Silent Night: The Salzburg Origins of the Most Famous Christmas Carol

Silent Night: The Salzburg Origins of the Most Famous Christmas Carol

The Silent Night is the most famous Christmas carol in the world. The song has been translated into more than 300 languages, is recorded hundreds of times every year in all types of music genres, and is sung by millions every year. Joseph Mohr, the lyricist, and Franz Xaver Gruber, the composer, probably wouldn’t have…

A Cultural Guide to Christmas in Austria

A Cultural Guide to Christmas in Austria

Christmas in Austria is the coziest time of the year. Christmas is when everything slows down, and the tradition of Advent, the heartwarming sights and smells of Christmas, and the “Silent Night” carol all come alive. From the dreadful Krampus Day to the feast of St. Nicholas, every corner is filled with festive cheer. In…

True Story behind the Sound of Music, or How Maria found her Singing Voice

True Story behind the Sound of Music, or How Maria found her Singing Voice

The story of the von Trapp family, as depicted in “The Sound of Music,” has captivated audiences for decades. The movie draws an estimated 300.000 visitors to my hometown of Salzburg every year, even though most of my fellow Austrians have never seen it. However, as with any Hollywood adaptation of a true story, there…

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