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Germany’s Romantic & Fairy Tale Roads with Oberammergau Passion Play
13 Days 19 Meals
Preliminary itinerary and is subject to change.
Final itinerary and pricing available January 2019.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
This enchanting journey offers the best of Germany. Travel to some of the country's most iconic cities, through its stunning countryside and to the epic Oberammergau Passion Play.
Day 2: Berlin, Germany - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Berlin, Germany’s capital. This city blends a deep history, a modern flare and multi-cultural influences. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.
Day 3: Berlin
This morning enjoy a traditional city tour that features Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Schoenberg City Hall, Kurfuerstendamm, the Reichstag building and a stop at “Checkpoint Charlie," the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. This afternoon you may choose to join an optional excursion outside the city to visit Potsdam and the famous Sanssouci Palace. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4: Berlin - Lübeck - Hamburg
Travel to Hamburg, “the Venice of the North,” with winding canals and an impressive harbor that made it a center for trade for centuries. En route, make a stop in the medieval Hanseatic League town of Lübeck, the famed birthplace of marzipan and a UNESCO World Heritage site; join a local guide for a tour of the town and have a chance to visit Café Niederegger to shop for the marzipan they have been making for 200 years. Arrive in Hamburg. Tonight, have dinner out on the town. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5: Hamburg
Come to know the city on a panoramic tour that showcases the Rathaus (Town Hall), the Alster, St. Michaelis church, the city center, the beautiful Jungfernstieg promenade and, of course, the Port of Hamburg, dubbed the “gateway to the world.” Later, you choose your cruise! Board a harbor boat for a narrated cruise around the massive Hamburg shipping port highlighting the key maritime sights. Or, embark on a relaxing boat cruise on Alster Lake to take in stunning views of the shoreline dotted with the homes of Hamburg’s elite. Later, enjoy a walking tour of the Reeperbahn area, Hamburg’s red light district, immortalized as the place where the Beatles cultivated their fame in the early 1960s. Join in the fun with your “singing and ukulele playing local Beatles expert” and travel down memory lane. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 6: Hamburg - Bremen - Hamelin
Today’s first stop is in Bremen, at the beginning of the Fairy Tale Road. Join a local guide for a walking tour of the quaint town featuring the musicians of Brothers Grimm fame, the Town Hall (UNESCO), and ending in the medieval Schnoor district. After free time for lunch, travel to Hamelin, made famous by the Pied Piper legend from the stories of the Brothers Grimm. Feel like you have stepped into a storybook when the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” plays delightful tunes while he leads you on a discovery walk through Hamelin with its charming Tudor-style architecture. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 7: Hamelin - Trendelburg and Sababurg castles - Kassel - Marburg
This morning you are transported back to childhood as you come face to face with the real life places that inspired the fairytale classics. First, meet a local storyteller at the famed “Rapunzel’s Castle” – Trendelburg. Continue on to Reinhardswald, home to Sleeping Beauty’s castle – known as Sababurg. Have time to explore the enchanting grounds before traveling to Kassel, home to the Brothers Grimm Museum. At the museum, an expert will lead you on a tour through the interactive displays that bring you through the life of the Grimm Brothers. Journey to the medieval university town of Marburg with its endless alleys and stairways that lead to the castle perched above. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: Marburg - Würzburg - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Journey to the perfectly preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, located in the middle of the famous Romantic Road and in the heart of the Franconia wine region. En route, make a stop in Würzburg, a Bavarian wine town known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. You will enjoy time to explore the town on your own before continuing to Rothenburg, located high on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. Arrive at your city center hotel, the perfect location to discover this captivating town. Take an evening stroll to a local restaurant where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local wines followed by a traditional German dinner. Later, join a colorfully costumed local expert for the famous “Night Watchman” walking tour of the medieval town. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
It’s your choice! Join a walk to a local bakery to make “schneeball” pastries – snowballs – the local’s favorite treat! Or, tour the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum. Later, we gather to spend time at the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum where you will be treated to a private tour, enjoy an ornament-making demonstration, and shop for handmade Christmas ornaments. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you choose. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 10: Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Neuschwanstein Castle – Oberammergau
Leave Rothenburg behind and make your way through mountains and along winding country roads for a tour inside the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by the “crazy” King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Next, continue to the quaint, picturesque village of Oberammergau. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 11: Oberammergau - Passion Play
This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During the break of the performance, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 12: Oberammergau – Munich – Munich airport area
Today we travel to Munich, the exciting capital of Bavaria. Feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park; the world-famous Glockenspiel; and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy free time to explore fascinating Munich before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of your memorable trip. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 13: Munich airport area - Tour Ends
Today breakfast will be included.
The Oberammergau Passion Play is performed in an open-air stage in the Bavarian town of Oberammergau, Germany. The Passion Play is performed every 10 years. This will be the 42nd production of the world renowned Play. The next time you can see it will be May through October 2030. Tickets to the play are very limited. Don’t miss out, start planning now! We have partnered with the best tour operator, Collette, who is the best provider for the play. Reserve Space Today – by filling out our contact form.
Where is Oberammergau?
Oberammergau is a town located approximately 60 miles from Munich. The town is beautiful, surrounded by majestic mountains and picturesque meadows. The village is known for woodcarving. There are dozens of woodcarver shops. The town is also famous for its Bavarian themes painted along side many of the homes and buildings.
History of the Passion Play
What made the town famous, was its performance of the Passion of Christ every decade. It is believed that the Passion Play has been held every 10 years since 1634. A play of life and death, promised in a moment of mortal threat, and so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1633. During that time, the Black Plague was sweeping through Europe. The villagers of Oberammergau vowed that if their town was spared, they would perform the Passion of Christ every 10 years. The town was spared, and it is amazing that they have been honoring this pledge from generation to generation.
The Passion Play performance follows Christ from His triumphant entry into Jerusalem through His Trial, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension.
Interesting Facts About the Oberammergau Passion Play
To be in the play, you must be a resident of Oberammergau.
Over 2,000 citizens are involved including acting, singing, musicians and technical support.
There are 124 speaking roles, a 65-member orchestra, 48 person chorus and hundreds of people involved in the back end including stagehands, seamstresses, firemen, auditorium attendants and more.
Men grow out their hair and beards to make the look authentic to the time. Costumes are hand made.
The play is held May through late September or early October. During these months, the play is performed 5 days per week in an open-air theater which seats about 4,700 people. The performance begins at 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is then a dinner break, and the play resumes from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The play is performed in German, but it doesn’t seem to stop people from all over the world, including those that are not of religious backgrounds that are intrigued by the way the town comes together to perform this play. It is anticipated over 750,000 will attend in 2020.
The Passion Play theater is open, and the background of the mountains makes it an unforgettable scene.
Preparations are underway for the next Passion Play in the tiny Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. The shows in 2020 may seem distant, but the excitement and planning is already building for the next production. Demand for tickets is sure to be high and space on trips is limited. Plenty of companies will offer tickets to the Passion Play, but we only offer the most reputable companies that have been in business for over 50 years. During past Passion Play some vendors used bad hotels or did not even provide tickets to the guests. That will not happen when you book with us. The best tickets and hotel accommodations are given to companies that have booked Passion Play for decades. Historically the Passion Play tickets and packages were sold 12 to 18 months in advance – this will be the first time that the play packages will be offered over 2 years in advance. We suggest staying right in Oberammergau is possible so you have time to visit the quaint town. We sold out every tour in 2000 and 2010, so please make sure and get on the wait list! SIGN UP FOR NO OBLIGATION REGISTRATION FORM.
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