Oberammergau is a little town in Germany with an amazing story. Many years ago, in 1632, Oberammergau was on the cusp the Black Plague. The people of Oberammergau made a vow to God that if he spared their town from the inevitable plague, they would regularly perform the Passion Play as a sign of repentance. After this pledge, incredibly, in fact miraculously, no one died.
So in 1634, the first Passion Play was staged in the town. Since 1680 the play has performed on the first year of each decade. Other than during WWII and in 1770, the Oberammergau Passion Play has performed uninterrupted every decade
The Oberammergau Passion Play transforms the whole village. In the last Passion Play in 2010, there were 2,000 adults and children involved. The stage, the costuming, the whole amphitheatre is transformed.
One fascinating part of the story is that only locals who have lived in the village for at least 20 years or have been born there can be in the play. The Passion Play in 2010 was sold out within days of tickets being released to wholesalers, so the tradition and popularity continues today. Many who have experienced it say it is an amazing ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience.
As you can imagine, the Passion Play experience is on many travellers bucket-list.
Selah has put together a variety of tour opportunities built around going to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020. To view the total range of tours below:
UPDATE 20 MARCH 2020:
We have been notified that the Oberammergau Passion Play has been POSTPONED until 2022.
Anyone already booked on this tour will be contacted as soon as a proper plan has been formulated.
Thank you in advance for your patience.
Here’s a fantastic opportunity for independent travellers to attend the once-a-decade renowned Oberammergau Passion Play. The play itself is a powerful and deeply moving religious experience. There is a rich 400-year history surrounding the small village in Bavaria fulfilling the vow to God to perform the Passion Play. Our tour is designed to help us better appreciate this context and join in our thanks to those offered by all the generations that have gone before us. This tour also takes advantage of the European spring and summer season, with the beauty and warm weather. There’ll be plenty of time to enjoy some of the great German-speaking cities of central Europe – Berlin, Dresden and Vienna; experiencing the life, culture, religion and history of these cities.