Day 6 – Oberammergau & Passion Play After the Black Plague, that was rampant in Europe, left their small village, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play. Over 380 years later you will get to enjoy this one-of-a-kind, six hour musical and dramatic performance. You will have reserved seats, a guided tour of the town and motorcoach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner in Oberammergau is included. (Note: exact day of this Passion Play experience is subject to change due to availability of play tickets.) Day 7 – Free Day or Optional Achensee Train, Boat Ride & Rattenberg Excursion Enjoy a free day in the village or join the optional Achensee Train excursion. Travel on a narrow gauge steam cog railway aboard cars pulled by a 100 year old steam engine through 50 miles of the scenic Tyrolean region to scenic Lake Achensee. Enjoy a boat ride and traditional apple strudel, before traveling to the medieval village of Rattenberg for a glass- blowing demonstration and free time. Day 8 – Free Day or Optional Neuschwanstein Excursion Enjoy a free day in the village or take a photo of the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein that inspired Walt Disney. Then make your way up to the castle via horse-drawn carriages to the drawbridge and enter the beautiful castle. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and hear stories about “Mad” King Ludwig II who commissioned the castle to be built in the 19th century. This optional tour requires you to be in good physical condition as there are many steep stairs and inclines. Day 9 – Depart Munich & return to USA or join an optional extension OBERAMMERGAUPLAYHISTORY
Day 1 & 2 – Depart the US and arrive in Munich Depart the US and arrive in Munich where you will be met by our local representatives. Enjoy a tour of historic Munich, including a stop at the Rathaus (Town Hall) to watch the Glockenspiel. This historic clock from 1908 chimes its 43 bells and enchants viewers with its 32 life-size moving figures three times per day. You will also see the Opera House and the Hofbrauhaus. Enjoy some time to shop before transferring to your alpine hotel for your seven night stay. Day 3 – Innsbruck The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half-day morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town to the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th century. You’ll view Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the medieval city on your own. This afternoon take a tour to the Stubai Glacier. Day 4 – Castles & Churches Today is a full day of photographic wonders. You will visit the beautiful Abbey of Ettal and the picture-perfect Church in the Meadow at Wies. You will tour the magnificent Castle of Linderhof, Mad King Ludwig’s main residence. This small royal residence is a delightful fantasy home for any crazy king or up- and-coming mogul. Day 5 – Salzburg Enjoy a full-day musical adventure as you explore the city of Mozart’s birth, Salzburg. You’ll visit the Cathedral and famous Horse Fountain. You’ll view Hellbrunn Castle, Mirabell Palace and -- from across the river -- see Leopoldskron Palace, which is famous as the film location for “The Sound of Music.”
Since 1634 , the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2022. It is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. A special law is in effect to ensure that all actors of the world’s largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years. Over 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2022 Passion Play.
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