©Passion Play Oberammergau 2020
©Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

Held just once every decade, the Oberammergau Passion Play is an unforgettable spectacle and icon of European travel.

The epic performances by the inhabitants of a beautiful Bavarian town poignantly recount the final days of Christ.

If you miss the extraordinary event in 2020, you’ll be waiting until 2030 for another chance to experience it!

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©Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

Who stars in the Passion Play?

For the 2020 performance, Jesus will be played by both Frederik Mayet (who played the same role in the 2010 production) and Rochus Rückel. Ruckel has been confirmed as the second-youngest actor to play Jesus in the almost 400-year-old history of the Passion Play.

Upcoming Departures

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7 days
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£2,295 £2,180.25
Next date
13 July 2020
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6 days
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£1,895 £1,800.25
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25 August 2020

6 Day Itinerary Highlights

Oberammergau

Spend the night in the Oberammergau area

A one-night stay in the Oberammergau area. Its glorious mountain setting in Bavaria is the idea base from which to enjoy the legendary Passion Play and to get an authentic feel for the local colour. Another thing the village is known for is its traditional woodcarvers, who have been creating their intricate crafts so expertly since medieval times.

Zillertal Steam Railway

Zillertal Steam Railway

An excursion on the historic Zillertal Steam Railway. This nostalgic narrow gauge railway will take you from Jenback to Mayrhofen, a 32-kilometre route that opened first in 1902, and the charms of journeying through the glorious Zillertal Valley aboard a steam-powered locomotive is sure to enchant any traveller.

Salzburg

Salzburg excursion

A themed excursion in the wonderful Austrian city of Salzburg. For the music lovers among us, choose Mozart. If you’re more of a movie aficionado, opt for our tour centres around the iconic Rogers & Hammerstein film, ‘The Sound of Music’. Both trips include visits to the Hohensalzburg Fortress – built way back in 1077 and sits high above the Baroque historical district – and the stunning Salzburg Cathedral.

Innsbruck

Innsbruck

A trip to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, where a guided walking tour of the beautiful Old Town awaits. Here, we can stroll down the famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse and gaze upon the magnificent Golden Roof. This landmark gets its name from the 2,657 fire-gilded tiles that adorn its roof and was built by Emperor Maximilian.

Tratzberg Castle

Tratzberg Castle

Visit the dramatic Tratzberg Castle, a Renaissance gem among Austria’s stunning castles. Here, you’ll see a splendid courtyard, exquisite parlours and interior walls decorated with images from the 1500s depicting life-sized animals (originally with protruding antlers on the deer) and hunters. Original tools and gadgets are on display within the castle’s many rooms and portraits of Emperor Maximilian’s family can also be seen here.

Frequently Asked Questions

A small village known also for its wood-carvings, Oberammergau is located in beautiful Bavaria in Germany. It is situated among the stunning Ammergau Alps and provides a fantastic base to do some exploring.

To be considered as a performer in the Passion Play, you must either have been born in the village, married to a local for 10 or more years, or lived there personally for 20 years. No exceptions to these rules are made. For the 2020 performance, Jesus will be played by both Frederik Mayet (who played the same role in the 2010 production) and Rochus Rückel. Ruckel has been confirmed as the second-youngest actor to play Jesus in the almost 400-year-old history of the Passion Play.

The play takes around eight hours in total, including a 3-hour interval for dinner.

The play is performed in its original German language throughout, but this doesn't stop people from all over the world travelling to witness it in person. Jesus's story is one of the world's most known, so the ability to understand the language isn't something that will impact your ability to understand and appreciate the performance.

A playbook with an English language translation will also be provided to you, which can be used to follow along and makes for a memorable souvenir.