PASSION PLAY 2010
AN ECUMENICAL TOUR OF THE GERMAN CHRISTIAN CULTURE
NEXT PASSION PLAY OBERAMMERGAU YEAR: 2020
Example 15-day-tour 2010
Leipzig – Luther town Eisleben - Cistercian Convent St. Mary's of Helfta – Feudal Castle Querfurt - Meissen – Dresden – Fortress Leuchtenburg – Erfurt – Eisenach – Fortress Wartburg – Schmalkalden – Lauscha – Dinkelsbuehl – Munich – Andechs – Wies Church – Oberammergau with Passion Play performance – castle Neuschwanstein – Speyer – Heidelberg – Frankfurt
TGAC has created an unique tailor-made Ecumenical Tour to the Passion Play 2010 in Oberammergau, Germany - and to the roots of German Christian Culture.
We took our guests - an exclusive small party of 8 - to impressive and inspiring sites of European history and culture - Churches, Monasteries, Castles, Catholic pilgrimage sites, Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther sites, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, Romanesque Road, historic buildings and much more.
(UNESCO* - this tour includes 7 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites)
The Passion Play in Oberammergau is performed only once every 10 years! It is the oldest festival in Germany and the most famous passion play that is still performed today. Passion Plays reenact the suffering and Crucifixion of Christ as a form of devotion. The Passion Play depicts the last five days in the life of Jesus Christ, from Palm Sunday to Easter. Oberammergau, a picturesque village in the Bavarian Alps, has faithfully performed its passion play every ten years since 1633 in fulfillment of a vow. During the Thirty Years War, Oberammergau suffered a plague epidemic that killed nearly 100 villagers. The terrified survivors begged God to spare their town from further deaths, vowing to perform a passion play in their village every 10 years. The plague disappeared with no further deaths and the villagers of Oberammergau have faithfully kept their vow to the present day. In keeping with centuries-old tradition, the Passion Play in Oberammergau is an authentic local production. It is performed entirely by amateur actors who are natives or who have been residents of Oberammergau for at least 20 years and who are of good moral standing in the community. The actors begin growing their long hair and beards (no wigs allowed!) beginning on Ash Wednesday the previous year. The world-famous costumes are made locally by residents and the performance includes live animals. New in 2010, the 5-hour Passion Play performance will have a evening session implementing lighting effects and torches.