For the Letter ‘O’ this round, Traveling Tuesdays is going to a town in Germany called Oberammergau.
Oberammergau is a town in the Bavarian Alps. It is close to the border with Switzerland.
Usually in my Traveling Tuesdays post I tell you about places that I have already visited. This week is different. I have not been to Oberammergau but I plan a trip to this town next year.
Just over a year ago my sister, Harriet, called and asked if I would go with her to see the Passion Play in Oberammergau in 2020. She told me that she always wanted to go and the play is held once every 10 years. If she doesn’t go in 2020 she would never get there because in ten years time we would both be in our 80’s. So we did some research and paid our deposit on a trip to see the Heart of Europe. The highlight of this tour is the Passion Play.
Oberammergau is a municipality in Bavaria, Germany. This small town is on the Ammer River. It is known for its once-a-decade performance of the Passion Play in the Passion Play Theater. In 1633 Oberammergau was stricken with the plague. After several months of suffering the townspeople made a plea to God to spare them. They pledged to act out the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ every ten years. Over 2000 villagers from Oberammergau reenact the passion of Christ from His entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. 2020 marks the 42nd performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.
We will arrive in Oberammergau the night before and following lunch on May 31, 2020 we will walk from the hotel to the theatre. The theatre was built in 1930 and has seating for 4,800 spectators. The seats are covered but the stage is open to the elements. The natural grandeur of the region is used as a backdrop.
Oberammergau is also known for its woodcarvers and woodcarvings. The House of Pilate has frescoes by Franz Seraph Zwinck and live demonstrations by the woodcarvers and artists.
We will have time to go shopping and this store front shows many wooden toys. I think I know what I will be buying for my two grand nephews.
Oberammergau is also renowned for its NATO School.