Tickets for the Oberammergau Passionsspiele 2020 are available as part of tour groups, package deals with hotel stays, and individual play-only tickets.
Tickets for the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 are on sale in a similar format than was used for the Passionsspiele 2010. All types of tickets are now on sale: tickets as part of a tour group and “arrangement tickets” that include hotel stays and play tickets have already been on sale for several months. Since the beginning of March 2019, tickets for the passion play performance only are sold directly to individuals too. Tours and package deals are a sensible option for advance planning, as hotel accommodation near Oberammergau will only be available as part of “arrangements” and public transportation after shows are problematic. By December 2019, small numbers of tickets were still available for most evenings – somewhat surprisingly, most tickets are in the mid-price range, which offers the best value anyway.
The world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play will be performed 102 times between 16 May 2020 and 4 October 2020 in the small Bavarian town Oberammergau in the south of Germany.
Tickets for the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020
Tickets for the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 are available in three versions – from early March 2019 all versions are sold:
- As part of a tour – these tickets are sold only to bona fide tour operators. Individuals may only buy these tickets from resellers as part of a longer group tour.
- Package deals – these arrangements include tickets to the passion play, meals, and overnight hotel stays. These package deals for the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 are sold directly to customers by the event organisers.
- Passion Play performance tickets only – tickets to only the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 without any accommodation, meals or transportation. These performance-only tickets are sold directly to individuals and will not be available through resellers. Tickets bought through resellers will be more expensive and may not even be valid.
Which Tickets to Buy for the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020
Tickets for the Oberammergau passion play concerts usually sell out despite 102 performances that have seating for 4,500 spectators per show. With nearly half a million visitors expected in the village for the play, a bit of planning when buying tickets is sensible, especially for foreign visitors.
Seeing the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 as part of a tour group ensures that tickets will be available on specific dates. Tours are usually available including airfare from various countries, or at much lower prices shorter bus tours may also be available from other German and European cities.
Package deals with hotel accommodation, meals and theater tickets are a good alternative. During the passion play period, all overnight accommodation reservations in the Oberammergau region will only be available through the official booking channels as part of such package deals. Package deals range from around €250 to €1200 depending on the choice of hotel, seating category and the duration of the stay (one or two nights). Compare hotels at TripAdvisor but during the season most hotels will only take bookings directly from the Passion Play organizers.
Performance tickets are of course the cheapest and are only sold directly to individual buyers. These tickets are only available if tickets are leftover from the tour groups and package deals, so availability may be limited on weekends and during the high season. Buy only directly from the event organizers. Note that public transportation is problematic after the show.
By end December 2019, tickets seem to be still available in relatively small numbers for most shows. Somewhat surprisingly, most of these tickets seem to be for the mid-price seats that offer the best trade-off between price and location anyway.
Ticket Prices for the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020
Ticket prices for the Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 range from €30 to €180 – paying less than €120 may be saving at the wrong end.
The Passionstheater in Oberammergau seats around 4,500. The theater is partly open-air but all seats are under roof cover and the performances are not canceled due to rain.
The Passion Play Oberammergau 2020
The Oberammergau passion play takes five-hours and is performed in two sessions:
- 14:30 – 17:00 – Part 1
- Dinner Break
- 20:00 – 22:30 – Part 2
(All times an hour earlier for performances after 17 August 2020.)
The Passion Play Oberammergau 2020 is performed by over 2,000 local villagers in German – English guide books are provided.
Oberammergau is in a beautiful part of Bavaria with many different things to do in addition to seeing the Passion Play. Further religious sights include nearby Ettal Monastery and the Wieskirche – a defining work of the Bavaria Rococo and inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. In addition to the beautiful nature of the Bavarian Alps, visitors can also tour two fantasy palaces of Bavarian Mad King Ludwig – his Disney-like Schloss Neuschwanstein Castle and the small but actually completed Schloss Linderhof Palace. Transportation to Oberammergau is usually easy but due to the Passion Play performances ending late at night, not a viable option for after-theater travel. The Bayern-Ticket is a very good local transportation deal when traveling in Bavaria on public transportation.
Compare hotels at TripAdvisor but during the season most hotels will only take bookings directly from the Passion Play organizers.