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Oberammergau Passion Play


In 2020, the Passion Play will be performed for the 42nd time, maintaining the tradition of this unique world famous event.

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. After endless death and hardship at the hands of the Thirty Years' War and the bubonic plague, the surviving population of Oberammergau vowed that they would perform the "play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ" every ten years if they were spared from extinction.

At Whitsun in 1634, they kept their promise for the first time. As early as the middle of the 18th-century spectators came to Oberammergau from all over Germany, attracted by the great power and mystique of the play. The villagers have kept their vow ever since and their faith and commitment has been recognised and admired around the world. In 2010 the community put on over 100 performances between May and October, continuing the tradition of this world famous event.

Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives

Fred.\ Holidays is one the UK's leading tour operators for holidays to Germany and we can provide tailor-made travel arrangements to the Passion Play. With accommodation in the village of Oberammergau or nearby Ettal, we ensure that you are in the midst of the action for the unique Oberammergau Passion Play.

All pictures show scenes from the Passion Play 2010.

Passionsspiele Oberammergau 2010 / Foto: Brigitte Maria Mayer

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