Oberammergau Passion Play and the Sound of Music
- Oberammergau Passion Play
The Passion Play is only performed once every 10 years.
- Lake Chiemsee
Travel to this famous lake by steam train.
See the highlights of this famous city that featured in The Sound of Music.
Visit the church at Mondsee where the Sound of Music wedding scene took place.
- Half board
Attend the Oberammergau Passion Play, and see some of The Sound of Music’s main locations
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 take you to Lake Chiem – the ‘Bavarian Sea’, Berchtesgaden and Lake Konig. You’ll also visit locations that featured in the film The Sound of Music such as beautiful Salzkammergut and the church at Mondsee where the wedding scene took place, as well as enjoying a Sound of Music tour of Salzburg. Your holiday will conclude 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.
6 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch(L) and 6 dinners(D)
- Attend the Oberammergau Passion Play
- Official Passion Play Programme
- Entrance to the Oberammergau Museum
- Boat cruise and steam train ride at Lake Chiemsee
- Boat cruise on Lake Wolfgang
- Visit to Lake Konigssee
- Guided city tour of Salzburg
- Visit to Berchtesgaden
- 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
Georg Pirmoser-Straße 8, 6330 Kufstein, Austria
The locally rated 4-star Hotel Andreas Hofer is situated in the heart of the town of Kufstein, close to the old centre. Set against the backdrop of the Kaiser Mountains and sitting on the banks of the Inn River, this historic town is overlooked by its impressive medieval 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. The hotel is well situated for exploring the town independently, or just enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s atrium garden.
Each of the 94 rooms has a television, telephone, and hairdryer.
Food and Drink
Your stay at the Hotel Andreas Hofer is on a half-board basis.
Look forward to enjoying buffet breakfasts and dining in the hotel’s restaurant which serves traditional seasonal and regional fare.
Day 1 UK-Munich
Fly to Munich. Transfer to Kufstein and your hotel, the locally rated 4-star Hotel Andreas Hofer (4Q), where you will stay for the next five nights. D
Day 2 Lake Chiem Steam Train and Boat Cruise
After breakfast set off from your hotel for Lake Chiemsee, also known as the ‘Bavarian Sea’ and covering some 80 square kilometres. At Prien Station, board the Lake Chiem Steam Train and travel to the harbour, along the line that was first established in 1887 after the death of ‘mad’ King Ludwig II. Then sit back as you take a boat cruise on the lake to the island of Herreninsel, home to the Herrenchiemsee – King Ludwig’s unfinished palace modelled on Versailles Palace. Although the palace was never completed, the State staircase, bedroom and Great Hall of Mirrors remain along with the King’s own rooms and provides a glimpse of its intended magnificence. King Ludwig’s obsession with the arts and architecture resulted in the building of his now famous romantic-style castles as well as the Herrenchiemsee. 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 3 Salzkammergut
Today you’ll head for the Salzkammergut region, renowned for its alpine scenery, mountains and lakes. Look forward to seeing the lakes of Fuschl and Mondsee, and St. Michael's church which featured in the wedding scene in The Sound of Music, as well as the monastery. Next, you’ll continue to Lake Solfgangssee and the village of St Gilgen, birthplace of Mozart’s mother. Conclude your day with a visit to the pilgrimage town of St Wolfgang where the saint is believed to have built a church in 976, plus enjoy a relaxing boat cruise, enjoying the scenery of Lake Traunsee, Austria's deepest lake. Return to your hotel for dinner this evening. B, D
Day 4 Berchtesgaden and Lake Konig
The picturesque town of Berchtesgaden lies in a valley close to towering Mount Watzmann. Close by lies the protected area of Berchtesgaden National Park, one of the oldest in the Alps. It was here that Hitler also had a summer residence known as the ‘Eagle’s Nest’ perched on a rocky promontory. Afterwards, you’ll continue to the salt mines of the area which were first worked in the 12th century, the current mine being established in the 16th century. Next, you’ll continue to Lake Konigssee (the King’s Lake) with its stunning mountain scenery, and where you can stroll along St Bartholoma Peninsula with its distinctive red onion-domed church. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. B, D
Day 5 Salzburg
After breakfast explore Salzburg on a special Sound of Music city tour when you’ll be able to see some of the locations used in the film, as well as historic sights. Look forward to seeing the famous Mirabell Palace Gardens, Hellbrunn Palace and more, plus the opportunity to explore independently after your tour. Return to your hotel for dinner this evening. B, D
Day 6 Oberammergau
After breakfast you’ll travel to the Oberammergau region and 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 7 Oberammergau-UK
After breakfast depart from your hotel and transfer to Munich airport for your return flight to the UK. B