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 erected in the cemetery above the fresh graves of the plague victims. Flash forward 2020, more than 2,000 Oberammergauers, actors, singers, instrumentalists and stage technicians bring those events Christianity regards as its central source of life and hope in approximately five hours of performance.
Facts about Oberammergau Passion Play
- 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
The 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play will begin 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.
Christian Stückl has been elected by the City Council of Oberammergau to direct the 2020 Passion Play. Stefan Hageneier will be 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.
Start planning your Oberammergau tours and Pilgrimages now.
Terra Lu Travel is a specialized business-to-business supplier for faith travel and pilgrimages in Germany and central Europe. Terra Lu Travel is based in Germany with best local contacts on site and will put together “hand crafted”, customized tours just for your groups. They will get you the tickets for all Passion Plays 2018 in Sömmersdorf, 2019 in Erl, and 2020 Oberammergau. And also make all your travel arrangements for great tours.
Each and every of Terra Lu’s tours are “hand crafted” as it is designed to the specific wishes of clients. But to get started, here are some sample ideas. Please contact Christian Utpatel, founder and owner of Terra Lu Travel, 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.
Bavarian Basics: 5 Days
Not much time, but like to have the best experience to gain wonderful memories? Starting at Chiemsee lake, this tour features the Oberammergau Passion Play, a visit at Neuschwanstein castle, and the renaissance town of Augsburg. A day in Munich (and, if in fall, at the Oktoberfest) ends this getaway at affordable pricing.
Bavaria and the Black Forest: 7 Days
The highlights of southern Germany are featured in this one week experience. With a visit of the Oberammergau Passion Play in the middle of the week, the tour starts with a visit of the stunning Herrenchiemsee Castle. Salzburg, the town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, will be visited before the tour continuous to Oberammergau. Neuschwanstein Castle is a must stop on the way to Germany’s romantic Black Forest. Here the group will see beautiful landscapes and dreamy villages. One of the stops is at the German Clock Museum where an exhibition on the world famous cuckoo clocks is displayed. The group visits a local butcher and tastes the fresh smoke sausage. And they will have a Kaffeetrinken break with a good coffee and home made Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte cherry cake. The trip ends in a traditional beer garden in Munich.
Highlights of European Arts: From Vienna to Munich: 10 Days
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: 11 Days
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: 11 Days
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: 10 Days
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: 11 Days
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.
Circle: All around from Frankfurt to Salzburg, Prague, and Dresden: 12 Days
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.
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