Oberammergau is a picturesque mountain town in the heart of Bavaria, Germany, known for its traditional woodcarving skills and world-famous Passion Play, which takes place once every ten years. Read more

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Oberammergau is truly a town straight out of a fairy tale. Its picturesque houses with detailed wood carvings and colourful frescoes are a wonderful example of Bavarian folk architecture. The town is famous for its long tradition of woodcarving and the local shops offer a wide selection of hand-carved works of art. In addition, Oberammergau is also famous for the Passion Play, which is performed by the locals every ten years in fulfilment of a promise made during a plague epidemic in the 17th century.

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What to do in Oberammergau

Passion Play Theater

The amphitheatre where the world-famous Passion Play takes place. A behind-the-scenes tour allows visitors to get a glimpse into the history and preparation of this huge theatrical undertaking.

The Woodcarving Museum (Oberammergau Museum)

A museum that showcases the history and techniques of woodcarving for which the town is known.


This tradition of painting on houses is very popular in Oberammergau and you can see many houses decorated with beautiful frescoes.

The church of St. Peter and Paul (Pfarrkirche St. Peter und Paul)

This beautiful church is known for its rich decoration and beautiful frescoes.

Skiing and hiking areas

Oberammergau is surrounded by the Alps, which offer many opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, hiking and other outdoor activities.

The Royal Castle of Linderhof

This magnificent castle, built by King Ludwig II of Austria, is located in the heart of the Linderhof region. It is just a short drive from Oberammergau and is definitely worth a visit.

Ettal Monastery

A beautiful Benedictine monastery located near Oberammergau, famous for its brewery and distillery.

Kolbensattel Adventure Mountain

An ideal place for families, offering cable cars, slides, climbing parks and other attractions.

Laber Mountain and Cable Car

Offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and is ideal for hiking and paragliding.

Wellenberg Outdoor Pool

A large outdoor pool with stunning mountain views, ideal for relaxing in the summer months.

What else to visit
In and around Oberammergau

Ettal Abbey (3.92 km)

Set against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, is not only a place of religious significance but also an architectural marvel and cultural hub. This enchanting abbey attracts pilgrims, tourists, and history enthusiasts alike.

Linderhof Palace (8.29 km)

Linderhof Palace is a jewel in the Bavarian Alps, an opulent retreat built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. An exquisite example of French Rococo architecture nestled among lush gardens, the palace offers a surreal journey into the mind of a whimsical king.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (12.35 km)

Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a quintessential German resort town brimming with Alpine charm, known worldwide for its excellent winter sports, particularly skiing, and rich cultural heritage.

Zugspitze (16.59 km)

Zugspitze boasts the title of Germany's highest peak. At a staggering 2,962 meters above sea level, it promises breathtaking vistas, alpine adventures, and an exhilarating blend of German and Austrian mountain culture.

Steingaden (19.17 km)

Nestled in the heart of Bavaria, Steingaden is a serene German village with a rich cultural tapestry. Known for the stunning Wieskirche, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Steingaden offers a blend of natural beauty and architectural marvels.

Plansee (21.22 km)

Plansee, nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is a stunning natural lake that offers serene beauty and a multitude of outdoor activities. Surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, it's a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

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