Countdown to Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

In 1633 the small village of Oberammergau, Germany was under threat of the plague and also surrounded by conflict of the Thirty Years War. And so a promise was made. The people of Oberammergau prayed to God for deliverance and protection, and in return pledged to perform “a play about the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” once every ten years. Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau.
World Events
Oberammergau Events
1600s
1618 – The Thirty Years’ War begins
1618-1648 - The Thirty Years’ War
1626 – St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is completed.
1631 – Diseases abound surrounding Oberammergau
 
1632 – Quarantine is breached
 
1633 – Relief is sought
 
1634 - Pentecost Sunday - 1st play
 
1644 – 2nd Passion Play Season
 
1648 – The Thirty Year’s War Ends
1650 – Passion Plays throughout Europe
1654 – 3rd Passion Play Season
 
1664 – 4th Passion Play Season
 
1666 – Great Fire of London
1674 – 5th Passion Play Season
 
1680 – 6th Passion Play Season
 
1690 – 7th Passion Play Season
 
1700s
1800s
1900s
2000s
 
2020 Passion Play Postponed
According to the official Passion Play Website:
"The 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play will be postponed due to the current situation caused by the corona pandemic. The basis for this is a decision of the district administration of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which prohibits the performance of the event planned from 16.05.2020 to 04.10.2020. The health of our guests and participants is our highest priority, therefore the responsible persons have decided to postpone the premiere of the Passion Play, which was planned for 16 May 2020, until 2022. The premiere is now scheduled for May 14, 2022."
This has happened before.
While the postponement of this play is not usual, it is not unprecedented. For example, in the last century, it was cancelled in 1940 due to the conflict of World War II. In addition, exactly 100 years ago, the 1920 Passion Play was postponed until 1922 in light of all the casualties and destruction of World War I that affected the village and surrounding areas – including the loss of a number of musicians and actors. Therefore, the 2022 play will be the centenary of the 1922 play!

42nd Passion Play Performance

2022 will be the 42nd rendition of the Passion Play. This great tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, continues to bear witness to the beauty and truth of the Paschal Mystery. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects over half a million pilgrims to come and witness this largest amateur drama in the world, so begin making your plans soon.



Oberammergau Pilgrimages

Note: We are aware of the decision of the organizers of the Oberammergau Passion Play to postpone the 2020 play to 2022 due to the current coronavirus pandemic. We are actively working with all affected pilgrimage leaders and will send out information to all participating pilgrims once we have more details.
PILGRIMAGEDATEDURATIONPRICE
(per person)
Pilgrimage to Oberammergau – September 1st, 2020
(Postponed, Details Coming Soon)
9/1/202011 Days$4,310View Details
Pilgrimage to Oberammergau – September 12th, 2020
(Postponed, Details Coming Soon)
9/12/202011 Days$3,695View Details
Pilgrimage to Oberammergau – September 28th, 2020
(Postponed, Details Coming Soon)
9/28/202012 Days$4,560View Details
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