A play of life and death, promised in a moment of mortal threat - so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1633. In the middle of the Thirty Years War, after months of suffering and death from the plague, the Oberammergauers swore an oath that they would perform the "Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ" every ten years. At Pentecost 1634, they fulfilled their pledge for the first time on a stage they put up in the cemetery above the fresh graves of the plague victims. Again in 2020, more than 2,000 Oberammergauers, actors, singers, instrumentalists and stage technicians bring to the stage those events Christianity regards as its central source of life and hope in approximately five hours of playing time.

 

  • Daily performances from May thru October 2020
  • Performances start in the afternoon, with a dinner break
  • Tours include at least one overnight stay in a local 3- or 4-star hotel
  • Visit of Oberammergau can be combined with any tour in Germany and neighboring countries
  • See our tour samples below and get your personal, hand crafted itinerary
  • REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  Contact us for details and prices.

 

2020 Oberammergau


Passion Play Theater, built 1890
Passion Play Theater, built 1890

Registration is open!


Since 2014: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
Since 2014: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
The premier of the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play will be in May 2020. In spring 2019, the names of the actors will be announced. In addition to the major characters of Jesus, Mary, Peter, Judas, Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas, there are 120 larger and smaller speaking parts. Altogether, more than 2.000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play. Rehearsals start in fall 2019.
Like last time, Christian Stückl has been elected by the City Council of Oberammergau to direct the 2020 Passion Play. Stefan Hageneier will be again responsible for the costumes- and the stage design. Markus Zwink will serve as the musical director of the Passion Play. The young Oberammergau director Abdullah Kenan Karaca has been elected as deputy director.

All photos taken at the 2010 Passion Play in Oberammergau. Photo credits: Arno Declair and BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH. Used by permission.

TOUR SAMPLES

Each and every of our tours is "hand crafted" as it is designed to the specific wishes of our clients. But to get started, here are some sample ideas. Please contact us for your exclusive tour.

 

Every tour includes one or two overnight stays in Oberammergau or the neighboring villages, with tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play.

 

Circle: All around from Frankfurt to Salzburg, Prague, and Dresden

This 12 day sample tour starts and ends in Frankfurt. Highlights include the Romantic Road, picturesque Herrenchiemsee Palace, and the music city of Salzburg. From Austria your group continues - with an en route stop at the original Budweiser brewery - to the "golden city" of Prague. An Elbe valley river cruise takes you to Dresden with a side visit at Moritzburg. Wartburg castle lays on the way back to Frankfurt.

 

Highlights of European Arts: From Vienna to Munich

The finest samples of European history and arts are featured in this tour sample. Starting in Vienna, your clients will first enjoy the beautiful residence of the Austrian kings. Over the next days you will visit Český Krumlov (Krummau) and the music city of Salzburg. Spend some time to see wonderful castles and churches in the Oberammergau vicinity as your group visits Linderhof, Ettal Abbey, and Neuschwanstein, before the tour ends in Munich.

 

From Amsterdam via Paris to Munich

Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Germany will be visited during this 11 day sample trip. Your group will see windmills and museums around Amsterdam before going to Bruges, Belgium's most perfectly preserved medieval town. A glass of champagne welcomes your travelers at Montparnasse tower in Paris. Vineyards in Burgundy will be visited before heading to Lucerne in Switzerland. The fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein lays on the way to Oberammergau before this tour ends in Munich.

 

Paris to Prague

Two anchor points of history in central Europe are connected with this 11 day itinerary. After a romantic start in Paris, the city of love, the tour continues through Burgundy to Switzerland and Bavaria. Following the days in Oberammergau, sights like Herrenchiemsee Palace and Salzburg will be visited before travelling into the Czech Republic to Prague.

 

Lutheran Pilgrimage: Luther sites and Oberammergau

Martin Luther and the Reformation are the main topic of this tour program. Starting from Berlin, the main sites of Luther's life and work will be visited in Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, and Wartburg castle. Germany currently celebrates the 500th jubilee of the Reformation. Some of the main reformatory books have been published 500 years ago in 1520. Other jubilees will follow over the next years. After visiting the Luther sites, this tour continues to Prague (with the memorial of Czech reformer Jan Hus), to Bavaria, and Oberammergau.

 

Catholic Pilgrimage: In the steps of Pope Benedict

Munich, Regensburg, Altötting, and Würzburg are just some of the places connected with the biography of the German Pope Benedict. Palais Holnstein, seat of the archbishop of Munich, will be visited like the Dom cathedral in Regensburg. Ettal Abbey and Wieskirche do astonish visitors due to their baroque splendor. The birthhouse in Marktl am Inn connects the prilgrims with the life of the Holy Father. The tour ends with a pilgrimage day in Altötting where the octagonal Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Grace) keeps a much-venerated statue of Virgin Mary. 

 

All this is samples. But our tours are "hand crafted" which means that they can be changed in any way. And we can develop your exclusive tour program, following your ideas and sketches. Please also ask us for our ideas of pre- and post trips to Rhine and Danube river cruise, for bicycle tours, and our Railroad program.

 

Tickets and more detailed information for the Oberammergau Passion Play are available NOW. Prepare yourself and start making arrangements for your group travel program 2017. We are on site and have best access to all information before the passion play, and will be your on-site partner during the play. Request your hand crafted proposal for tours of Germany and central Europe which include the Oberammergau Passion Play.