Oberammergau is a picturesque fairytale village in the Bavarian Alps. It has a tradition of painting colourful murals on the facades of the houses, shops and public buildings which are fascinating to look at. All the murals are religious or fairy-tale themed.

Oberammergau, Bavaria

The town is really well known for its Passion Play every 10 years. We saw the Passion Theatre and wondered what it was all about then came back to the van and read up about it. More about that below.

Another thing they are well known for is their wood carvings.  Oh and they have several Christmas shops which adds to the magic

The Passion Play


Passion Play in Oberammergau, Bavaria

In 1633 the great plague hit and many lives were lost to this mysterious illness. The villagers made a solemn vow that, if the lives of the villagers were spared the whole village would perform a play every ten years, depicting the story of Christ’s suffering, dying and resurrection. Miraculously the Plague did not claim any more lives and so true to their vows, the villagers of Oberammergau enacted their first play in 1634.

The tradition, which has continued without interruption every decade since, in spite of wars and other problems, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020.

The town is only about 45 minutes from the lovely fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle.



Oberammergau murial

Oberammergau murial

Oberammergau murial

Oberammergau murial

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Oberammergau, Bavaria

Inside one of the lovely shops in Oberammergau.

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