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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Group Tours in 2020

Greatdays Group Travel’s European team are experts in tailor making your groups trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 as easy as possible.

The Oberammergau Passion Play is traditionally held every ten years in the small village in Germany, and is due to be performed again throughout the summer of 2020.

In past years we have often use comfortable accommodation in private houses. For most group tours we would expect to do so again in 2020. The fact that this procedure divides the group into several smaller parties for 2 nights has never been a problem in the past. Indeed, many people particularly enjoy the experience of staying with local families in this way. The suggested itineraries featured here are examples of Oberammergau tours, which have been popular in the past, or they are based on tried and tested group tours, which we have operated to these regions in recent years. All these would follow a visit to Oberammergau. Tours to other second centres, multi-centre itineraries, and longer or shorter versions of the group tours featured here, are all available on request.

A Brief History

In 1633 when the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau was in the grip of the plague, its inhabitants vowed that if they were spared, they would in future perform every ten years a Passion Play depicting Christ’s bitter suffering. In 1634 the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. For hundreds of years since then, despite dangers and threats, they have loyally kept their vow. Pilgrims from all over the world are captivated by the Play, which is not only a testimony of religious faith but also an outstanding cultural event.

Although the text and music have been adapted many times over the years, the traditional concept has remained intact. With inner conviction, the amateur actors, all locals, represent time and again the life and sufferings of Our Lord. The last major changes to the text of the Passion Play were made between 1850 and 1860, by the parish priest of Oberammergau, Alois Daisenberger, building on the work of Father Othmar Weis. The structure of the Play, with its living pictures from the Old Testament and acted scenes from the New Testament, has been retained to this day.

The music for the Play was composed in the early 19th century by the Oberammergau school teacher, Rochus Dedler. Revised and extended in 1950 by Professor Eugen Papst, it employs a large choir and orchestra and frames the entire spectacle. The Play shows the story of Christ’s Passion, beginning with the entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Resurrection and Transfiguration. The performances are usually during the afternoon and evening with a break for dinner. Lunch arrangements and bus transport around the village are included in the package, making the whole day a relaxing, as well us an uplifting, experience.

How we can help

We have a long experience of the complex procedures for obtaining Oberammergau “Arrangements” – Passion Play tickets combined with local accommodation. We can therefore offer a first-class, reliable service for Oberammergau tours for groups. At the time of printing this brochure we expect the 2020 season to last from late May to late September, with 4 or 5 performances of the play per week. Once again we expect midweek performances to take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We recommend these because they are combined with a 2 night stay in the village.
Accommodation in and around Oberammergau is available in various categories, but demand for the few hotels is always high.

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