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 2022!
Walking Adventures has taken groups to the Oberammergau Passion Play in the years 2000 and 2010. We now offer two tours to see the rescheduled play again in 2022.
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 rigorously 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.
Our tour starts in Mainz, Germany, on the banks of the Rhine River. We visit the remarkable medieval city of Würzburg in the region of Franconia, then spend two nights in charming Rothenburg. From Rothenberg, we journey south to the Bavarian Alps and the world-famous castle of Neuschwanstein, a creation of the hopelessly romantic King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
The centerpiece of the tour, of course, is Oberammergau and the Passion Play Experience. Leaving Oberammergau, we have an opportunity to ascend Germany’s highest point, the Zugspitze, then spend our last two nights in the lovely town of Freising. Munich is the theme of our final day with a club walk and a tour of this renowned heart of Bavaria and seat of the House of Wittelsbach, the Bavarian dynasty nearly bankrupted by King Ludwig II.
- All land travel by motorcoach as outlined
- Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
- 13 meals: all breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners as listed (BLD)
- 6 Walk routes
- Fees for walking credit (for those collecting IVV credit)
- Cultural and historical expertise of local guides and national guide throughout the program
- WAI guide service throughout – 2 guides
- All tipping for national and local guides, coach drivers and group meals
- Pricing is based on double occupancy; a limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $600. We also provide a roommate matching service.
- Mainz walking tour
- Gutenberg Museum – Mainz
- Würzburg walking tour
- Würzburg Residence
- Neuschwanstein Castle – Bavaria
- Linderhof Palace – Bavaria
- Oberammergau Passion Play
- Garmisch excursion with carriage ride and Partnach Gorge walk
- Munich guided tour
- Ascent to the Zugspitze – Day 7