It’s been going on for 400 years. Every year ending in 0: 1990, 2000, 2010… and this German cultural tradition was supposed to happen again in 2020.
The small Bavarian village of Oberammergau has become synonymous with the Passion Play – a recreation of the biblical story of Easter that consumes the entire village for over a year.
A 2020 audience will find it ironic that the origin of its performance was a prayer and promise to God to save the village from the plague in the 1600’s…
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE AS THE DIRECTOR AND THE VILLAGER WHO PLAYS ‘JESUS’ EXPLAIN THE HISTORY AND MAGIC OF THIS FAMOUS PERFORMANCE
For those with a Christian faith tradition, attending a play that's been performed for hundreds of years in celebration of the most significant Biblical story is a once – maybe twice? – in a lifetime opportunity. But you don’t have to be Christian to have Oberammergau on your bucket list.
So there was a lot of excitement leading up to Oberammergau 2020. Excitement that turned to fears that COVID-19 would make Oberammergau history by canceling the Passion Play.
Luckily, the faithful and those who had a once-in-a-decade experience on their bucket list will not miss what might be their only chance to visit Oberammergau.
The village has announced that, instead of canceling, it will stage its Passion Play two years later in 2022 instead, daily from Spring through Fall, just like it would have in 2020.
So if you missed out booking a trip to Oberammergau in 2020 – or if you originally booked for 2020 - you have a second chance.
Travelers can still reach this village that becomes a global landmark every ten years. Or in this unusual era… twelve years.
There are many ways to reach Oberammergau in 2022. Land tour operators have worked a day or two in Oberammergau into tours of Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and also included Oberammergau into faith-based tours of Europe. Oberammergau is even included as a shore excursion from Danube and Rhine River cruises.
Ask your travel advisor the best way to travel to and enjoy this incredible play postponed to 2022.
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