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Oberammergau - The Event of the Decade

Updated: Oct 16

There is an opportunity that comes around once every 10 years in a small picturesque German town just outside of Munich. Full of rich tradition, Oberammergau is famous for the world-renown Passion Play performed each decade by the village.



With COVID-19 impacting the performance dates in 2020, the play has been pushed to 2022, giving you another chance to seize this incredible opportunity.



What exactly is the Passion Play?

Oberammergau suffered tremendously through the black plague. In 1633 the village vowed to reenact the narrative of Christ every decade in order to spare them from the pandemic. Since 1964 the

tradition has continued and in 2022, 500,000 people are expected to attend this depiction of this play.


Behind the scenes facts:

  • About 2000 villagers participate each decade.

  • Every costume in the play is made by someone in the village.

  • There are no wigs used! Oberammergau has a written decree leading up to the play that states you cannot cut your hair until after the play season.

  • Every performer is native to Oberammergau. To have an acting role, you must be born in the village or have lived there for at least 20 years.

  • In the 2022 depiction, there will be 55 instrumentalists, 64 vocalists, and 124 talking roles.



Now, you wouldn’t just fly to a town of 5000 people to watch a play, so how do you get there and what else do you see? Our recommendation is a river cruise on the Danube through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. Take in the sights of the Vienna Opera House, Neuschwanstein Castle, Munich’s Glockenspiel, and so much more. This 12 day trip starts in Budapest and sails through 4 countries to the city of Deggendorf. There you will disembark and make your way from Innsbruck to Oberammergau to watch the Passion Play, and finally complete the trip in Munich.


Contact us for more information, a brochure or to set up an appointment to learn more about this trip.


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