What is the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany?
Oberammergau is a small German town tucked away in the Bavarian Alps, world-famous for its Passion Play. The play was first performed in 1634 as the result of a vow made by the townspeople that if God spared them from the Black Plague they would in exchange produce a play every ten years. The play is a dramatic recreation of Jesus' passion, covering the final days of his life from his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection. The Passion Play is now performed from May through October, in an open-air stage and involves over 2,000 people including actors, singers, musicians and technical support, all required to be residents of Oberammagau.
The Passion Play Theater seats around 4,700 people with a wide stage at one end which is open to the outside with a view of the mountains behind it. The theater auditorium and seats are covered and seats rise on a gentle incline to ensure a good view. Gate 1's tickets are all in Category 1 or 2. The play is performed in German, however, an English translation is available at the time of the performance. Language is typically not an issue due to the stirring musical score performed by a large orchestra and choir. Acoustics in the theater are very good. The performance is in 2 parts. Part 1 from 2.30pm to 5pm, followed by a 3 hour intermission for dinner, then Part 2 is from 8pm to 10.30pm. Start times are 1 hour earlier from Aug 15-Oct 2.
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DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for the Czech Republic
Depart for the Czech Republic
DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Prague
Arrive in the "Golden" city of Prague and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in Prague, considered one of Europe's most attractive cities; its historic city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight at approximately 6 pm, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager about the wonderful journey that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
DAY 3, Tuesday - Tour of Prague
Begin the day with a walking tour of Prague to the picturesque Lesser Town (Malá Strana) also known as the Little Quarter, with its ancient burgher houses and quaint side streets. Enjoy breathtaking views as you cross the Charles Bridge, one of Europe's oldest stone bridges, to the Old Town, the medieval center of Prague. Explore the cobbled streets around Old Town Square and stroll into the Jewish Quarter, once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe. View the white stucco St. Nicholas Church, the world-famous Astronomical Clock, and the Town Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure or join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian Kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience spectacular vistas of the entire city below. This evening, dinner together at a popular local restaurant
Optional: Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4, Wednesday - Morning in Regensburg, Arrive in Munich
Morning drive from Prague to Regensburg in Germany. Time at leisure discovering the delights of the pretty town of Regensburg on the Danube, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the River. Later, head for the Bavarian capital, Munich, where dinner awaits at a local restaurant
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5, Thursday - City Tour of Munich
The discovery of Munich begins with a drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park, the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. On to breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace and Park, with its gorgeous baroque facade, once the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. Driving through the city, you'll see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz Square, a cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, dating back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. This afternoon an optional tour shows you the dark history of the last century, with a chilling visit to the Dachau Memorial Concentration Camp, the first of the of the internment camps opened after Hitler's rise to power in 1933
Optional: Dachau Memorial (PM)
DAY 6, Friday - Travel to Oberammergau, World-Renowned Passion Play
This morning, depart Munich and journey to the Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau, surrounded by imposing mountains. This afternoon, attend a moving performance of the world-famous Passion Play that dates back to 1634. This epic play is held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau. During the break, join your travel companions for dinner before witnessing the stirring second half of the Passion Play performance. Afterwards, return to your hotel
Overnight: Oberammergau region
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7, Saturday - Cross into Austria, Imperial, Vienna
Travel east and cross into beautiful alpine Austria. Stop in picturesque Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, en route to Vienna. A guided walking tour takes to you the house where Mozart was born, as well as the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. Continue your drive and admire the beautiful villages, breathtaking mountains and crystal clear waters. Arrive in glorious Vienna, Austria's capital city. Tonight, opportunity to experience a not to be missed optional Classical Viennese Concert performance of the masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM)
DAY 8, Sunday - Tour of Vienna
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, beautiful parks and gardens. Begin today's tour at the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Continue with a drive along the famous Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard. View the Empress Maria Theresia Monument, Votive Church, City Hall and Parliament. Next, walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House. The rest of the day is at leisure, or join the optional Imperial Highlights Tour to the Vienna State Opera House and Imperial crypt. Be sure to stop at a caf????© to sample the famous Viennese Sacher Torte before returning to the hotel. Tonight, join the optional tour to a typical Viennese wine Tavern
Optional: Vienna State Opera House & Imperial Crypt
Optional: Viennese Wine Tavern Dinner
DAY 9, Monday - Budapest City Tour
Cross the border into Hungary and continue to Budapest, its capital city. Get acquainted with this diverse city on the afternoon tour that begins on the Pest side. View the iconic Parliament building, Heroes' Square and Városliget, the adjoining city park, created to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest of Hungary. Cross over the Elizabeth Bridge to the Buda hills; see the Royal Palace, 13th century Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. From Fisherman's Bastion, see breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city. Explore the city's chic shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, attend the optional Danube River Cruise that also includes dinner
Optional: Danube Dinner Cruise
DAY 10, Tuesday - Full Day in Budapest
An entire day to enjoy the delights of Budapest independently. Visit one of the unique museums, or pamper yourself at one of Europe's best old-world spas. Perhaps, take the optional half day tour of the richly decorated Parliament building, St. Stephen's Basilica, and Market Hall. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant
Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen's Basilica & Great Market Hall (AM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 11, Wednesday - Depart Hungary
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Grand Majestic Hotel Prague
This first class hotel is situated in the historical and business center of Prague.
Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
This first class hotel is a short ride away from the Theresienwiese.
Das Johannesbad Hotel
This first class hotel is located in Bad Kohlgrub.
Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier Wien
This first class hotel is located within walking distance of the Stadtpark.
Radisson Blu Beke
This first class hotel is near the city center, a short walk to shopping, historic sights and theaters.
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