Oberammergau Travel Guide

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Oberammergau Things to Do

  • One of the families with main historical...

    Apart from Pilatus-Haus this house is one of the most prominent buildings with fresco painting (Lüftl painting). It has the strange name “Lang sel. Erben”, which simply means that it is the house of Lang family, or heirs of Lang family (Erben = heirs). Georg Lang, the first ancestor, was one of the first retailers for Oberammergau’s wood craft art....

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  • King Ludwig’s retreat – Linderhof Castle

    Of all the three castles, King Ludwig II had built, Linderhof is the only one which was finished and maybe resembles his visions of “Bavarian Versailles” and Wagner’s operas most. It is also the castle he spent most of his time.In his childhood the king was here in Grasswangtal (Grasswang Valley) quite often, in the Royal Lodge, which still stands...

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  • Ettal Monastery is nearby

    One of Bavaria’s most famous monasteries lays just around the corner of Oberammergau: Ettal Abbey. Those who like walking can even walk to it in approx. 30 minutes, or take the bike. I have heard a lot about the abbey beforehand and wanted to see it one day. But when I was finally inside, it did not live up the hype for me. Maybe it was the weather...

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  • All southern Bavaria in one spot :-)

    Only 30 km to Oberammergau’s northeast lays the fabulous open air museum of Glentleiten, which gives an interesting insight into the Southern Bavaria of the past. The more than 60 farmhouses of a times pan from 50 – 250 years have been translocated here on a ground of approx. 0,38 km2 or 0,15 square miles. The museum’s ground is especially exciting...

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  • Views to Italy ... almost :-)

    Among the many superlatives Bavaria has for visitors, one is certainly Zugspitze, with 2964 metres Germany’s highest mountain. Its very top is marked with a beautiful golden cross. But be warned: it is a rather expensive experience to get to the top: 51 Euro for the round trip (as of summer 2014; it was 50 Euro in summer 2013), from the German...

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  • Beautiful parish church St. Peter & St....

    Oberammergau’s parish church St. Peter & St. Paul is definitely worth a visit. It is one of the churches, famous Wessobrunn masters stucco workers Joseph Schmuzer and son Franz Xaver and fresco painter Matthäus Günther have outfitted in splendid Baroque style mid 18th century. Most probably there was a church on the ground already in 9th century or...

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Oberammergau Restaurants

  • Good meal option outside Oberammergau

    Slightly outside of Oberammergau, on the way to Linderhof Castle, lies the restaurant „Ettaler Mühle“ (Ettal Mill). It seems to be quite popular, especially for hikers and bikers, with the large outside seating. And a hiking and biking paradise the region around it indeed is!When I did the herb walk & hike organised by Oberammergau’s tourist...

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  • Ice cream to die for and Italian snacks

    Gelato Paradiso is an excellent place in Oberammergau for several reasons: first of all an excellent and delicious ice cream in many varieties, then they serve delicious snacks and, with the large outside seating, it is ideal for a rest and people watching. And it is open all year long except for 4 weeks in February. I was already here in winter...

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  • Delicious local dishes in the middle of...

    It was a beautiful sunny day in late October and I was hungry. Since I was walking through town and passed the restaurant & hotel Alte Post where one table was free in the outside seating area I decided that this will be it. A quick look at the menu made clear that I craved for Spätzle and this Salisbury Steak (a kind of burger, but larger). It was...

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  • Local dishes in the mountains

    In October 2013 I went up here on recommendation of my host, Mrs. Unruh. She said that the hike is rather boring but that the location of the restaurant would be nice and that they would also have delicious local dishes. And indeed: they offer the typical hearty dishes of Bavaria and the Alpine regions, such as Leberknödelsuppe (liver dumpling...

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  • Cafe Krönner - cakes to die for!

    One day I shall write a book “From cake to cake through Germany”, featuring cafés with delicious cakes. Café Krönner will definitely be among the ones I’d list. In February 2012 I had the pleasure to try two of their cafés, one in Murnau and the other in Oberammergau. And of course I was here quite often during my two weeks stay in Oberammergau in...

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  • Awesome Gulosh Soup

    This is a favorite place with the locals and you will find locals and tourist here almost everynight.The food offered here is traditional local and is very very good as well as being cheap.Most eat early so if you show up about 1930 (7:30pm) you should be able to get a table. The soup was real good here and the bread was nice and warm.

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Oberammergau Transportation

  • How to arrive and move around

    Arriving by car:For those who come by car on a day trip: there is ample parking outside of the town centre, free of charge. Oberammergau’s website does not provide a map with parking yet, but on the Passion Play site is a map with bus shuttles and it also marks the location of these free parking spaces: => map, parkingFor those who stay in...

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  • Train

    Leaving Oberammergau we used the train as we were going to Memmingen. We had to change trains in Munich, but it was very easy to do that. Good website to use for train times is www.bahn.de. It is also a good idea to purchase you tickets online a few days before your trip as you can get your ticket for up to 50% cheaper.

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  • RVE Bus

    We used the RVE bus to get to Oberammergau from Garmish. A very nice ride through some scenic countryside.

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Oberammergau Shopping

  • Sports and equipment shops in...

    With its location in Ammergauer Alps and the vicinity to any of the splendid Bavarian prime all year round sports destinations it is only natural that Oberammergau has many sports and equipment shops. I was surprised to see that the prices of the goods are reasonable, but then of course, the locals have to shop too. But it is good to see that the...

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  • Christmas shopping all year round :-)

    Käthe Wohlfahrt’s shops are most probably the best known and most frequented shops for foreigners visiting Germany. That’s understandable if one looks at the history of the company: it started with a music box as a gift for American friends in 1963, and the company is now standing for typical romantic German Christmas. I still don’t have an opinion...

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  • Chocolate delights

    Café Krönner is an institution in southern Bavaria. It is a family run business and it seems that each of the “kids” has picked a popular village to open their own cafè. They are cafes and of course shopping paradise for anyone who loves organic chocolate. They have cafes in Oberammergau, Murnau, Garmisch and in Straubing.The café in Oberammergau...

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Oberammergau Warnings and Dangers

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    by TinKan Updated May 31, 2003

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    Please pick up your trash.
    There are steep fines if you do not and the country side will look so much better if you do.

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Oberammergau Tourist Traps

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    by TinKan Written Feb 13, 2003

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    There are Christmas decorations everywhere in Oberammergau and it looks like every single store has some sort of Christmas decoration for sale in it. After a while you just cannot look at another decoration and each decoration looks just like the next one. Although it is nice to have a feel of Christmas in the summer time.

    Unique Suggestions: Watch out for the decorations that are made in China and only buy the ones made in Germany.

    Fun Alternatives: The ones made in China can be found anywhere in the world so why pay the big price for getting it in Oberammergau?
    Buy them someplace else.

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Oberammergau What to Pack

  • Be prepared for all kind of weather

    In case you want to come for day hiking or walking trips, bring a daypack, where the essential bottle of water should be carried, and the other useful thinks like sunscreen, hat, and warm sweater. Otherwise the luggage type depends on the accommodation: smaller businesses might not have elevators but just stairs. I always come with my big backpack,...

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  • Walking shoes

    Back pack, day bag and something plastic to keep things dry when it rains. Good walking shoes Digital camera and normal camera A poncho for when it rains Dry socks for after the hikes

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Oberammergau Off The Beaten Path

  • Schloss Linderhof

    Situated among the rolling mountains of Bavaria 12 km west of Oberammergau is Linderhof Palace and its magnificent gardens. It was built by the mad king Ludwig II. Swimming against the tide of constitutional monarchies developing in the Europe of his time, Ludwig was a firm believer in the divine right of kings and modeled himself after Louis XIV....

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  • A trip to the Cemetery

    Take a walk around the cemetery. There are many beautifully crafted headstones and plots as well as some history to be found here.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Oberammergau Sports & Outdoors

  • Other hikes and other sports...

    Apart from the three hikes I already described (Schleifmühlenklamm, Laber mountain and hike with guide into Grasswang Valley), the possibilities for hiking and any other sport are unlimited.Especially for those staying in an accommodation connected to Königscard will have free access to the cable cars and also bus services within all of Ammergauer...

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  • Fabulous views from Laber Mountain

    Oberammergau is a hiking paradise. No doubt about it. Among the many options for hiking I want to specifically pick out Laber Mountain, because it is easily accessible and offers splendid views from the top, good weather provided. When I was in Oberammergau for two weeks end of October 2013, I had gorgeous sunny days but later also days with mixed...

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  • Enchanting hike in "Schleifmühlenklamm"

    The region around Oberammergau, Unterammergau to be precise, was very famous for its whetstones, which, for more than 500 years, were cut here and delivered throughout whole Europe. Especially year 1900 was said to be an excellent year with more than 200.000 whetstones sold. Important for stone cutting was water, hence the creek to the village’s...

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Oberammergau Favorites

  • Königscard: excellent value for .. no...

    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,...

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  • Ammergauer Alps – Tourist Office &...

    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...

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  • Oberammergau: strongly connected to King...

    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...

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