Oberammergau Passion Play
on 14 Nov 2018
Add an exclamation point to your European holiday in 2020 by taking in the full-blown spectacle of the Passion Play, performed in a Bavarian village. Phil Hoffmann Travel is offering a number of European holidays organised by Albatross Tours that take in the famous re-enactment held every 10 years since 1634, in the German village of Oberammergau. Managing director Phil Hoffmann says it has been a tradition since the Thirty Years’ War and bubonic plague were ravaging Europe. “The town pledged if God would spare them from further suffering and death, they would perform a play each decade in tribute to the Passion of Christ,” he says. Locals first performed it on a stage erected in the town’s cemetery. Performed repeatedly over the course of 5 months during every year ending in zero, the production involves over 2,000 performers, musicians and stage technicians, the great majority of whom are residents of the village.
Today, it’s staged on a larger scale, with a backdrop of Kofel peak and the surrounding Ammergau Alps. The massive open-air stage erupts with colour, music and song with 100 choristers, a 55-piece orchestra and up to 2000 local residents re-enacting the story of The Passion of the Christ. Mr Hoffmann says it will be the third series of Oberammergau Passion Play holidays operated by Albatross Tours. In 2020, Albatross Tours is offering 78 departures from May to October, with guaranteed, premium seating for the performances. Albatross Tours offers a leisurely style of touring with the accent on a more personal experience, travelling in small groups of 10 to 28 travellers. Travellers will experience two-, three- and four-night stays in cities or regions, and will welcome designated “My Time” to explore at their pace. Travellers can choose from Albatross Tours itineraries detailed in the company’s 44-page brochure offering European “Passion Play” tours ranging from 5 to 22 days long. Enjoy a feast of scenic spots in northern Italy and southern Germany on the 10-day “The Two Passion Plays of Sordevolo and Oberammergau tour”, which journeys from Milan to Munich. Travellers will also catch the Italian version of the Passion Play in the village of Sordevolo (in the Piedmont region) as well as the Bavarian version. Enjoy a two-night stay in Verona and visit its impressive, Roman Amphitheatre and buzzing squares, as well as nearby Lake Garda. Witness scenic Orta San Giulio on Lake Orta and discover picturesque Innsbruck, famous for its Golden Roof, during a further two-night stay. Driving over the stunning Fern Pass (in the Bavarian mountains), Mad King Ludwig’s “fairytale” Neuschwanstein Castle also awaits exploration.
Travellers can also opt for the 17-day “Black Forest, Bavaria and the Tyrol and the Oberammergau Passion Play” tour, travelling from Frankfurt to Munich. Picture cobblestoned streets in stunning villages and wine tasting on the “route Alsace du Vin”. Take in the spectacular mountain views from Hitler’s Eagles Nest and the undulating Sound of Music hills near baroque Salzburg, in addition to the Oberammergau Passion Play. Further exploration can be enjoyed on the 22-day “Italian Lakes and Tuscany and the Oberammergau Passion Play Experience”. Discover the delightful ports and villages dotted around Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda in northern Italy, explore Genoa, seductive Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre. Visit the Ferrari museum and enjoy a stay in a Venetian villa. Also explore beautiful Salzburg, Innsbruck and the Austrian Tyrol.
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