In 1633, when the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau was in the grip of the Plague, its inhabitants vowed that if they were spared, they would in future perform a Passion Play every ten years depicting Christ’s bitter suffering and resurrection. In 1634, the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. For hundreds of years since, despite dangers and threats, they have loyally kept their vow.
The Play shows the story of Christ's Passion, beginning with his entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Resurrection and Transfiguration. The cast and crew – composed entirely of local villagers – perform this iconic story with powerful inner conviction. Although the text and music have been adapted many times over the years, the traditional concept remains intact. The structure of the Play, with its living pictures from the Old Testament and acted scenes from the New Testament, has been retained to this day. The last major changes to the text of the Passion Play were made between 1850 and 1860 by the parish priest of Oberammergau, Alois Daisenberger, building on the work of Father Othmar Weis. The music for the Play was composed in the early 19th century by the Oberammergau school teacher, Rochus Dedler. Revised and extended in 1950 by Professor Eugen Papst, it employs a large choir and orchestra and frames the entire spectacle.
Pilgrims from all over the world are captivated by the Play, a testimony of religious faith and an outstanding cultural event
The world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, traditionally held every ten years, will take to the stage once again in the summer of 2020. The performances will run from mid-May to the end of September, with five performances each week.
The performance commences in the afternoon. After a break for dinner, the second part of the Passion Play continues into the evening.
This is a sell-out event and tickets for the upcoming Oberammergau Passion Play season are flying off the shelves! With many performances already sold out and limited availability remaining across a number of other dates, it is vital to book as soon as possible. Don’t miss out on this inspirational, iconic event.
2020 will be Worldwide Christian Travel’s sixth Oberammergau Season, so we have plenty of experience operating successful tours to this cultural spectacle. We have been working on our Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 Programme with our tour operator partner Greatdays Holidays Ltd. Following lengthy discussions, we have decided to simplify the complex Oberammergau booking processes by appointing Greatdays to handle the complete booking process from start to finish on behalf of Worldwide Christian Travel.
Established in 1985, Greatdays in an independently run group tour operator based in Cheshire. Greatdays has experience with the complex Passion Play ticket reservation and deposit procedures and can therefore offer a reliable, quality service for Oberammergau tours. Greatdays holds ABTA and ATOL licenses for your peace of mind and financial security (ABTA Y0380, ATOL 4279).
We recommend attending the performances which combine with a two-night stay in Oberammergau. These take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and alternate Saturdays from mid-May to the end of September 2020. Accommodation in and around Oberammergau is available in various categories, but demand for the few hotels is always high. In past years we have often used comfortable accommodation in private houses and expect to do so again in 2020. The fact that this procedure divides the group into several smaller parties for 2 nights has never been a problem in the past. Indeed, many people particularly enjoy the experience of staying with local families in this way. It lends a new dimension and authenticity to the experience. Lunch arrangements and bus transport around the village are included in the package, making the whole day a relaxing, as well as an uplifting, experience.
For groups - We can offer tailor-made packages for groups to Oberammergau for the Passion Play as well as with add-on extensions to explore some of Europe’s highlights. Please click here or to see some example itineraries of tried and tested tours to combine with your visit to the Oberammergau Passion Play.
For individuals - Greatdays are also proud to offer a number of set departure tours for individual passengers, combining the Passion Play with a 2 night stay in Bavaria’s charming capital city - Munich. click here to view the itinerary.
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