** NEW ** 3 Day Oberammergau Passion Play Experience

3 Days - One lifetime experience

  • Best seats for the Passion Play
  • Leisurely 2 night stay
  • Small group size from just 10 to 28

Tour Overview

Join a small, personal group of likeminded travellers to experience the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play! Stay 2 nights in selected 4-star accommodation and enjoy Category 1 ‘best in house’ seating for the marvellous Oberammergau Passion Play, and enjoy the services of a professional Tour Manager and first class coach transfers.

Highlights

Stay 2 nights in selected 4 star hotel accommodation and enjoy Category 1 ‘best in house’ seating for the marvellous Oberammergau Passion Play

Love this tour and want to see more?

If you like the look of this tour we have many other tours travelling over the European Summer months that can be easily linked with these tours.

Albatross Tours | Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Oberammergau Area

Your tour commences this evening with dinner in your selected 4-star Oberammergau area hotel, where you will stay the next 2 nights.*
Here you will meet your Tour Manager and fellow Passion Play travellers.

 

Your hotel in the Oberammergau area
As an appointed Tour Operator for the Oberammergau Passion Play, and managing 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. 

*On selected departures we also include transfers from Munich to your Oberammergau area hotel. Please ask us for more information.

Meals:
D

Day 2: Oberammergau Area

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 seating. 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. Your seating is Category 1 ‘best in house’.

Meals:
B
D

Day 3: Munich

This morning we will transfer you 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

  • Category 1 seating for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Return transfers Oberammergau hotel/Oberammergau and on to Munich in a first-class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 2 nights specially selected hotel accommodation 
  • 4 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 2 dinners (D) 
  • ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver, and Local Guides
  • Free Wi-Fi on most coaches and at your hotel

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
22 Jun 2022 24 Jun 2022 AUD $1,200 Sold Out
25 Jun 2022 27 Jun 2022 AUD $1,200 Sold Out
6 Jul 2022 8 Jul 2022 AUD $1,200 Sold Out
18 Jul 2022 20 Jul 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
22 Aug 2022 24 Aug 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
24 Aug 2022 26 Aug 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
31 Aug 2022 2 Sep 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
5 Sep 2022 7 Sep 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
12 Sep 2022 14 Sep 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
14 Sep 2022 16 Sep 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
17 Sep 2022 19 Sep 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
19 Sep 2022 21 Sep 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now
28 Sep 2022 30 Sep 2022 AUD $1,200 Space Limited - Call Now

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 2021, all men are requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow to ensure they have an authentic look in time for 2022!
 

What are the performance dates?

There will be up to 103 performances between 14 May and 2 October 2022.
5 performances each week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 

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 2022 Passion Play programme.  
 

Performance times 

14 May - 14 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
15 August – 2 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 2021, 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 2022! (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.
 

View our range of Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 Tours