One of most iconic Passion Plays in the world, performed over one summer every decade, the Oberammergau Passion Play is a magnificent sight to behold. Take in this fantastic spectacle along with the fairytale beauty of Bavaria, with its mysterious castles and forbidden forests.
We begin our Bavarian adventure at London St Pancras, where we travel by Eurostar to Paris. From here, we continue to Stuttgart for the night.
Day 2 takes us by rail to the village of Füssen, on Germany's Romantic Road, our base for the next four nights. After checking in, there's time to explore this picture-book destination, home to colourful houses, medieval walls and historic churches. Füssen is hidden away at the base of the Alps, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of mountains, rivers, forests and rolling meadows this iconic mountain range provides.
We enjoy an enthralling journey on the Zugspitze Railway to the summit of Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. Travelling through pine trees and foothills, passing through charming Bavarian villages with chocolate-box railway stations, and straddling ancient mountains, the Zugspitze Railway offers panoramic views of the timeless Bavarian countryside. Chalets, barns and farmland dot the meadows, and our delightful carriages guarantee spell-binding views of the Zugspitze mountain range. The final leg of our journey takes us by cable car over the treetops to the very top, where we have free time to admire the scenery laid out before us.
Our excursion today takes us first to glorious Neuschwanstein Castle. This fantastic fortress, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, is a stunning sight, both outside and in. Famously the inspiration for the 'Sleeping Beauty' castle, thanks its towers, buttresses and grand halls, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of a fairytale castle that looks as if it's been lifted straight from the pages of a Brothers Grimm story. Built by Ludwig II of Bavaria using his own funds, Neuschwanstein was intended as both a private retreat and a home. Sadly, the king was killed in suspicious circumstances in 1886 and consequently was never able to enjoy the fruits of his economic investment. However, the Romanesque style of architecture of Neuschwanstein has attracted many visitors over the years and recalls medieval fortifications of old.
We continue to the delightful yellow creation of Hohenschwangau Castle, located in a pretty village of the same name. Perhaps a less grand affair than its larger and more majestic neighbour, Hohenschwangau sacrifices grandeur for a more relaxed charm. It was the childhood home of Ludwig II and looks more like a country palace than the castle it claims to be. Its honey-coloured walls make this an iconic building, and both the exterior, interior and garden areas are a joy to discover. From a lookout point, you can even enjoy sweeping views across the valley to Neuschwanstein.
Today is free to enjoy the charms of Füssen. Perched on the banks of the Lech River and near Forggen Lake, with a history dating back to the Roman Empire, the town is filled with historic buildings, leafy squares and a range of bars, cafés and restaurants. Well worth a visit is pretty St Mang's Abbey. This wonderful old Benedictine monastery boasts ornate plasterwork and splendid interiors within its noble old buildings. Nearby Forggensee is also an attractive proposition, and it's easy to reach the lakeshore where you can enjoy a relaxing boat ride.
Please Note that on departure BAE2211a, you will travel to your hotel in the Oberammergau area today."
We travel to Oberammergau by rail, checking into our hotel before making our way to the town's state-of-the-art theatre where we enjoy the undisputed highlight of our holiday, a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play. This extraordinary event is entirely undertaken by the residents of Oberammergau, with a cast and crew of over 2,000 people. The production itself covers the Passion of Jesus Christ and is famous across the world for its scale, history and quality. An enormous amount of work goes into each production, which a myriad of fantastic props, costumes and backdrops combining to make this a truly immersive and unforgettable experience. Our tier one and two tickets are some of the best seats in the house and we enjoy a five-hour theatrical spectacular as well as a lengthy interval during which a special meal is served alongside complimentary drinks.
Leaving Oberammergau this morning, we board the train to Munich, changing for the service to Nuremberg for the night.
On Day 8, we continue to Frankfurt before connecting with the Eurostar back to London St Pancras, via Paris.
For the Passion Play Performance you will be seated in category 1 or 2 seats, located at the front and centre of the theatre.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
We enjoy a journey on the narrow-gauge Zugspitze Railway on some of our tours. The line takes us from the charming Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on an 11-mile journey to the peak of Germany's highest mountain - overcoming a height difference of 2,897ft.
On leaving Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the electric train runs through the gentle countryside surrounding the town, including flat, fertile farmland and glorious meadows. Continuing past a scattering of small villages, the line begins its ascent; about four miles from Garmisch the train begins to use a rack-and-pinion system to negotiate the steep gradient.
From the base of the mountain, the scenery becomes ever-more dramatic, with the spiky, snow-covered peaks towering over dense patches of woodland below. After pausing at Eibsee station, our journey continues into the mountains, using a series of wide curves to gain height. Zugspitze Railway then passes through Höllental or 'Hell Valley' named for its dramatic slopes and narrow gorge that made climbing the mountain difficult. We then run through an area thick with pine trees before disappearing onto a long tunnel built to protect the railway from the most extreme weather. We emerge near the summit of Zugspitze, where the views out over Bavaria and Austria are incredible.
Set in a quaint yellow building, surrounded by leafy trees, and mere minutes away from Füssen's railway station, the 4-Star Hotel Schlosskrone is a superb base from which to explore the Bavarian charm of Füssen. With superb interiors and elegant décor, this hotel takes the very best of German style and hospitality, with a friendly staff and comfortable rooms.
The Hotel Schlosskrone boasts a range of dining facilities including a traditional Bavarian restaurant along with a bar and an award-winning pastry shop, called Kurcafe, offering all manner of delights in the shape of various sweet and savoury offerings. The hotel also offers an extensive spa and fitness areas, with various massages and treatments available (payable locally).
The excellent rooms come well-equipped with a television, a hairdryer, a telephone and complimentary WiFi.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.