We had visited relatives in Oberammergau, Germany in the past but always avoided the Passion Play years as the small village gets too crowded and the relatives too busy to visit. However, in 2005, after a backstage tour of the Passion Play house by one of our relatives, we made the commitment to return in 2010 to experience the Passion Play. To share this experience, we created a customized tour and opened it up to anyone that was interested. We ended up with 32 people. Below are some links to just some of the many photos we wish to share. Please enjoy.
Day 1 - We
arrived in Geneva, Switzerland and took a tour through the
city. We enjoyed lunch in the shopping district and struggled
to acclimate to the time difference. After dinner we turned in
for much needed sleep.
Day 5 – The entire trip was planned around the Oberammergau Passion Play. The Passion Play cannot be seen, it can only be experienced. Between meals and performances, we flitted throughout Oberammergau visiting as many of the relatives as we could and paying our respects to those that have gone before us. It was good to be back.
Day 6 – The itinerary called for a much needed relaxing day. We took a short trip to Ludwig’s castle, Linderhof, and hiked the grounds before enjoying a light lunch. We then toured the Ettal Monastery and headed to Salzburg, Austria for dinner and a show.
Day 7 – We took a walking tour through old Salzburg, paying particular attention to the familiar scenes from the film Sound of Music. After the walking tour we headed to the summit of Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden. Later, some of us went shopping in Berchtesgaden while others took a boat tour of Konigsee. We finished the day with a relaxing walk along the Salzach River in Salzburg.
Day 8 - We departed Salzburg and arrived in Munich where we enjoyed a walking tour of the city. We ate lunch at the Hofbrauhaus and then headed to Nymphenburg Palace to tour the grounds, and then on to the Olympic Park. However we enjoyed the air conditioning at the BMW showroom more as we sampled their wares. We then went to the hotel to enjoy our farewell dinner.
Day 9 - We woke early for our last good breakfast in Germany and meandered our way to Munich Airport. We said our goodbyes to Ken, our tour guide, and to Steve and Kay who were staying in Germany a little longer. Before we knew it, we were home.