Notable People

Joseph Mohr

From 1837 on Joseph Mohr worked as a vicar in Wagrain, he was venerated in Wagrain as a special friend of the poor and sick. As soon as he arrived he began building a school that was later named after him. Joseph Mohr was also considered sociable and affable. A certificate from 1834 confirmed his excellent pastoral work. He maintained a church choir and was active as a composer.

One of the main concerns of Joseph Mohr, who had grown up in poverty himself, was the establishment of a poor welfare organization. The "depositing system" was a thorn in his side in particular: the poor and the old had to wander from house to house, were accommodated there for a day or two and had to move on again. In the, often inhospitable, winters in the mountains, many did not last long.

Joseph Mohr's visits to the, often remote, houses and courtyards are also likely to have proved fatal, as his already ailing health, Joseph Mohr suffered from tuberculosis as a child, deteriorated more and more in Wagrain. On December 4, 1848, at the age of only 56, he died of paralysis and found his final resting place at Wagrain cemetery.

Johann Rettenegger

Johann Rettenegger had been pastor in Wagrain since 1913, he founded the Mohr Memorial Committee and wrote two appeals for donations for the purchase of the Mohr Memorial in Oberndorf, which Josef Mühlbacher had created.

Museums, memorials, events

Joseph Mohr’s Grave

Johann Rettenegger’s Grave

Mohr Open-air Exhibition

Joseph Mohr School

Silent Night Museum in Pflegerschlössl

Local Community

Wagrain has been a market town for 700 years. The economic basis in the Middle Ages was the important road connection to the Tauern Pass, in the 18th century mining (iron ore), later agriculture and today tourism and industry.

Wagrain was the place in the archbishopric of Salzburg with the highest number of evangelical exiles. When the Protestants were expelled in 1732/1734, 1.675 people emigrated and only 575 people remained. It was not until the 1960s that the population increased again with around 1.800 people.

Today Wagrain has 3.120 inhabitants (2020) and is one of the most important winter sports locations in the Ski World Amadé.

Joseph Mohr Grab Wagrain Salzburger Land Tourismus

Joseph Mohr Grab (c) SalzburgerLand Tourismus

Orgelkrippe Wagrainc Stille Nacht Gesellschaft Kathrin Gollackner

Orgelkrippe Pfarrkirche Wagrain (c) Stille Nacht Gesellschaft, Kathrin Gollackner

Silent-Night-Museum "Pflegerschlössl", Wagrain

3th December 2017 till 6th January 2018 daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. 7th January till 1st April and 10th May till 26th October 2018: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

1th December 2018 till 6th January 2019 daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Special tours by appointment Tel. +43 (0) 6413 / 8448

Pflegerschlössl-bei-Nacht- -Kulturverein-Blaues-Fenster

(c) Kulturverein Blaues Fenster

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(c) Sportalpen Marketing

Joseph Mohr Denkmalc Kulturverein Blaues Fenster Wagrain

Joseph Mohr Denkmal im Park vor dem Stille Nacht Museum im Pflegerschlössl (c) Kulturverein Blaues Fenster Wagrain

A-5602 Wagrain


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