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    Passion Play

    by TinKan Updated Apr 14, 2003

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    The playhouse

    Favorite thing: Oberammergau is the home of the Passion play which is held every ten years without fail.
    From what I understand it has only NOT been on twice in the many many years of having the play.

    You need to make reservations many years in advance to get tickets to this function.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Königscard: excellent value for .. no money :)

    by Trekki Updated Dec 29, 2013

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    Favorite thing: I cannot praise this card enough!!

    The marketing people of Ammergauer Alps came up with something extra special: a guest card which includes free entry and use of more than 250 attractions. And this not only in Oberammergau but in the other regions connected to this system and the villages therein: Allgäu (with Schwangau, Nesselwang, Pfronten, Füssen, etc), Blaues Land or Blue Land around Murnau, and the region around Reutte in Austria. And the best of all: this card is free of charge!! However it is only available when one stays at one of the connected 67 accommodations. For Ammergauer Alps it is 28 in Oberammergau, 17 in Bad Kohlgrub, 1 in Ettal, 8 in Saulgrub, 7 in Unterammergau and 6 in Bad Bayersoien (status as of December 2013, more might follow). These accommodations are from 5 star hotels to simple B&B, so in my opinion it is easy to select one of those depending on the budget. During my 2 weeks in Oberammergau I stayed in two of them, one B&B and one holiday apartment, both of excellent quality with friendly hosts and around 40 Euro for my booking as single.

    But back to the card: it includes the daily use of 12 mountain railways of any kind in summer and more in winter (from chairlift to cabins), where one alone costs between 19,50 Euro (Wank, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen) to 6 Euro (Graseck). It also includes the free use of the public baths and some saunas, 3 hours per day and entries to bathing lakes. It includes free entries to many museums, among these Glentleiten Open Air Museum (entry otherwise 7 Euro), Museum of Bavarian Kings at the bottom of Neuschwanstein Castle (entry otherwise 9,50 Euro), Schachen, the mountain house of King Ludwig II and many more. It includes many outdoor activities like miniature golf, cross-bowing, wild herb walks, rental of e-bikes, log rafting, fun climbing parks, hikings such as Partnachklamm and of course all kinds of winter activities such as lessons in biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice climbing and of course the rental of skis and other equipment.

    As far as I know only a German version of the thick booklet is available and sadly also the website with all offers is only in German. That’s why I give a brief guideline of “how to” for Königscard Website:
    To look for accommodations, go to tab ”Unterkünfte” (= accommodation):
    there you can click on “Kartenansicht” = map view and zoom in. Once you see the icons, click on one. The description tab will open. The tabs are:
    Adresse = address
    Beschreibung = description
    Öffnungszeiten = opening hours
    Bilder = photos
    Kartenansicht = map view

    If you look for the villages, go to tab ”Königscard Orte”, which will bring you to the individual villages and has links to the tourist information of each.

    To check the activities included in the card, go to the tab ”Alles inclusive”:
    Listenansicht = list view
    Kartenansicht = map view
    Merkzettel = my list
    Via “Kartenansicht” (map view) you can look at the different activities according to their icons:
    Blue = bathing lakes and public baths
    Green = leisure time and nature adventures and experiences
    Pink = sports and hiking
    Orange = funiculars, ropeways, cable cars, lifts, etc
    Red = anything for kids and families
    Brown = museums and culture
    Blue-green with sun = accommodations

    You will receive the card from your accommodation host, and it is valid from the day of arrival until the day of departure.

    © Ingrid D., December 2013 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.).

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    A small town

    by TinKan Updated Nov 4, 2003

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    A small town

    Favorite thing: You will find some of the nicest cooko clocks in southern Germany in the local shops which are priced about half of what you will find them for in America.

    Fondest memory: We liked the smallness of the town and all of the christmas shops that were there.

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    • Arts and Culture

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    The forest

    by TinKan Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    The forest

    Favorite thing: This area of Germany is known for its hiking and biking trails and it's fresh air so get out to see it when you visit Oberammergau.

    You will find many locals walking in the forest and riding down the bike trails all year round.

    Fondest memory: The forest here is so clean and it is always a pleasure to hike the many trails that are here.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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    Oberammergau: strongly connected to King Ludwig II

    by Trekki Updated Apr 6, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Oberammergau’s locals have a very strong connection to Bavarian King Ludwig II. Yes, despite his death more than 100 years ago, they still have this connection and value him very high.

    One of King Ludwig’s castles, Linderhof Castle, is around the corner hence the king stayed in the region quite often. Many locals from Oberammergau worked for him during the building phases of the castle. The king was impressed by the Passion Play and in his honour, in 1871 the locals staged a special performance of the play only for him. The king was moved by this honour and, as a countermove, donated the massive large marble Crucifixion Monument to the locals. It is located on the small hill called Osterbichl and was erected here on the king’s mother’s birthday, October 15, 1875. The king visited town and monument almost every following year until 1883. Until today the monument is illuminated in the evenings and can be seen from almost everywhere in town.

    The local handicraft work, especially the woodcrafting, was always supported by the Royal family. In the town museum order books are exhibited where it can be seen how many wooden figures King Ludwig II’s mother ordered for her kids.

    But maybe the most spectacular event in honour to King Ludwig II is the so-called “King Ludwig II Bonfires”. Already in his lifetime, the bonfires were lightened on his birthday (August 25). Two years after his death this tradition was renewed to date. However, on the eve of his birthday. On Kofel Mountain (the one which looks like a nose) a wooden crown and cross of 8 metres in height are being lit, on the slopes of Laber Mountain it is the letter “L” and the number “II”, and otherwise it is various stacks of wood which are being lit.
    This is a very special event, when it becomes very obvious how much the locals honour and love him. I have never seen it in real life, only in documentaries, but I will see it one day!

    And last but not least there is König Ludwig Lauf, with more than 4000 participants from all over the world, Germany’s largest cross-country skiing marathon, taking place each year on the first weekend in February. It is offered in two routes, one 50 km and one 23 km, with start in Ettal and finish in Oberammergau. The large route of course, leads through Linderhof Castle’s park.

    © Ingrid D., April 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.).

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    Ammergauer Alps – Tourist Office & villages

    by Trekki Updated Apr 6, 2014
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    Favorite thing: Oberammergau’s tourist organisation is part of the umbrella association “Ammergauer Alpen”, covering six villages in the region: Oberammergau, Unterammergau, Ettal, Bad Kohlgrub, Bad Bayersoien and Saulgrub. I found their offers and information material excellent, of high quality and leaving more or less no activity uncovered.
    Especially interesting is the Königscard, a free card for guests staying in one of the villages, with free entrance or use of activities not only in Ammergauer Alps but also of the surrounding regions.

    The tourist office is located in the so-called “Ammergauer Haus”, the cultural centre of town where events and congresses are being hosted. It is also here where .. well, where the public toilets are located. But beware: they are in the basement, accessible by stairs only. In theory there is an elevator, but it is difficult to get hold of the key for it.

    The employees at the tourist office are friendly, multilingual and are really a wealth of information. When I asked about reasonable places to stay, the lady told me about Königscard first and then suggested that I should check for a room with WLAN with Unruh family (excellent suggestion!). You can also pick up a large variety of brochures, maps and activity information, plus of course books and maps for sale.

    Opening hours of Oberammergau’s Tourist Office:
    Daily except Sunday, however, it is open on Sundays during the holiday months. For details please see => Oberammergau’s tourist office, opening hours.
    For those coming by car: a parking area is located almost opposite of the tourist office.

    Websites:
    Website of Oberammergau’s Tourist Information
    Website of Ammergauer Alps’s Tourist Information

    Location of Oberammergau’s Tourist Office on Bing Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.).

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    Sidetrip from Munich

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: OBERAMMERGAU was a side-trip from my Munich stay. This amazing city is about 60 miles SW of Munich & known for the skill of its wood carvers & painters trained locally.

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    Nature to see

    by TinKan Updated Apr 14, 2003

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    Hidden cave

    Favorite thing: There is a lot of nature to see in this area of Germany. There are many hidden caves and green forests (not black) as well as small rivers and creeks to walk along.

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    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Castles and Palaces

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