Oberammergau Passion Play – The Religious Event of the Decade
In 1633, the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau was in the grip of the plague. Its inhabitants vowed that if they were spared, they would stage a Passion Play, depicting Christ’s bitter suffering. In 1634 the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. For hundreds of years since, despite dangers and threats, they have loyally kept their vow. Pilgrims of all ages, from across the world are captivated by the Play, which is not only a testimony of religious faith but also an outstanding cultural event. Although the text and music have been adapted many times over the years, the traditional concept has endured through the centuries, with the play performed only every 10 years.
The Oberammergau Passion Play will once again be performed over the summer of 2022. Comprising 102 performances, the show is performed 5 nights a week, running from May to October 2022. The entire town of Oberammegau and the surrounding villages play host to their international visitors. All the actors in the play, as well as the set designers, musicians and directors are all local villagers.
The Passion Play show will once again run in two parts, depicting the Passion of Christ. In a giant theatre, specially designed to accommodate the play, the first acts take place in the afternoon, before breaking for an early dinner, for the local school children to attend school and businesses to work. The play then continues into the evening for the second part, with the entire show lasting around 5hrs. The stage will be filed with thousands of actors and even animals, against a stunning backdrop of innovative stage design and the elements as the stage is uncovered. The Passion Plays really are a ‘once in a lifetime’ spectacle and not to be missed!
Greatdays can arrange a package to the Oberammergau Passion Play for your school, tailored to your group’s specific requirements, budget and wishes. Greatdays suggest the 2 night Oberammergau package, combining a 2 night half board stay in Oberammergau or one of the charming surrounding villages with the Passion Play performance.
What’s more, Oberammergau’s position in the Bavarian Alps lends itself to a number of fascinating possible tour extensions. Perhaps explore the beautiful Black Forest, the charming Rhine Valley whilst in Germany or head over the border to Austria’s Tyrol or Italy’s Great Lakes. Alternatively, why not combine your stay in Oberammergau with a few nights in Bavaria’s capital city – Munich!
Additionally, tours can be arranged to combine further religious shrines, cathedrals, or sites of historical importance for your school. Cologne’s famous cathedral is well worth the visit, Munich’s Frauenkirche cathedral one of the city’s main sights or why not follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther as your students learn about the Reformation and its impact on European history.
Greatdays have over 30 years’ experience in booking European group travel and are fully ABTA and ATOL bonded for your peace of mind. With our decades of experience running tours to the Oberammergau Passion Plays, Greatdays can customize tours to suit any requirements, from short, 2 or 3 night air tours to Oberammergau to longer multi-centre coach tours and we can tailor your school’s tour to include any shrines, cathedrals or other religious sites you may with to visit en route. We expect 2020 to be as popular as ever and sell out, so book your place today!
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Arrive in Oberammergau
Travel from your school to Germany and arrive in the charming town of Oberammergau, in the heart of the Bavarian Alps. Relax in your accommodation and enjoy evening dinner together.
Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
In the morning, explore the village of Oberammergau at your leisure. The village is famous for its old Bavarian character, which can be seen in the beautiful art of wood carving and the picturesque houses decorated with intricate frescos.
After a hearty lunch, take your seats for the first part of the world famous Passion Play. Taking place in the enormous theatre, built specially for the Play, the first part lasts approx 2hrs.
The Passion Play then pauses for dinner, before recommencing with Part 2 taking place into the evening.
After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and head back to the UK, or perhaps continue your tour to a range of European destinations.
Accommodation will be provided in hotels, hostels or guest houses in the village of Oberammergau or in the surrounding villages, designated by the Passion Play organisers. If staying in a surrounding village, return transport is provided between the hotel and the theatre on the performance day.
Bookings are now open for Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 packages. Allocations work on a first-come first-served basis, so we strongly advise you to submit your enquiries as soon as possible to ensure the best availability. 2022 will be a sell out event as in previous years and peak dates will soon fill!
Greatdays pride themselves on tailor-making all our tours to suit your school’s individual requirements and requests. Tours are based upon your preferred number of students and accompanying staff, travel options, package inclusions and most importantly budget.
Our experienced product staff have a wealth of knowledge of Europe and will produce an individualised package for your school, whether it be a basic Oberammergau package or a longer tour of Europe.