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Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel

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Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel

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Overview

Make the most out of your Christmas Eve in Salzburg on a 4-hour trip to the Silent Night Chapel, a monument to the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night.’ Departing from Salzburg, travel by guided coach through the foothills of the Austrian Alps to the quaint town of Oberndorf. Arrive at the historic Silent Night Chapel and participate in a Christmas Eve mass, conducted in multiple languages. Soak up the Christmas spirit and learn the rich history of this touching chapel before returning back to your original departure point.
  • Enjoy a Christmas Eve Mass in Salzburg
  • Journey through the snow-covered foothills of the Austrian Alps
  • Soak up the winter wonderland atmosphere in Oberndorf, a quaint Salzburg town on the Salzach river
  • Attend a humbling Christmas Eve Mass at the Silent Night Chapel
  • Learn about the history and significance of the Silent Night Chapel from your guide
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Professional guide
Transport by climate-controlled coach
Christmas Eve Mass in Oberndorf
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Hubert-Sattler-Gasse 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

The tour starts at the Panorama Bus terminal, Mirabell Platz /Hubert Sattler Gasse 1

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your Christmas Eve tour will begin in central Salzburg, departing from Mirabellplatz. Meet your guide and hop aboard your coach for a picturesque ride through the foothills of the Austrian Alps. The windows will reveal a wintry wonderland outside as you arrive in the small town of Oberndorf, located on the Salzach River.

Enjoy some time to wander the Christmas markets before heading to the Silent Night Chapel. Learn the history of the charming, 19th-century structure, a monument to the beloved Christmas carol ‘Silent Night.’ This picturesque spot has become a touching symbol of the season, and visitors from all over the world head to the chapel annually for its multi-lingual Christmas Eve mass.

Sing Christmas carols outside of the chapel with your fellow visitors before concluding your evening with transportation back to Salzburg.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Silent Night Chapel (Stille Nacht Kapelle)
see the little chapel and attend a romantic christams cermony
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Panorama Tours
your tour starts and ends here, right next to the Mirabell Gardens
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Salzburg Panorama Tours GmbH
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Salzburg Christmas Eve Tour to the Silent Night Chapel.

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The setting was really pretty. The...
Shawna B
, Mar 2018
The setting was really pretty. The choir sang beautifully. You go to the school that is still operating where Joseph Morris worked. The tour was a lot more touristy than I had expected. There were a few thousand people there at the chapel. You stand on a hillside which was extremely crowded and muddy. I was nearly impossible to see the speakers. It is not the original chapel because the original was destroyed by fire and floods. So it was moved and then rebuilt. Silent Night was sung at the end of the evening and it was amazingly beautiful.
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star-3
It was a nice way to spend Christmas...
Dayna H
, Mar 2018
It was a nice way to spend Christmas Eve, the Silent Night Ceremony went a tad to long. Remember yo rug up too as it's all outside in the elements.
star-5
A unique gem of a tour. The village...
Amanda D
, Jan 2018
A unique gem of a tour. The village was so pretty and the church was like being in a fairy tale but be warned that there is a lot of standing in this tour. The church is too small to fit everyone and no chairs are provided outside. However it is so worth it!!
star-3
Silent Night Chapel, musicians and...
Beth D
, Jan 2018
Silent Night Chapel, musicians and town are gorgeous a must see for anyone visiting the area on Christmas Eve. Going to the Silent Night Chapel was the entire reason for our trip to Europe. We went to honor a family member who passed away this past year. However, we weren't sure we were going to make it to the site. From the moment we left the bus meeting point in Salzburg, it seemed the bus driver was on his maiden voyage as a driver. The tour guide continually had to give directions. Then it sounded like he was hitting cars or cement curbing. When we arrived at the small town for a tour of the school the driver hung out talking with the fireman at which point I had my husband check the bus for damage. He didn't see any however as we were pulling out we noticed the driver having difficulty steering the bus. We got close to the area where the Silent Night Chapel is located he had to pull over as he could no longer steer the bus. Nervous that we would miss the events, I was ready to walk as were the other passengers. Finally, he drove a few blocks more and let us out. We were told they would call the bus company and get a new bus and to come back to this area after the mass. Everyone hurried to the chapel. It was beautiful and an amazing way to honor a loved one on Christmas eve. Headed back to the bus I saw our driver in a new bus. Upon entering it he said, he had a video to show us of the event but he couldn't figure out how to use the equipment. Once the tour guide was back on the bus he too planned to play some Christmas music but couldn't get it work. The trip back was uneventful as we all made it back to Salzburg safely. I recommend this trip but you may want to inquire about the capabilities of your bus driver before boarding the bus.
star-5
This was a very well organised trip...
Nerys J
, Jan 2018
This was a very well organised trip in a luxury coach, very scenic and well worth going to see the Silent Night Chapel, beautiful area
star-5
This was a magnificent and magical...
Dana P
, Jan 2018
This was a magnificent and magical expereience. If in Salzburg over Christmas Eve I would recommend especially because there is limited things to do on Christmas Eve. Most restaurants and businesses are closed.
star-1
Unhelpful tour leader who wouldn't...
Patricia S
, Jan 2018
Unhelpful tour leader who wouldn't organise a down stairs seat for a disabled man. Our family group of eight was split between two buses with children separated from their parents. Bus driver got lost and school house/museum component didn't happen. Food stall owners only served the locals and ignored the tourists - waited 35 mins in the front row for 4 sausages! So much emphasis was put on getting back to the bus quickly 8 year old was panicked into wanting to leave before Silent Night was sung. I suggest leaving it to the locals.
star-5
A fantastic memory! Our bus took us...
Donna B
, Jan 2018
A fantastic memory! Our bus took us 25 minutes or so outside of Salzburg. The scenery en-route was beautiful and our tour guide provided useful information along the way. The first stop was the church and school where Franz Gruber song lyrics writer worked. The structure and grounds were quaint and authentic. The crowds were well managed and beverages were available for purchase. The second stop was the Silent Night Chapel itself in another small town. There was a lot of traffic, so being on a bus made traveling/parking stress-free. There was a Christmas Market there and even though it was was VERY crowded, we enjoyed the experience immensely. In keeping with Austrian tradition, approximately 15 marksmen shot black powder rifles into the air on a nearby hilltop, which added to the authenticity of being there. The mass was in German and English with a wonderful message, and all of the music was lovely! Hearing Silent Night in the place where it was first performed and performed annually for 199 years was indeed moving. Don't miss it!
star-4
While there is no doubt this event...
William K
, Dec 2017
While there is no doubt this event is worth attending it is hardly a mountain tour. First stop was the Gruber School Silent Night Museum a glass of mulled wine and a look around then on to Oberndorf a pretty town with wonderful scenery. There are markets and food stalls there so you can buy food etc. You have enough time to look around and should be able to get into the chapel if the queue moves as it did on the night 24/12/2017. By the time the service starts the crowd is quite large so don't expect to be able to move around much! First some wonderful music, then a welcome from a town official in two languages. This was perhaps a little too long as most of the people there would have been well aware of the history of the song. Then some more wonderful choral singing followed by the pastoral message which while it had a wonderful message could have been shorter as it too was said in two languages making it oh so much longer. Then came the highlight of the night an absolutely amazing rendition of Stille Nacht which was so powerful it needed no translation! However I felt it was a little overpriced and certainly oversubscribed! I only hope some of the price we paid feeds into the local community.
star-1
Don't waste your Christmas Eve! False...
Spinkazoid
, Mar 2017
Don't waste your Christmas Eve! False advertisement, the ad photo is not what you'll see.

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