Innsbruck, Bavarian Fairytale Castles & the Oberammergau Passion Play

5 days from $2678 pp twin share

  • Best seats for the Passion Play
  • Leisurely 2 night stays
  • Small group size from just 10 to 28
  • Genuinely inclusive, no extra costs
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • 'My Time' guaranteed

Tour Overview

Amble down Innsbruck’s cobblestoned streets, visit the beautiful 800 year old town of Hall, explore Ludwig’s fairytale castle, take in the spectacular Tyrol mountain views, visit ancient Füssen, the glorious Church in the Meadows and experience the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play!

Highlights

  • Stay 2 nights in the cobblestoned city of Innsbruck
  • See the famous Golden Roof and visit the pretty town of Hall - the oldest in the Austrian Tyrol
  • Drive over the stunning Fern Pass into the Bavarian mountains, visit Ludwig’s ‘fairytale’ Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Relax in the ancient medieval town of Füssen and visit the most beautiful church in Europe, Wieskirche - the ‘Church in the Meadows’
  • Your ‘grand finále’ - stay 2 nights in selected 4 star accommodation and enjoy Category 1 ‘best in house’ seating for the marvellous Oberammergau Passion Play
 

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Innbruck Welcome

Your tour commences mid afternoon in the Olympic ski resort city of Innsbruck. After meeting your Tour Manager, you will enjoy a brief walking tour of the old city centre, with its cobblestoned streets, stone archways and the renowned Golden Roof. Later we enjoy a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Meals:
D
Hotel:
Hotel Grauer Bar or similar

Day 2: The pretty town of Hall and Innsbruck ‘My Time’

This morning we board our coach and drive along the dramatic Inn Valley to the 800 year old town of Hall. Surrounded by the rolling Tyrolean hills, Hall is often considered the most beautiful town in the Tyrol. Your afternoon will be at leisure in Innsbruck’s wonderful Altstadt (old town) where you will have ‘My Time’ to explore the sights such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and shop in the covered arcades. 
Meals:
B

Day 3: Neuschwanstein ‘Fairytale’ Castle, Füssen and the ‘Church in the Meadows’

We start the day with a drive over the stunning Fern Pass to Hohenschwangau into Bavaria. On one hill overlooking the little village you have the neo-gothic castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side above the village is a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of ‘mad’ King Ludwig. We take a leisurely stroll up the wooded road to enjoy a guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle’s state rooms, king’s apartments, halls and throne room; all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Lunchtime will be spent exploring the ancient town of Füssen. In the afternoon we will drive through Bavarian farmlands and forests to make a stop in arguably the most beautiful church in Europe, Wieskirche - the ‘Church in the Meadows’. Surrounded by green fields, the interior of this World Heritage Listed church is an astounding Rococo creation. Later we continue to your 4 star hotel, where we stay the next 2 nights, in preparation for an incredible ‘Oberammergau Passion Play experience’.
 
Please note: The guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle incorporates climbing up and down a number of staircases and, as there are no elevators, the inside visit to the castle this morning may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or limitations. 
Meals:
B
D
Hotel:
Your hotel in the Oberammergau area

Day 4: An incredible Oberammergau Passion Play Experience

An easy start to the day before we enjoy time exploring the colourful village of Oberammergau with its beautiful houses and buildings adorned with “Lüftlmalerei” - ornately painted murals depicting assorted religious scenes. Throughout the afternoon and evening we enjoy the huge spectacle that is the Passion Play from our Category 1 seating.  The famous Passion Play has been performed every ten years since 1633, a time when the Thirty Year’s War and Bubonic Plague were ravaging Europe causing so much suffering and death. With a backdrop of Kofel Peak and surrounded by the Ammergau Mountains, the massive open-air stage erupts with colour, music, song and up to 2,000 local inhabitants enacting the story of the Passion of Christ. 

Meals:
B
D

Day 5: To Munich

This morning we drive to nearby Munich where your tour ends on arrival, mid-morning. Drop off points will be in the city centre and Munich airport. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm. 

Meals:
B

Incredible Value Inclusions

Over $500 value of extras already included 

  • Category 1 seating for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described 
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 4 nights specially selected hotel accommodation 
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 7 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 3 dinners (D) 
  • ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
  • Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels

NO additional ‘on tour’ costs!

 

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Guaranteed to Depart Availability
25 May 2020 29 May 2020 AUD $2,687 Sold Out
6 Jun 2020 10 Jun 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
8 Jun 2020 12 Jun 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
11 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
22 Jun 2020 26 Jun 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
25 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
29 Jun 2020 3 Jul 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
6 Jul 2020 10 Jul 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
11 Jul 2020 15 Jul 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
13 Jul 2020 17 Jul 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
25 Jul 2020 29 Jul 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
8 Aug 2020 12 Aug 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
10 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
22 Aug 2020 26 Aug 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
24 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
3 Sep 2020 7 Sep 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
5 Sep 2020 9 Sep 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
7 Sep 2020 11 Sep 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
17 Sep 2020 21 Sep 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
21 Sep 2020 25 Sep 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available
28 Sep 2020 2 Oct 2020 AUD $2,687 Space Available

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Oberammergau Passion Play - FAQs

What is the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play?

The Passion Play origins date back to 1633, when the community of Oberammergau found itself under threat from the Bubonic plague – the town pledged that if God were to spare them death, they would perform a play each decade to celebrate the life and death of Jesus. Thankfully the vow appeared to work, and as a result the locals were true to their promise – the very first play happened during Pentecost in 1634, where a stage was erected in the local cemetery. Nowadays the performances take place on a much larger scale, with over 2000 of the village’s residents working together to ensure the spectacle honours the vow of their ancestors. Such is the dedication of the residents, all male actors performing in the plays take part in a “Hair Decree”– from Ash Wednesday in 2019, all men are requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow to ensure they have an authentic look in time for 2020!
 

 

What are the performance dates?

There will be up to 103 performances between 16 May and 4 October 2020.
There are usually 3, but sometimes up to 5 performances each week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Albatross Tours will be operating 7 unique touring itineraries with a total of 78 tour departures which include the Passion Play.
 

How long is the play?

The play is 5 hours long. It is held throughout the afternoon and evening with a 3-hour break for an included 3 course dinner. Based on the 2010 programme we are assuming there will be 11 Acts featured in the 2020 Passion Play programme.  
 

Performance times 

19 May - 16 August | Part I : 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Part II : 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
 
Later in the season when the sun sets earlier the times change by one hour
17 August – 4 October | Part I : 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Part II 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
 

Do we have good seats?

Yes, the best! You will have Category 1 seating – the best seats in house. 
 
Albatross Tours - Oberammergau Seating  Plan - Category 1A
 

How many seats are there?

The audience section is fully covered and contains 4,720 comfortable covered seats. 
 

What language is the show in?

The shows will be exclusively in German. You can buy a programme with an English translation of the text on the day of the performance.
 

If the stage is open air what happens if it rains?

The massive open air stage has a fabulous backdrop of Kofel Peak and is surrounded by the Ammergau Mountains, all of which enhances the drama. However if it does rain, at the push of a button a giant mechanical cover will extend out and over the stage. 
 

How big is the show?

Enormous! There will be 100 choristers, a 55-piece orchestra and 2,000 actors - all locals. There will be music, singing, vivid and colourful stage settings, tableaux vivants (living pictures) depicting biblical scenes, speeches and dramatic re-enactments of the story of the Passion of Christ - from his entry into Jerusalem until his death on the cross and his subsequent resurrection.  
 

Who are the actors? 

They are all locals, and to be eligible they must have lived in Oberammergau for at least 20 years. This means that about 3,000 of the town’s 5,000 inhabitants hold the right to perform; since 2000 people participate, that’s more than 60 percent of the eligible townsfolk!
 

What is the ‘Hair decree’?

Such is the dedication of the residents, all male actors performing in the play take part in a ‘Hair Decree’. From Ash Wednesday in 2019, all men will be requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow to ensure they have an authentic look in time for 2020! (The ‘Romans’ have shaved heads!)
 

Who organises the Passion Play?

The local community have an organisation called ‘Passionsspiele Oberammergau’. They appoint the artistic director and his team. They consolidate all ticket sales in co-ordination with all attached accommodation allocations in Oberammergau and within the immediate area. 
 

Where is Oberammergau?

Located in Bavaria about 100 kms south of Munich, Oberammergau is nestled in a beautiful valley in the Ammergau Alps. The village is known for its beautifully painted houses and woodcarving shops. The whole region is delightful. Nearby towns include lively Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Unterammergau, Ettal with its magnificent Kloster Abbey, Murnau am Staffelsee - close to Lake Staffelsee, and the spa town of Bad Kohlgrub.
 

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