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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
General Information and Frequently Asked Questions
What is an 'Oberammergau Arrangement'?
It is a package to include, amongst other things, a Passion Play performance ticket, accommodation and meals. We have secured 2 night package Arrangements. We do not generally deal with 1 night Arrangements or the limited Passion Play tickets sold without accommodation. The 2 night Arrangements we have secured consist of:
• 2 overnight stays, accommodation Category C (3 star hotels or 4 star guest houses/pensions)
• Category 1 Passion Play Performance Ticket (the highest/best category)
• Five meals: 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and light lunch before the Play commences
• Shuttle bus services in Oberammergau & the villages where accommodation is provided
• Copy of the 2020 Passion Play text (in English)
• Local tourist taxes
Tell me more about the rooms
We have secured Arrangements in Category C (3 star hotel or 4 star guest house/pension) combined with performance tickets in Category 1 (the highest/best seating category).
All rooms are with private facilities (shower & WC or bath & WC). The private facilities may be either en-suite or adjacent with exclusive use. The Passion Play Organisers have graded all accommodation and their decision is final.
You should assume twin/double rooms will be 'Austrian Twins', containing 1 bed frame with 2 separate mattresses and 2 separate sets of bedding. Single rooms contain 1 bed.
We cannot guarantee that your accommodation place will have a lift or ground floor rooms.
If you have any special requests you can pass them to us at the time of booking. We regret that, due to the sheer scale of the Passion Play project and the large number of visitors, the organisers cannot guarantee special requests will be granted.
Where will I stay?
Accommodation will be in Oberammergau or a nearby community such as Bad Bayersoien, Bad Kohlgrub, Ettal, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau, Murnau, Oberau, Ohlstadt, Saulgrub, Unterammergau and similar. We accept your booking and payment on the firm understanding this is acceptable to you. We will advise you of the village and accommodation allocated, in the final information we send to you approximately 4 weeks in advance of your booked performance date. We will not refund your payment because of our inability to offer accommodation in a specific location if the Category and date are otherwise as confirmed.
If staying in a nearby village how will I get to and from Oberammergau on the day of the performance?
If you are allocated accommodation outside Oberammergau you can make your own travel plans or use the free shuttle bus services provided by the organisers.
Tell me more about the Passion Play performance
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.
The Passion Play is a testimony of religious faith and an outstanding tradition. For the 2020 season 102 performances are scheduled. All actors, choristers and orchestra members, must be born in Oberammergau, or have lived there for at least 20 years. The music, singing, acting and sets are magnificent. At the bottom of this web page you will find a short video about the Oberammergau Passion Play.
The play is performed in German and in two parts (the included play text features an English translation). Provisional timings are shown below.
From 16 May to 16 Aug 2020 From 17 Aug to 4 Oct2020
Passion Play Part 1 14.30hrs to 17.00hrs 13.30hrs to 16.00hrs
Interval (inc. dinner) 17.00hrs to 20.00hrs 16.00hrs to 19.00hrs
Passion Play Part 2 20.00hrs to 22.30hrs 19.00hrs to 21.30hrs
What about the Passion Play Theatre?
The Passion Play Theatre, with its open air stage and almost 4500 covered seats, is the venue for each moving performance. It has several categories of seating. The rows are ascending, seats offer a good view of the open air stage and acoustics are good. A seating plan is shown here. Audience members must not make audio, picture or video recordings of the play. Performances take place regardless of weather conditions. Whilst the auditorium is covered evening temperatures can be low, even in summer, and we recommend warm clothing.
Where will I be sitting in the theatre?
We will confirm your seat in the designated ticket category area. Your theatre ticket, which will be provided in Oberammergau, will include the allocated row and seat number.
On which day will my booked performance take place?
In all cases our 2 night Arrangements are organised so that you arrive in the Oberammergau area the day before your booked performance. So, for example, an Oberammergau Arrangement with accommodation on Saturday and Sunday nights will include a Passion Play performance on Sunday.
Where will the included meals be provided?
Dinner on the night of arrival will be provided at your accommodation or at a nearby restaurant. Breakfast will be provided at your accommodation. On the day of the Passion Play performance lunch and 3 course dinner will be provided at a restaurant in Oberammergau.
For dinners customers will have the choice between meat, fish or a vegetarian main course. Any special dietary needs should be advised to your accommodation host and/or restaurant.
Is it worth visiting Oberammergau in the morning if the performance starts in the afternoon?
Yes. Oberammergau is a beautiful Bavarian village where time seems to have stood still. It has many painted houses and a variety of shops, cafés and woodcarving workshops. Oberammergau is largely flat and the Passion Play theatre is found a short walk from the centre of the village.
What time should I arrange to arrive at, and depart from, my accommodation?
Final details have yet to be confirmed by the organisers. Based upon past experience we expect check-in to be from mid afternoon, preferably after 4.00pm. We expect guests will be required to check-out of rooms by 9.00am on the day of departure.
Can you assist with my travel to Germany, onward travel plans or additional hotel needs?
If you are booking Oberammergau Arrangements for Independent Travellers we cannot assist you with these plans. You must make your own travel plans and reservations. The nearest international airports are Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck. All 3 cities offer good road links to Oberammergau and there are also some public transport possibilities.
Munich to Oberammergau - 90 km (55 miles) Frankfurt to Oberammergau - 465km (290 miles)
Stuttgart to Oberammergau - 265km (165 miles) Salzburg to Oberammergau - 175km (110 miles)
Innsbruck to Oberammergau - 80km (50 miles) Zurich to Oberammergau - 315km (195 miles)
I would like to organise a tour for a group of travellers
We generally consider a 'group' to be 15 or more passengers. Should you wish to organise your own exclusive group departure we can tailor a tour to your requirements. Please contact us to discuss your group tour plans.
I would like to join a group tour, see the Passion Play and more. Can you help?
Yes. Please contact us to advise your location and brief details of your requirements. We will be pleased to refer you to our nearest client offering a tour that might be of interest to you.
Can you provide me with travel insurance?
Whilst it is not a condition for Independent Travellers booking an Oberammergau Arrangement with us, we strongly recommend that you should have an appropriate travel insurance policy to cover the cost of cancellation and the cost of assistance, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness whilst you are abroad. We do not offer independent travellers such an insurance policy, but you should be able to obtain details of suitable travel insurance from a travel agent or on the internet.
I am an Independent Traveller, do I have to pay an extra charge if paying by credit or debit card?
We welcome payment by credit card, debit card, cheque or bank transfer. There are no additional charges for paying by these methods.
Tell me about Norman Allen Group Travel
Norman Allen Group Travel was founded in 1972. We are members of ABTA, the Travel Association, and are fully bonded according to its rules. We hold ATOL 3683 and are members of ETOA (European Tour Operators Association) and CTA (the Coach Tourism Association).
2020 will be our sixth Oberammergau season. It follows the very successful tour programmes we operated to the Passion Play in 1980, 1984, 1990, 2000 and 2010.
We are a specialist tour operator for group travel.
We are proud of our record for outstanding customer service and have been a winner or finalist in the UK's National Coach Tourism Awards every year since 2008.
Cannot find the answer to your question?
Accept our apologies in advance - We have tried to anticipate most questions but it's impossible to cover everything. If you need more information do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be pleased to assist.
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