Oberammergau and Tyrolean and Bavarian Highlights
- Oberammergau Passion Play
The Passion Play is only performed once every 10 years.
Discover this Tyrolean capital.
- Neuschwanstein Castle
Visit one of the castles built by ‘Mad’ King Ludwig II.
- Zugspitze Mountain
Enjoy views from the top of Germany’s highest mountain.
- Half board
Attend the Oberammergau Passion Play, and explore some Tyrolean and Bavarian towns and highlights
Every ten years, the small village of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps stages what is regarded as the most important passion play in the world. The next performance is scheduled for 2020, when an estimated audience of some 500,000 people will watch one of the 102 performances taking place in the village. Join us on this special holiday exploring some of the highlights of the Tyrol and Bavaria including the Zugspitze Mountain, charming Innsbruck and the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, built by ‘mad’ King Ludwig II. Your holiday concludes at Oberammergau, where you’ll take your seat at the passion play for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The play was first performed in 1634 after plague struck the inhabitants of Oberammergau the year before. The villagers vowed that if God would spare them, they would perform a Passion Play every 10 years. Miraculously, there were no further plague victims and the play has been performed every ten years thereafter in fulfillment of the promise (with the exception of the war years and the play’s 350th anniversary). Enacting the ‘…suffering, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ and starting with Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem, this extraordinary event involves nearly half of Oberammergau’s inhabitants, all of whom (excluding children) will have been residents for at least 20 years and who will take roles ranging from actors and singers, to stage design, props and chorus. In anticipation of the play, Oberammergau men taking part will start to grow their hair and beards from Ash Wednesday 2019, following the village “Beard and Hair Edict”, with rehearsals commencing later in the year. From the play’s origins to its outstanding ‘tableaux’, performances and the spectacle of up to 1500 actors on stage, the Oberammergau Passion Play offers a unique experience – the perfect concluding highlight to a memorable holiday.
7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners(D)
- Attend the Oberammergau Passion Play
- Official Passion Play Programme
- Entrance to the Oberammergau Museum
- Guided tour of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Climb the Zugspitz on the cogwheel train and Gletscherbahn cable car
- Guided city tour of Innsbruck
- Visit to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and Lake Reschen
- Visit to Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle
- Welcome drink
- Saga tour manager
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Porterage at your hotel
Familien-Landhotel STERN Familie Föger Unterstrass 253 6416 Obsteig am Mieminger Sonneplateau Tirol, Austria
The locally rated 3-star Hotel Stern lies on the beautiful Mieming Plateau in the Upper Inn Valley in western Tyrol. With a mountain backdrop dotted with meadows and lakes, take time out to just enjoy the vistas and hospitality, walk in the surrounding area or perhaps enjoy one of the activities on offer (charges may apply).
Each of the 43 rooms has a balcony, television, telephone, and hairdryer.
Food and Drink
Your stay at the Hotel Stern is on a half-board basis.
Look forward to enjoying buffet breakfasts including local natural products and dining in the hotel’s restaurant which serves traditional cuisine.
Day 1 UK-Munich
Fly to Munich. Transfer to Obsteig in the Upper Inn Valley of the western Tyrol and the locally rated 3-star Hotel Sterm, where you will stay for the next six nights on a half-board basis. D
Day 2 Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze
After breakfast depart from your hotel for the Bavarian ski-resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Composed of two towns that were merged in 1936, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a blend of a traditional old Alpine village with the more modern feel of Garmisch, set against a mountain backdrop. The town lies at the foot of Zugspitz mountain, Germany’s highest mountain at nearly 3,000 metres. After exploring the town on a guided tour, climb aboard the nostalgic cogwheel train and the Gletscherbahn cable car as you journey up the mountain. After taking in the breathtaking views of some 400 mountain peaks spanning four countries, visit the Zugspitz exhibition to learn about the mountain, and see Germany’s highest chapel church. Return to your hotel where you can enjoy dinner this evening. B,D
Day 3 Innsbruck
Today you’ll head for the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, where a guided city tour will reveal some of its highlights including the famous ‘Golden Roof’. Covering a balcony, the gilded roof decorated with some 2,657 tiles was completed around 1500 and was used by the Emperor Maximilian I to observe ceremonial events. The city also boasts a fine palace, museums, charming old town and a breathtaking mountainous backdrop. The city has been host to the Winter Olympic Games on two occasions. After your guided tour enjoy some time at leisure to explore independently before returning to your hotel for dinner. B, D
Day 4 Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and Lake Reschen
Set off this morning for Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis which lies at the foot of the Samnaun Alps and is one of Austria’s largest ski areas. After exploring here, you’ll continue south into Italy passing by the underwater village of Graun, submerged when the artificial Lake Reschen was created as a reservoir by the merging of the lakes Reschensee and Mittersee. Look out for the church tower that rises out of the water and whose bells it is said can still be heard – despite their removal in 1950! Return to your hotel for dinner this evening. B, D
Day 5 Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle
Discover the enchanting Bavarian town of Fussen which lies on Germany’s‘Romantic Road – a 400-kilometre old trade route and Roman road. Dotted with period buildings and running from ancient Würzburg to Fussen, it is also known for castles built by ‘mad’ King Ludwig II. In Fussen look out for views of the Hohen Schloss, former residence of the archbishops of Augsberg from the 15th-18th centuries. Afterwards, continue to Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig II in nearby Hohenschwangau. With its fairytale appearance, the castle appeared in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and also served as inspiration for the famous Walt Disney ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’. King Ludwig’s obsession with the arts and architecture resulted in the building of these distinctive and now famous romantic-style castles. Declared unfit to rule on 12 June, 1886, the King mysteriously died within 24 hours of the declaration in the company of his psychiatrist. Today the findings of the psychiatrist and the circumstances surrounding the King’s death have been investigated and found wanting… At the end of your visit, return to your hotel for dinner. B, D
Day 6 At leisure
Spend today at leisure and enjoy relaxing at your hotel as you take in the views, or alternatively stroll in the surrounding countryside or try one of the activites on offer at the hotel including cycling and fishing (charges may apply). The hotel is also close to attractions including Klamm Castle and magnificent Stams Monastery. B, D
Day 7 Oberammergau
After breakfast you’ll travel to the Oberammergau region and enjoy lunch prior to the start of the Passion Play at 2.30pm. Take your seats as the play begins with the customary prologue and chorus, followed by two tableaux of Adam and Eve, and a representation of the original vow made in 1633. The play then follows the life of Jesus from his entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey, to the Resurrection. There will be a three-hour interval between 5pm and 8pm when dinner will be served, before the performance recommences, finishing at approximately 10.30pm, when you’ll travel to your new hotel in the Oberammergau region.. B, L, D
Day 8 Oberammergau-UK
After breakfast depart from your hotel and transfer to Munich airport for your return flight to the UK. B