The Oberammergau Passion Play and a holiday in Austria
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.
This visit to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020 is combined with a holiday among the sparkling lakes and majestic mountains of Austria -giving the opportunity of holidaying together with the common purpose of attending the Passion Play.
A special feature of our holiday will be a walk along the Way of St James which has many strands en route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The Austrian route is called the Jacobsweg and passes through Salzburg and the Tyrol. Our hotel is close to the path and will feature at various stages of our pilgrimage.
We will travel together as a group, with an itinerary of included coach excursions and walks. We begin with five nights in Austria, in the village of Waidring, visiting Salzburg and then travel to Oberammergau for two nights with top grade tickets for a performance of the Passion Play.
We will worship together as we prepare ourselves for the Passion Play. And talk about the key events and people of the days leading up to the crucifixion.
We will also visit some of the sites where the Sound of Music was filmed and have a guided walk through Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. I look forward to the pleasure of your company on this Pilgrimage of a life-time.
+ Martin Warner
- Scheduled flights on British Airways from London Heathrow
- All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Germany)
- Top grade theatre play tickets
- All entrance fees and local government taxes
- Qualified English speaking guide whilst touring
- All touring in modern air-conditioned tourist coaches
- Single room (limited availability) £395
- Travel Insurance
- Gratuities £56
- Any items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)
Day 1, Friday 14th August
London to Munich
We meet our Lightline Representative at London Heathrow airport. Our Lufthansa flight to Munich departs at 1055 arriving Munich 1340. On arrival we will be met and driven to Waidring and the Heigenhauser Hotel, our base for five nights. The drive is around 3 hours. Dinner and overnight in Waidring.
Day 2, Saturday 15th August
Today we begin our day with a drive to Maria Kirchental church. Later we follow a section of the Jacobsweg or the Way of St James one of the most popular pilgrimage trails in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Waidring.
Day 3, Sunday 16th August
Village of Waidring
In the morning we will have an opportunity to attend the local church. Late morning a local guide will take us on a walk and introduce us to the local area. The afternoon is free to explore the village and perhaps take the gondola up on to the mountain where there are many easy walks and eating places. Dinner and overnight in Waidring.
Day 4, Monday 17th August
We will spend the in Austria’s musical capital of Salzburg, a beautiful compact city, full of interest from Mozart to the Sound of Music. A guided tour in the morning and an afternoon to explore at leisure. Overnight in Waidring.
Day 5, Tuesday 18th August
A Free day
Today is free to explore the village and perhaps take the gondola up the mountain. We will give you lots of ideas before you travel. Austrian themed dinner this evening. Overnight in Waidring.
Day 6, Wednesday 19th August
This morning we leave Waidring and make our way to Oberammergau. Driving time is about three hours and we will take a scenic route breaking
the journey beside Lake Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrol.
Afternoon arrival in Oberammergau and check-in to your accommodation for a two night stay.
Day 7, Thursday 20th August
The Passion Play
Morning free to explore the village. A light lunch is included. Afternoon and evening attend the Passion Play with dinner during the interval.
Day 8, Friday 21st August
Return to London
We will visit the monastery at Ettal en route to Munich airport, less than two hours drive. Our homeward Lufthansa flight departs Munich at 1600 arriving at Heathrow 1705.