FJ Tours, LLC
in Conjunction with Collette
2020 Oberammergau Passion Play
featuring Austria, Germany and Switzerland
July 20 - August 1, 2020
13 Days • 19 Meals
Hosted by Father John Gatzak
Highlights: Vienna, Danube Cruise, Salzburg, Mozart Dinner Concert at St. Peter's Restaurant, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Black Forest, Château de Chillon, Zermatt, Lucerne
September 14-24, 2020
12 Days • 17 Meals
Hosted by Father John Gatzak
Highlights: Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle
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About the Passion Play
Brief History of the Oberammergau Passion Play
The first Passion Play took place in a meadow in 1634 with the parts played by local villagers. The deadly and contagious disease known as the Black Plague had broken out in Europe, but one town in the south of Germany escaped: Oberammergau.
The townspeople of Oberammergau made a vow that if they were spared, they would give a play about the “Passion of Christ” every ten years. The fact that they were saved, remains one of the most amazing mysteries in history. The tradition remains to this day, with all of the roles played by locals.
The last performances were held in 2010 to sold out crowds from all over the world. Now preparations are in full swing for 2020!
The play is an 8 hour event performed into the evening: Part 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Part 2 from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with dinner served during the intermission. Like an opera, it is in German with English playbills.
The village Oberammergau is a fantastic tourist destination every year. Besides the Passion Play, it has breath-taking alpine scenery, a clear, healthy climate, excellent food, comfortable accommodations, lovely paths for strolling, outdoor cafes, wine cellars, cultural events such as concerts and opera performances.
Historical Performance Dates
1634 The 1st Passion Play was held in thanksgiving to God for sparing the village of Oberammergau, Germany from the Black Plaque.
1644 2nd performance
1654 3rd performance
1664 4th performance
1674 5th performance
1680 6th performance. In this year the Village of Oberammergau voted to change the performance date of the Passion Play to the 1st year of each decade (zero years).
1690 7th performance
1700 8th performance
1710 9th performance
1720 10th performance
1730 11th performance
1740 12th performance
1750 13th performance
1760 14th performance
1770 15th performance
1780 16th performance
1790 17th performance. Admission fees are charged for the 1st time.
1800 18th performance
1811 19th performance. As a result of a ban on all Passion plays by Maximilian von Montgelas, the Oberammergau Passion Play was not performed again until 1811.
1815 20th performance. A special performance year to give thanks to the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
1820 21st performance
1830 22nd performance
1840 23rd performance
1850 24th performance. Is the 1st organized by a democratically-elected “Passion Play Committee" and the 1st published in both English and French.
1860 25th performance
1870 26th performance. 1st time package tours for the Passion Play are offered.
1880 27th performance
1890 28th performance. Seating is partially covered by a roof and the play is performed theatre-style with realistic historical sets and costumes.
1900 29th performance
1910 30th performance
1922 31st performance. Performance was postponed for 2 years following Word War I.
1930 32nd performance. A new stage was built and seating capacity expanded to 5,200.
1934 33rd performance. Special performance year in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first Passion Play performance in 1634.
1950 34th performance. Previous performance was cancelled due to World War II.
1960 35th performance
1970 36th performance
1980 37th performance
1984 38th performance. Jubilee performance year in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the first Passion Play performance in 1634.
1990 39th performance
2000 40th performance. 520,000 spectators attended.
2010 41st performance. Over 500,000 people witnessed the 2010 performance, including our group of 88!
2020 42nd performance. Are you a spectator?