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4 Tips for Seeing the Passion Play in Oberammergau

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Jesus enters Jerusalem during The Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany

Photo courtesy of Oberammergau Passionsspeile / Birgit Gudjonsdottir

The historic performance in the town of Oberammergau has taken place every 10 years since the 17th century and our 4 tips for how to see the Oberammergau Passion Play can immerse you in treasured culture and remarkable history.

Postponed since 2020, you can now again experience how Oberammergau brings the stage to life by telling an impassioned story during a traditional experience maintained through centuries. The five-hour play includes more than 2,000 participants.

Whether you had planned to visit before 2020 or are eager to take advantage of the new dates in 2022, learn how you can witness the spectacle and enjoy the distinctive heritage that surrounds the play within Oberammergau’s unique culture.

1. Book Your Tickets Soon

The Passion Play Theater in Oberammergau, Germany

Photo courtesy of Oberammergau Passionsspeile / Foto Kienberge

The originally scheduled date for the Oberammergau Passion Play was in 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the performance was rescheduled for 2022 and will take place between May and October.

While the play normally takes place once every decade, there have been postponements or cancellations in the past due to unforeseen circumstances, such as both World Wars and the 18th-century prohibition on religious performances.

With 500,000 guests originally expected to attend over the span of summer performances, the audience demand and anticipation may have grown.

2. Consider What Else to See and Do

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

While the Oberammergau Passion Play may be the crowning jewel of your trip to Germany, there are so many other things to see and do during your time in the country.

Our sample Germany Tour of a Lifetime: Passion Play was designed as the best way to experience the culture, scenery, and history of Germany and the spectacle of the Passion Play.

You can find the right inspiration for your trip by using our sample itinerary as a guide to the activities or sites you may wish to discover or use the itinerary as a foundation for the type of trip you wish to experience as you wander castles, explore fairytale towns, and embrace Germany’s majesty.

Related: Germany Tours & Vacations

3. Work with a Travel Specialist

Way of the Cross scene during the The Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany

Photo courtesy of Oberammergau Passionsspeile / Birgit Gudjonsdottir

The best way to experience Oberammergau’s Passion Play and the surrounding splendors of Germany is with a travel specialist.

With audience demand already growing for the 2022 production and tickets in high demand, using a travel specialist is the best and easiest way to secure tickets to the performance and plan a trip designed around your preferences, goals, and travel needs.

Whether you wish to make the Passion Play or another experience the centerpiece of your unforgettable Germany trip of a lifetime, working with a travel specialist will give you local insight and assistance that you may otherwise not be able to find.

Related:  Why A Travel Specialist is a Must for Your Next Trip

4. Get Your Plans Started

Vineyards around the small town of Bacharach along the Rhine Valley in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Bacharach, Germany

Whether you wish to combine your Oberammergau Passion Play experience with time in the Alps exploring storybook towns, venturing through the streets of Rothenburg, or wandering along the banks of the Rhine, you should book your trip as soon as possible as seats are filling rapidly.

Find more inspiration for your 2022 Germany trip with our Germany Tours & Vacations sample itineraries or discover more experiences with our Germany Travel Guide.

Fill out a Trip Request or call us at 1-888-265-9707 to speak with a Germany travel specialist when you are ready to start planning your trip.

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