©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 recounts 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!

©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

Next date
13 May 2020
Price from
£1,945
Duration
6 days
Activity Level
Moderate
Next date
July 13 2020
Price from
£2,295
Duration
7 days
Activity Level
Moderate

6 Day Itinerary Highlights

Oberammergau

Spend the night in Oberammergau

A one-night stay in the charming village of Oberammergau itself. 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

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

The play is performed in German throughout its entirety. The language doesn’t stop people from all over the globe travelling to witness this once-per-decade spectacle.