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Once every decade, in the small Bavarian town of Oberammergau, a unique event takes place.  It’s known as the Passion Play and involves up to 2,000 locals re-enacting the story of Christ’s crucifixion. 

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Australians are amongst the half million or so people who visit the town each time the play is performed, and with the next performance scheduled for 2020, Oberammergau Passion Play tickets are already in great demand. 

One year out from the next performance I’ve already received emails from Holidays to Europe readers asking me how to buy tickets and what is the best Oberammergau Passion Play tour to do.   

With interest in the event already high – and individual tickets hard to get hold of - I have put together a summary of the different tour operators that are offering Passion Play 2020 tours.

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But first, a bit more about the Oberammergau Passion Play history.   

Back in 1633 the residents of Oberammergau, like many other towns and cities across Europe, were struggling with the ravages of bubonic plague. 

After the death of around 100 local residents, the people vowed to God that if they were spared further death from the plague they would put on a play depicting the life of Jesus. 

Their prayers were answered and, true to their word, the people of Oberammergau have staged the play ever since.  It’s held every ten years and the 2020 performance will be the 42nd occasion the play has been staged. 


>> Read more on the 2020 Passion Play in this article: Things to do in Oberammergau, Germany – the Passion Play town <<


Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 dates 

The Play will be staged over five months in 2020 with the opening performance scheduled for May 16 and the final performance to be held on October 4. 


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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 tours 

After contacting the major tour operators in Australia, I’ve put together the following summary (in no particular order) of the various companies who are offering Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 tickets as part of their upcoming tour itineraries. 

Many of the tours will also visit other popular destinations close to Oberammergau including the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, and the towns of Fussen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

Quick summary of tour companies offering itineraries which will include Oberammergau Passion Play tickets:

Read on for further details about each of the tour companies and the key selling points they will offer on their Oberammergau 2020 tours and to determine which are the best Oberammergau tours for you.

Albatross Tours

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Price range: Approximate pricing will be available in June 2018.

Age group: 40+ 

Oberammergau inclusions: 

Key selling point/point of difference:

Are bookings open yet?  Yes.

Other relevant information:

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Great Trains of Europe Tours  

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Price range: each tour is $13,950  

Age group: All ages welcome but generally 55+ 

Key selling point/point of difference:

All tours use quality 4 star hotels with buffet breakfasts, First Class Rail travel in reserved First Class seats, Full luggage handling between hotels, all stops 3 or 4 nights, one dinner at each stop, Tour Director is a published Australian historian who is also the company owner. 

Are bookings open yet?  YES 

Other relevant information:

Blossoms and Bulbs with Oberammergau Passion Play allows you to experience both the Pasion Play and the Chelsea Flower Show on the one tour. 


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Collette Tours 

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 Collette Tours' Oberammergau 2020 itineraries:

*includes a 6 night Danube River cruise

Price range: from $5,500

Age group: 40+

Oberammergau inclusions:

Key selling point/point of difference :

Collette is the #1 Passion Play Tour Company 
1.       Collette had the largest allotment of tickets in 2010 
2.       We run tours to Oberammergau year round so we know the destination 
3.        Collette's tours will feature 4 star accommodations* 
4.        Our seating options will be among the best available 
5.        We are one of the industry's oldest and most trusted companies 
6.        Even with Collette, tickets will be limited 
7.       Available to book space now! 
Are bookings open yet?   Yes 

Insight Vacations

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Price range: from $4,025 
Age group: from 5 years of age 

Oberammergau inclusions: 

Key selling point/point of difference :

Are bookings open yet?  YES 

Trafalgar Tours (including CostSaver)

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Trafalgar Tours' Oberammergau itineraries:

Price range:
  from $2495 
Age group: from 5 years of age 

Key selling point/point of difference:

Are bookings open yet?   Yes 

Other relevant information:

Best of Germany with Oberammergau and Imperial Europe are the current top sellers.


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Price range: from $2949 

Are bookings open yet? Yes 


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 Cosmos' Oberammergau 2020 offering:


Price range: from $2239


Key selling point / point of difference:


Oberammergau inclusions:

Are bookings open yet?  Yes

European River Cruises with Oberammergau Passion Play add-ons


Evergreen Tours and Cruises  

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Evergreen are offering guests on their 2020 Emerald Waterways European river cruises* the opportunity to experience the Oberammergau Passion Play.  (*Selected departures only.) 

Price range: Add onto your cruise fare from $1,785 per person* twin share  
VERY LIMITED DATES AND AVAILABILITY:  23 May 2020  / 20 June 2020  / 4 September 2020  / 12 September 2020 – SOLD OUT! Waitlist only 

What’s included: 


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In 2020, Scenic will be offering various itineraries (both river cruises and stand-alone coach tours) that will feature Passion Play and stay near the town of Oberammergau.

Itineraries available include:


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Touring and river cruise company APT Group, which includes APT and Travelmarvel, have released details of their itineraries that will include the Passion Play Oberammergau in 2020.

Viking River Cruises

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Viking River Cruises are offering their passengers the opportunity to witness the Passion Play as part of their 10 day Munich to Budapest river cruise.

Departures between June 19 and September 17, 2020 will include an overnight stay in Oberammergau with tickets to the Passion Play and a traditional dinner during the three-hour intermission.

Prices start from $6,195 per person twin share and Viking’s ‘Fly to Europe for $995 pp’ offer is available in conjunction with this cruise.

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Avalon Waterways

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Three cruise itineraries featuring the Oberammergau Passion Play will be offered by Avalon Waterways in 2020.



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Individual Oberammergau Passion Play  ticket prices

Passion Play 2020 tickets will range in price from €30 each (Category 6) to €180 each (Category 1).   Tour companies purchasing tickets in conjunction with local accommodation have first preference and any unsold tickets, as at March 2019, will be sold individually via the official Passion Play website

Independent travellers wondering how to buy tickets for the Passion Play earlier than March 2019 can purchase a pre-arranged package through a travel agent. 

Prior to March 2019 it is not possible to buy Oberammergau Passion Play tickets only - they are only sold in conjunction with overnight accommodation.

Oberammergau Passion Play packages (including tickets and accommodation)

European Travel Direct

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Independent travellers need not miss out on seeing the Passion Play performed with 1- and 2-night packages being offered by European Travel Direct.

Packages will include accommodation with breakfast for the desired duration, ticket to the Passion Play and 3-course dinner during the interval, shuttle bus from accommodation to the Passion Play theatre, textbook and local Tourist tax.

In addition, a 3-night package will also be available which includes a night in another nearby location such as Munich, Salzburg or Innsbruck, depending on the client’s request.

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Now that you've decided you'd like to witness the once-every-decade Passion Play, you have plenty of options to choose from.  Whether you decide to take an escorted Passion Play tour or purchase a package or individual tickets to the Passion Play, you certainly won't be alone.  Over 500,000 visitors from around the world are expected to visit Oberammergau in 2020 for this unique event. Will you be joining them?


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