberndorf, where you'll take part in a touching Christmas Mass at the historic Silent Night Chapel, a symbol of the beloved Christmas carol 'O Holy Night.'


  • Enjoy a Christmas Eve Mass in Salzburg
  • Journey through the snow-covered foothills of the Austrian Alps
  • Soak up the winter wonderland atmosphere in Oberndorf, a quaint Salzburg town on the Salzach river
  • Attend a humbling Christmas Eve Mass at the Silent Night Chapel
  • Learn about the history and significance of the Silent Night Chapel from your guide

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What You Can Expect

Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel

Silent Night, Holy Night - Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf

Make your way to Mirabellplatz in central Salzburg in the late afternoon on Christmas Eve. Then board your coach and relax during a scenic drive through foothills of the Austrian Alps toward Oberndorf, where your Christmas Eve experience awaits.

Admire the dreamy winter wonderland scenery as your guide takes you along the Salzach river valley to Oberndorf, a small town in the state of Salzburg situated on the Salzach river. Here, hop out and walk to the Silent Night Chapel.

Your guide will explain the background of this historic 19th-century chapel, a visible symbol of the Christmas carol 'O Holy Night.' Every year during Christmas, thousands of visitors from around the world flock to the Silent Night Chapel for a touching, solemn Christmas Eve Mass sung in many languages.

Soak up the Christmas Eve atmosphere as you attend the Christmas Mass outside of the chapel. You'll be truly touched by this unifying experience as you sing Christmas carols with your fellow visitors and reflect on the Christmas celebration in the company of your family and friends.

At the end of the Christmas Mass, hop in the coach and relax on the drive back to the city of Salzburg.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

GHis was the highlight of our Christmas vacation.It was a very meaningful evening and worth every dear expense.My wife,daughter and husband and 3 grandchildren all enjoyed this excursion. Thank You.

Ed Nine
Lexington,South Carolina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

We had a great tour to the Silent Night chapel. The 4 buses that left were all pretty crowded. Thankfully, we had the best tour guide, Naomi Mogil , and she spoke in both English and German. She gave us all the interesting facts as we headed to Oberndorf. There were a lot of people at the service but not as many as I had thought. The market shops were nice but there were only a few of them. The view from the river was spectacular and we had a wonderful sunset. The service was done mostly in German and Silent Night was only sung in German (we heard the last verse was supposed to be in English). We felt the visit was worth it and I'd recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

An experience not to miss, a Christmas Eve I will never forget. A beautiful, traditional moving service under the stars in front of the chapel after wandering through the Christmas Market and taking in the sights of the lakes and mountains. Love it that we had the free time to wander after arriving before attending the service. Just the right amount of time after a very scenic drive.
Our tour guide was fun and informative giving us the history and background stories. Much praise also to our skilful driver who made a seemingly impossible 3 point turn on very narrow road when when encountered a road closure due to an accident.
Using Viator was easy to use and very good value. Will definitely refer to them again for any further tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Great way to spend Christmas Eve. The Chapel was beautiful and the service was something I will remember. Highly recommended!

Peter B
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

A very moving experience! I enjoyed the trip!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Very nice tour! Need to stand close to chapel to enjoy the experience. Plenty of time to walk and visit vendors before the event.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

A once in a lifetime experience, happy we did it. Just be prepared for the cold ;) After two hours of standing around, I'm not sure I could feel my feet 8/

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

There's still daylight when the bus brings you from Salzburg to Oberndorf, so you can see the green rolling hills of Austria and the snow-covered mountains. Once there, it's a 3-block walk from the parking lot to the little chapel (that's not it in the picture, by the way). You can shop in the stores before the outdoor Mass begins, go into the chapel for a quick photo, then stand outside while the Mass is going on (also outside). When "Silent Night" is sung, it's only in German. It seems that none of the tourists wanted to sing on December 24, 2012...! There's still time when you get back to have dinner in Salzburg, and go to Midnight Mass at one of the churches or up at Nonnberg Abbey.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013


4 star rating: Recommended July 2011

Loved this though didn't think there would be so many people. It was magical. A little long to stand for the ceremony but hot drinks helped.

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