Every 10 years, the small Bavarian town of Oberammergau transforms itself from a small, quaint town of 5300 residents to a host of over 500,000 visitors between mid May and early October. According to historical records, the residents of Oberammergau have performed the Passion of the Christ, depicting his trial, his suffering and his death, every decade since 1634.
The performance scheduled for 2020 was postponed to 2022, giving you the opportunity to attend before the next scheduled performance in 2030. If you enjoy faith based travel experiences, the Passion Play is a must see. But it's not just the play - the Bavarian region is also a reason that pulls you here.
This Passion Play has interesting history. In 1633, a large part of Europe, including the Oberammergau area, was suffering a lot of death from the plague. Villagers promised God they would perform this play every 10 years if their lives were spared. God answered their prayers - not a single family member died after that. The first play started in 1634 and has been performed ever since.
What is truly amazing is that to perform in the play, one must be a resident of Oberammergau. The play has over 2000 participants and the town only has 5300 residents. Incredible dedication.
The play may be the primary reason to travel to Oberammergau, but the surrounding sites and natural beauty will keep you here for a few extra days.
Oberammergau, a short distance from Munich, is also near the ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Fussen, home of the the beautiful Linderhof Palace and the fairytale site of Neuschwanstein. Innsbruck, Austria is close by, as are the Italian Dolomite mountains.
Needless to say, a number of exceptional itineraries can be designed around the Passion Play, combining a stay in the Oberammergau region with visits to Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. River cruises on the Danube and Rhine are options as well.
The next Passion Play in Oberammergau will be in 2030. Why wait? You never know what tomorrow will bring, so make your travel plans sooner than later.
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