Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
Oberammergau is in the Bavarian Alps, close to Germany's border with Austria. Nestled in the lush valley of the River Ammer, here you will find fine views onto the surrounding Alps and strong Bavarian traditions complete with dirndls, lederhosen, painted houses and woodcarving workshops.
The world famous Oberammergau Passion Play, traditionally held every 10 years, is due to be performed again throughout the summer of 2020.
The history dates to 1633 when Bavaria was swept by a plague epidemic. In Oberammergau alone more than 80 lives were lost. The elders vowed that if the village was purged of plague they would perform the 'Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ' every ten years. The epidemic came to a standstill, and in 1634 the villagers fulfilled this solemn promise for the first time. Ever since they have loyally kept their vow.
2020 will see the 42nd Passion Play season. The play follows the story of Christ's Passion, beginning with His entry into Jerusalem and ending with His Resurrection and Transfiguration.
Highlights: Oberammergau • The Passion Play • Bavarian Alps • Excellent Twin Centre Destinations
A Truly Memorable Experience
The Passion Play is a testimony of religious faith and an outstanding tradition. During the 2010 season there were 100 performances attended by almost 500,000 visitors from all over the World. All 2400 actors, including more than 650 children, 100 choristers and orchestra, must be born in Oberammergau, or have lived there for at least 20 years. The music, singing, acting and sets are magnificent and the Passion Play Theatre, with its open air stage and almost 4500 covered seats, is the perfect venue for each moving performance.
Oberammergau Passion Play and Norman Allen Group Travel
Norman Allen Group Travel was founded in 1972 and 2020 will be our sixth Oberammergau season. It follows the successful tour programmes we operated to the Passion Play in 1980, 1984, 1990, 2000 and 2010. We have long experience of the complexity of tours to the Passion Play and can thus offer you a first class, reliable service.
The 2020 Passion Play Season
The first play performance will be on 16 May 2020 and the final one on 4 October 2020. There will be 4 or 5 performances each week, with Monday and Wednesday set aside as rest days.
Precise timings are subject to change. However, in the period to mid August the play is scheduled to start at 14.30hrs and, following a break for dinner, end at around 22.30hrs. After mid August the play is scheduled to start at 13.30hrs and, following a break for dinner, end at around 21.30hrs.
Tickets are sold as part of a 1 night or 2 night package. We recommend that tours feature a 2 night package* to include:
• 2 night stay* in the Ammergau Alps with breakfast each morning
• 3 course dinner on the night of arrival
• 3 course dinner in Oberammergau during the play interval
• Play text book
• Reserved seats for your selected Passion Play performance
On the day of the Passion Play an optional pre-booked group lunch can can be arranged for a supplement of approximately £15 per person.* We recommend the inclusion of a 2 night Passion Play package because it allows more time to relax, enjoy the location and take in the unique atmosphere. However, if combining Oberammergau with a nearby location such as Salzburg or the Austrian Tyrol it would be possible to incorporate a 1 night Passion Play package. We will, upon request, be pleased to make suggestions and to discuss the various options.
Accommodation in the Oberammergau area
Accommodation is available in various categories ranging from luxury hotels to simple pensions and private houses. Higher grade hotels are in short supply and the demand is always high. In 2010 most of our customers stayed in comfortable mid range hotels, guest houses, pensions and private houses. Client feedback was excellent and we expect to do the same for 2020. All rooms have private bathroom or shower room.
On the day of arrival we expect check-in to be from mid afternoon and, for 2 night packages, dinner will be provided at the hotel or a nearby restaurant. On the day of departure we expect check-out to be at 09.00hrs.
Accommodation will be in Oberammergau and the surrounding villages such as Bad Bayersoien, Bad Kohlgrub, Ettal, Ohlstadt, Unterammergau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. All are within easy reach of Oberammergau. We will specify the category of accommodation according to your requirements. Details are awaited but, traditionally, it is the organisers who allocate the location, ensuring that wherever possible groups stay together or in nearby establishments in the same village.
Transportation on the day of the Passion Play
For those staying in nearby villages a short coach transfer will be required to and from Oberammergau on the day of the play performance. It is possible the organisers will, as they did in 2010, offer an optional bus service for a small fee paid locally however, information is not yet available.
Journey with Norman Allen Group Travel
Rest assured we will look after your arrangements from your group's arrival into Europe until their departure at the end of the tour. We offer tours to Oberammergau combined with a choice of diverse and fascinating destinations. All tours are tailor-made to your specification and are typically between 8 and 15 days duration. Popular combinations include:
Germanythe Black Forest, Rhine Gorge, Dresden, Berlin
Austriathe Tyrol, Lakes, Salzburg, Vienna
SwitzerlandZurich, Bern, Lucerne, Geneva
ItalyVerona, Venice, Assisi, Rome
FranceNormandy, Provence, Loire Valley, Paris
Reformation Pilgrimage and Luther Country
An extended tour to the UK
Your Group Tour
Be it by coach or by air, most of our group tours combine the Passion Play with at least one other destination in Austria, Germany or Italy. You will find links to some suggested tour combinations at the bottom of this web page. Whatever your plans please contact us to discuss your tailor made group tour and we will be pleased to send an offer for your consideration.
We require staged deposit payments for all Oberammergau group tour packages. Full details and terms will be provided along with tour quotations.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Tailor-making your tour
Whatever your preferred hotel standard or budget, we carefully select the accommodation for your tour. With a wealth of contacts from well-appointed hostels to 5 star luxury hotels, we are able to tailor-make your tour.
Add to this the experience our team has in operating itineraries to this region: we are able to offer suggestions for attraction visits, meal arrangements, local experiences to give a flavour of the region, knowledgeable local guides and events as examples.
For more information on the above and to discuss your tour requirements further, do please contact us.