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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, strong Bavarian traditions 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 actors, including children, 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.
Our 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
Your arrival in Oberammergau would always be the day before the performance.
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.
For 2020 our allocated Arrangements are in mid range hotels and guest houses, combined with Passion Play tickets in category 1 (the highest/best seating category). 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.
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:
All tours are tailored to your requirements
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.
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