Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 Tours


2020 will feature 101 performances of the 42nd Passion Play. The five-hour musical drama follows the life of Jesus from the time He entered Jerusalem through the Resurrection. Most of the Passion Play is sung opera-style with a full orchestra and chorus providing a rich musical backdrop. The modern play takes place on an open-air stage with a covered auditorium seating 4,700. With a total cast of 1,000, the play boasts 130 speaking parts and hundreds of smaller parts. To be eligible for a role, the person must have either been born in Oberammergau or lived there 20 years.


Below is a large variety of Oberammergau Passion Play tour packages departing in 2020 year-round.



Scheduled 2020 Oberammergau
Passion Play Tours


Tour Name Luxury Length Info
Oberammergau Tour
(May - September)
4 star 4 Days View Tour
Germany Tour
(May - September)
4 star 5 Days View Tour
Sights of Germany Tour
(September & October)
4 star 6 Days View Tour
Sights of Germany Tour
(May - September)
4 star 7 Days View Tour
Austria & Germany Tour
(September 28-October 6, 2020)
4 star 9 Days View Tour
Germany Reformation Tour
(September & October)
4 star 9 Days View Tour
Switzerland and Germany Tour
(September 28-October 6, 2020)
4 star 9 Days View Tour
Austria & Germany Tour
(June & September)
4 star 10 Days View Tour
Germany Reformation Tour
(May-September)
4 star 10 Days View Tour
Oberammergau and Egypt Tour
(September 9-18, 2020)
4 star 10 Days View Tour
Switzerland and Germany Tour
(June & September)
4 star 10 Days View Tour
Greece and Germany Tour
(July 28-August 7, 2020)
4 star 11 Days View Tour
Steps of Paul and Germany Tour
(July 28-August 7, 2020)
4 star 11 Days View Tour
Austria & Germany Tour
(September 28-October 9, 2020)
4 star 12 Days View Tour
Danube River Cruise and Germany Tour
(July 27-August 7, 2020)
4 star 12 Days View Tour
Israel and Oberammergau Tour
(May - September)
4 star 12 Days View Tour
Italy and Germany Tour
(May - September)
4 star 12 Days View Tour
Switzerland and Germany Tour
(September 28-October 9, 2020)
4 star 12 Days View Tour
Austria & Germany Tour
(June & Septemebr)
4 star 13 Days View Tour
Britain & Germany Tour
(June 26-July 8, 2020)
4 star 13 Days View Tour
Switzerland and Germany Tour
(June & September)
4 star 13 Days View Tour
Italy and Germany Tour
(May - September)
4 star 14 Days View Tour
Churches of Revelation,
Steps of Paul, and Germany Tour
(July 25-August 7, 2020)
4 star 14 Days View Tour
Germany and Imperial Europe Tour
(May - September)
4 star 15 Days View Tour
Petra, Israel, and Oberammergau Tour
(May - August)
4 star 15 Days View Tour
Exodus and Oberammergau Tour
(May - August)
4 star 17 Days View Tour
Italy and Germany Tour
(May - September)
4 star 17 Days View Tour
Grand Europe Tour
(May - September)
4 star 22 Days View Tour

General Information of Oberammergau Passion Play

The History of Oberammergau Passion Play

Only Once Per Decade... The town vowed that if God were to spare them from the effects of the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would perform a play every ten years depicting the life and death of Jesus. The death rate among adults rose from one in October 1632 to twenty in the month of March 1633. The adult death rate slowly subsided to one in the month of July 1633. The villagers believed they were spared after they kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634. The most recent performance was in 2010.

The play, now performed repeatedly over the course of five months, during the first year of each decade, involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the village.

The Oberammergau play has a running time of approximately seven hours. A meal is served during the intermission of the play. Audiences come from all over the world, often on package tours, the first instituted in 1870. Admission fees were first charged in 1790. Since 1930, the number of visitors has ranged from 420,000 to 530,000.

There were at least two years in which the scheduled performance did not take place. In 1770, Oberammergau was informed that all passion plays in Bavaria had been banned by order of the Ecclesiastical Council of the Elector, Maximillian Joseph at the behest of the Catholic Church. In 1780, the play was retitled The Old and New Testament. The new Elector, Karl Theodore, having been assured that the play was "purged of all objectionable and unseemly matter" approved the performance of the play. By 1830, the Catholic Church succeeded in halting the performance of all other passion plays in Bavaria. Only Oberammergau remained.



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