The setting was really pretty. The choir sang beautifully. You go to the school that is still operating where Joseph Morris worked. The tour was a lot more touristy than I had expected. There were a few thousand people there at the chapel. You stand on a hillside which was extremely crowded and muddy. I was nearly impossible to see the speakers. It is not the original chapel because the original was destroyed by fire and floods. So it was moved and then rebuilt. Silent Night was sung at the end of the evening and it was amazingly beautiful.
It was a nice way to spend Christmas Eve, the Silent Night Ceremony went a tad to long. Remember yo rug up too as it's all outside in the elements.
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!!
Silent Night Chapel, musicians and town are gorgeous a must see for anyone visiting the area on Christmas Eve. Going to the Silent Night Chapel was the entire reason for our trip to Europe. We went to honor a family member who passed away this past year. However, we weren't sure we were going to make it to the site. From the moment we left the bus meeting point in Salzburg, it seemed the bus driver was on his maiden voyage as a driver. The tour guide continually had to give directions. Then it sounded like he was hitting cars or cement curbing. When we arrived at the small town for a tour of the school the driver hung out talking with the fireman at which point I had my husband check the bus for damage. He didn't see any however as we were pulling out we noticed the driver having difficulty steering the bus. We got close to the area where the Silent Night Chapel is located he had to pull over as he could no longer steer the bus. Nervous that we would miss the events, I was ready to walk as were the other passengers. Finally, he drove a few blocks more and let us out. We were told they would call the bus company and get a new bus and to come back to this area after the mass. Everyone hurried to the chapel. It was beautiful and an amazing way to honor a loved one on Christmas eve. Headed back to the bus I saw our driver in a new bus. Upon entering it he said, he had a video to show us of the event but he couldn't figure out how to use the equipment. Once the tour guide was back on the bus he too planned to play some Christmas music but couldn't get it work. The trip back was uneventful as we all made it back to Salzburg safely. I recommend this trip but you may want to inquire about the capabilities of your bus driver before boarding the bus.