AUSTRIA WALKING: Walking near the home of the Christmas carol Silent Night, the town of Schonenbach, with On Foot Holidays.
AUSTRIA WALKING: Walking near the home of the Christmas carol Silent Night, the town of Schonenbach, with On Foot Holidays.

Experience the 200th anniversary of Silent Night

THE legend goes that on Christmas Eve in 1818 in a little Austrian village church the iconic Christmas carol Silent Night was born.

Austria is inviting tourists to join in its 200th anniversary celebration with dedicated tours, a special exhibition at Salzburg Museum and a musical based on the carol.

It was in Oberndorf, a village outside Salzburg, that it was discovered mice had chewed through the bellows of the church organ. The choirmaster hurriedly wrote Silent Night to be played on a guitar instead.

On Foot Holidays is offering Australian tourists the opportunity to participate in the anniversary and a self-guided walk going from inn to inn through the rolling Austrian meadows, woods and delightful villages.

Located in the Bregenzerwald region in western Austria, the seven-night itinerary, which is suitable the less-experienced walker, will provide a true Austrian experience. Travellers will walk through the scenic countryside while staying mainly in family-run inns and eat traditional, locally-produced food, including the staples of mountain cuisine, venison and cheese. The walk is graded medium with four to six hours of walking each day.

Highlights of the route include the impressive waterfall near Oberbildstein, walking through unspoilt meadows to the tiny, unspoilt village of Schonenbach, an opportunity to see cheesemakers at work and a Barfussweg, a barefoot-path where walkers can find out how sensitive their feet are to various surfaces. Included in the package is the use of cable cars which can assist walkers in the final ascent, which will offer stunning views of the five 2000m peaks around the Damuls valley, enabling them to look back on how far they have journeyed over the past six days.

The On Foot Holidays' self-guided tour costs about $1719 per person, twin share, for seven nights' accommodation, all breakfasts, six dinners, cable car services, and all luggage transfers as walkers simply carry a day pack. Bookings made before September 30, 2018 for touring in 2019, will secure 2018 prices on this and all 32 On Foot Holidays routes.

Tour payment can be made by via Earthport FX transfer, a system which offers Australians the convenience of paying for walks in Australian dollars at a local bank, saving transfer charges and credit card fees.

On Foot Holidays has accommodation and information packs for all of its routes. Walkers can select their departure dates, luggage is transferred between inns each day and all routes are designed by locals and tested by staff from On Foot Holidays.  

For more information, go to www.onfootholidays.co.uk  


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