Though departures are a full three years away, Tauck has begun taking reservations for several 2020 itineraries to the small Bavarian town of Oberammergau.
The 2020 itineraries will include the Oberammergau Passion Play (known locally as "Passionsspiele”) as the main attraction on its two European land tours and two European river cruises.
The land journeys are Tauck’s “Romantic Germany” and “The Ultimate Alps,” and the river cruises are The Blue Danube and The Romantic Rhine.
In addition to the play, each departure in 2020 will include private tours of the sights and attractions in the area.
The play has been a tradition in the town since 1634, and is only performed every ten years, making it a must-see event for locals and guests in the area. In 2020, performances will take place from May 16 to October 4.
The play involves over 2,000 local residents who participate as actors, singers, musicians, costume-makers, etc., and it depicts the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The show became tradition when the village was suffering a severe plague epidemic. The villagers asked God to ease their suffering, offering to stage a performance of Jesus’ death in exchange for good health. The plague subsided after the first performance was held, and it became a part of the town after that.
Officials in Oberammergau expect as many as 450,000 to attend the shows in 2020. In fact, Tauck’s itineraries that feature the traditional play have increased in popularity compared to 2000 and 2010, based on requests made on the company website.
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