Christmas in Europe – Oberammergau
Everything was pretty shut when we arrived in Oberammergau, but there were still plenty to see just walking around town. It’s not a big town and I dread to think what the place would be like when the Passion Play is on. The next Passion Play is in 2010 and apparently ticket bookings open from next year.
More than 200 years ago, people who could afford, had their houses painted by artists, using the fresco technique. Stroll through Oberammergau’s “Dorfstrasse” and you’ll see colourful pictures on pretty facades, something that Bavarians call ‘Lueftlmalerei’. Most prominent of these painted houses are the ‘Forsthaus’, the ‘Mußldomahaus’ and, last but not least, the ‘Pilatushaus’ with its ornate architectural fantasies. Luckily, this tradition has been kept up today.
Oberammeragau is also famous for its woodcarving. There are some 120 wood craftsmen in Oberammergau and walking around the shops you will see lots of carvings depicting the nativity, etc. I was fortunate the Leonhard Holdrick, Jr. didn’t mind me taking snaps of him at work.