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    Pilatus Haus

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Pilatus Haus is the most beautiful house of Oberammergau. Its name comes from the wonderful fresco on the facade made in 1784. It shows Jusus in front of Pontius Pilate with nice architectures. On the East facade you can see a nice fresco showing the resurrection.

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    Luftlmalerei

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Luftlmalerei is avery diffused style of wall painting in Baviera. It was born in the XVII century as derivation of the Italian style "trompe oil". A famous exponent of Luftlmalerei was Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792) who live in Oberammergau.

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    Buildings that are truly works of art.

    by hundwalder Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    Great choice for a hotel / restaurant
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    Altstadt ( old town ) Oberammergau boasts many beautiful Bavarian chalet style buildings like those shown in these photos. Throughout the 18th. and 19th. centuries it was a common practice throughout much of Bavaria, Tirol, and sud-Tirol, to incorporate relief sculptures, frescoes, portraits, and intricate designs, directly into the exterior walls of buildings. The frescoes were painted immediately after the walls were stuccoed, allowing the paint and stucco to dry at the same time. The art indicated the status, trade, or profession of the building's owners. The practice of painting these frescoes began in about 1730, and is still done to a limited extent nowadays.

    Many of the frescoes are scenes from the locally staged and world famous Passion of Christ play. Photo #1 shows the front of a popular hotel / restaurant. The central frescoe depicts the crucifiction of Christ. The entire hotel which was built about 300 years ago, is beautifully decorated. The hotel and restaurant are top quality and a good value. If you want to book a room for the 2010 passion play, now ( 2007 ) would not be any too soon.

    The building in Photo #2 houses a handicraft shop, a woodcarver's shop, and living quarters for the workers and their families. Did I mention that the citizens of this fantastic little city are wonderfully old fashioned ?

    Photo #3 shows another perfectly maintained building with a fascinating upper balcony. All of altstadt Oberammergau combines to form one great work of art. Take the time to savor this great city, and don't be in a hurry.

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    Go swimming!!

    by debtravers Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Alpine Pool Wellenberg is where to go... its stunning location plus there are three open air and three indoor pools, two water slides, an adventure pool, a large sun-bathing area, saunas, a solarium, a restaurant and a bar.
    Summer season opening times: May to September 9.30am - 9pm
    Winter season opening times: October to April 10am - 9pm
    Check out www.oberammergau.de and click on wellenberg for details of pricing, bit too much info to include here.

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    Admiring the painting on the walls of the houses

    by ptitetoile Written Jul 14, 2005

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    detail of a lueftmalerei

    "Lueftlmalerei" is a handicraft method of wall-painting originally applied for decorating the baroque facades in Italy and Southern Germany.
    It was only in the 18th century that this method began to become popular in the foothill region of the Alps, where wealthy traders, peasants and craftsmen displayed their wealth by means of opulently painted facades.

    The subjects of the paintings are mostly of a religious character, particularly involving figures of saints as well as manifold scenes all around the Passion Play theme in Oberammergau.

    The painting technique is the so-called fresco technique, i.e. the water colours of a mineral basis are applied to wet freshly laid plaster. As the colours dry, they become a fixed layer of colour, insoluble to water. The necessity to work quickly in the fresh air (Luft), led to the belief that the term "Lueftlmalerei" is somehow connected to this particular method of painting. More convincing, however, is the story going back to Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792), probably the most well-known craftsman of his guild. The story goes that he lived in a house called "Zum Lueftl" in Oberammergau (such house names can still be found there rather often) and because of his profession, was called "the Lueftlmaler" (the "Lueftl" painter). The name of the whole guild most probably developed from this name during the 19th century.

    The said Franz Seraph Zwinck decorated a great many beautiful facades in Oberammergau and its area. The most prominent of them would be the "Forsthaus", the "Mussldomahaus" and, last but not least, the "Pilatushaus" with its ornate architectural fantasies.

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    The famous Passion Play

    by Janni67 Updated Nov 26, 2003

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    In the summer of 2000, Oberammergau staged its famous Passion Play, which is performed only 1 year out of 10. Surely the world's longest-running show, it began in 1634 when the town's citizens took a vow to give dramatic thanks after they were spared from the devastating plague of 1633.

    The town is packed to the gills all summer for this major event. Attracting pilgrims (and tourists) from around the world, the Passion Play depicts the "suffering, death, and rebirth of Jesus Christ." In many ways, it's an authentic recreation of a medieval morality play. Though the theater and production methods are contemporary, the spirit of the play is highly traditional. The whole production is community-based. Locals do all the acting--the competition for the roles of Jesus and Mary can be fierce. Performances last all day, with a break for lunch. Viewing the production can alternate between tedious and highly dramatic--but in most cases, it's fascinating. Where else would you get to witness such a pocket of medievalism in the modern world?

    The Passion Play stage won't be empty and un-used until 2010 though. There is opera! After the great success of the opera performances in the Passion Play theater in 2002 and 2003 this musical experience will be continued in 2004. In addition to Giuseppe Verdi┬┤s Nabucco there will also be "Aida" on the schedule.
    "Aida": July 9th and 10th and on September 3rd and 4th 2004 and
    "Nabucco": August 6th and 7th 2004.

    You can book opera tickets online here:
    http://www.muenchenticket.de/8JGYvSQIPUhEza.Y/listeVorstellung.jsp?ltr_id=7927

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    Pilatushouse and the other decorated houses

    by Janni67 Updated Nov 26, 2003

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    Pilatushouse

    "L├╝ftlmalerei" is a handicraft method of wall-painting for decorating the baroque facades in Italy and Southern Germany. This method started to become popular in the 18th century in the foothill region of the Alps, where wealthy traders, peasants and craftsmen displayed their wealth by painting their house facades.

    One of the most famous decorated houses is Pilatushaus (on Verlegergasse); painted in 1784 by Franz Zwink. It illustrates Christ's condemnation by Pilate. A short walk around the town (which isn't big enough for a long walk...) will take you past of lots more painted houses, usually with religious or folk-themed images.

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    Arts & Crafts

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

    This shop has an incredible collection of painted wood-carvings (Gee, I forgot to take down the name of the shop!) & really nice items costing more than US$1000! Now you know why :-) Remarkable skill of the artisans.

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    Fairy tales & houses

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

    Check out the houses with frescoes by Franz Zwink (18th century) that are named after fairy-tale characters 'Hanzel & Gretel House' & 'Little Red Riding Hood House'. (I don't seem to be able to find the photos in my album, will try to upload them as soon as I found those pictures.)

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    Take some time to hike

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Aren't these the most beautiful paintings you've ever seen on walls of cottages? If you look closely on the reflection in the windows you'll discover the mountains surrounding Oberammergau & if you've the time you can wander off to the mountaintops by the Laber cable railway or the Kolben chairlift!

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    Go for a walk around the town.

    by cynthi Written Sep 5, 2002

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    Pilatus Haus

    Oberammergau has beautifully frescoed buildings. The town is not so big that you can't walk around the entirety. Beth and I saw many beautiful frescos. The Pilatushaus is supposedly famous, but the other buldings are just as beautiful, if not more entertaining. The Little Red Riding Hood (Rotkapchen) and Hansel and Grettle buildings, in particular. Also, if you walk around before you buy anything, you can scope out where the good deals are.

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    Little Red Riding hood house

    by mvtouring Written Oct 29, 2010

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    The theme for this house was Little Red Riding hood. It is absolutely fantastic to see how fantastic it is painted.

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    Woodcarving

    by mvtouring Written Oct 29, 2010

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    The art of woodcarving has been practised here since the middle of the 16th century. Most of the carvings are done in Linden and Alderwood. Biblical themes are the chosen subject for the motivs.

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    Luftlmalerei Houses

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Luftlmalerei Houses
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    Oberammergau is famous for its wonderful houses painting in Luftlmalerei style. Many of them show religious subjects, while others show episodes from beer house or scenes drawn by tales.

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    Alpine houses

    by Janni67 Updated Nov 26, 2003

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    Oberammergau traditional houses

    Besides the houses with frescos, Oberammergau has lots of these traditional houses with windowsills overflowed with brightly colored flowers. I myself find them so beautiful :)

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