Passion Play

The Passion Play in Oberammergau has a long tradition – the now world-famous story began in the Bavarian village over 400 years ago. The Passion Play originated during the Thirty Years‘ War when the plague ravaged large parts of Europe, including Oberammergau. After numerous inhabitants lost their lives because of the plague, the people of Oberammergau swore to perform the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ every ten years, if no one else from the Oberammergau population would die of the plague. The community was heard and the villagers have kept the promise against all odds since 1634.

In a five-hour performance, more than 2,000 participants bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to life in the detailed and impressive Passion Theater – from his entry into Jerusalem, to his death on the cross, to the resurrection. Almost half of the inhabitants of Oberammergau reenact the story with great dedication, giving life and hope to people all over the world with the millennia-old message of Jesus Christ.

Years before, preparations are in full swing and probably the most exciting part for the villagers begins with the announcement of the participants. Those in charge spend months assigning all the roles to the appropriate performers – from the leads and supporting cast to the choir and orchestra. The selection is an honor for every Oberammergauer and at the same time a privilege.


Because since the 17th century, only citizens who were either born in the town or have lived there for at least 20 years have been allowed to participate. Since December 2014, the Oberammergau Passion Play has even been included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage of the Federal Republic of Germany. This also includes the entry of the theater building, which honors the structural material heritage.

For 41 performances, the unique Passion Plays have captivated numerous spectators time and again. Already since the middle of the 18th century, enthusiasts come from all parts of Germany to witness the spectacle.

The 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play will take place this year from May 14 to October 02, 2022.

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