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Join us in Oberammergau in 2020

In 2020, the Bavarian village of Oberammergau will once again perform the famous Passion Play, with thousands of visitors from all over the world. Passion Plays recount the life and ministry of Jesus Christ from the four gospels in a dramatic form. By watching a Passion Play we have a chance to reflect on the events most central to our faith, that Jesus died, was buried and rose again from the dead.

In 2010, we took over 500 travelers to the Passion Play, and had a wonderful time! We offer guaranteed departures and private, custom designed tours for churches and organizations.

  • The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to the middle of the Thirty Years War. In 1633, after months of suffering from the Bubonic Plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the “Play of the Suffering, Dying and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared. Miraculously from that point on they all survived and true to their promise, the first performance was in 1634. This simple performance was held in a meadow and acted by the villagers. After 1674 they decided to change the date, so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680. The only time it was not performed, was during World War II. This time the play will open on May 16, 2020 and ends on October 4, 2020.

  • Who takes part?
    The entire cast consists of villagers who have lived in Oberammergau for at least 20 years. They must also be amateurs and people of high moral and ethical principles. Villagers also make the outstanding costumes. As no wigs are used, participants must grow their hair and beards for several months prior to the performances, beginning on Ash Wednesday 2019 according to the “Hair Decree.”

    By glorifying the Lord for saving their village during the plague, they are fulfilling Psalm 145:4-6 “One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.”

    The producers of the 2020 play are Christian Stuckl and Abdullah Kenan Karaca. The conductor is are Markus Zwink. The designer is Stefan Hageneier.

    Click here to find out more about the directors.

  • The Passion Play Theater was purpose-built, and is the largest open-air stage with a covered auditorium worldwide. It seats 4,500 people. All our seats are in Category 1 (the best seats), so you’ll have an excellent view.

  • We’ll arrive in the Oberammergau area the day before the Play in time for dinner at our hotel. The next morning we’ll have breakfast, then meet for a devotional time. The rest of the morning is free to relax, enjoy the wood-carving shops or visit the exhibition Passion Play in the Alps in the playhouse. We’ll have lunch, then make our way to the theater for Part 1. There is a three hour break for dinner and the play resumes for Part 2. The play is performed in German, but we’ll make sure you have a copy of the English translation.

    Schedule
    May 16- October 4, 2020

    Days of performance
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

    Times
    May 16th to August 16th
    Part I 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Part II 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

    August 17th to October 4th
    Part I 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    Part II 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

June Oberammergau Reformation Tour

June 7-18, 2020
Tour RPJ20 is a 12-day Reformation tour of Germany, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play. Tour hosts are Pastor Bob and Amy McKee (ELCA). Waiting List only.

Netherlands and Swiss Heritage Tour

June 13-21, 2020
Tour RNS20 is a 9-day tour of the Netherlands and Switzerland. Optional add-on tour to the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Splendors of Austria and the Passion Play Tour

June 13-25, 2020
Tour RDM20 is a 13-day tour of Austria and Germany, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Tuscan Treasures and the Passion Play

June 15-27, 2020
Tour RJS20 is a 13-day tour of Italy, Austria, and Germany including the Oberammergau Passion Play.

In the Footsteps of Luther and the Passion Play

June 16-27, 2020
Tour RGA20 is a 12-day Reformation tour of Germany hosted by Pastor Terri Stagner-Collier, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Splendors of Italy and Oberammergau Tour

June 21 - July 2, 2020
Tour RIT20, is a 12-day tour to Italy and Germany including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

June Bavaria and Oberammergau Tour

June 21-25, 2020
Tour RAG20 is a 5-day tour of Munich, Bavarian Castles and Oberammergau. Designed to work well with pre-and post-tour travel in Europe.

Reformation Heritage Oberammergau Tour

June 26-July 9, 2020
Tour RCM20 is a 14-day tour of Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Netherlands Heritage Tour

June 27-July 5, 2020
Tour RNT20 is a 9-day tour of the Netherlands, with an optional Oberammergau post-tour.

July Bavaria and Oberammergau Tour

July 5-9, 2020
Tour RAH20 is a 5-day tour of Munich, Bavarian Castles and the Oberammergau Passion Play. Designed to work well with pre-and post-tour travel in Europe.

Reformation and Redemption Oberammergau Tour

July 14-25, 2020
Tour RKC20, hosted by Rev. Kirk Clayton, is a 12-day tour of Reformation sites in Germany, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Footsteps of Martin Luther in Germany Tour

August 13-22, 2020
Tour RMX20 is a 10-day Reformation tour of Germany, led by Pastor Steve and Merrill Mixer, including the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Oberammergau Celebration Cruise

August 17-26, 2020
Tour RCC20 is an exclusive 10-day cruise on the Danube, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play. Waiting list only

Renewed in Faith—Luther, Oberammergau, and You

September 1-12, 2020
Tour RJH20 is a 12-day Reformation tour of Germany, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play, hosted by Pastor Angela Powell (ELCA). Waiting list only

Private Tours

These are currently private tours, but there is still time for us to plan a custom tour for your group.
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Hollberg Family Oberammergau Tour

June 11-21, 2020
Tour RSH20 is a private 11-day tour of Germany including the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Reformation Tour and Oberammergau Passion Play

June 23 - July 4, 2020
Tour RTU20, is a 12-day Reformation tour of Germany and France, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Italy and the Oberammergau Passion Play

July 3-14, 2020
Tour RSC20, is a 12-day private tour to Italy and Germany for the Passion Play hosted by Pastor Susan Crowell and Amy Brown. Waiting list only

Omaha to Oberammergau Tour

July 5-19, 2020
Tour RHM20 is a private 15-day Reformation tour of Germany and Austria, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Texas Friends European Family Tour

July 11-18, 2020
Tour RMC20, is a private 8-day tour to Italy, the Alps, and Germany including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Oberammergau Bike Tour

July 24-August 4, 2020
Tour RBK20, is a private 12-day bike tour of Germany, hosted by Pastor Jake Lehman, featuring Reformation sites and the Oberammergau Passion Play. Waiting list only

Oberammergau Bus Tour

July 26-August 4, 2020
Tour RBU20, is a 10-day Reformation tour of Germany, hosted by Pastor Ken Johnson, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

St. John’s Germany Tour

July 26 - August 6, 2020
Tour RDR20 is a 12-day private tour of Germany including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play. Guaranteed departure

Winning with Encouragement Oberammergau Tour

September 11-19, 2020
Tour RWW20, is a private 9-day Reformation tour of Germany, hosted by Walt Wiley and Pastor Jim Kallam.

Oberammergau and Oktoberfest Tour

September 14-25, 2020
Tour RST20 is a 12-day tour of Germany, including excellent seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play. Waiting list only

A Trip With A Passion

September 13-26, 2020
Tour RFE20 is a private 14-day tour of Italy, Austria, and Germany including the Oberammergau Passion Play. Waiting list only