A Play of Passion in Obgerammergau

Taking place every ten years, the Passion Play in Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany, is the summer event not to be missed.

Re-enacting the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the roots of the Passion Play date back to the early 1600’s when the bubonic plague killed the majority of the residents in Oberammergau. In thanks for being spared from the dreaded lurgy, villagers promised to present a play to express their gratitude. Amazingly, the Passion Play has been performed every decade since 1634.

In keeping with authenticity, all of the performers within the play must be residents of Oberammergau for at least the past twenty years. Rehearsals for the Passion Play begin almost a year in advance – in real life, this year’s Jesus is a psychologist while Mary is a flight attendant.

Now until October 3, 2010, you have the chance to see the five-hour Passion Play at the open air theater in Oberammbergau; there’s also a three-hour intermission for dinner so plan to devote an entire day to seeing the play. Performed only in German, guests from other countries are given guidebooks in their own language through which the play can be followed.

Unfortunately, tickets only are now sold out but one and two night packages are still currently available.

For more information, visit Oberammergau Passion Play.

Photo Credit: Passion Play Oberammergau 2010

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