Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Germany, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein

Projected Dates: September 9-19, 2020 • 11 Days • Price TBA

NOTE: Late May 2020 departure also available!

Featuring the historic event – the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020! – as well as walks and activities in the Alpine countries of Germany, Austria, Italy, and Liechtenstein.

Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

We are now accepting $50 deposits to hold space on this tour, because we are required to make non-refundable deposits for the play, these $50 deposits will not be refundable.

Oberammergau Passion Play Video

Used with permission of Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

The performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play dates back nearly 400 years to 1633, when the town of Oberammergau was in the throes of the bubonic plague. Villagers got together and made a vow to God that if He would remove the plague, they would produce a play regularly, in perpetuity, depicting the last week of Jesus’ life, including his crucifixion and resurrection, which is commonly known as the Passion of Christ. The plague did subside, and the villagers kept their promise. The first play was performed in 1634, and eventually, it became an event performed every 10th year for five months, between May and early October. The next summer of performances is in 2020!

Walking Adventures has taken groups to the Oberammergau Passion Play in the years 2000 and 2010. We are now offering 2 tours to see the play again in 2020.

Interest in this event is always high! Pricing for play tickets is therefore a bit steep and payments made to the Oberammergau Passion Play are non-refundable.

The play takes place in the afternoon and evening. It’s an outstanding performance conducted by the villagers themselves. There are no professional actors in the play. All actors must be residents and rigid qualifications for residency are religiously enforced. For example, actors must have resided in Oberammergau for 20 years, but can shorten that requirement to 10 years by marrying a true local.

WAI will build a walking itinerary around the play that starts in Frankfurt, Germany, and follows parts of the Romantic Road through some of Germany’s most picturesque and historic medieval towns, including charming Rothenburg. Continuing south to the shores of Lake Constance, we explore the tiny principality of Liechtenstein before attending the play in Oberammergau. Two nights in a quiet Alpine valley of Austria precedes a drive across the Alps to Italy’s Lake Como. We fly home from Milan.

We are revising this itinerary! More details will be available.

Including:

  • All land travel
  • Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and a selection of lunches and dinners
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • Cultural and historical expertise of our national guide throughout
  • Tips for guides/coach drivers and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single rooms will be available for a supplement.

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners.

Airfare

Not Included. Travelers will be met at the starting hotel.

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your National Guide

Hildrun Mathies, National GuideHildrun Mathies is one of our favorite overseas guides! She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, with a Master’s Degree in Art History and Religious Science; fluency in English, French, Spanish, and her native German; and over 20 years of experience guiding groups through central Europe. But it is Hildrun’s special blend of in-depth knowledge, lighthearted presentation style, passion for sharing, and her commitment to making the travel experience the best it can be for her travelers, that makes a trip with her so memorable. Hildrun will be joined by a Walking Adventures guide team on this tour.

Itinerary

We are revising this itinerary! More details will be available.

More Details

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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

We are now accepting $50 deposits to hold space on this tour, because we are required to make non-refundable deposits for the play, these $50 deposits will not be refundable.

Traveler Rewards Program

New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system, which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain.  The explanation for this system is presented below.

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We will be developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have reserved a spot with a $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 deposit to bring your total on the tour up to $500.

We look forward to sharing the Oberammergau Passion Play with you in 2020!