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Amanda D Australia
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!!
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
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.
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!
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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!
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.
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.
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.
Great way to spend Christmas Eve. The Chapel was beautiful and the service was something I will remember. Highly recommended!
While there is no doubt this event is worth attending it is hardly a mountain tour. First stop was the Gruber School Silent Night Museum a glass of mulled wine and a look around then on to Oberndorf a pretty town with wonderful scenery. There are markets and food stalls there so you can buy food etc. You have enough time to look around and should be able to get into the chapel if the queue moves as it did on the night 24/12/2017. By the time the service starts the crowd is quite large so don't expect to be able to move around much! First some wonderful music, then a welcome from a town official in two languages. This was perhaps a little too long as most of the people there would have been well aware of the history of the song. Then some more wonderful choral singing followed by the pastoral message which while it had a wonderful message could have been shorter as it too was said in two languages making it oh so much longer. Then came the highlight of the night an absolutely amazing rendition of Stille Nacht which was so powerful it needed no translation! However I felt it was a little overpriced and certainly oversubscribed! I only hope some of the price we paid feeds into the local community.
Very nice tour! Need to stand close to chapel to enjoy the experience. Plenty of time to walk and visit vendors before the event.
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/
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.
JOHN D USA
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.
Linda S Canada
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.
Edwin B USA
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.
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