Oberammergau’s world famous Passion Play:
Oberammergau, a small colourful alpine town in Germany is inundated by visitors once every ten years. This town is world famous for its Passion Play, a play about the “Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ”.
Oberammergau began out of a desperate promise that the people made if their village were spared from extinction. In the middle of the Thirty Years’ War from 1618 – 1648 compounded by the plague of 1632 the entire village was threatened with extinction. The surviving villagers made a pledge that if there were spared from extinction, they would forever more stage a play about Christ’s Passion. No further deaths occurred after the pledge and the people have kept their promise since that time.
When they fulfilled their pledge for the first time, the stage they put up was in the cemetery above the fresh graves of the plague victims.
The next Passion Play
The 41st Passion Play is in 2010. Up to 2,000 people will transform themselves into Jews and Romans in this 5-hour long spectacle at the Passionsspielhaus. The premiere takes place on Saturday, May 15, 2010 and the Passion Play will be staged for a total of 102 days, running up till early October.
In 2010, for the first time, the performance will begin in the afternoon and the second part will be performed in the evening hours. The first part starts at 2.30 p.m. and ends at 5.00 p.m. The second part starts at 8.00 p.m. and ends at 10.30 p.m.
Bookings are usually open well in advance of the event and there are various event and accommodation packages available. On Saturdays and on Friday, October 1st and Sunday, October 3rd, you can buy admission tickets without a package. These are intended for our guests who are able to reach Oberammergau conveniently in a day’s trip and who do not require accommodation. The advance sale of tickets without a package began in spring 2009.
Oberammergau is also famous for its wood carving and there are about 120 wood carvers in this village. A Carvers School in town offers courses by specialist carvers. Dorfstrasse is the main street in Oberammergau. We were here in winter and it’s a really pretty place with interesting wall paintings. Look out for the Rococo church of Saint Paul and the famous Pilatushaus with its painting of Christ before Pilate on the facade.