• Location: Salzburg, Austria
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Make the most out of your Christmas Eve in Salzburg on a 4-hour trip to the Silent Night Chapel, a monument to the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night.’ Departing from Salzburg, travel by guided coach through the foothills of the Austrian Alps to the quaint town of Oberndorf. Arrive at the historic Silent Night Chapel and participate in a Christmas Eve mass, conducted in multiple languages. Soak up the Christmas spirit and learn the rich history of this touching chapel before returning back to your original departure point.

Highlights

  • 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

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

Your Christmas Eve tour will begin in central Salzburg, departing from Mirabellplatz. Meet your guide and hop aboard your coach for a picturesque ride through the foothills of the Austrian Alps. The windows will reveal a wintry wonderland outside as you arrive in the small town of Oberndorf, located on the Salzach River.

Enjoy some time to wander the Christmas markets before heading to the Silent Night Chapel. Learn the history of the charming, 19th-century structure, a monument to the beloved Christmas carol ‘Silent Night.’ This picturesque spot has become a touching symbol of the season, and visitors from all over the world head to the chapel annually for its multi-lingual Christmas Eve mass.

Sing Christmas carols outside of the chapel with your fellow visitors before concluding your evening with transportation back to Salzburg.

Customer Reviews

Amanda D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A unique gem of a tour. The village was so pretty and the church was like being in a fairy tale but be warned that there is a lot of standing in this tour. The church is too small to fit everyone and no chairs are provided outside. However it is so worth it!!

Nerys J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a very well organised trip in a luxury coach, very scenic and well worth going to see the Silent Night Chapel, beautiful area

Dana P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a magnificent and magical expereience. If in Salzburg over Christmas Eve I would recommend especially because there is limited things to do on Christmas Eve. Most restaurants and businesses are closed.

Donna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A fantastic memory! Our bus took us 25 minutes or so outside of Salzburg. The scenery en-route was beautiful and our tour guide provided useful information along the way. The first stop was the church and school where Franz Gruber song lyrics writer worked. The structure and grounds were quaint and authentic. The crowds were well managed and beverages were available for purchase. The second stop was the Silent Night Chapel itself in another small town. There was a lot of traffic, so being on a bus made traveling/parking stress-free. There was a Christmas Market there and even though it was was VERY crowded, we enjoyed the experience immensely. In keeping with Austrian tradition, approximately 15 marksmen shot black powder rifles into the air on a nearby hilltop, which added to the authenticity of being there. The mass was in German and English with a wonderful message, and all of the music was lovely! Hearing Silent Night in the place where it was first performed and performed annually for 199 years was indeed moving. Don't miss it!

Tony_cox

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Nice way to spend Xmas Eve

akronite United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This experience was wonderful! I thought this was way up on a mountain, out in nowhere, but it's in a small town, not too far from Salzburg. It was not so silent before the mass - a tradition of shooting guns off the top of a nearby hilltop, alternating with live music on the same hilltop. Weird and unexpected, but stopped once the mass started. The mass was in German and English and was a great message. Yes, you are outside and it's cold and crowded, but the crowd keeps you warm! You need to be able to do some walking. Be sure to pick up the words to Silent Night in German, from the museum that is the first stop on this tour, so you can sing along. The singing of Silent Night made it all worth it for me!

Amanda D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Beautiful and fairytale like.

Ed N

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
USA

Scott H

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.

Judith L

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.

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