“Silent Night” Day Trip

15 Aug


It’s always Christmas in Oberndorf, Austria. This is the town where Franz Gruber and Josef Mohr wrote the beloved “Silent Night”, when the mice destroyed the organ before the Christmas Eve service. The actual church is no longer standing. A tiny chapel has been erected in its place, and here is the altar.

The next morning Inge said that she would take me to Oberndorf to see the Silent Night church, but first we would stop in Laufen, Germany across the river, the town where she lived as a child. The city gate in Laufen.

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The cathedral of Laufen.

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We took the footbridge across the river to Austria at the base of the pilgrimage church St. Georg Nepomuk.


There had been recent flooding of the Salzach here at Laufen and Oberndorf.


Here is a relief sculpture of Franz Gruber and Josef Mohr.


The tiny chapel commemorating the creation of Silent Night, oder Stille Nacht.

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These two men in this tiny town were responsible for the carol that is beloved by so many people.


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