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The history

Every 10 years since 1634, the village of Oberammergau in Germany has hosted their passion play, as part of a vow the villagers made to god almost 400 years ago.


In the midst of the Thirty Years’ War and with Oberammergau suffering from plague, villagers vowed that if god spared them they would produce a play once every 10 years to honor the life and death of Jesus.


After the vow was made, no other villagers contracted the plague and those who already had it recovered. The villagers then started the tradition of the Passion play, staging a performance on Whitsun in 1634 in the village’s graveyard.


Over the years the play has been produced 42 times, with people from across the world, including many world leaders watching the numerous performances in each year of its staging.


The production

The play is produced by people born in Oberammergau or those who have lived there for 20 years or more. Over 2,000 actors, musicians, producers, stage hands and other performers will work on the 2020 passion play, which is due to have more than 100 performances to more than 500,000 visitors.


Devotion to the play by those involved is clear to see, with men who will be onstage not shaving or cutting their hair in the year before the play in order to gain an authentic biblical look.


Getting there

Shearings have a number of tours which include category two tickets to the see the passion play (see the seating plan for a rough guide), travel, half-board accommodation and various included excursions.


We have tours leaving in June, July, August and September 2020, which include visits to other destinations in Germany as well as tours featuring Austria and Italy.


Some tours also include time to explore the village of Oberammergau, a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the play and explore this picturesque Bavarian village.


Take a look at the tours we have on offer below and give our dedicated team a call to book your holiday and experience the historic Passion play for yourself.


Oberammergau Passion Play & Rhine Valley
Departing 16 August 2020
8 Days from £1,119pp


Oberammergau passion play
 Highlights
  • Seven nights accommodation
  • Travel by coach
  • Daily breakfast and six evening meals
  • Category two ticket admission for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Overnight stays on outbound and return journeys
  • Short boat cruise excursion in the Moselle Valley 

 

After a two night stay in Oberammergau, we’ll travel back towards the Rhine Valley region, where we’ll stay at the welcoming family-run Rudesheimer Hof Hotel for three nights. Explore this lovely riverside town from our central hotel and enjoy the scenery of the Rhine and Moselle on our sightseeing excursion.


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Oberammergau Passion Play & Bavarian Castles
Departing 4 July
9 Days from £1,129pp


Oberammergau Passion Play
Highlights
  • Eight nights accommodation
  • Travel by coach
  • Daily breakfast and seven evening meals
  • Category two ticket admission for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Overnight stays on outbound and return journeys
  • Three included excursions 

 

Discover more of the surrounding region of Bavaria in Germany, as we visit one of the top attractions here, the magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle. We’ll also see Herrenchiemsee Palace, built on an island out in Lake Chiemsee, as well as having chance to visit beautiful Innsbruck and Berchtesgaden, before heading to Oberammergau for our one night stay and holiday finale.

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Oberammergau Passion Play & Italian Lakes
Departing 23 June 2020
10 Days from £1,294pp


Italian Lakes
Highlights

  • Nine nights accommodation
  • Travel by coach
  • Daily breakfast and eight evening meals
  • Category two ticket admission for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Overnight stays on outbound and return journeys
  • Four included excursions

 
Enjoy a relaxing holiday in charming Riva del Garda, where we’ll stay for five nights, before travelling into Bavaria for our two night stay in Oberammergau. One of Italy’s most beautiful regions, our excursions will take you all around stunning Lake Garda, as well as having a full day to discover the wonderful floating city of Venice.


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Oberammergau Passion Play & Austrian Tyrol
Departing 13 June & 19 September 2020
9 Days from £1,099pp


Austria
 Highlights

  • Eight nights accommodation
  • Travel by coach
  • Daily breakfast and seven evening meals
  • Category two ticket admission for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Overnight stays on outbound and return journeys
  • Three included excursions 

 

Journey to the popular Tyrol region, where we stay at the 4-star Andreas Hofer hotel in Kufstein. Explore the town at your leisure and enjoy the stunning alpine scenery as we visit Ellmau for a cable car ride, as well as calling at Kitzbuhl and the beautiful city of Salzburg. We’ll head into Bavaria for our one night stay in Oberammergau, before returning home.


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