Oberammergau Passion Play and the Alps
- Oberammergau Passion Play
The Passion Play is only performed once every 10 years.
Discover this Tyrolean capital.
- Wilder Kaiser Mountains and Kitzbuhel
Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery and visit this famous resort.
Enjoy a tour of this famous city.
Attend the Oberammergau Passion Play, and explore the Tyrolean Alps
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 which will start at the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, taking in medieval Rattenberg, Lake Achen, Kitzbuhel and beautiful Salzburg, before concluding 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.
- Guided city tour of Innsbruck
- Entrance to the Oberammergau Passion Play
- Official Passion Play Programme
- Visit to the Oberammergau Museum
- Visit to Rattenberg and Lake Ache
- Kitzbuhel Alps tour
- Horse-drawn carriage ride in Kitzbuhel
- Tyrolean folklore evening
- Guided walking tour of Salzburg
- 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
Hotel Jägerhof, Rettenbergstraße 60, 6115 Kolsassberg, Austria
The locally rated 4-star Hotel Jägerhof lies in the Tyrolean village of Kolsassberg, surrounded by meadows, forests and mountains. Whether you want to just relax on the sun terrace and take in the Alpine views, set off on one of the trails from the hotel or explore further afield, the hotel is conveniently situated and offers a comfortable and welcoming base.
Each of the 48 rooms has:
Food and Drink
Your stay at the Hotel Jägerhof is on a half board basis.
Look forward to enjoying buffet breakfasts and dining in the hotel’s restaurant which serves traditional Tyrolean cuisine.
Heated outdoor pool
Day 1 UK to Munich
Fly to Munich and transfer to your 4-star hotel where you will stay for one night. Munich is the principal city in Bavaria and has an interesting history, together with a wealth of art galleries and museums, and is also host to the famous Oktoberfest. D
Day 2 Kolsassberg, Tyrol
After breakfast, depart from your hotel and enjoy a guided tour of Munich before setting off for a scenic journey into the Tyrol and the village of Kolsassberg, where you will stay for the next five nights. Check into the Hotel Jagerhof situated in the village, with a charming backdrop of forests, mountains and meadows. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and explore the hotel and surrounding area. Enjoy dinner at your hotel 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 the Hotel Jagerhof for dinner. B, D
Day 4 Rattenberg and Lake Achen
After enjoying the morning at leisure, you’ll travel to the medieval town of Rattenberg with its cobbled streets and colourful houses. The town is also known for the glass produced here. Look forward to visiting one of the showrooms to see examples of the glass and crystal work undertaken and the skilled craftsmen involved in its manufacture. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Lake Achen where you’ll be able to take in views of the Inn and Ziller Valleys. This majestic lake is the largest in the Tyrol, stretching for over nine kilometres. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic boat cruise across the lake. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. B, D
This beautiful lake, sometimes known as the ‘Fjiord of the Alps’, extends to over nine kilometres, is up to one kilometre wide and is distinguished by its striking colour and stunning mountain scenery. Enjoy a boat tour on the lake taking in the landscape of this outstanding area.
Day 5 Wilder Kaiser Mountains and Kitzbuhel Alps Tour
The Wilder Kaiser Mountain range is made up of two areas of mountains, covering some 102 square kilometres. Discover this stunning area as you travel today through the charming lakeside town of Walchsee to the market town of St Johann in Tirol set within beautiful scenery, before arriving at the famous resort of Kitzbuhel, known for its winter sports. Discover this picturesque and historic town on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Afterwards, continue to the medieval town of Kufstein via the Brixen Valley and Worgl. Kufstein lies at the foot of the Kaiser mountains and is overlooked by its impressive fortress. It is also home to the Heroes or ‘Heldenorgel’ organ – the world’s largest open-air instrument of its kind with 4,948 pipes and 46 registers. Afterwards, return to your hotel for dinner, then look forward to a traditional Tyrolean folklore evening with regional dances, yodelling and more! B, D
Day 6 Salzburg
Salzburg has many musical associations, including Mozart and of course the film of The Sound of Music. Travel to this enchanting city today and explore some of the film locations relating to this famous film. You’ll also see some of the city’s main sights including the Leopoldskron and Frohnburg Palace and the Mirabell Palace Gardens, as well as the Hellbrunn Palace. There will also be some free time to explore Salzburg independently, before returning to your hotel for dinner. B, D
Day 7 Oberammergau
After breakfast you’ll travel to the Oberammergau region arriving in time to enjoy lunch before 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 to UK
After breakfast depart from your hotel and transfer to Munich airport, for your return flight to the UK. B