©Passion Play Oberammergau 2020
©Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

Held just once every decade, the Oberammergau Passion Play is an unforgettable spectacle and icon of European travel. The epic performances by the inhabitants of a beautiful Bavarian town poignantly recounts the final days of Christ.

If you miss the extraordinary event in 2020, you’ll be waiting until 2030 for another chance to experience it!

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Who performs the Passion Play in Oberammergau?

To be considered as a performer in the Passion Play, you must either have been born in the village, married to a local for 10 or more years, or lived there personally for 20 years. No exceptions to these rules are made. For the 2020 performance, Jesus will be played by both Frederik Mayet (who played the same role in the 2010 production) and Rochus Rückel. Ruckel has been confirmed as the second-youngest actor to play Jesus in the almost 400-year-old history of the Passion Play.

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The History of the legendary Passion Play

The 2020 Passion Play will be its 42nd performance and it first began back in the year of 1633. The Plague had descended upon the residents of the small village of Oberammergau, and its citizens made a solemn vow that if their lives were spared, they would perform a play that depicted the story of Christ's life, suffering and resurrection in full once every ten years. Amazingly, there were no further deaths as a result of the Plague, so – in 1634 – it began.


Where is the village of Oberammergau?

A small village known also for its wood-carvings, Oberammergau is located in beautiful Bavaria – in Germany. It is situated among the stunning Ammergau Alps and this village provides a fantastic base to do some exploring. The roots of Oberammergau's wood-carving tradition can be traced back to the Middle Ages and it is something first recorded in the year 1111, by Rottenbucher monks.


To ensure you don’t miss this once-per-decade experience, you can either book your place online via our websites or call our friendly teams, who can help secure this bucket-list trip for you at your convenience. However you choose to book, we can’t wait to welcome you on tour.

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Depending on the Oberammergau tour you want to join, just get in touch via the contact details below and we’ll do the rest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The play takes around seven hours in total, with a 3-hour interval for dinner.

The play is performed in German throughout its entirety. The language doesn’t stop people from all over the globe travelling to witness this once-per-decade spectacle.