5 Facts about the Passion Play

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The Danube and the Passion Play, A Perfect Pairing

Do you love history, tradition, exploration and theater? Experience all these on one unforgettable vacation.

The Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany is a true bucket list experience, made even more perfect when enjoyed before or after one of our Danube river cruises.

5 facts you may not know about Oberammergau and the Passion Play:

  1. The first Passion Play was performed 387 years ago in 1634.
  2. Oberammergau is a beautiful, historic Bavarian town known for woodcarvings, elaborate frescoes painted on many homes and buildings.
  3. After the devastating Thirty Years War (1618-1648), the townspeople vowed to perform a play every ten years depicting the life and death of Jesus, since God spared the town from the plague during and after the war.
  4. Actors begin to grow their hair and beards well in advance of the play.
  5. Almost 2,000 residents, or half of its population, participate in the Passion Play in some capacity.