The town & surrounding area

Oberammergau, world famous as the venue for the Passion Play and a leading tourist community, is situated at 837 m high, surrounded by mountains with the Laber (1,686 m) as the highest point and the Kofel (1,341 m) as the landmark.

Below the Kofel on the Grottenweg trail, there’s the Mariengrotte and Malenstein, a reputed pagan sacrificial rock. Opposite in a gap in the rocks of the Laber, 10 minutes above the road there’s the Bärenloch with resurrection figure in the cave.

The Ammer was called “Ambre” by the Romans, derived from the Celtic “Ambara” and “Ambrigow” at the time of the Welf dynasty around 880. Whether the Welf Earl Ethiko settled in the monastic hermitage with his 12 followers here or up the Kappel in Unterammergau is unclear.

The farms date back to these settlers. The Thirty Years’ War (plague, 1635 and 1647 Swedish invasion), War of the Spanish Succession (1703/1704), French Revolution (1800), Napoleonic Wars (1805 and 1809) and village fires as well as frequent floods from the Laine and Ammer hit Oberammergau.

When the railway line was completed in 1900, tourism received its boost with the Passion Play. After the Second World War, the opportunities and facilities for guests were improved massively: a large network of hiking trails, a wave pool, the Laber gondola, Kolben chair lift, nine ski lifts, from 1,5 to 90 km long trails as the circular trail for the König Ludwig Lauf race.

Tips for trips in the area



Information Passion Play 2022

30. October 2019 Information Passion Play 2022

Passion Play 2022

Thank you for the wonderful summer of 2022!

 

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Hotel Alte Post Oberammergau

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