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Your Ticket to the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play

by Kristen Gilbert

January 06, 2017

3 minute read

There are many Passion Plays which take place around the world in various guises, but the Passion Play which takes place in Oberammergau, a small Bavarian village, is one Passion Play which has a truly astonishing history.

In 1632, after the 30 years’ war, the Black Death reached Oberammergau. By October 1633, the village had lost 80 residents to the disease. At this time the Parish Elders took a vow, that if the village was spared any further deaths, then the village would perform a Passion Play every 10 years. After this vow was made, there were no further deaths in the village due to the Black Death.

In 1634, the first performance of the Passion Play took place in the grounds of the village church among the graves of the victims of the Black Death. Today, the Passion Play is performed to an audience of nearly 500,000 between the months of May and October, every 10 years.

The next performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play will take place on the 16th May 2020.

2020 may seem a long time away, however, the tiny Bavarian village of Oberammergau is already preparing for their world-famous Passion Play. This event draws its audience from all over the world, and with tickets being limited, there is no better time to reserve your place.

Oberammergau itself is a charming village, with a fascinating history, which the residents are keen to share with visitors. You are guaranteed a warm welcome. In the many quaint shops, bars and restaurants within the village. The villages are very proud of their heritage with the Passion Play, and the dedication the village has to the Play can be seen at every corner.

Many visitors to the Passion Play choose to explore this stunning part of Germany and the surrounding area. With this in mind Collette have weaved the opportunity to see the Passion Play with a variety of different tours, which capture the true essence of this beautiful area. One such tour is the Romantic Road and Fairy Tale Road tour, which encompasses a tour of the Newschwanstein Castle, which will quite literally take your breath away! All customers with Collette will stay in accommodation located within the village of Oberammergau, all within walking distance of the Passion Play theatre. And each programme includes either a one or two-night Passion Play premium category package with reserved accommodation and seating at the Passion Play.

Did you know?

  • The men who live in Oberammergau begin to grow long hair and beards one year prior to the start of each Passion Play for authenticity.
  • Only residents who were born or have lived in Oberammergau for at least 20 years are allowed to participate. Children who participate in the play must have been born there.
  • The play is performed in German and all visitors are provided with the script in English

Since the play happens only once every ten years, it’s one of those extra special once in a lifetime events that people treasure forever.

Don’t miss out in 2020 and reserve your place today

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