A Pilgrim’s Guide to Oberammergau and its Passion Play


A Pilgrim’s Guide to Oberammergau contains all the history, tradition, and organisation behind the most famous passion play. There are Sections on the text, music, and staging of the event, as well as the personal thoughts of two leading actors from the village. There is a guide to the sights of this delightful corner of the Bavarian alps, as well as visits to be made in the surrounding area. Finally, there is a synopsis of the Play as it unfolds on stage. Profusely illustrated in full colour, including scenes from past performances.

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Since it was first performed in 1634, the Passion Play at Oberammergau has been an unforgettable experience for many millions of people. Concise, compact, colourful and informative, this book will enable the visitor to make the most of their stay and evoke many lasting memories.

All the sights of this delightful alpine village are described and illustrated. The Theatre, Parish Church, Museum, and the houses painted with frescoes. There is an insight into the traditions and staging of the Play, the Text, music, stage sets and Chronology, and a brief synopsis as it unfolds on stage. Practical details include how to see the Play.

The Creative Team are profiled, while interviews with two leading actors from the village – a shopkeeper and a hotel manager – provide a valuable insight into what it means to take a part in the play, and how the long tradition of performing it influences residents today.

A guide to the surrounding area includes the ‘Romantic Road’ of King Ludwig’s castles, the monastery at Ettal, the pilgrimage church at Wies, Innsbruckand Munich.

Illustrated in full colour, there are several pictures of scenes from past performances. A 2-page Plan of the village makes it easy to locate all the sights.

Oberammergau and the Pilgrim Books team

This book can trace its origins back to a book produced for the Passion Play in 1970, when David Houseley decided to write a book for his many groups who travelled to see the Passion Play. Updated editions were produced for the 1980 and 1990 performances – and 2000 when Ray Goodburn became an author.

About the author

Raymond Goodburn is an an ordained pastor, who has led and organised many groups to Oberammergau over several years. Ray works with a leading Christian tour operator. Ray’s other books in the Pilgrim’s Guide Series include the Holy Land, the Lands of St Paul, and Rome and Assisi.

Book details

ISBN 978-0-9532511-3-1 A5. Paperback. 96 pages. Print only.

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