Interested in seeing the Oberammergau Passion Play for yourself? Check out the links and information below to make the process easier.
The 2010 production runs through October 3
This year's Oberammergau Passion Play premieres on May 15, 2010. The season features 102 performances until the finale on October 3, 2010, in the village of Oberammergau in southern Germany.
Performances take place five times weekly - every day except Mondays and Wednesdays. Part One is held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. After a three-hour break, Part Two continues from 8:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The play is performed in the town's Passion Theater, which offers around 4,700 seats in an enclosed auditorium.
Oberammergau sells tickets to the play either in packages that include hotel accommodations or as single tickets for guests who live nearby or otherwise do not require an overnight stay. Single tickets were sold out, but a limited number have recently become available again. Check availability on-line.
The available ticket packages include either one- or two-night stays. With each package, guests choose from among 13 categories of accommodation ranging from luxury hotels to simple private rooms. Prices for one-night packages begin at 199 euros (about $262), and prices for two-night packages begin at 275 euros. Some meals are included in both packages.
Those interested in purchasing tickets should visit the English version of the Oberammergau Web site (linked below). There, users select the country from which they will travel, since the procedures for buying tickets vary by country. The FAQ section on the English Web site is helpful and contains useful information on tickets, pricing and the performance.
The stage in Oberammergau also hosts other plays during off years
Guests can also learn more about Bavaria and find flights to the state as well as book hotels at the Bavaria Tourism homepage (linked below). Those flying into Munich can take a train to Oberammergau and book their trip online via the Deutsche Bahn Web site (linked below). Travel time is approximately two hours each way.
Finally, those curious about the play's long and rich history should take a look at the history section of the official Web site (linked below).