In 1634 the inhabitants of the Bavaria village of Oberammergau made an undertaking that if God spared them the effects of the bubonic plague which was at that time sweeping through Europe, they would in remembrance perform a passion play at regular intervals as a thank offering for being saved. It has been performed every ten years since. So it will be that in 2020 more than 2000 actors, children, instrumentalists, singers and technicians, all of whom live in the village, will once again re-enact the Passion of Christ.
The Oberammergau Passion Play has become a world-renowned artistic phenomenon, and Temple World has secured a small number of top grade tickets for the 2020 performance. The 2020 play will be presented during the afternoon and evening, a total duration of five hours, with a supper break in the middle. All the seats in the theatre, which can accommodate 4700 people, have uninterrupted views of the stage. During the visit to Oberammergau for the performance of the play, we shall spend two nights in village hotels/local guest houses (please note, local accommodation confirmed nearer to the time).
To make the most of this fascinating and scenic locale, the tour also includes five nights in the adjacent Austrian Alps at the village of St Gilgen by the Wolfgangsee. From your 4* hotel, enjoy guided visits to the surrounding lakes and towns, plus nearby Salzburg, with a Mozart dinner concert. Accompanying scholar Professor Bridget Heal, an expert in European religious culture and history, will give a series of illuminating evening lectures during the tour to broaden our understanding of this region.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Munich | Overnight Hollweger Hotel, St Giglen (5 x nights)
Day 2: Excursion around Saltzkammergut Lake District
Day 3: Morning guided walk around St Gilgen | Afternoon free to explore
Day 4: Visit Saltzburg | Mozart dinner concert
Day 5: Day at leisure to enjoy the many local excursions
Day 6: Travel to Oberammergau visiting abbey church of The Benedictine Monastery in Ettal | Overnight Hotel/Guest House (2 x nights)
Day 7: The Passion Play
Day 8: After breakfast return to Munich for flight home to London Heathrow
Day 1: 19 August Fly from London Heathrow to Munich | Overnight Hollweger Hotel St Gilgen
Day 2: 20 August Excursion around Saltzkammergut Lake District | Overnight Hollweger Hotel
Day 3: 21 August Morning guided walk around St Gilgen | Afternoon free | Overnight Hollweger Hotel
Day 4: 22 August Visit Salzburg | Mozart dinner concert | Overnight Hollweger hotel
Day 5: 23 August Day at leisure | Overnight Hollweger Hotel
Day 6: 24 August Travel to Oberammergau | Visit abbey church of Benedictine monastery in Ettal | Overnight Oberammergau
Day 7: 25 August The Passion Play | Overnight Oberammergau
Day 8: 26 August After breakfast, return to Munich airport for flight to London Heathrow
Dates and Prices
Prices are in UK£, per person, based on double occupancy
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Five nights at the Hollweger, St Gilgen followed by two nights at hotels/guest houses in Oberammergau, half board in Austria and full board on the day in Oberammergau, top grade Passion Play ticket and programme, all excursions, transfers, tips, tour manager & accompanying scholar.
Optional flights from London Heathrow (price of £200 includes airline taxes), lunches in Austria (except on the day of the play), drinks, travel insurance. *Please see section 16 of our terms and conditions regarding currency surcharges.
Booking your own travel
You are welcome to book your own flights to co-ordinate with this tour. Start and end point is Munich airport.
*Very important! Those who plan to book their own flights should not make any binding or non-refundable arrangements until their place has been confirmed in writing on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure
Currently no immunisations are obligatory for entry into Germany or Austria. Please check www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk or contact your GP for advice about recommended immunisations.
For British passport holders, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. However, if the UK leaves the European Union with no deal, the passport validity rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. We will be informing everyone before travel of any changes. British Citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany or Austria. If you hold a different type of British nationality, check entry requirements with the German Embassy. United States, New Zealand and Australian citizens may enter Germany and Austria for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay.
We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Moderate. There are no strenuous hikes but whilst sightseeing, we may be on the go for a few hours at a time. It is important that everyone is able to keep up with the group.
Professor Bridget Heal (Cantab)
Professor Heal took her undergraduate degree at Newnham College, Cambridge and is now a professor of history at St Andrews University. Her research focusses on the impact of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations on German society and culture. She spent two years as a visiting fellow at the Freie Universität, Berlin and is author of the book A Magnificent Faith; Art and Identity in Lutheran Germany.
Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.