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Oberammergau 2022

The village of Oberammergau is most famous as the location of the renowned Passion Play for the last 376 years. Once every ten years, this unassuming village in the heart of the Bavarian Alps hosts this event, which draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors. The moving re-enactment of Christ's suffering, known as the Passion Play, is a five-hour epic - a tragedy of death and the promise of life. During the 17th century, Oberammergau, like much of Europe, was afflicted with the 'Black Death'. As the town's population dwindled, the local government vowed they would perform the 'Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ' every ten years if God spared them from the plague ravaging the region.

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Great Rail Journeys have three different holiday itineraries visiting the Passion Play in 2022, where we combine Oberammergau with beautiful Lake Garda, Bavaria and the Austrian Alps. However, with every place on our tours in 2010 selling out far in advance of the first performance date, if you are planning to see the Passion Play in 2022 with us, it is vital you book as soon as possible. The Play was postponed from 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with only a few spaces now remaining.

Set against the backdrop of the scenic Ammergau Valley the theatre has all the modern comforts you could want, such as under floor heating, while on stage you watch a piece of living history, a tradition that has endured since 1633.

Oberammagau Seating Plan

Included in the price are Category 1 or 2 seats, which are the best positioned seats in the auditorium (marked in orange and yellow on the seating plan above).

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Our customers love our Oberammergau 2022 tours
Oberammergau and The Castles, Mountains and Lakes of Bavaria
14/Oct
Fiona Maybrey
5 stars
“Brilliant trip despite the weather, only downside was the non staggered seating and lack of a feeling of pilgrimage.
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Oberammergau and Lake Garda
16/Sep
Helen McComb
5 stars
“We had the tour of a lifetime. The Passion Play was mesmerising in every aspect, and was the highlight of the tour. Nonetheless, our Lake Garda stay was very memorable with a visit to the stunning city of Verona, followed by a wine tasting and meal at a winery in Valpolicella. A speedboat ride across the southern end of Lake Garda to Isola de Garda proved unmissable with a tour around the estate, gardens and time for canapes and drinks. I already miss the sheer beauty of the mountains in Italy and Bavaria. Our tour group were equally wonderful with our lovely Tour Manager Rosalinde Smith. Thank you for such an unforgettable experience.
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Oberammergau and Austrian Alps
7/Oct
long-term customer
4 stars
“The company was good. the journeys were interesting, if sometimes quite long, when we had rail replacement bus, or the carriage where you could barely move from your seat. the tour guide Martin was always pleasant and helpful and gave us just as much information as we needed at each stage. The timings were very good, an the itinerary was followed very closely. Although i went on this trip primarly for the Passion Play, I really enjoyed the day in the Austrian Alps, with a good local guide, and excellent coach driver! and unexpected snow!! It was a huge positive that we had meals at the hotel every evening, as this can be particularly difficult for a single traveller. My main reservation was the hotel the first night which was adequate for the accommodation and breakfast, but was below expectation with the bar and the dinner. The vegetarian option being particularly poor. I would recommend Great Rail and would consider booking again. Thank you.
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Oberammergau and Danube Cruise
4/Oct
Ken Baker
4 stars
“Blue Gams poorly located...see earlier comments already submitted.
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Oberammergau and Rhine Cruise
29/Jul
Peter
4 stars
“A superb holiday let down slightly by the "Butlins" approach of the Cruise Directors. The initial Tour Director (Philip Obell) was first class, as a guide he was brilliant but he really came into his own when issues arose with the health of one tour participant. His calm manner and approach resolved some very complicated issues. I cannot praise him highly enough. Sadly the Cruise Directors seemed to think the Cruise Participants needed to be jollied along. Not the approach I and other participants either wanted or needed. There were also ageist and sexist comments. Of a more suspect issue was the decision not to broadcast announcements into cabins, as not everyone was in communal areas. The boat crew were brilliant. One criticism of the boat was the lack of a lift to the very top deck. For persons of limited mobility this was unacceptable in a boat built less than 3 years ago.
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Oberammergau Village

Once every ten years, an unassuming village in the heart of the Bavarian Alps holds an event that draws eager crowds from across the world.

Oberammergau is now synonymous with its famous decennial passion play. Telling the story of the life and death of Jesus Christ, it's a wonderful community achievement that sees a cast of more than 2,000 local actors, musicians and technical crew come together for each sell out performance from May through to October. It takes two years to prepare for such a huge event, held in the town's specially constructed 4,700 seat, outside auditorium, and the scale of the project is quite something to behold. Backstage there are 16 wardrobe rooms housing over 1,000 costumes as well as a myriad of props, many of which date back centuries.

The history

During the Thirty Years War, Oberammergau was afflicted by the 'Black Death', along with much of Europe. As the town's population dwindled, the local government vowed that they would perform the 'Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ' every ten years if God was to spare them from the plague ravaging the region. The death rate slowed to a halt and the following year, the townsfolk performed the first Passion Play on a stage erected above the graves of their countrymen who had been claimed by the deadly disease. The Oberammergau villagers believed that they had witnessed a miracle, and have held up their end of the pledge ever since, performing the Passion Play 41 times so far with 2020 marking the 42nd time these experienced performers will take to the stage.

Oberammergau in 2020

Oberammergau isn't the world's most famous Passion Play for nothing, and every ten years more than 500,000 visitors descend on this picturesque Bavarian village, the majority coming from abroad for a taste of one of the most renowned cultural events in history. 2020 looks to be no different, and preparations are already well under way to make sure plans for the upcoming extravaganza go off without a hitch.

In 2015 the Oberammergau Council appointed a production team who will oversee all the administrative, creative and technical aspects of the show - everything from casting to marketing and admission prices. Things start to ramp up in 2019 with parts being allocated to the actors who, from Ash Wednesday onwards, will not be allowed to cut their hair and for the men, shave their beards, until November 2020, thereby adding that extra touch of historical authenticity. Rehearsals will begin in the Autumn of 2019 in order to make sure everything is ready for opening night on May 16th 2020. 

The Passion Play

Soon the curtain will rise on over 2,000 participants who'll bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to life over the course of a five-hour performance on the imposing open-air stage. The play covers the period of time from Jesus entering Jerusalem, and continues up to his death on the cross and subsequent resurrection. The new production, under the direction of Christian Stückl and his artistic team including stage designer Stefan Hageneier and musical Markus Zwink, reflects this tremendous community achievement.

For ten months the villagers will rehearse the newly revised script, which has been adapted from the Joseph Alois Daisenberger text written between 1860 and 1870, whilst the orchestra and singers study the exceptional music created for the performance by the composer Rochus Dedler in 1820. A three-hour interval provides plenty of time to enjoy a meal served in a local restaurant before the dramatic culmination of the second half.

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