This quaint little village gets more than its share of tourists during the year. Most of the buildings are decoratively painted with murals on the outside walls. They are of scenes and alpine look. The valley coming into the town is real nice drive. The sell many trinkets including the traditional clocks, knives, Germanic apparel, and candy, fudge, cheese, and much more. The shopping is quite pleasant so long as not many tourists in town.
We visited Oberammergau in late November during our trip to Munich. Its probably an hour to hour and one-half from Munich (we took a bus). The town sits in a valley, is at the base of the mountains and the Alpine forest and general scenery is beautiful. The town is renown for its painted houses or frescos. There aren't many restaurants but several souvenier shops. Nice colorful and reasonably priced beer steins. I believe this is where the passion play is performed every year and is quite an event. There isn't a lot to do here but its definetely a nice stop on your way to Fussen.
I took a day trip with one of the tour companies that you can find at the Munich Train Station.
This trip included 3 areas -- we went to see Schloss Linderhof and Neuschwanstein and to Oberammergau.
The name Oberammergau means Over the Ammer River and there is a town called Unterammergau! :)
The legend goes that the town was stricken with the plague that swept across Europe and when the entire town made a vow that they would stage the Passion Play if they were spared, the townsfolk miraculously got well and survived the plague!
That is why till this day, the town still keeps its promise.
It's a very precious tradition which the town keeps and no one else is allowed to perform in it.
Oberammergau is a lovely little town with really quaint buildings that show off the traditional Bavarian architecture.
It's a great place to pick up all your souvenirs -- a lot cheaper than to buy it at Schloss Linderhof or Neuschwanstein.
I wanted to see the famous King Ludwig castles, so we stayed in Oberammergau (home of the Passion Play) which is fairly close to 3 of the castles: Linderhof, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
The town was a bit touristy, but it was in a beautiful area and Hotel Turmwirt was cozy with friendly and helpful people.
South of Munich , nestled in the mountains is a very pretty town called Oberammergau.It is very well known for it's Passion Play which is held every 10 years. The play started in 1634 when the Black Plague stopped short of the village. The people vowed to have a play every 10 years to honor Christ
If you are thinking of visiting Kloster Andechs but can't spare the time, you can see Kloster Ettal, near Oberammergau, which is more splendid than Kloster Andechs!