If you've never heard of the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau, it might surprise you to learn its story. Nestled between the Ammer River and the shadow of the Ammergau Alps, this destination is home to a unique centuries-old tradition that came about after its citizens were struck by the deadly plague.
Here, you can attend its once-per-decade Passion Play performance, which began in 1633 after locals became afflicted by the aforementioned disease. Once it took hold of the area, its people made an eternal promise to God that if he spared the village of its deadly grasp, they would honour and thank Him by acting out his life, suffering, death, and resurrection every ten years. Incredibly, the promise has been kept all these years and next year will mark the Passion Play’s 42nd performance since its debut in 1634.
If you needed another reason to venture to Oberammergau next year, we've rounded up five for you!