|Accommodation & Meals: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • 2 Dinners and 2 Breakfasts • 2 Nights Oberammergau vicinity Hotel Category B or C in comfortable high standard accommodation. NOTE: Certain departures may comprise of 1 night in Munich and 1 night Oberammergau.
Touring & Transportation: Return Private transportation from Munich to Oberammergau • Shuttle bus service to the performance venue from your accommodation.
Other: Admission ticket to the 2020 Passion Play (Category TC1 or TC2) • Programme Book for 2020 Passion Play • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet.
Not Included: Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable). Other meals not listed. Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. Travel insurance. Prepaid Tipping.
|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.|
|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 premiere of the 42nd Passion Play will be on May 16, 2020 and will continue through 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.
Today we travel to the village of Oberammergau, home to the world-renowned Passion Play.
Every ten years affords pilgrims the great privilege of witnessing the world-renowned Passion Play of Oberammergau. For over 300 years this picturesque village in the Bavarian Alps has reenacted the passion of Jesus, and people of every religious denomination have been drawn to this cherished spectacle.
Oberammergau Region overnight
The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. During the Thirty Years’ War, after much suffering and also many deaths caused by the plague, the surviving population of Oberammergau vowed that they would perform the “play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared from extinction. At Whitsun in 1634 they kept their promise for the first time. As early as the middle of the 18th Century spectators came to Oberammergau from all parts of Germany, attracted by the great power and mystique of the play. In 2020 the village will perform the play for the 42nd time, maintaining the continuity of this unique world-famous event.
Over 2000 participants bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to the ears and eyes of the audience in a five-hour presentation on the imposing open-air stage. Almost half of the inhabitants of Oberammergau enact with great devotion the story of Jesus, whose message gives billions of people hope and strength. The play covers the period of Jesus entering Jerusalem and continues up to his death on the Cross and his resurrection.
Today is the highlight of our pilgrimage when we attend the Passion Play.
Oberammergau Region overnight
Today we farewell Germany as we return to Munich airport for our home bound flight connections.
Simply add the following land cost supplement to your preferred Harvest pilgrimage. Your Harvest consultant can advise you of the best available airfare from the final stop of your pilgrimage to Munich.
“The highlight spiritually for me was the Oberammergau Passion Play. It was a powerful and emotive presentation in speech and song which reminded me of what had happened to Jesus and how it deeply affected the disciples, Mary and the local people both then and for thousands of years since.”
“The highlight spiritually for me was the Oberammergau Passion Play. It was a powerful and emotive presentation in speech and song which reminded me of what had happened to Jesus and how it deeply affected the disciples, Mary and the local people both then and for thousands of years since.