Oberammergau


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Oberammergau

(ō'bəräm`ərgou), town (1994 pop. 5,343), Bavaria, S Germany, in the Bavarian Alps. It has been a noted center of woodcarving since the 12th cent. Oberammergau is famous for the Passion playPassion play,
genre of the miracle play that has survived from the Middle Ages into modern times. Its subject is the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Passion plays were first given in Latin. By the 13th cent.
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 performed there every 10 years (most recently in 2000), originally (1634) in fulfillment of a vow made during a plague in 1633. Tourism is the town's major source of income. There are numerous fresco-decorated houses and a rococo church.

Bibliography

See study of the town's Passion play by J. Shapiro (2000).

Oberammergau

a village in S Germany, in Bavaria in the foothills of the Alps: famous for its Passion Play, performed by the villagers every ten years (except during the World Wars) since 1634, in thanksgiving for the end of the Black Death. Pop.: 5363 (2003 est.)
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Price includes: Return to Munich from Birmingham, five night's bed and breakfast in the Prinzregent an der Messe Hotel in Munich (1 night) and the Grand City Hotel in Rosenheim (4 nights), a guided tour of Munich, guided visits to Neuschwanstein Castle and Oberammergau & the services of a Newmarket Tour Manager.
But in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau, the Passion Play was a much more serious matter, beginning with a vow taken in 1663, when the village was struck by a terrible plague epidemic which swept through Europe in the wake of the Thirty Years War.
Price includes | Return flights to Berlin | Return airport-to-hotel transfers | Two nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Tiergarten in Berlin, and two nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Park Inn Hotel in Dresden | Included tours of Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden | Guided visit to Colditz | The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager Escorted Holiday Departures 4| Castles, Lakes and Mountains of Bavaria A guided tour of the exquisite Bavarian capital and visits to Neuschwanstein's fairy-tale castle and famous Oberammergau are the highlights of an escorted holiday that also includes four nights in the 'lakes and mountains' heartland, and the opportunity, on optional excursions, to visit Berchtesgaden and the 'Sound of Music' city of Salzburg.
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After the Reformation they declined before re-emerging in the 19th Century with the Passion Play at Oberammergau and elsewhere.
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