In 1633 the Bavarian village of Oberammergau, ravaged by a pandemic, made a pledge to God. Now another pandemic has forced villagers to abandon their promise.
Nearly 400 years ago, in the midst of the Thirty Years’ War, the history of the Passion Play began. In 1633, the bubonic plague raged in many parts of Europe and did not spare Oberammergau. After months of suffering and dying from the plague, the people of Oberammergau pledged to act out a play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ once every 10 years, if no one were to die of the plague anymore. The villagers were answered by God, the deaths stopped and therefore in 1634 the first Passion Play took place.
The promise has been kept with the passion plays being performed every 10 years until 2020 when another pandemic forced the villagers to abandon their pledge.
2020 the Passion Play had to be postponed for two years due to the corona-pandemic. The 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play will now take place from 14 May to 2 October 2022.
Transfer through the Bavarian Alps to Oberammergau area via King Ludwig’s Castle, Neuschwanstein.
Spend the day in Oberammergau and enjoy the Passion Plays.
Fly home or spend a night in Munich, Bavaria’s capital, home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.