Almost 400 years ago, the villagers of Oberammergau, Bavaria promised God that if he would spare them from the bubonic plague that was ravaging their region, they would depict the life and death of Jesus in the form of a play. God kept his side of the promise and the villagers performed their first re-enactment of the Passion of Christ in 1634 to fulfill their vow. This play will mark the 42nd time the villagers have performed the play over the past 384 years.

From May to September, about half of the 5,400 residents of Oberammergau will participate in this epic re-enactment as actors, singers, instrumentalists and stage technicians. READ A SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY that includes Old and New Testament scenes woven together to tell the story of Jesus on a broad canvas. WATCH A SHORT TRAILER for the Play.

Though there are many performances, because it only happens once every 10 years, Oberammergau Passion Play tickets are in great demand!

Going to Oberammergau? Please familiarize yourself with the information below:

 

Important information for Oberammergau travellers

Arrival and Departure to Oberammergau

By car from Munich:

Take the motorway A95, exit Murnau, and then drive in the direction of Oberammergau or go to the end of the motorway at Eschenlohe and then via Oberau to Oberammergau.

By train:

To get to the train schedule enquiry of Deutsche Bahn: www.bahn.de
Travel via Augsburg resp. Munich to Murnau. There, take the regional train in the direction of Oberammergau. You can also ride on directly to Oberau without changing trains and from there take the RVO-bus to Oberammergau (www.rvo-busse.de, Line 9606).

Check-in/Check-out times

Check-in: from 2 pm until 1 am (luggage storage from 10 am) / Check-out: until 10 am, afterwards possible to store luggage if necessary.

Tickets

Tickets will be issued upon arrival at your accommodation.

Admittance

Passion Play Theatre area
An event area with admission checks is set up in front of the Passion Play Theatre. Please allow sufficient time (at least 1 hour before the start of the performance).

Identity check
Before you enter the Passion Play Theatre area there will be admission controls. Bag and body checks may be carried out as part of the admission checks. These are to be tolerated to an appropriate extent. Admission into the theatre is only permitted with a valid ticket. The ticket must be shown at the entrance of the theatre.

Personalized tickets
Admission is only permitted upon presentation of a valid ticket for the performance day. The name of the visitor must be entered on the back of the ticket.
At the request of the admission staff, an identity card must be presented in order to check whether the person entered on the ticket is the same as the ticket holder entering the theatre.
During the performance, your ticket must be carried at all times and presented on request.
For safety reasons, the Passionsspiele Oberammergau Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG must have all the names of the visitors.
Commercial sale of the ticket is not permitted.

Admittance times
Please schedule enough time for the identity check at the entrance of the event area. We recommend at least 1 hour for identity checks for the 1st and 2nd act. Admission to the Passion Play Theatre takes place approx. 45-60 minutes before the start of the performance. Your seat must be taken 15 minutes before the beginning of the performance.
Please note: Admission is not possible after the start of the performance.
Please inform yourself before your visit about possible changes to the admission times at: www.passionplay-oberammergau.com.

In the theatre

Information regarding clothing
Please note that the Passion Play Theatre is an open-air stage with roofed seats. Therefore, please wear seasonal comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing.
Wardrobe can be left at a baggage drop-off point on site.
Blankets will be provided for you on-site.

Prohibited objects
The following objects are not permitted in the event venue (theatre):
– Food and beverages more than 0,5 litre
– Bags exceeding the DIN A4 format
– Other objects (such as walking sticks, umbrellas, etc.)
– Pyrotechnic material
– Weapons and other dangerous objects

Only resealable beverage bottles made of shatterproof material up to 0,5 litre (no glass bottles) and mini umbrellas may be taken into the theatre. Prohibited objects can be deposited at a baggage drop-off point on site.
During the performances, any electronic devices (e.g. mobile phone, smartphone) must be set up in such a way that they do not interfere with the performance by sound, vibration or light signals (airplane mode).

Sound, film, photo and video recording
Sound, film, photo and video recordings of any kind are prohibited at the venue for copyright reasons. Recording equipment and cameras of any kind brought along must be returned to the baggage drop-off points for storage for a fee.

Induction system for people with hearing aids
An induction loop for the hearing impaired is available.

Smoking
Smoking is forbidden in the theatre.

Bus transfer

In order to use the shuttle service, please show your ticket when boarding. The pictogram on the ticket entitles you to a transfer free of charge. If your ticket does not have a bus pictogram you are not entitled to use the bus.

Eating and drinking during the break

Passion meal

Break times May 15 to August 15:
Expected between 5.00 pm and 8.00 pm

Break times August 16 to October 2:
Expected between 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm

Please refer to your travel documents for your assigned restaurant.

Due to strict security checks, we ask that you arrive at the Passion Play Theatre area at least 1 hour before the start of the performance. We ask you to consider this depending on the distance of your restaurant.

Introduction to the Play

Introductions to the Play will take place on each playing day.
Times:
English introduction 10.30 am
German introduction 11.15 am
The meeting point is at the foyer of the Passion Theatre.
Duration: approx. 30 minutes
Admission is free and no ticket is required.

Oberammergau Museum

(IM)MATERIAL– fabrics, body and passion
A building and room installation for the Passion Play 2022, April 23rd to October 16th, 2022

The Oberammergau Museum is one of the oldest and most beautiful cultural history museums in Bavaria. A part of the museum will be rebuilt with the laminated folk costumes of the Passion Plays 2000 and 2010. The interior, which is thus covered, will become a space for experience and reflection. A large part of the small sculptures in the collection from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries depict the birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. Through veiling, alienation and light projections, the view is directed to individual exhibits. The path begins in the nativity scenes department, leads through the historical rooms, which were furnished in 1910, and ends in a large room installation. The visitor enters and leaves the alienated area again and again. The museum becomes a place of reflection on one’s own imprints, fears, ideas and the question of redemption. Finally, each visitor receives a small piece of fabric from the former costumes of the people of Jerusalem as a symbol of (im)material exchange and community between people.

Oberammergau Museum
Dorfstraße 8
82487 Oberammergau
+49 (0)8822 941 36
www.oberammergaumuseum.de
Opening hours:
9am to 2pm and 5pm to 7.30pm
On days without performance from 9 am to 6 pm
Entrance fee: Single price museum regular: € 3,50,
with ticket Passion Play € 2,50, child: € 1,50

 

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