Oberammergau Sights

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Oberammergau, a municipality with 5000 inhabitants about 100 km south of Munich in the foothills of the Alps, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bavaria. In recent years, this has increasingly been the case for foreign tourists from North America, Japan and China. The village looks like a Bavarian museum in large parts. Oberammergau is worth a visit for three different reasons at once: It is world-famous for its woodcarvers and wood carvings. In addition, the facades of many houses are painted – in the style of Bavarian Lüftlmalerei, a great sight (see picture). Last but not least the visitors come because of the Passion Play Theatre, where every 10 years the world famous gigantic Oberammergau Passion Plays take place.

Bus excursions from Munich: Many tourists book a bus tour to Oberammergau, Linderhof and Neuschwanstein in one day. More information on this link

The village Oberammergau

In the centre of Oberammergau

The whole inner part of Oberammergau looks like an open-air museum. During the season thousands of tourists stroll through the centre every day. Almost every 2nd house is a souvenir shop, a restaurant or a wood carving shop. All sights can be reached on foot in a few minutes. Worth seeing is the Passion Playhouse in the north of the centre. A little to the south are the most beautiful houses for fans of Lüftlmalerei – above all the Pilatushaus (see picture at the top).

Day excursion from Munich
to Castle Neuschwanstein

There are great day tours by bus to the world famous Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich. The best tour also stops at other famous places in the area like Linderhof.

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Nice film with impressions from Oberammergau

The woodcarvings from Oberammergau

Most carvings have a religious background

Among connoisseurs the traditional wood carvings from Oberammergau are world famous. Above all Christian motives are represented. There are over 100 (!) wood carvers (wood sculptors) in Oberammergau. The products can be purchased in dozens of shops. Unfortunately, the carvings are not quite cheap, as they are of course without exception genuine handicrafts, which are produced in one of the richest areas of Germany. But there is something for every wallet – smaller woodcarvings are not too expensive.

Day trip to Neuschwanstein

Day trip to Linderhof

Lüftl painting in Oberammergau

House with Lüftlmalerei in the centre of Oberammergau

An art form that only exists in Upper Bavaria. Oberammergau is probably the place of origin of the painting style Lüftlmalerei. At least, there is no other place where there are so many „Lüftlmalerei“ houses as in Oberammergau. It is a form of facade painting which is very durable. The trick is: The Lüftlbilder are applied to the fresh, still wet plaster. The colours thus penetrate deeply and the pictures look like new for years. Often only simple facade decorations are shown. Other Lüftl-paintings are Christian motives or traditional village scenes.

Bus excursions from Munich: Many tourists book a bus tour to Oberammergau, Linderhof and Neuschwanstein in one day. More information on this link

Passion Playhouse Oberammergau

The Passion Playhouse

Certainly this is the most important sight in Oberammergau. The great, world-famous Passion Plays take place here every 10 years. The next performance years are 2020, 2030… . There are over 1500 actors taking part in some plays! But also outside the performance time the visit of the Passion Play Theatre is interesting. During the day there are guided tours every hour. Without a guided tour, it is unfortunately not possible to enter the interior of the playhouse with its almost 5,000 seats.

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The good and large museum in the centre is open every day except Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer half year and costs 6 euros admission for adults in 2015, including the visit to the famous glass paintings in the Pilatushaus. In addition to the museum and the Pilates House, this combined admission ticket also allows you to visit the Passion Playhouse.

Map Oberammergau

Location of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps near Gamrmisch-Partenkrichen

Approach Oberammergau

By train it takes just under 2 hours from Munich. You have to change trains in Murnau. There are hourly connections. The small train between Oberammergau and Murnau is coordinated with the timetable from and to Munich. In the southern direction there are some buses daily to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (via the monastery Ettal). If one wants to make a day trip from Munich to Oberammergau, the Bayern-Ticket is recommended (for one person/day: 25 Euro, for up to 4 additional passengers the Bayernticket costs 6 Euro more per person, thus e.g. 43 € for 4 persons, prices from 2017).

Oberammergau Passion Play

The Passion Play in Oberammergau is one of the most famous religious theater traditions in the world. This event, which used to take place every ten years in the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau, attracts visitors from all parts of the world. Here is a brief overview

Origins The Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to 1633. During the Thirty Years‘ War, the village of Oberammergau was struck by the bubonic plague. The villagers solemnly swore that if they were spared from further deaths, they would all perform a play depicting the life, death and rejuvenation of Jesus Christ ten times. The village was indeed spared and the villagers kept their promise. The first play was performed in 1634.

Bus excursions from Munich: Many tourists book a bus tour to Oberammergau, Linderhof and Neuschwanstein in one day. More information on this link

Frequency and scope According to the oath, the play has been performed every ten times since 1634, with truly many exceptions (such as during World War II). The event is extensive, with the play itself lasting several hours and generally performed over several months.

Original Participation One of the unique aspects of the Oberammergau Passion Play is that it is performed exclusively by the residents of the village. According to tradition, only those who were born in Oberammergau or have lived there at least 20 times are allowed to take part. This results in a large portion of the village (often over 2,000 people) being involved in some form, be it as actors, singers, symphonists or helping with the specific aspects of the product.

Cultural Impact Over the centuries, the play has become a significant event for religious pilgrims and theatergoers alike. The village has specially constructed a large outdoor stage to accommodate the play and the large number of visitors it attracts.

ultra-modern duplications While the core story has remained harmonious, there have been changes and adjustments over time. The textbook and donation were streamlined and changed to reflect contemporary sensibilities and to address criticisms such as accusations of anti-Semitism in the depiction of Jewish characters.

2020 performance The play was scheduled for 2020, but due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the performance was postponed to 2022. This was one of the rare cases where the play was not performed in the allotted time.

The Oberammergau Passion Play is not only a religious event, but also a significant artistic and community endeavor that demonstrates the loyalty and commitment of the residents of Oberammergau to their history, their craft and their faith.

Church Sagrada Familia



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