Notable People

Joseph Mohr

In 1817, at the age of 25, Joseph Mohr was sent to the socially disadvantaged Oberndorf district as coadjutor (assistant priest). Here Mohr met the organist Franz Xaver Gruber. He was full-time teacher, sacristan and organist at the pilgrimage church "Maria im Mösl" in Arnsdorf and the organist service in Oberndorf was an additional income for him. The meeting between Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber turned into a friendship that led to them composing the song, “Silent Night! Holy Night! ” together. On December 24, 1818, the two played the song for the first time during Christmas mass in what was then the church of St. Nikola in Oberndorf.

Museums, memorials, events

Silent Night District with Silent Night Chapel and Silent Night Museum

Gruber Mohr monument in front of the parish church of St. Nikolaus and at the Silent Night Chapel

Historical two-city circular route

Oberndorf / Laufen

Silent Night Peace Path Oberndorf, Lamprechtshausen / Arnsdorf, Göming and Laufen

Local Community

Local Community - Oberndorf City

The Bavarian town of Laufen with its suburb of Oberndorf on the right bank of the Salzach was first mentioned in 748. The separation took place in 1816 through the Treaty of Munich. Oberndorf came to Austria and became an independent municipality.

The former Oberndorf was in the area of today's "Altoberndorf". Fires and floods (the bridge to Laufen was torn away in 1899) were the reason why the place was relocated up the Salzach from 1901. In 1903 the new bridge to Laufen was completed - one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau bridges in Europe. In 1906 the foundation stone was laid for the parish church in the new town center. The church of St. Nikola in the old part of the village was demolished. In 1937 the Silent Night Chapel was built in its place.

In 2001 the city was raised. The municipality of Oberndorf with almost 6,000 inhabitants is a health, social and educational center as well as a popular residential and shopping town for the northern Flachgau, the adjacent Innviertel and the Bavarian border area.

In 2006, the Europasteg for pedestrians and cyclists created a second connection across the Salzach to Laufen. In 2016, Oberndorf and Laufen celebrated a year of remembrance of their shared history with numerous events.

Luftbild Salzachschleife WE Bc TVB Oberndorf

(c)Tourismusverband Oberndorf

Blick auf dien Europasteg c TVB Oberndorf

Blick auf den Europasteg (c) Tourismusverband Oberndorf

Stille nacht oberndorf Salzburger Land Tourismus

Stille Nacht Kapelle mit Kopie des Gruber-Mohr-Denkmals (c) SalzburgerLand Tourismus

Silent Night Museum Oberndorf

On the occasion of Christmas, 1818, Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr performed "Silent Night! Holy Night!" for the first time in the St. Nicholas church. Gruber served as organist for the Oberndorf church from 1816-1829, while Mohr was assistant priest (1817-1819). This church was torn down around the turn of the century, and on its site now stands the Silent-Night-Memorial Chapel. The chapel, a memorial plaque on the caretaker's house where Mohr lived, and a monument in front of the new parish church give recognition to the events of 1818.

The Silent Night Museum focuses on the theme of the Christmas carol "Silent Night!" and the history surrounding its origin, including, for example, the history of the salt shipping trade. Visitors can listen to many translations of the song at earphone stations in the sound room.

Thursday to Sunday from 10 AM until 6 PM
First Saturday in advent to January 6, July and August daily from 10 AM until 6 PM

For further information and group reservations Tel. +43 (0) 6272 / 4422

Kapelle am Heiligen Abend

Stille Nacht Gedenkfeier Oberndorf (c) Bilder Tourismusverband Oberndorf


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