East Germany, Czech Republic & the Oberammergau Passion Play

21 days from $10,327 pp twin share

  • Best seats for the Passion Play
  • Leisurely 2 and 3 night stays
  • Small group size from just 10 to 28
  • Genuinely inclusive, no extra costs
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • 'My Time' guaranteed

Tour Overview

See Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdam’s Palaces and ‘Bridge of Spies’, Prague’s medieval Hradcany Castle and WWII Colditz. Stand on the Bastei Bridge and giant Königstein’s ramparts. Relax in the magnificent Saxon Switzerland National Park and Spreewald’s forest canals.  Cruise along the River Elbe to Dresden’s Royal Palace. Explore Cesky Krumlov, beautiful, baroque Salzburg, Innsbruck and the Austrian Tyrol. Visit Ludwig’s Bavarian fairytale castle, the glorious ‘Church in the Meadows’ and experience the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play!

Highlights

  • Stay 3 nights in vibrant Berlin, and see the famous Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and rebuilt Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and sections of “The Wall’
  • Stay 2 nights in Lübbenau in the heart of Spreewald and spend a full day in  Potsdam, stand on the infamous Bridge of Spies, visit historic Cecilienhof Palace, Sanssouci Gardens, and the incredible Neues Palais
  • Glide through the waterways of the ‘Spree Forest’ –  a unique UNESCO listed biosphere
  • Stay 3 nights in the very heart of wonderful  Dresden and visit majestic Saxon Switzerland, walk over the Bastei Bridge and explore the ramparts of Königstein
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Dresden and visit the Royal Palace museums including the treasures of the New Green Vault
  • Spend a day exploring the ‘Bohemian Switzerland’ National Park
  • Stay 3 nights in the heart of glorious medieval  Prague and be guided through the infamous ‘escape castle’ of WWII – Colditz
  • Explore the massive Hradcany – Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral the colourful houses of Zlatá Ulièka
  • Visit the historic silver city of  Kutná Hora, the Sedlec Ossuary, Cathedral of Saint Barbara, and a torch lit guided tour through the 500 year old silver mine
  • Stay 2 nights in the heart of wonderful  Cesky Krumlov
  • Relax in an undiscovered gem, the 14th century renaissance town of Třeboň
  • Enjoy a peaceful raft ride down the River Vltava and a guided tour of the Castle’s Renaissance and Baroque state rooms 
  • Stay 3 nights in the baroque city of Mozart –  Salzburg and enjoy a walking tour
  • Spend a day exploring the magnificent Lakes District visiting the beautiful lakeside villages of Hallstatt and St Wolfgang
  • Savour a memorable dinner at the St Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest known restaurant in central Europe!
  • Drive over the stunning Fern Pass to stay 2 nights in the ancient medieval town of Füssen
  • Explore the cobblestoned city of Innsbruck and see the famous Golden Roof
  • Visit Hohenschwangau to explore Ludwig’s ‘fairytale’ Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Take the Tegelberg cable car high into the Bavarian Alps  
  • Visit the most beautiful church in Europe, Wieskirche - the ‘Church in the Meadows’
  • Relax in the mountain resort town of Garmisch and visit the Abbey of Kloster Ettal
  • Enjoy your ‘grand finále’ - stay 2 nights in selected 4 star hotel accommodation and enjoy Category 1 ‘best in house’ seating for the marvellous Oberammergau Passion Play
 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: Berlin welcome

Your tour commences this evening in vibrant Berlin – a city now united and rebuilt in even greater glory. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Meals:
D
Hotel:
Maritim proArte or similar

DAY 2: Berlin sightseeing

This morning we are joined by an expert local guide on our panoramic tour taking in all the major sights from the famous Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and rebuilt Reichstag to the Victory Column in the Tiergarten, Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie and remaining sections of “The Wall’. Your afternoon and evening is entirely at leisure. The shopping is amazing and the city brims with world class sights and museums. This evening discover your own local restaurant for dinner. Maybe dine ‘al fresco’ in Gendarmenmarkt square, dramatically flanked by two beautiful cathedrals and the Berlin Concert Hall. 
 
Meals:
B

DAY 3: Berlin ‘My Time’

Your day is at leisure in Berlin. There is so much to see and do and your Tour Manager is of course on hand to help and advise you. Perhaps visit one of the five world class museums on UNESCO Heritage listed Museumsinsel (Museum Island) or the riveting Checkpoint Charlie museum and moving Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Tonight we take you to a local restaurant for dinner – Berlin style!
Meals:
B
D

DAY 4: Potsdam Palaces and Gardens

A full day amongst the UNESCO Heritage listed glorious palaces and gardens of Potsdam!  On our way to Potsdam we enjoy a photo stop on the famous Bridge of Unity – more famously known as the ‘Bridge of Spies’. Arriving in Potsdam we enjoy a guided visit to Cecilienhof Palace, the last palace built by the German Kaiser, and the site of the 1945 Potsdam Convention where Churchill, Truman and Stalin famously met. Inside is a fascinating museum! The furniture, private reception rooms and huge conference table remain exactly as they were when these great leaders met to carve up a ravaged, post war Europe. After lunchtime in Potsdam’s pretty Dutch Quarter, accompanied by our expert local guide, we stop to admire the elegant terraces in the gardens of Fredrick the Great’s Sanssouci Summer Palace. We visit the astounding Neues Palais with its newly restored palatial rooms, including the Gottensaal (Grotto Hall) and Marmorgalerie (Marble Gallery).  Later we drive south to Lübbenau in Spreewald, where we stay the next two nights.
 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Schloss Lübbenau or similar

DAY 5: Spreewald punt ride and Lübbenau ‘My Time’

Spreewald, or ‘Spree Forest’, is an utterly entrancing UNESCO listed biosphere reserve. Boarding our punts we are ‘poled’ silently through a dreamy forest on a lacework of channels and canals, lined with wooden cottages, jetties and hamlets. In the heart, at the village of Lehde, we enjoy a lunchtime stop at a waterside restaurant and ‘biergarten’. Back in Lübbenau, your afternoon and evening is at leisure. Free time to relax or shop in this delightful inland harbour town. For the more active maybe take a walk or a bike ride along the forested pathways. And the local food speciality? Gherkins! 
Meals:
B

DAY 6: Saxon Switzerland National Park sightseeing

We have an incredible day planned in Germany’s ‘Saxon Switzerland’ National Park. First stop will be at the dramatic 75 metre long (easily accessible) stone Bastei Bridge which links the incredible rock formations, walkways and lookouts, 200 metres above the River Elbe. The panoramic views are stupendous! In the distance you will see the massive rock ramparts of Festung Königstein, which we visit next. Dating back to the 13th century, this is the largest fortress in Germany, and one of the very best castle visits in all Europe! The main entrance tunnel is so impressive, as is the 152 metre deep well, barracks and old wine cellars. The 1.5 kilometre long cliff top ramparts, often lined with restored cannon, are a thrill to walk along. Later, at Pirna, we stop to see the park and ornate gardens of Pillnitz Palace, before taking a cruise down the beautiful River Elbe. Journeying past palaces and mansions, and the UNESCO listed river farmlands, we arrive into Dresden at Brühl’s Terrace, nicknamed ‘the balcony of Europe. We stay here three nights. 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
The Westin Bellevue or similar

DAY 7: Dresden sightseeing

Rebuilt after the massive bombing raids of WWII, Dresden has once again bloomed into one of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Europe, reflecting the grandeur of this capital of the Electors of Saxony, who once ruled a powerful empire. On our morning walking tour you will see the glorious Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera House and the symbolic Frauenkirche dominating the massive, ancient market square. Following the Fürstenzug – a dramatic, 100 metre long painted porcelain mural depicting the procession of Princes - we visit the Dresden Royal Palace. We have included entrance to the museums including the Armoury, Turkish Chamber, Riesensaal (Giants’ Hall) and the fabulous New Green Vault with over 1,000 beautiful gold and silver bejewelled objects. Simply stunning! The rest of your day is at leisure to explore this delightful city. 
 
Meals:
B

DAY 8: Bohemian Switzerland or Dresden ‘My Time’

A wonderful choice today! Stay and explore Dresden independently – shopping or simply relaxing in the old squares and cafés. Alternatively, we have included a special activity just over the Czech border, amongst the wild sandstone mountains, gorges and rugged peaks of the ‘Bohemian Switzerland’ National Park. Here you have a range of stupendous walks and activities to choose from, as easy going or energetic as you wish. Maybe a short easy, flat walk along the bottom section of the picturesque Kamenice River gorge, before time at leisure browsing amongst the street side souvenir shops of Hrensko. For the more active there are two stunning walks from nearby Mazni Louka. The first, again easy and flat, is all the way down the Kamenice gorge, where the verdant forest clings to often vertical walls between 50 and 150 metres high above the river. Sometimes the gorge is so narrow you will walk beneath rock ledges and tunnels. Two sections, the Edmund Gorge and Wild Gorge, are so narrow they are only passable using delightful ferry rides on punts. The second, more vigorous walk, is up through the woods to the massive ‘Pravcicka Brana’ natural arch. The views from the café underneath it are simply magnificent. This evening, back in Dresden, we have included dinner in a local restaurant. 
 
Meals:
B
D

DAY 9: Colditz Castle and Prague

Travelling west we reach one of the most infamous castles of WWII – Colditz. Subject of numerous books and films, this enormous castle became the prison for all the greatest POW escapees of the war. Ironically the Nazis therefore created an incredible escape training school! The museum is full of the most amazing array of escape tools and memorabilia. Our local guide will also show us some of the most impossible tunnels and escape routes. Utterly fascinating! Later we arrive into Prague where we stay three nights in the very heart of the old city. Dinner this evening will be authentic Czech cuisine in the U Pinkasu restaurant – enjoyed in a hidden courtyard beside a church. 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Adria

DAY 10: Prague sightseeing

This morning we are joined by our expert local guide for a tour through this fascinating city to the Hradcany – Prague Castle. Covering 7 hectares it is the largest ancient castle in the world. We also visit St Vitus Cathedral and the colourful houses of Zlatá Ulièka, or Golden Lane, named after the goldsmiths who lived here in the 17th century. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore the laneways, churches and bridges of this beautiful, UNESCO Heritage listed city. 
 
Meals:
B

DAY 11: Prague ‘My Time’ or Kutná Hora sightseeing

Perhaps enjoy a day at leisure exploring Prague, or alternatively join us on a full day included excursion to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Kutná Hora. Fortune-hunters flocked to Kutná Hora in the 13th century to dig out the silver-rich ore discovered here. Once bigger than medieval London, the city minted coins used all across Europe, and its wealth underpinned the power of the Bohemian kings. Here we will visit the Sedlec Ossuary (Church of Bones), with macabre décor of bone art, and the wonderful Cathedral of Saint Barbara, a masterpiece of late Gothic fantasy. You will also have free time to relax and explore the lovely old town. For those at ease within narrow, dark spaces we have also included an incredible torch lit guided tour through the 500 year old silver mine labyrinth, deep under the city. 
 
Meals:
B

DAY 12: Třeboň and Cesky Krumlov

Driving south we spend lunchtime in the spa town of Třeboň, an undiscovered gem that sits in the heart of this UNESCO listed biosphere. Since the 14th century, man has transformed the surrounding land into an idyllic countryside filled with over 6,000 lakes and islands and it is famous for its … fishponds! The town centre, Schloss and Masaryk Square are a delightful mixture of colourful renaissance buildings and ‘al fresco’ cafés serving fish, and there are so few tourists! Later we continue to the perfectly preserved 13th century city of Cesky Krumlov. Originally built as a hamlet around the impressive castle, the wealth from the silver and gold mining, plus Catholic aristocrats seeking refuge during the Reformation, made Cesky Krumlov the most important city in southern Bohemia. We stay the next two nights in the very heart of this extraordinary, UNESCO World Heritage listed time capsule. On arrival we board large wooden rafts to enjoy a leisurely float slowly down the placid River Vltava. From your seats you will get the very best views up onto the castle walls and into the old town. What better way to introduce you to the city?
 
 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Ruze or similar

DAY 13: Cesky Krumlov tour and ‘My Time’

This morning we have included the services of an expert local guide to bring to life the history and background of this extraordinary town. You will also enjoy a guided tour of the Castle’s Renaissance and Baroque state rooms. Your afternoon and evening is at leisure in UNESCO Heritage listed Cesky Krumlov to relax and enjoy free time amongst the cobblestoned streets, cafés, restaurants, shops and ancient winding alleys. 
 
Meals:
B

DAY 14: Salzburg and dinner in St Peter Stiftskeller

Heading into Austria we soon reach Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart, where we spend the next 3 nights. On arrival a local guide will accompany us on a walking tour of this enchanting UNESCO Heritage listed city, from the Mirabelle Palace Gardens to the magnificent city squares, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’.  This evening we have included a memorable dinner at the St Peter Stiftskeller. First mentioned as an Inn as far back as the year 803, this is the oldest known restaurant in central Europe! 
 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt or similar

DAY 15: A full day at leisure exploring baroque Salzburg

Your day is completely at leisure. ‘My Time’ exploring the myriad of narrow, cobblestoned streets, ornate squares and churches, fascinating shops and traditional coffee houses. The views from the enormous Festung (Fortress), sitting high above the city, are magnificent. Dinner tonight is included. 
 
Meals:
B
D

DAY 16: The Austrian Lakes District, Hallstatt and St Wolfgang

Driving deep into the Lakes District we stop in the picturesque town of Hallstatt, considered the oldest inhabited village in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful in Austria. Later we follow the shores of Wolfgangsee (lake) to enjoy lunchtime in the flower bedecked town of St Wolfgang. The remainder of your afternoon and evening is at leisure in Salzburg - arguably one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world. 
 
Meals:
B

DAY 17: Innsbruck in the Tyrol and over the Fern Pass into Bavaria

Following the dramatic Inn Valley through the rolling Tyrolean hills we visit the nearby winter resort city of Innsbruck. There will be time at leisure to explore the sights of the Altstadt (old town) such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, cobblestoned streets and the renowned Golden Roof. Passing pretty Alpine villages we drive over the Fern Pass into the Bavarian Alps and the ancient historic town of Füssen, where we stay the next 2 nights.   
 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Hotel Hirsch in Füssen or similar

DAY 18: Neuschwanstein Castle and Tegelberg

We start the day in Hohenschwangau. On one hill overlooking the little village you have the neo-gothic castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side above the village is a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of ‘mad’ King Ludwig. We take a leisurely stroll up the wooded road to enjoy a guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle’s state rooms, king’s apartments, halls and throne room; all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Later this afternoon we will take a cable car ride up to Tegelberg to take in the excellent views down onto the fairytale castles far below. Your evening is at leisure in Füssen. 
 
Please note: The guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle incorporates climbing up and down a number of staircases and, as there are no elevators, the inside visit to the castle this morning may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or limitations. 
 
Meals:
B

DAY 19 The Church in the Meadows, Garmisch and the Abbey of Kloster Ettal

Driving through Bavarian farmlands and forests we will stop at arguably the most beautiful church in Europe – Wieskirche (the ‘Church in the Meadows’). Surrounded by green fields, the interior of this World Heritage Listed church is an astounding Rococo creation. Later we enjoy ‘My Time’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to relax in one of the traditional beer gardens or restaurants, or shop in the broad pedestrian mall. We will also visit the 14th century baro
 
Your hotel in the Oberammergau area
As an appointed Tour Operator for the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play, and handling such a large number of Oberammergau packages, we have been fortunate to be allocated stays in a variety of excellent, 4 star hotels in Oberammergau itself, as well as in the nearby towns of Murnau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 
 
Meals:
B
D

DAY 20: An incredible Oberammergau Passion Play Experience

An easy start to the day before we enjoy time exploring the colourful village of Oberammergau with its beautiful houses and buildings adorned with “Lüftlmalerei” - ornately painted murals depicting assorted religious scenes. Throughout the afternoon and evening we enjoy the huge spectacle that is the Passion Play from our Category 1 seats.  The famous Passion Play has been performed every ten years since 1633, a time when the Thirty Year’s War and Bubonic Plague were ravaging Europe causing so much suffering and death. With a backdrop of Kofel Peak and surrounded by the Ammergau Mountains, the massive open-air stage erupts with colour, music, song and up to 2,000 local inhabitants enacting the story of the Passion of Christ. 
Meals:
B
D

DAY 21: To Munich

This morning we drive to nearby Munich where your tour ends on arrival, mid-morning. Drop off points will be in the city centre and Munich airport. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm. 
 
Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

Over $2,100 value of extras already included 

  • Category 1 seating for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 20 nights specially selected hotel accommodation
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 32 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 12 dinners (D) 
  • Welcome drink in Berlin
  • Hand Selected Albatross Experiences – Spreewald punt ride, 
  • Elbe River cruise, Vltava raft ride, Kutná Hora silver mine visit, 
  • ‘Bohemian Switzerland’ adventure day, fairytale castle visit
  • Local guides as described in the itinerary
  • ALL tips for your Tour Manager, Driver and local guides
  • Personal audio system whilst on tour
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels

NO additional ‘on tour’ costs!

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
14 May 2020 3 Jun 2020 AUD $10,667
AUD $10,317
Space Available
28 May 2020 17 Jun 2020 AUD $10,667
AUD $10,317
Space Available
11 Jun 2020 1 Jul 2020 AUD $10,327
AUD $9,977
Space Available
2 Jul 2020 22 Jul 2020 AUD $10,327
AUD $9,977
Space Available
16 Jul 2020 5 Aug 2020 AUD $10,327
AUD $9,977
Space Available
30 Jul 2020 19 Aug 2020 AUD $10,327
AUD $9,977
Space Available
13 Aug 2020 2 Sep 2020 AUD $10,327
AUD $9,977
Space Available
27 Aug 2020 16 Sep 2020 AUD $10,327
AUD $9,977
Space Available
10 Sep 2020 30 Sep 2020 AUD $10,667
AUD $10,317
Space Available

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Oberammergau Passion Play - FAQs

What is the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play?

The Passion Play origins date back to 1633, when the community of Oberammergau found itself under threat from the Bubonic plague – the town pledged that if God were to spare them death, they would perform a play each decade to celebrate the life and death of Jesus. Thankfully the vow appeared to work, and as a result the locals were true to their promise – the very first play happened during Pentecost in 1634, where a stage was erected in the local cemetery. Nowadays the performances take place on a much larger scale, with over 2000 of the village’s residents working together to ensure the spectacle honours the vow of their ancestors. Such is the dedication of the residents, all male actors performing in the plays take part in a “Hair Decree”– from Ash Wednesday in 2019, all men are requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow to ensure they have an authentic look in time for 2020!
 

 

What are the performance dates?

There will be up to 103 performances between 16 May and 4 October 2020.
There are usually 3, but sometimes up to 5 performances each week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Albatross Tours will be operating 7 unique touring itineraries with a total of 78 tour departures which include the Passion Play.
 

How long is the play?

The play is 5 hours long. It is held throughout the afternoon and evening with a 3-hour break for an included 3 course dinner. Based on the 2010 programme we are assuming there will be 11 Acts featured in the 2020 Passion Play programme.  
 

Performance times 

19 May - 16 August | Part I : 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Part II : 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
 
Later in the season when the sun sets earlier the times change by one hour
17 August – 4 October | Part I : 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Part II 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
 

Do we have good seats?

Yes, the best! You will have Category 1 seating – the best seats in house. 
 
Albatross Tours - Oberammergau Seating  Plan - Category 1A
 

How many seats are there?

The audience section is fully covered and contains 4,720 comfortable covered seats. 
 

What language is the show in?

The shows will be exclusively in German. You can buy a programme with an English translation of the text on the day of the performance.
 

If the stage is open air what happens if it rains?

The massive open air stage has a fabulous backdrop of Kofel Peak and is surrounded by the Ammergau Mountains, all of which enhances the drama. However if it does rain, at the push of a button a giant mechanical cover will extend out and over the stage. 
 

How big is the show?

Enormous! There will be 100 choristers, a 55-piece orchestra and 2,000 actors - all locals. There will be music, singing, vivid and colourful stage settings, tableaux vivants (living pictures) depicting biblical scenes, speeches and dramatic re-enactments of the story of the Passion of Christ - from his entry into Jerusalem until his death on the cross and his subsequent resurrection.  
 

Who are the actors? 

They are all locals, and to be eligible they must have lived in Oberammergau for at least 20 years. This means that about 3,000 of the town’s 5,000 inhabitants hold the right to perform; since 2000 people participate, that’s more than 60 percent of the eligible townsfolk!
 

What is the ‘Hair decree’?

Such is the dedication of the residents, all male actors performing in the play take part in a ‘Hair Decree’. From Ash Wednesday in 2019, all men will be requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow to ensure they have an authentic look in time for 2020! (The ‘Romans’ have shaved heads!)
 

Who organises the Passion Play?

The local community have an organisation called ‘Passionsspiele Oberammergau’. They appoint the artistic director and his team. They consolidate all ticket sales in co-ordination with all attached accommodation allocations in Oberammergau and within the immediate area. 
 

Where is Oberammergau?

Located in Bavaria about 100 kms south of Munich, Oberammergau is nestled in a beautiful valley in the Ammergau Alps. The village is known for its beautifully painted houses and woodcarving shops. The whole region is delightful. Nearby towns include lively Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Unterammergau, Ettal with its magnificent Kloster Abbey, Murnau am Staffelsee - close to Lake Staffelsee, and the spa town of Bad Kohlgrub.
 

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