A play of life and death, promised in a moment of mortal threat, and so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1633. High in the Bavarian Alps, the citizens of Oberammergau attempted to seal themselves off from the outside world. When a homesick young man sneaked into the village and brought the pestilence with him, 84 residents died within 3 weeks. In desperation, the town council made a solemn vow that if God would stop the plague, out of gratitude, they would present a play depicting the life and suffering of Christ for the duration of their existence. Miraculously, the plague took no more lives in the town. True to their word, the villagers performed their first play in 1634, and have continued to do so to this day.
The Passion Play is performed every 10 years in the city of Oberammergau, Germany. The next Passionplay takes place in 2020 from 16 May to 4 October. The Passionplay performances in the last decades were sold out much in advance. Especially the 5* accommodation, which is very limited available in this mountain region, will be sold out fast.
For more information pleas visit our special Passion Play 2020 Site.
The Passionplay is for sure a once in a life time experience. I had the pleasure to see the latest Passionplay performance in 2010 and was deeply impressed by the emotinal play of the local actors. Oberammergau follows the 10 year cycle now for more than 300 years and there is no doubt they will follow it for the next 300 years.
Although the performances are running for some months, the good months are sold out very quickly. Please keep in mind that Oberammergau is a small village in the Mountains so the early or very late performances in May or September can be very chilly as the stage and theatre are open air. Personally I would recommend to go either in July or August which should be warm but not too hot in the mountains.
Please check with our team in Munich, which is close to Oberammergau, what dates are available.
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