Oberammergau Travel Guide

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Oberammergau Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great feel, fresh air 

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     one day bad weather, rental cars are expensive 

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     Great city to visit any time. 

Oberammergau Things to Do

  • Half day hike with guide, herbs and...

    Oberammergau’s Tourist Office offers a lot of different guided walks through town. In addition to these town walks there is also a guided herb walk through Oberammergau’s surroundings, lead by herb specialist Martin Unruh, son of Unruh family who have a B&B in town. I joined this walk on my first Monday in Oberammergau and liked it very much. These...

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  • Gem of a church

    After having lunch in town we continued walking around admiring the beautiful painted buildings when we happened upon the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. It is one of the main churches in Oberammergau and from the outside was very plain looking but inside was just a gem. The church was built between 1736 and 1749. It was designed by Joseph...

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  • Ettal Abbey

    It is close to Oberammergau and has 50 practicing monks here. It was founded in 1330, but did not hits its fame until 1709 when it became a Knight Academy. The complex burned in 1744, and was then rebuilt in Baroque style

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  • OBERAMMERAGAU FRESCOES

    Oberammeragau is another one of those delightful Bavarian villages with homes covered in beautiful frescoes [Luftlmalerei.] No need really to pick up a map, I didn't, I just went walking and found plenty of them. Quite a few have religious themes, but no wonder!...This is where the famous Passion Play is held every 10years, the last being held in...

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  • PLAGUE FOUNTAIN

    Walking around the main centre of Oberammergau, I came across this beautiful Copper fountain.On a closer look, the fountain is depicting death, disease and suffering from the Plague.There are many fountains and monuments around Europe about the plague, this is one of them!

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  • St Peter and Paul parish church

    This church dates back to the 18th century and was designed by Joseph Schmuzer. The foundations were laid on the 21st May 1737 and all went well with the building until 1741 when the locals refused to work without pay.

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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

  • 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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    Pick it UP

    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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    Decorations

    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

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    River

    by TinKan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Back pack, day bag and something plastic to keep things dry when it rains.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera and normal camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A poncho for when it rains

    Miscellaneous: 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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Oberammergau Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • Hiking and biking

    There are plenty of trails to go hiking and biking on around the area.Try renting a bike and riding down the main road along the river. There is alot of wild life to see along the river and many nice places to take a picnic.

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Oberammergau Favorites

  • 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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  • 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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