Experience The Passion Play
IF it’s a religious experience you’re looking for, then Oberammergau’s Passion Play is certainly one not to miss. The moving stage performance dates back to 1633, when the German town of Oberammergau suffered brutally from the Plague. Residents pledged that if God were to spare them from death, they would perform a play each decade to celebrate the life and death of Jesus. Miraculously, the vow was upheld from above and the townspeople rejoiced by performing the very first Passion Play during Pentecost in 1634.
Fast-forward to the 21st Century, and the play is now performed every ten years on years ending in zero, and draws crowds in their thousands to the small German town. The next scheduled performances will be held between May and October in 2020, but be quick — bookings are essential and places sell out fast. Tour operators are already taking expressions of interest for spots on their waiting lists, with APT, Albatross Tours, Collette, Trafalgar and Globus all offering a range of tours that include seats at the performance — contact your representative for more information.