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 the history of the Passion Play began In 1633 the midst of the Thirty Years’ War, 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, as long as no one was to die of the plague anymore. The villagers were answered by God 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 to Salzburg
Enjoy Dinner at the Peter’s Keller a restaurant dating back to 803.
Hotel NH Collection
Full day in Salzburg
Enjoy this enchanting city – Salzburg, the city where Mozart was born and the shooting location for “The Sound of Music”. The narrow lanes and broad squares of this baroque city have taken their deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The internationally acclaimed Salzburg Festival and the magnificent panorama make Salzburg a complete artwork in its own right, and one that is quite beyond compare.
Optional bike ride along the Salzach River to Hellbrunn Palace
Optional Sound of Music tour
Hidden Beer Gardens of Salzburg
St Wolfgang, St Gilgen, Mondsee
Soak in the tranquil beauty of the lovely Austrian Lake District (Salzkammergut) on this tour from Salzburg. See famous lakes including Wolfgangsee and Mondsee as you travel through a verdant mountain landscape. In the historic village of St Wolfgang, visit the setting for the musical comedy ‘White Horse Inn’ and admire the church’s winged Gothic altar. Take a boat ride across Wolfgangsee to St Gilgen, where Mozart’s mother was born. While you explore the serene Salzburg countryside, learn about the sights and history of the area
Visit Hitler’s Eagles Nest and Berchtesgaden en route to Innsbruck.
The Eagle’s Nest was built in 1938 for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. We enjoy a ride up and experience breathtaking views.
Upon arrival, you change to specifically equipped busses that take you up the 6.5km (4 miles) long and 4m (12ft) wide road with a gradient of 22%. The last stretch to the Eagle’s Nest consists of a 124m (406ft) long tunnel through solid rock and a sumptuously decorated elevator, which takes 41 seconds to go up the 124m (406ft) to the interior of the Eagle’s Nest.
Enjoy the striking views of the Alps from the Eagle’s Nest plateau at 1,834 m (406 ft) elevation. Discover alpine flora and fauna and greet each other with a “Berg heil” (“Hail to the mountain”; traditional mountaineer greeting) at the summit cross, close by.
Continue to Innsbruck Hotel Goldener Adler
Nestled amidst majestic peaks, this breathtaking city offers a unique combination of nature, history, and culture. You can stroll its streets full of Baroque and Gothic architecture in the Old Town, or discover one of the hip districts such as Mariahilf or St. Nikolaus where Innsbruck’s uni students like to meet for a drink. After, you can take a cable car from the city centre, and in just 20 minutes, reach the Seegrub mountain at 2,000 m (6,562 ft). Here you can take in spectacular views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains.
Witness the fairy tale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, created by Germany’s 19th-century King Ludwig II.
Spend the day in Oberammergau and enjoy the Passion Plays.
Travel to 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.
Depart to the airport for your flight home.
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