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Oberammergau Passion Play
Oberammergau, Germany . Summer 2022

Oberammergau Passion Play

Join us for a pilgrimage that occurs once a decade

Be a part of the Oberammergau Passion Play through one of our award winning packages. Every 10 years, approximately 500,000 people visit from around the world and attend the play put on by the residents of Oberammergau. Get access to tickets, lodging, and explore Munich, the Bavaria region, and much, much more with Bucket List Events.


A Historic Occasion

In 1633, as the plague swept Europe, the villagers of Oberammergau prayed to God. They promised to perform the story of Jesus’s Passion — his life, death and resurrection — every 10 years, as long as God spared them from the horrors of the disease. Since then, the people of Oberammergau, in what is now Germany, have largely kept up their end of the bargain.

The play has a cast of some 2,500 and can feature 900 people onstage at once. The first of the 103 daylong performances had been scheduled for May 16. Due to Covid-19, the 103 performances scheduled for 2020 will be delayed until 2022. Each performance of the Passion Play is watched by around 4,500 people, many of whom travel to Germany especially for the event.

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This is not the first time an edition of the Passion Play has been canceled. In 1770, Elector Maximilian III, then Duke of Bavaria, briefly banned all passion plays, as part of a drive against extravagance.

The 1920 edition was canceled because the village lost many musicians and actors in World War I, although the villagers voted to stage it again in 1922. In 1940, during World War II, the play was canceled entirely. Organizers began preparing for a 1947 edition, but this was called off over concerns about feeding and accommodating so many visitors during a period of postwar reconstruction.

Oberammergau Passion Play Package Inclusions

Trips to Germany with Bucket List Events include:

  • 4-star hotel accommodations in Munich for 5 nights
  • 3-star hotel in Oberammergau for 2 nights
  • Daily breakfast in hotel
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • Full-day excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof
  • City tour of beautiful Munich
  • Full-day trip to Salzburg and Berchtesgaden
  • Options to visit World War II landmarks, soccer matches, shopping trips, etc.
  • Guided assistance throughout your stay


Finding a hotel in Bavaria during the Passion Play can be a headache.  But we’ve established relationships with some of the best hotels in the area so we can offer exclusive options to Bucket List travelers.


City and castle tours

Make the most of your packages by visiting some of Bavaria’s most incredible sites. Explore cosmopolitan Munich on a guided tour through the city’s most scenic parts, and join us for incredible trips to Salzburg, Berchtesgaden, Garmisch, and the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle on the Austrian border.

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 Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle
Visit one of Europe’s most beloved sites: the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle in the small Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau. This world-famous architectural wonder is surrounded by a stunning landscape that will take your breath away.

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 Bike Tour of Munich 
A ride through Munich’s most famous sites is a pleasant way to see the city. You’ll see the sprawling English Gardens, the Deutsches Museum, the Bavarian Parliament, the Volksbad, and much, much more!