In 2020, the picturesque alpine village of Oberammergau will once again host its world-famous performance of Passion Play. More than 1,500 Oberammergau villagers will participate in this dramatic event - a long-standing tradition that originated in 1634. What makes this production so special is that the opportunity to see it only occurs once a decade.

History of the Passion Play in Oberammergau

Devastated by the plague in 1633, the people of Oberammergau swore an oath that if they were spared, 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. 400 years later, planning for the 42nd Passion Play has begun.

All actors of the world's largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village, since a special play law is in effect. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years.

Lock in the Best Seats in the House

While the play will undoubtedly be the focus of your pilgrimage, we'll make your experience even more fulfilling by revealing not only historic Oberammergau, but also the richness of Bavaria, and beyond. Discover soaring peaks, magical castles and charming local traditions on our varied itineraries.

Choose from our collection of outstanding itineraries, where you can watch this unforgettable re-enactment of the Passion of Christ, from the best seats in the house. As a highly sought-after event with limited capacity, tickets go on sale years in advance. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity – register today to secure your place:

Terms & Conditions:

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation has been secured either in Oberammergau or close by in the picturesque villages of the Bavarian Alps. Please note that single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

Itineraries: Itinerary details such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, and price are subject to change.

Payment conditions: For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Please note indicative prices are available on our website and final prices will be confirmed by August 31, 2019. If the overall Oberammergau & Trip price increases more than 15%, guests are eligible to cancel without penalty; if the price decreases, guests are entitled to the lower trip price. Further details Full itinerary, price details and terms and conditions will be available here.

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