Oberammergau is a small village in Bavaria, Germany that really comes to life every ten years as they gear up to perform the Passion Play. This amazing theatrical production is put on entirely by the villagers, making it one of the most spectacular displays of cultural heritage and tradition still in practice today. With a beautifully decorated village, the theatre as a listed building and such talented participants, the village of Oberammergau and the Passion Play offer something for every history buff, cultural enthusiast, arts appreciator, architecture aesthete or religious scholar. Planning a journey to Oberammergau and looking for more inspiration? We've compiled all sorts of useful links to explore our upcoming trips, sources of inspirational information and helpful resources from our blogging archives to get you started.
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All available journeys will include one or two nights in Oberammergau and premium theatre tickets for the Passion Play performance on the following itineraries: The Holy Land, Heart of Europe, Enchanting Rhine River Cruise, Gems of the Alps, Croatian Adventure, Melodies of the Danube River Cruise, Heart of Germany, and Wonders of Italy... SEE ALL JOURNEYS
"In those passion plays the last five days of the life of Jesus are presented in the course of a performance lasting several hours. All those participating, from the actors, the choir and the orchestra to the ushers are local residents..." READ MORE
“A bright room in the Oberammergau Museum is accessible via a wooden staircase. The viewer wanders around and tries to take in everything at once. Impossible. Numerous faces, some black and white, some in colour, looking at you. Photographs from 170 years of Passion Play history extend around the room, plus...” READ MORE
"The stage of the Passion Theatre is scaffolded, craftsmen lay bricks, plaster and paint. This has little to do with normal theatre construction. Anyway, when you walk around the stage and through the workshops, you feel a touch of eternity rather than the fleeting nature of the theatre...” READ MORE
From Our Archives
“Once every 10 years, an extraordinary opportunity arises to explore the heart of Europe while also taking in the historic, world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. Every decade for the past 400 years, this small Bavarian town has transformed itself into a massive Passion Play, depicting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Over 2,400 residents of Oberammergau bring the story to life as actors, singers, instrumentalists and stage technicians...” READ MORE
"All roads lead to Oberammergau! Whether you are cruising eastward or westward, you will have the unique opportunity to end your European discovery in Oberammergau. All of the Passion Play actors look forward to sharing an incredible moment with you..." READ MORE
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Some photos courtesy of Passion Play 2020 Oberammergau.