Oberammergau Passion Play 2020
About the Passion Play
The Black Plague swept through Europe in the 1600's, yet the small town of Oberammergau was spared. Was it due to their location in the Alp mountains, or was it due to their vow to God to perform the Passion of Christ every 10 years if they were spared? Residents of Oberammergau believe it was God, and every generation since then, has kept the promise to perform the Passion Play.
The play is performed every 10 years by the residents in the town. As a matter of fact, you have to be a native, or have lived there for at least 20 years in order to be a part of the play. Over half the town is involved in either performing, the choir, orchestra, designing costumes or sets.
2020 will be the 42nd time the play will be performed. It runs 5 days per week, beginning May through October. It is 5 and a half hours long, with a 3 hour break for dinner. The play takes place out doors where the sky and mountains are the backdrop. Preparation begins 3 years in advance, so by 2017.
About the Area
Oberammergau is in the State of Bavaria, Germany. While there you can visit the Linderhof Castle, which was King Ludwig's retreat area. There is much to see, but since it is such a small town it is easy to see most of it on your trip there. As far as getting around is concerned, it's literally so small you can walk or bike, but there is also a bus with a few stops. The most decorated asset of Oberammergau is the art of the town, the design of the buildings and its old school, humble style. Of course, over everything the town is known for its Passion Play.
Official Trailer for the Last Oberammergau Passion Play
What Type of Packages Are Available
It's not easy to obtain tickets, and they do sell out each decade. Keep in mind that it's not just people from the United States attending, but from all over the world.
If you are looking for the shortest packages, you have to book a minimum of 3 nights hotel to get tickets. There are different categories of tickets accommodations available, so you will want to make sure you ask what it is you are paying for. There are very few hotels in town, so you may have to stay elsewhere and be bused in. 1A are the best available seats for the play.
There are also escorted tours packages that range from 7 to 14 days. You can tour Germany only, combine tours of other countries in Central Europe, or even begin in London and visit Paris, Germany, Switzerland and end in Italy. Most tour companies guarantee you hotel accommodations in town, as well as the best available tickets. Select river cruise companies such as Avalon Waterways also offer cruise and land combinations.
Tickets and Accommodations
Tickets for the Passion Play 2020 are only available as part of an official package. The tickets are allocated together with the accommodation by the the tour companies, and Atlas has no control over the exact location of the seats, although we are pleased to announce that our approved tickets are all linked to excellent accommodation in Oberammergau & surrounding villages.
The better quality hotels come with the better seats for the performance. The plan of the theatre below shows the seating layout & the corresponding ticket categories, so if you want the best tickets, make sure that you are booking a tour that offers Category 1A seating.
Please note, tickets are not given in advance. Your tickets will be issued to you upon arrival in Europe by your tour guide.
Categories for accommodations are chosen after a thorough inspection of all rooms. They are based solely on the degree of space & furnishings provided
& not by the stars assigned to it by the German Hotel Classifications. In some locations rooms may be assigned in different categories.
HC 2 - Superior First Class 4+-star Hotel with Category 1A Tickets
Superior Hotels with cozy furnishings and spacious rooms. Each room has its own private bathroom and a corner seating area. They are also outfitted
with a minibar or wide variety of drinks, color T.V., radio, direct-dial telephone, Internet access, hair dryer, toiletries, and bathrobes on request.
HC 3 - First Class 4-star Hotel with Category 1 Tickets
Middle Class Hotels with a private bathroom in each room. They are also outfitted with a minibar or wide variety of drinks, color T.V., radio, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, and toiletries.
HC 4 - Tourist Class 3-star Hotel with Category 2 Tickets
Middle Class Hotels with a private bathroom in each room. They are also outfitted with a T.V.
When Can I Book?
If you are interested in Passion Play 2020, it is a bit too soon. You can put your name on a wait list to be one of the first to receive information once it is released. Dates, rates and itineraries that include the Passion Play will be released in 2019. Once you have chosen the package you are interested in, it is not necessary to pay for it up front. A deposit of $250 to $500 pp holds the trip, and then final payment is due 90 days prior to your departure dates. Documents are shipped to you 2 to 3 weeks prior to travel, but don't expect to have the tickets in hand. Your tickets will be given to you the day of the play while you are in the town of Oberammergau. They cannot be replaced if lost, so this is the best way to ensure you attend.
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