Discover the origins of the Reformation in Germany with a tour of the significant sites of its history, with a special focus on the places important to the life and work of Martin Luther together with the Oberammergau Passion Play which is performed in an open-air stage in the Bavarian town of Oberammergau, Germany. The Passion Play is performed every 10 years.
The 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play will be postponed due to the current situation caused by the corona pandemic. The basis for this is a decision of the district administration of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which prohibits the performance of the event planned from 16.05.2020 to 04.10.2020. The health of our guests and participants is our highest priority, therefore the responsible persons have decided to postpone the premiere of the Passion Play, which was planned for 16 May 2020, until 2022. The premiere is now scheduled for May 14, 2022.
Where is Oberammergau?
Oberammergau is a town located approximately 96km from Munich. The town is beautiful, surrounded by majestic mountains and picturesque meadows. The village is known for woodcarving and is famous for its Bavarian themes painted alongside many of the homes and buildings.
History of the Passion Play
What made the town famous, was its performance of the Passion of Christ every decade. A play of life and death, promised in a moment of mortal threat, and so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1633. During that time, the Black Plague was sweeping through Europe. The villagers of Oberammergau vowed that if their town was spared, they would perform the Passion of Christ every 10 years. The town was spared, and it is amazing that they have been honoring this pledge from generation to generation. The Passion Play performance follows Christ from His triumphant entry into Jerusalem through His Trial, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.