It comes as a surprise that such a small and secreted community tucked away in the Bavarian mountains is of international repute. Famed throughout the world for its association with the intriguing passions plays, the village of Oberammergau is an alluring place in which the artistic and the ancient unite. Its association with miracles and magic means it exudes a decidedly mystical air that is only enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding scenery.
Oberammergau’s rich artistic appeal emanates from the elaborately emblazoned facades of its historic houses. Fabulous frescoes decorate the faces of the buildings like jewels, depicting remarkable religious scenes in typical Luftlmalerei style.
Another appealing attraction is the Linderhof Palace, a building so beautiful it was renamed ‘the pleasure palace.’ The opulent estate houses the divine structure in addition to sacred chapels, impeccably preserved gardens and an impressive fountain.
Famed throughout the world for its association with the mysterious Passion Plays, the town of Oberammergau was home to one of the world’s most remarkable miracles. In 1632, after being ravaged by a deadly plague, an inhabitant prayed to the Lord and promised that if he delivered them from death, every 10 years a ‘passion play’ would be performed in his honor. In the picturesque Passion Play Theater, an immersive play is performed every decade and attracts thousands of visitors wishing to witness the spectacle. Backstage tours of this captivating cultural legend can be arranged, in which the history and customs are elaborated upon.
In the richly decorated and rustic Ammergauer Maxbrau, wooden vaults and timbered walls create an authentic air of Bavarian hospitality. The stylish centerpiece of the room is the bar that serves beer brewed on site, a beverage that proves a perfect accompaniment to the region specialties served in this delightful diner. (Ettaler Str. 5 82487 Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany)