Sites where Gruber lived
Franz Xaver Gruber was born in Hochburg in 1787 and later attended school here. His first experience serving as an assistant schoolteacher also took place in Hochburg. Memorial plaques on the side of the house built on the site of Gruber's home and birthplace, Unterweizberg 9 (original house was torn down in 1927), and on the school building (now a music school) commemorate Gruber's presence here. The Franz Xaver Gruber Memorial House contains a model of Gruber's original house and the family linen weaving machine on which Gruber himself worked, according to word-of-mouth testimony.Franz Xaver Gruber Memorial House
Gruber worked on this weaving machine as a boy and youth
Burghausen (Bavaria, Germany) - organ instruction (1805)Burghausen. In the parish church Gruber learned to play the organ
In 1805, Gruber went to Burghausen to take organ lessons from the church organist, Georg Hartdobler. This completed Gruber's formal music education. A memorial plaque commemorating his time in Burghausen can be found on the former choral director's house located behind the city parish church.
See information under "Sites of the Song's Origin"
Berndorf - 1829-1835Memorial plaque - parish church Berndorf
After Gruber left Oberndorf, he became the schoolteacher, church caretaker and organist in Berndorf. On the cemetary wall by the church there is a memorial plaque honoring Gruber. This is the site of the former church caretaker's house which stood here until 1953.
Hallein - 1835-1863
Gruber lived 28 years in Hallein serving as director of choral music, singer and organist. His grave is located near the parish church and in front of the building in which he lived. A central theme of Gruber's life was music and the creation of music. Memorial plaques at the grave-site and by his former home commemorate his musical contributions.
The Silent Night Archives of Hallein (see Research Sites) and the Silent Night Museum of Hallein are both housed in the apartment building where Gruber once lived. One room of the museum is dedicated to the origin and dissemination of the song.Silent Night Museum with
Gruber's grave, Hallein
Grubers Music Room
It contains, among other things, the original guitar of Joseph Mohr which he used during the first performance of the song in 1818. In another room there are items from Gruber's life including original musical instruments and furniture from his apartment.