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Oberammergau-Ettal

Home to the “Herrgottschnitzer” crucifix carvers and the Passion Plays

It is astounding that a small community on the river Ammer should be famous far beyond our borders. It can almost be deemed world-famous. Oberammergau is famous as the town of the "Herrgottschnitzer” crucifix carvers and as the home of the Passion Plays.

The wood carving trade dates back to the middle ages. Today there are still around 100 active wood sculptors, who carry on the tradition. The skills and abilities of these artists are legendary.

If you would like to find out more about the art of wood carving, the best starting point is Pilatushaus. This gem in the heart of Oberammergau is decorated with numerous traditional murals and is the local center for the arts and crafts.

Theater and opera lovers regard Oberammergau as a very special venue. Every ten years it hosts the famous Passion Plays. In the middle of the Thirty Years’ War, the people of Oberammergau vowed to stage the “Play of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years. They first fulfilled this promise at Whitsun in 1634, on a stage set up on the cemetery. The next Passion Play will take place in 2020.

The monastery of “Kloster Ettal” is also well worth a visit. With its baroque basilica and the rococo-style vestry, it is a real gem. Both of the above, the cheese-making demonstration, the monastic distillery and the brewery museum are now open to visitors. Liqueur tasting included!