The Bavarian Alps

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  • 1. Passion Play

    Oberammergau is best known for its Passion Play, first presented in 1634 as an offering of thanks after the Black Death stopped just short of the village. In faithful accordance with a solemn vow, it has been performed every 10 years since 1680; it will next be performed in 2022, after being postponed for two years due to Covid. Its 16 acts, which take 5½ hours, depict the final days of Christ, from the Last Supper through the Crucifixion and Resurrection. It's presented daily on a partly open-air stage against a mountain backdrop from late May to late September. The entire village is swept up in the production, with some 1,500 residents directly involved in its preparation and presentation. Men grow beards in the hope of capturing a key role; young women have been known to put off their weddings—the role of Mary went only to unmarried girls until 1990, when, amid much local controversy, a 31-year-old mother of two was given the part.

    Theaterstr. 16, Oberammergau, Bavaria, 82487, Germany
  • 2. Oberammergau Passionsspielhaus

    Though the Passion Play theater was traditionally not used for anything other than the Passion Play (next performance: 2022), Oberammergauers have begun using it for opera or other theatrical events during the 10-year pause between the religious performances.

    Theaterstr. 16
    - 008822 - 945–8888
  • 3. Philharmonie

    Bad Reichenhall is proud of its long musical tradition and of its orchestra, founded more than a century ago. It performs on numerous occasions throughout the year in the chandelier-hung Kurgastzentrum Theater or, when weather permits, in the open-air pavilion, and at a special Mozart Week in March.

    Salzburger Str. 7
    - 08651 - 762–8080
  • 4. Tölzer Knabenchor Boys' Choir

    Bad Tölz is world renowned for its outstanding boys' choir. When not in Munich or out on tour, the choir gives regular concerts in the Kurhaus.

    Ludwigstr. 25
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