Salzburg, Bavarian ‘Fairytale’ Castles plus the Oberammergau Passion Play Experience

7 Superb Days

  • Best seats for the Passion Play
  • Leisurely 2 night stays
  • Small group size from just 10 to 28
  • Genuinely inclusive, no extra costs
  • Designed for Australians & New Zealanders
  • 'My Time' guaranteed

Tour Overview

Stay in beautiful, baroque Salzburg, visit lakeside Hallstatt and St Wolfgang in the undulating ‘Sound of Music’ hills and see Innsbruck’s Golden Roof. Drive over the Fern Pass into Bavaria, visit Ludwig’s fairytale castle, the glorious Church in the Meadows, ancient Füssen, stunning Garmisch and experience the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play!



  • Stay 2 nights in the heart of ‘Mozart’s’ baroque city of Salzburg
  • Discover Salzburg on a guided walking tour 
  • Spend a day exploring the magnificent Lakes District visiting the beautiful lakeside villages of Hallstatt and St Wolfgang
  • Drive over the stunning Fern Pass to stay 2 nights in the ancient medieval town of Füssen
  • Explore the cobblestoned city of Innsbruck and see the famous Golden Roof
  • Visit Hohenschwangau to explore Ludwig’s ‘fairytale’ Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Take the Tegelberg cable car high into the Bavarian Alps  
  • Visit the most beautiful church in Europe, Wieskirche - the ‘Church in the Meadows’
  • Relax in the mountain resort town of Garmisch and visit the Abbey of Kloster Ettal
  • Enjoy your ‘grand finále’ - stay 2 nights in selected 4 star hotel accommodation and enjoy Category 1 ‘best in house’ seating for the marvellous Oberammergau Passion Play

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Salzburg welcome and walking tour

Your tour commences mid afternoon in wonderful Salzburg. A local guide will take us on a walking tour of this enchanting baroque city of Mozart, from the Mirabelle Palace Gardens to the magnificent city squares, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. This evening enjoy a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel. This is an ideal chance to meet, and get to know, your Tour Manager and fellow travellers.
Altstadthotel Stadtkrug or similar

Day 2: The Austrian Lakes District, Hallstatt and St Wolfgang

Driving deep into the Lakes District we stop in the picturesque town of Hallstatt, considered the oldest inhabited village in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful in Austria. Later we follow the shores of Wolfgangsee (lake) to enjoy lunchtime in the flower bedecked town of St Wolfgang. The remainder of your afternoon and evening is at leisure in Salzburg - arguably one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world. You have ‘My Time’ to explore the myriad of narrow, cobblestoned streets, ornate squares and churches, fascinating shops and traditional coffee houses. The views from the enormous Festung (Fortress), sitting high above the city, are magnificent. 


Day 3: Innsbruck in the Tyrol and over the Fern Pass into Bavaria

Following the dramatic Inn Valley through the rolling Tyrolean hills we visit the nearby winter resort city of Innsbruck. There will be time at leisure to explore the sights of the Altstadt (old town) such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, cobblestoned streets and the renowned Golden Roof. Passing pretty Alpine villages we drive over the Fern Pass into the Bavarian Alps and the ancient historic town of Füssen, where we stay the next 2 nights.   
Hotel Hirsch in Füssen or similar

Day 4: Neuschwanstein Castle and Tegelberg

We start the day in Hohenschwangau. On one hill overlooking the little village you have the neo-gothic castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side above the village is a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of ‘mad’ King Ludwig. We take a leisurely stroll up the wooded road to enjoy a guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle’s state rooms, king’s apartments, halls and throne room; all reminiscent of a Wagner operatic saga. Later this afternoon we will take a cable car ride up to Tegelberg to take in the excellent views down onto the fairytale castles far below. Your evening is at leisure in Füssen.
Please note: The guided tour through Neuschwanstein Castle incorporates climbing up and down a number of staircases and, as there are no elevators, the inside visit to the castle this morning may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or limitations. 

Day 5: The Church in the Meadows, Garmisch and the Abbey of Kloster Ettal

Driving through Bavarian farmlands and forests we will stop at arguably the most beautiful church in Europe – Wieskirche (the ‘Church in the Meadows’). Surrounded by green fields, the interior of this World Heritage Listed church is an astounding Rococo creation. Later we enjoy ‘My Time’ in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to relax in one of the traditional beer gardens or restaurants, or shop in the broad pedestrian mall. We will also visit the 14th century baroque Abbey of Kloster Ettal which houses a white marble Madonna. Later we continue to your 4 star hotel, where we stay the next 2 nights, in preparation for an incredible Oberammergau Passion Play experience. 
Your hotel in the Oberammergau area
As an appointed Tour Operator for the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play, and handling such a large number of Oberammergau packages, we have been fortunate to be allocated stays in a variety of excellent, 4 star hotels in Oberammergau itself, as well as in the nearby towns of Murnau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 
In the Oberammergau area

Day 6: An incredible Oberammergau Passion Play Experience

An easy start to the day before we enjoy time exploring the colourful village of Oberammergau with its beautiful houses and buildings adorned with “Lüftlmalerei” - ornately painted murals depicting assorted religious scenes. Throughout the afternoon and evening we enjoy the huge spectacle that is the Passion Play from our Category 1 seats.  The famous Passion Play has been performed every ten years since 1633, a time when the Thirty Year’s War and Bubonic Plague were ravaging Europe causing so much suffering and death. With a backdrop of Kofel Peak and surrounded by the Ammergau Mountains, the massive open-air stage erupts with colour, music, song and up to 2,000 local inhabitants enacting the story of the Passion of Christ. 

Day 7: To Munich

This morning we drive to nearby Munich where your tour ends on arrival, mid-morning. Drop off points will be in the city centre and Munich airport. We recommend you book flights or trains that depart Munich after 2pm. 

Incredible Value Inclusions

  • Category 1 seating for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described 
  • Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
  • Travel in a first class air-conditioned touring coach
  • 6 nights specially selected hotel accommodation 
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 10 Meals – including breakfast daily (B) and 4 dinners (D) 
  • ALL tips to your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides
  • Free WiFi at hotels

NO additional ‘on tour’ costs!

Dates and Prices

Start Date End Date Price Per Person Availability
14 May 2022 20 May 2022 Not Yet Open For Sale
19 May 2022 25 May 2022 Not Yet Open For Sale
9 Jun 2022 15 Jun 2022 Space Limited - Call Now
16 Jun 2022 22 Jun 2022 Not Yet Open For Sale
14 Jul 2022 20 Jul 2022 Space Limited - Call Now
25 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 Not Yet Open For Sale
27 Aug 2022 2 Sep 2022 Not Yet Open For Sale
10 Sep 2022 16 Sep 2022 Space Limited - Call Now
22 Sep 2022 28 Sep 2022 Not Yet Open For Sale

Oberammergau Passion Play - FAQs

What is the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play?

The Passion Play origins date back to 1633, when the community of Oberammergau found itself under threat from the Bubonic plague – the town pledged that if God were to spare them death, they would perform a play each decade to celebrate the life and death of Jesus. Thankfully the vow appeared to work, and as a result the locals were true to their promise – the very first play happened during Pentecost in 1634, where a stage was erected in the local cemetery. Nowadays the performances take place on a much larger scale, with over 2000 of the village’s residents working together to ensure the spectacle honours the vow of their ancestors. Such is the dedication of the residents, all male actors performing in the plays take part in a “Hair Decree”– from Ash Wednesday in 2021, all men are requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow to ensure they have an authentic look in time for 2022!

What are the performance dates?

There will be up to 103 performances between 14 May and 2 October 2020.
5 performances each week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

How long is the play?

The play is 5 hours long. It is held throughout the afternoon and evening with a 3-hour break for an included 3 course dinner. Based on the 2010 programme we are assuming there will be 11 Acts featured in the 2022 Passion Play programme.  

Performance times 

14 May - 14 August | Part I : 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Part II : 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Later in the season when the sun sets earlier the times change by one hour
15 August – 2 October | Part I : 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Part II 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Do we have good seats?

Yes, the best! You will have Category 1 seating – the best seats in house. 
Albatross Tours - Oberammergau Seating  Plan - Category 1A

How many seats are there?

The audience section is fully covered and contains 4,720 comfortable covered seats. 

What language is the show in?

The shows will be exclusively in German. You can buy a programme with an English translation of the text on the day of the performance.

If the stage is open air what happens if it rains?

The massive open air stage has a fabulous backdrop of Kofel Peak and is surrounded by the Ammergau Mountains, all of which enhances the drama. However if it does rain, at the push of a button a giant mechanical cover will extend out and over the stage. 

How big is the show?

Enormous! There will be 100 choristers, a 55-piece orchestra and 2,000 actors - all locals. There will be music, singing, vivid and colourful stage settings, tableaux vivants (living pictures) depicting biblical scenes, speeches and dramatic re-enactments of the story of the Passion of Christ - from his entry into Jerusalem until his death on the cross and his subsequent resurrection.  

Who are the actors? 

They are all locals, and to be eligible they must have lived in Oberammergau for at least 20 years. This means that about 3,000 of the town’s 5,000 inhabitants hold the right to perform; since 2000 people participate, that’s more than 60 percent of the eligible townsfolk!

What is the ‘Hair decree’?

Such is the dedication of the residents, all male actors performing in the play take part in a ‘Hair Decree’. From Ash Wednesday in 2021, all men will be requested to let the hair on their heads and face grow to ensure they have an authentic look in time for 2022! (The ‘Romans’ have shaved heads!)

Who organises the Passion Play?

The local community have an organisation called ‘Passionsspiele Oberammergau’. They appoint the artistic director and his team. They consolidate all ticket sales in co-ordination with all attached accommodation allocations in Oberammergau and within the immediate area. 

Where is Oberammergau?

Located in Bavaria about 100 kms south of Munich, Oberammergau is nestled in a beautiful valley in the Ammergau Alps. The village is known for its beautifully painted houses and woodcarving shops. The whole region is delightful. Nearby towns include lively Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Unterammergau, Ettal with its magnificent Kloster Abbey, Murnau am Staffelsee - close to Lake Staffelsee, and the spa town of Bad Kohlgrub.

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