The Cologne Cathedral
The Passion Play of Oberammergau
A play of life and death, promised in a moment of mortal threat, and so began the hisuntitledtory of the Oberammergau Passion Play in 1633. In the midst of the horror of the 30 years’ war, the dreaded plague swept across Europe. High in the Bavarian Alps, the citizens of Oberammergau attempted to seal themselves off from the outside world. When a homesick young man sneaked into the village and brought the pestilence with him, 84 residents died within 3 weeks. In desperation, the town council made a solemn vow that if God would stop the plague, out of gratitude, they would present a play depicting the life and suffering of Christ for the duration of their existence. Miraculously, the plague took no more lives in the town. True to their word, the villagers performed their first play in 1634, and have continued to do so to this day.
The Pilgrimage will encompass the most significant shrines and sanctuaries in the south of Germany, mostly Bavaria. It is a pilgrimage giving you a nice insight into the history of the country through visits to the monasteries, churches, castles, and towns that played an important role of the most Catholic region in Germany!