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Oberammergau Passion Play

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HOT Bucket List: Oberammergau Passion Play

The Passion Play was first performed in 1633, when the community of Oberammergau found itself under threat from the Bubonic plague – the town pledged that if God were to spare them death, they would perform a play each decade of Jesus’ passion, covering the final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem and leading to his execution by crucifixion. A stage was erected in the local cemetery.
Nowadays the performances take place on a much larger scale, with over 2000 of the village’s residents involved. Such is their dedication, all male actors performing in the plays are requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow from Ash Wednesday the year previous, to ensure they have an authentic look! The next performances take place 16 May to 4 October 2020.

4 reasons to put this experience on your Bucket List:
HOT Bucket icon The Passion Play is only performed every 10 years and 2020 is the next time.
HOT Bucket icon Admire the ornately painted wooden buildings in the town – the “fresco” tradition that spilled over from baroque Italy into the foothills of southern Germany. 
HOT Bucket icon Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, the town’s walking, hiking & cycling paths offer fantastic views of the surrounding alpine scenery. 
HOT Bucket icon Just over an hour’s drive from Munich, Oberammergau can be easily incorporated into your European trip.

Take a tour 
This is a Passion Play with an extraordinary history, and performances only happen every 10 years, so to get the best seats at the best price, with guides who can tell you about the history and meaning book onto a tour, which will also take in the surrounding countryside, with longer itineraries heading into Italy, Austria or Czech Republic.
Albatross Tours 8 days or longer
Save $700 per couple
Sales: to 30 Jun 19 
Travel: selected departures May – Sep 2020

Self drive

Meander from Frankfurt to Munich down the “Romantic Road” through cute half-timbered towns, see looming magnificent castles, to the small village nestled in the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau. The pretty village is packed full of history from the tradition of fresco painting and wood carving to the Passion Play. Turn West and explore along Lake Constance and the enchanting Black Forest, go East into Austria or carry on South to Italy. With a car you can choose your own path and spend as long as you like in that quaint village.
8 days Hertz car hire 
From $329 per vehicle (Group B)
Sales: to 31 Oct 19
Travel: 01 May 19-31 Mar 20

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