Tour overview

The Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Towards the end of the Thirty Years War in central Europe, there was an outbreak of the plague in Bavaria. The elders of the village of Oberammergau in an effort to protect their village, decided to seal it off from outside contact. But an itinerant worker returned, bringing the plague with him and it swept through the village. Whereupon the people solemnly vowed that, if God would show His compassion and lift the scourge, every ten years they would enact the Passion of our Lord. The plague left the village in 1633 and, as a perpetual thanksgiving and re-affirmation of faith, the villagers of Oberammergau have performed the Passion Play at regular intervals ever since.

The Passion Play Experience

Once every 10 years, in the small Bavarian town of Oberammergau, a historical and dramatic production of the Passion Play takes place. In 1633, the residents of Oberammergau vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play thereafter for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus. The villagers had been spared and they kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634. The play is now performed repeatedly over the course of a five month period every year ending in zero. The production involves over 2,000 performers, musicians and stage hands, all residents of the village. Lightline Pilgrimages invite you to enjoy this momentous experience with us in 2020.

I look forward to the pleasure of your company on this Pilgrimage of a life-time.

Fr Peter Sharrocks


  • Scheduled flights on Luthansa from Manchester airport
  • All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Germany)
  • 3 Star Hotel Accommodation
  • Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Qualified English Speaking Guide
  • Modern Air-Conditioned Tourist Coaches

Not Included

  • Single Room Suplement
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)

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Day1, Wednesday 20th May

London to Munich
We meet our Lightline Representative at Manchester Airport. We fly out on a morning flight to Munich. We will be met on arrival and then driven to our Munich Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Munich.

Day 2, Thursday 21st May

Monastery & Brewery
Today we travel to the Andechs district to visit the Abbey, a place of pilgrimage and often described as a Baroque church with a working brewery within its grounds. Afterwards we shall return to Munich. Dinner and overnight stay in Munich.

Day 3, Friday 22nd May

This morning our coach will collect us at 9.00am from our hotel for the picturesque journey to the village of Oberammergau where we will check in to our hotel for the night. The five hour performance of The Passion Play begin at 2:30pm and concludes at approximately 10:30pm. There will be a three hour break for dinner, provided in our allocated restaurant.
Part one: 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Part two: 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Dinner and overnight stay in Oberammergau.

Day 4, Saturday 23rd May

Our journey home
We will spend the morning exploring the many Oberammergau gift and souvenir shops and their lovely cafes and bars before departring for Munich airport and our flight home.

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