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The Silence Of Night In Mariapfarr, Salzburgerland

By Linda
nativity scene

photo : Jonathon Aquino

Mariapfarr im Lungau is a township in the Salzburgerland province – sometimes just referred to as Salzburg, but not to be confused with the ancient city of Salzburg. It’s the spiritual home of  the ‘Silent Night’ carol.

Stille Nacht

Lyrics to the Christmas carol ‘Stille Nacht’ – which is sung in more than 130 languages, but better known in English speaking countries as ‘Silent Night’ – were penned in Mariapfarr im Lungau in 1816 by Joseph Mohr, a Bishop’s assistant. It was first performed in 1818 to music composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, a primary school teacher and church organist.

Joseph Mohr died in 1848 without knowing what world acclaim his work achieved. It wasn’t until 6 years later that it was discovered he had written the original poem.

Mariapfarr im Lungau

Besides being known for its musical heritage – as witnessed in the Silent Night Museum – Mariapfarr im Lungau is also reputed to be Austria’s sunniest town, because of its unique geographical location. It has a largely unspoiled landscape and exceptionally high levels of sunshine, making it an ideal base for hiking and walking holidays.

Just to prove the point, it’s also home to one of the largest Nordic Walking trails in Austria. It has 119 kilometres of signposted trails to be enjoyed regardless of season!

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