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Great way to spend Christmas Eve. The Chapel was beautiful and the service was something I will remember. Highly recommended!
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.
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.
This once in a lifetime experience was magical. Only being so far from the chapel marred a perfect experience.
Very nostalgic, but get a front spot early or you won't be able to see much of it. Plenty of Gluwein sold at the Christmas market though so well worth it.
This was a pretty nice tour, but be ready for a lot of people. It is unlikely to be able to see any of the activity such as in the picture. You do get to hear it however, as it is on the loudspeakers due to the crowds. It is, however, a really touching and warm ceremony to be a part of and the tour guide makes a really good effort to make it worth while. Buses are comfortable and the guide had a good sense of humour and was very knowledgeable.
This venue had lots of local charm but I felt an hour wait for the start was a little too long. The international crowd added to the appeal and the local talent was a very nice touch. At the end of the event I was hoping for a group sing-along in all of the languages represented. This was a very nice event presented on an appropriate scale.
A very memorable experience. The sky was overcast, but when the chorus began signing Silent Night at the end of the service, the clouds opened and a full moon and stars shown through. It was very inspirational. Plus, we had a excellent tour guide who paid lots of attention to the English speakers on board the bus.
A special memory for us all on this trip - my son got a bit bored standing for the service outside the chapel as it was cold and crowded and went on longer than expected. Would have liked to have had a look inside the chapel but didn't have enough time and had to run to the coach at end due to service taking longer than usual.
Last time I went was about 20 years ago. Maybe 200-300 people. A mass, then singing of Christmas carols and finally singing Silent Night by all in the crowd. Now, bus loads of people can't hardly move. No more mass only the story of the composition of the song. When they finally got around to singing Silent Night, no one in the horde sang, only the local choir. Better off staying in Salzburg and attending church in one of the many spectacular churches in the town.