Nestled at the western edge of the snow-dusted Bavarian Alps in a forested valley is the picturesque town of Oberammergau. It bears the façade of a sleepy alpine community but comes alive once every ten years with countless visitors anticipating its unique passion play, a spectacle unlike any other. Since 1634, the play has been performed faithfully by the town’s residents in gratitude for the divine intervention that spared them from death during the plague. It’s a polished production today, but at the heart it remains a powerful act of worship symbolising an unwavering commitment to an ancestral vow.
Our tour combines this unmissable performance with the opportunity to experience the breathtaking landscapes of Bavaria in southeastern Germany and more. Our journey begins in the adjacent Austrian Tyrol, a spectacular alpine playground of rugged peaks, luxuriant pastures, glacial rivers and onion-domed chapels. After being settled by Bavarian tribes in the eighth century, the Tyrol was a medieval dukedom until a regional branch of the Habsburg house was established here. Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital, is a sight to behold and an ideal introduction to the area with a splendid Habsburg palace presiding over a picture-postcard Old Town. To the north, the formidable peaks of the Karwendel Alps shelter a number of places so special they’ll be forever etched in your memory. One such haven is the enchanting lakeside village of Pertisau, which we visit by taking the historic Achensee railway.
Then we’re off to sophisticated Salzburg, which until 1816 was an independent city-state ruled by powerful prince-archbishops. For many, this is quintessential Austria boasting the best of the country’s Baroque architecture, subalpine scenery and a musical heritage dominated by the city’s most famous son, Mozart.
Heading west we cross the German border and pass through the Bavarian Alps, first to Oberammergau and then the municipality of Schwangau. Meaning ‘swan country’, Schwangau is home to these regal birds and the swan motif can be seen throughout the bewitching castles of Bavarian kings. We pause to visit perhaps the most fantastical of these castles, Neuschwanstein, on our journey along the German alpine Road. Continuing further west, we find ourselves on the shores of great Lake Constance and spend the day discovering its lovely gems. We explore the beautiful city of Konstanz near the Swiss border and the sub-tropical paradise island of Mainau, which seems to have drifted up from the Mediterranean with its colourful explosion of flora!
For a once-in-a-lifetime holiday that combines the poignancy of the Oberammergau passion play with the majesty of alpine landscapes, legendary castles and medieval towns across Austria and Germany, our riveting tour has it all.
The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relvant supplement. The price includes:
Excursions included are aguided tour of Innsbruck, including a visit to Hofburg; Achensee cog railway from Jenbach to Pertisau; a guided tour of Salzburg; Oberammergau Passion Play category 2 ticket; a guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle; ferry journey from Meersburg to Mainau ‘garden island’ and a visit to Konstanz.
Please note that twin beds in Austria are generally one base with two mattresses and individual bed linen.
The famous Oberammergau Passion Play, which tells the story of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, is widely regarded as the most important passion play in the world. The almost uninterrupted tradition of putting on the play has been carried throughout the years, with the play being performed once every 10 years since 1634.
In 2022 the town will see the 42nd production of the Passion Play and preparations and castings have already begun, where the local villagers of Oberammergau will arrange the show ready for the estimated 500,000 visitors to arrive from May through to October.
The unstoppable plague spread through Europe in 1633 and millions were affected, but the Black Death didn’t reach the small town of Oberammergau in Bavaria and reportedly not one resident was taken ill. The villagers vowed to perform the ‘Passion of the Christ’ every year for 10 years in thanks to God for His divine intervention in not burdening their village with the deadly disease.
The only years in which the play was not performed were in 1770 when the Ecclesiastical Council of the Elector banned all passion plays in Bavaria from taking place, and then again in 1940 when World War II happened.
The world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a spectacle like no other and attracts an estimated 500,000 visitors to the charming German town, nestled at the western edge of the Bavarian Alps. A tradition that started back in 1634, the passion play is only performed every ten years and the next chance you’ll get to experience the epic and unique event is in 2022 – Oberammergau’s 42nd production.
Preparations for Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 are already under way and given the success of previous performances, demand for tickets is certain to be high. This tour guarantees one category 2 ticket and an official programme in English. The play is performed in German.
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|Arrival airport||First hotel location||Transfer time||Final hotel location||Departure airport||Transfer time|
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