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Oberammergau 2020

Oberammergau 2020 – An adventure in theatre, culture and the Bavarian Alps

Once every ten years, an unassuming village of Oberammergau in the heart of the Bavarian Alps hosts an event that draws in hundreds of thousands. The moving re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, known as the Passion Play, is a five-hour epic - a tragedy of death and the promise of life. Every decade, people of all creeds join together to experience this inspirational story and enchanting expression of cultural heritage.

As the Oberammergau Passion Play only happens once every decade, planning ahead for the next spectacle in Oberammergau is essential. Great Rail Journeys has planned a number of holidays in 2020 to take you to Oberammergau by train, which are filling fast and some departures already completely sold out. Combine the wonderful and truly memorable Passion Play with a holiday in Italy, Bavaria or Austria visiting lakes, cities and mountain retreats.

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Visits to fairytale castles and whimsical palaces plus the Bavarian Alps form the backdrop to this unique holiday. The Passion Play in Oberammergau takes centre-stage every ten years - an opportunity not to be missed!

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The Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play is an example of the Mystery Play which is one of the oldest forms of organised theatre in Europe. Between the tenth and sixteenth century, before the rise of professional theatre and mass literacy, these curious plays developed out of the need to pass biblical stories down the generations. Whole communities would take part in a series of sketches which would be performed in front of a mass audience. As the Mystery Play was a highly local art form, different versions were prevalent in different regions, each with their own idiosyncrasies that provide a slightly different telling of the events outlined in the Bible. The Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play is a continuation of this fine tradition and a spectacle in its own right. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of travelling to Oberammergau by train.

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