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Oberammergau Passion Play

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Witness the world-famous Passion Play in the in the shadows of the Alps in the beautiful village of Oberammergau with Newmarket Holidays. See the story of Christ’s Passion unfold on a vast stage, a spectacular event that only happens every ten years.

Once a decade, in accordance with a solemn oath sworn by their forefathers nearly four hundred years ago, some 1500 residents of the Bavarian village of Oberammergau re-enact the last week of the Life of Jesus, His Suffering, Death, Resurrection and Transfiguration.

This, the world renowned Passion Play, takes place each day on a vast open-air stage, accompanied by a massed choir and orchestra, in front of a covered auditorium that can hold up to 5,000 spectators, drawn from all over the world to witness this truly moving and extraordinary event.

Over 2000 villagers are involved in the production, acting, singing or playing in the orchestra. While the auditorium is covered, the stage is open to the elements, adding to the authenticity of the performance. Such is the quality of the acoustics that no microphones are used, as the dialogue and music is carried to the furthest seats. The unfolding drama, of Old Testament scenes and the Passion, takes place over two acts, with an early evening interval.

Travel with Newmarket Holidays and head to the beautiful village, where you might take the opportunity to visit the museum, which depicts the story of the Passion Play down the years.

The Oberammergau Passion Play is an astonishing endeavour, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those lucky enough to see it, so join us and experience Oberammergau.


Oberammergau appears a quiet village but comes alive once every decade with numerous visitors waiting to watch its unique Passion Play. While the play alone attracts thousands of visitors worldwide, there is still much more to this beautiful town. Here are some of things to do on your stay in Oberammergau.

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