Multiple Options for Individuals and Group Hosts | May-October 2022
Sadly, the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play, a once-a-decade event, has been postponed due to COVID-19. We share the disappointment and frustration of all the attendees, but know that this difficult decision was made to protect the health and safety of all involved.
While we are disappointed for the 2020 event, the postponement means we are able to offer a number of trips during the rescheduled season. The premiere is May 14, 2022 and the final performance is October 2, 2022.
We have four draft itineraries, listed below. These are starting points if you are a group leader wanting to host a trip; we will work with you to customize each trip to your needs. For individuals, we will offer the option to join a pre-arranged trip with dates and itinerary to be determined.
Sample itineraries include:
The Musical Alps: Arriving in Munich and departing from Vienna, this tour explores art and theater through Germany and Austria. This itinerary includes exploring Munich, visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, the Passion Play in Oberammergau, the Sound of Music tour and the Marionette Theater, both in Salzburg, and a few days in Vienna before departing.
The Reformation in Germany and Switzerland: This pilgrimage begins in Berlin and travels to Wittenberg, where Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door at Wittenberg Castle, then to Wartburg Castle where Luther hid after his excommunication, and on to Worms. The pilgrimage continues to Zurich and Geneva to explore the Swiss Reformation, and then to Oberammergau. After the Passion Play, the tour returns to Munich for your return home.
Calvin, the Reformation, and the World Wars: If you have more time to spend, this itinerary is for you. After spending the first few days in Paris, you will depart for Normandy, site of the Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. From Normandy, travel through French countryside, stopping at a Champagne house to sample the beverage that Dom Perignon described as “…tasting the stars!”. We continue to Verdun, site of the famous World War I battle, before visiting Zurich and Geneva. Our final destination is Oberammergau and the Passion Play, after which you travel to Munich for your return flight.
Finally, Oktoberfest and Oberammergau: This is the perfect itinerary if time is limited. Starting in Munich, we’ll explore the city, famous for beer halls and the site of Hitler’s first coup attempt, the Beer Hall Putsch. We’ll enjoy Oktoberfest with visits to the famous beer tents From Munich, we’ll visit Nuremberg and the Dachau Concentration Camp. Leaving the Munich area, we head to Neuschwanstein Castle, the Pilgrimage Church of Wies, and finally Oberammergau for the Passion Play.