Jesus in the temple in the passion play
Jesus in the temple in the passion play

Oberammergau 2022

The legendary play created from the desperation of a deadly plague saw its almost 400-year history disrupted by a modern-day pandemic, but it will return in 2022 and we have just launched a series of exciting tour itineraries.

Germany’s Oberammergau Passion Play was first staged in 1634, a year after citizens of the charming Bavarian village by the same name made a desperate plea to God that if no more lives were taken by the deadly plague, they would perform a play depicting Christ’s life, suffering, death and resurrection once every ten years as a way of showing eternal gratitude. The villagers kept their promise and the Passion Play has only seen a few incidents where it had to be postponed or cancelled throughout its almost 400-year history, with the most recent being this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

We are offering a special low deposit offer of just £99pp and early booking discount of up to £150pp that will run until 30th November 2020 on our new range of Oberammergau tours.

We will operate our brand new Oberammergau & the Way of St. James tour, which departs on 9th July and is led by none other than British writer Giles MacDonogh. This tour follows the Jakobsweg route of the Camino de Santiago, visiting spectacular pilgrimage churches and the charming villages of Lindau and Bregenz on Lake Constance. There is also an Oberammergau & Mozart’s Salzburg itinerary, which is led by Barnaby Rayfield and explores the architectural marvels of Munich along with sites that are associated with the aforementioned great composer, and also features a private piano recital at Mozart’s birthplace. Finally, we are offering an Oberammergau & the Dream Castles of Bavaria tour, which again is led by Giles MacDonogh and includes visits to the fantastical fortresses of Ludwig, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Herrenchiemsee Palace and Linderhof Palace.

Oberammergau & the Way of St James

Join expert Giles MacDonogh on a discovery of spectacular churches on the Bavarian pilgrimage trail. This tour follows the Jakobsweg route of the Camino de Santiago, visiting pilgrimage churches and the charming villages of Lindau and Bregenz on Lake Constance. Explore the UNESCO-listed Wies Church, enjoy the Oberammergau Passion Play with Category 2 Tickets and visit the awe-inspiring Wieskirche in Steingaden.

Departs 9th July 2022 | Was £̶2̶,̶8̶9̶5̶ now £2,745pp

Oberammergau & the Castles of Bavaria

Another tour led by the fantastic Giles MacDonogh, explore the 19th century ‘Dream Castles’ of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. These fortresses, palaces and country houses, all set in landscapes of Alpine splendour, were like none that came before – so romantic and beautiful that they appear taken from the pages of a fairy-tale. Ludwig’s story had no happy ending, but his fantastical architectural visions live on, bewitching visitors to the present day. 

Departs 8th June 2022 | Was £̶2̶,̶3̶2̶5̶ now £2,225pp

Oberammergau & Mozart's Salzburg

Join Barnaby Rayfield in Munich and Salzburg, counted among Europe’s most culturally and architecturally rich cities. So, if you’re keen to experience the once-a-decade wonder of Oberammergau in 2022, why not combine the Passion Play with these enthralling cities, where you’ll explore palaces, appreciate unforgettable artistic treasures and gain an expert insight into the early life of a musical genius, along with a private piano recital of his works.

Departs 20th July & 24th August | Was £̶2̶,̶2̶9̶5̶ now £2,195pp

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Oberammergau 2022 was published on 16 October 2020