Franz Xaver Gruber – Peace Walk in Hochburg-Ach
A walk which unites Nature and the Arts in a unique way. During a circular walking tour of about 1 hour, there are 7 sculptured items to be seen, created by the well-known sculptor, Hubert J. Flörl from Wildschönau, which are integrated into the splendid background countryside around Hochburg.
Each sculpture is around 3 metres high and symbolises one continent held by an angel?s wing made of caste-bronze. Each continent bears one verse from the carol ?Silent Night?. On the reverse side there is information about Franz Xaver Gruber and the propagation of the carol. Information signs along the way describe the young Franz Xaver Gruber?s favourite spots.
This walk is an invitation to experience personally the peaceable union of the world., which is what the walk aims to symbolise. Of all the impressions, modern and traditional, created on this theme-walk, possibly the most impressive sculpture is reached at the end of the walk, where Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr are portrayed with the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child.
Parking possibilities at the beginning
Franz Xaver Gruber Memorial House in Hochburg-Ach
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.
Starting at Easter till 26th of October daily from 1.30 until 4.30 PM
Special tours by appointment
Tel. Tel. +43 (0) 7727 / 2652 or +43 (0) 7727 / 2255
Franz Xaver Gruber Memorial House