Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
Oberammergau is 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, woodcarving workshops and deeply held religious faith.
The world famous Oberammergau Passion Play, traditionally held every 10 years, will 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 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 their 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.
Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 • 380 years of Religious Tradition • Choice of Tour Combinations
A Truly Memorable Experience
The Passion Play is a testimony of religious faith and an outstanding tradition. For the 2020 season 102 performances are scheduled. 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. We will be very pleased to advise you upon all aspects of your plans and you are assured of first class service with close attention to detail.
The 2020 Passion Play Season
The first play performance will be on 16 May 2020 and the final one on 4 October 2020. Almost 450,000 visitors are expected to attend.
The play starts mid afternoon and, following an interval and included dinner, ends at around 22.30hrs.
We recommend that tours are arranged along with a 2 night package Arrangement to include:
• 2 night stay in the Ammergau Alps with breakfast each morning
• 3 course dinner on the night of arrival
• Pre-performance lunch in Oberammergau
• Reserved seats for your selected Passion Play performance
• Play text book
• 3 course dinner in Oberammergau during the play interval
The below 49 play performances have been combined with 2 night package Arrangements. Your arrival in Oberammergau would always be the day before the performance:
Tuesdays Thursdays Sundays
May 19 26 21 28 31
June 2 9 16 23 30 4 11 18 25 14 28
July 7 14 21 28 2 9 16 23 12 26
Aug 4 11 18 25 6 13 29 27 9 23
Sept 1 18 15 22 29 3 10 17 24 6 20
Your stay in the Oberammergau area
Accommodation is available in various categories ranging from luxury hotels to simple pensions. Regardless of category demand is always high. All rooms have private bathroom or shower room.
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 can specify the category of accommodation and traditionally it is the organisers who allocate the location.
For 2020 we anticipate our package Arrangements will be in mid range hotels and guest houses, combined with Passion Play tickets in category 1 and 2. A diagram of the theatre layout is shown here.
The Passion Play Theatre stage is open. The seating area is covered but it can be cold and we recommend warm clothing. Performances take place regardless of the weather.
On the day of arrival we expect check-in to be from mid afternoon and, for 2 night package Arrangements, dinner will be provided in your hotel or at a nearby restaurant. On the day of departure we expect check-out to be at 09.00hrs, allowing ample time to travel on to your selected second centre.
Transportation on the day of the Passion Play
Depending upon the location of your accommodation a short coach transfer may be required to and from Oberammergau on the day of the play performance.
By Coach or by Air with Norman Allen Group Travel
All tours are tailor-made to your specification, and are typically between 7 and 10 days duration. Travel is by coach or by air, according to your preference. Popular tour combinations include The Passion Play with:
We will provide details of anticipated second centre hotels in our written quotations.
All tours are tailored to your requirements
Your tour to
By mid-spring 2017 we will provide an initial offer for your proposed tour. If you have already registered your interest we will make contact with you to discuss your tour preferences, your selected second centre destination and your chosen period of travel.
The organisers require deposits/stage payments for all packages. Our payment schedule for each tour will depend upon the content. Based upon a 2 night Oberammergau package in mid range, 3 star hotels and a category 1 Passion Play ticket we expect it to be as follows:
First deposit payment
£25 per person - 2017 Quarter 2
Second deposit payment
£50 per person - 2017 Quarter 4
Third deposit payment
£180 per person - 2018 Quarter 4
Fourth deposit payment
£260 per person - 2019 Quarter 3
Final tour balance
Approx. 12 weeks in advance of the
tour departure date
Additional deposits may be required for further services such as flights or additional accommodation. We will be able to provide you with more information once the detail of your intended tour is agreed.
Register Your Interest Now
Planning for tours to the Passion Play should take place well in advance. Registration with us is free of charge and without obligation. If you haven't already done so, please register your interest now. The advantages include:
• Priority booking from the 'Arrangements' we expect to receive
• Regular information updates
• We will plan your itinerary well in advance
• We can assist you market your tour
• You can take advance passenger registrations for your tour
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