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Escorted tours to Oberammergau

The History of the Passion Play

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play began in 1633. The Great Plague descended and many lives were lost to this mysterious illness. From then the villagers made a solemn vow that if the lives of the villagers were spared, the whole village would perform a play every ten years depicting the story of Christ’s suffering, dying and resurrection. Miraculously, the Plague didn’t claim anymore lives, here began in 1634, the first enactment of the first play. This 2020, the play returns, with an expected 500,000 attendants.


The Traditions

To maintain the tradition of the solemn vow made in 1633, everyone taking part must have been born in Oberammergau and the surrounding villages, or have lived there for at least 20 years. From Ash Wednesday, of the previous year, all performers let their hair grown – and men, their beards to ensure a biblical appearance. There is over 2000 Obergammerau villagers that take part in this famous play, performed in German, and a textbook with the complete play text can be made available.


The Village of Oberammergau

The Bavarian village of Obergammergau is set in the breath taking Ammergau Alps, also known for its woods carvings and colourful frescoes – or Luftlmalerai – which decorate many of the buildings. You may also come across Little Red Riding Hood house, and the Hansel and Gretal house.


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Travelling with Leger Holidays

Leger Holidays will be combining this performance of the Passion Play with visits to some of Europe's most wonderful towns, cities, and stunning scenery in and around Oberammergau, Italy and Austria.


The following is a selection of accommodation types for your stay in the Oberammergau area, all of which have been graded by the Passion Play committee according to the facilities available. Travel options are currently split between Silver Service and Luxuria coaches. Please Note: Exact location of the seats cannot be given, however it should be noted that the higher the grade of accommodation, the better the seats.

  • Category D: Includes Ticket Category 2 & 2 star hotel or 3 star guest house
  • Category C: Includes Ticket Category 1 & 3 star hotel or 4 star guest house
  • Category B: Includes Ticket Category 1 & 4 star hotel or 5 star guest house



Executive Coach
Passion Play and... Duration  
...Bavaria's Fairy Tale Castles 7 days View Tour
Silver Service
Oberammergau Passion Play and... Duration  
...the Austrian Tyrol 9 days View Tour
...the Splendours of Lake Garda 12 days View Tour
...Rome, the Vatican & Assisi 14 days View Tour
...Rome, The Vatican & Lake Garda 14 days View Tour
Luxuria
Oberammergau Passion Play and... Duration  
...the Austrian Tyrol 9 days View Tour


Travelling with Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations have combined the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 with some of their popular european touring holidays, with durations between 10 and 15 days long. Insight have included premium seats so that you can have the best experience of this emotive and critically acclaimed performance.

Please Note: Though return home transfers by private chauffeur-driven car to your departure and arrival airport is included - subject to availability - airfares are at an additional cost. For further information, please query pricing at the time of us checking availability.



Oberammergau Passion Play and... Duration  
Best of Germany 10 days View Tour
Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austria 11 days View Tour
Road to Rome 12 days View Tour
Italian Elegance 15 days View Tour


Travelling with Trafalgar

Trafalgar have combined the Passion Play 2020 with some of their european favourites. Hotel accommodation is either in Oberammergau or close by in the picturesque villages of the Bavarian Alps.

Please Note: Though return home transfers by private chauffeur-driven car to your departure and arrival airport is included - subject to availability - airfares are at an additional cost. For further information, please query pricing at the time of us checking availability.

Single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travellers and triple share guests will be matched and accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo Trafalgar traveller (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.



Oberammergau Passion Play and... Duration  
European Whirl by Eurostar 12 days View Tour
Imperial Europe 12 days View Tour
Switzerland & Austria 13 days View Tour
Great Italian Cities 13 days View Tour