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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020


Every 10 years, the little town of Oberammergau puts on its world famous Passion Play! The premiere of the 42nd Passion Play will be on May 16, 2020 and will continue throught to October 2020. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years is regarded as the most important passion play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 450,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. For the next Passion Play, there are 102 performances planned.

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Oberammergau 2020

The History of the Passion Play

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. In the year 2020, the Community of Oberammergau will perform the Passion Play for the 42nd time. 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, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years.

Oberammergau and its Surroundings

The Passion Play village of Oberammergau is situated in one of Bavaria’s most beautiful areas, nestling in the wonderful landscape of the Ammergau Alps. Not only the beauty of the landscape but also cultural treasures await the visitor. King Ludwig II succumbed to the magic of this district and built his favourite palace Linderhof in the mystical seclusion of Graswang Valley.

Oberammergau is known not only for its Passion Play but also especially for its wood carvings and the so-called Lüftlmalerei, the paintings that decorate many of the walls of the old houses.

In the nearby areas you will find some of Bavaria’s finest monasteries and churches. The Benedictine Ettal Monastery is a gem of Bavarian rococo, and wonderful frescos by the baroque painter Matthäus Günter adorn Oberammergau’s Parish Church.


The Holy Land

The Holy Land Pilgrimage

18 Days / 14 Nights | Dead Sea to Oberammergau

Highlights: Dead Sea (2) Visit the Baptismal Site of Jesus / Bethlehem (2) / Caesarea Maritima / Haifa / Sea of Galilee (3) Where Jesus’ ministry began / Nazareth / Cana / Jericho / Jerusalem (4) Visit the sites of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection / Munich (1) / Oberammergau Passion Play (2)

Departs: 28 May 2020     Code: 0PH01

Germany and Austria

Germany and Austria

14 Days / 10 Nights | Munich to Oberammergau

Highlights: Munich (2) Church of Our Blessed Lady / Altotting (2) / Marktl / Frauenworth / Mondsee / Salzburg (2) Visit the sites of The Sound of Music / Innsbruck (2) Mass in the presence of the Eucharistic Miracle / Absam / Seefeld / Ettal / Oberammergau Passion Play (2)

Departs: 16 July 2020     Code: 0PG01



16 Days / 12 Nights | Rome to Oberammergau

Highlights: Rome (4) Explore the awe-inspiring St Peter’s Basilica / Assisi (2) Oasis of Peace / Siena / Florence (2) Michelangelo’s David / Padua / Explore the hidden paths and bridges of Venice (2) / Oberammergau Passion Play (2)

Departs: 12 September 2020     Code: 0PI01

Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe

14 Days / 10 Nights | Warsaw to Oberammergau

Highlights: Warsaw (1) / Czestochowa (2) Pray before the Black Madonna / Auschwitz / Wadowice – Birthplace of Pope Saint John Paul II / Krakow (3) / Wieliczka Salt Mines / Prague (2) Little Infant of Prague / Oberammergau Passion Play (2)

Departs: 17 August 2020     Code: 0PE01

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