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"Can I rent a car in or nearby Oberammergau?" (posted 08/06/2014)

Car Rental Hertz or Biersack in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (about 20km) or Opel Krause in Oberammergau (limited number of cars).
Answer provided by Christel Beyer on 08/07/2014
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Thank you for your message. Unfortunately in Oberammergau you cannot rent a car, but it is possible in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from Biersack Car Rentals - Avis and Sixt also are partners, or you can rent a car when you arrive at the Munich Airport. Toni Biersack Jr. St.-Martin-Strasse 17 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen .: Tel (+49) 08821/93 42 42 info@biersack.com Sincerely, Barbara Plehn
Answer provided by Barbara Plehn on 08/07/2014
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Sure, there is one rental car in town Krause http://www.opelkrause.de/rent.php. You may get in contact via the same webpage of Opelkrause. Regards, Michael Hotel Fux
Answer provided by Michael Fux on 08/07/2014
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There is no car rental in Oberammergau. The closest options are there in Garmisch-Partenkirchen or in Murnau.
Answer provided by Klaus Heitkoetter on 08/07/2014
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"when visiting Oberammergau, do I have to have a special drivers license to rent a car at the airport or another city as all I have is a US drivers license. Also, is there the option of renting a bycicle while in Oberammergau to get around. Thanks" (posted 11/27/2014)

Hello. an extra license is to our knowledge not required. At Terminal 2 sin different car companies. in Oberammergau itself, there are various ways depending on the season.
Answer provided by Barbara Plehn on 11/27/2014
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I know this much is true of the American driver's license here, if not then an International Driving exhibit lassen.Ich have my American guests never asked what license they drive a car. Bicycles can be rented in Oberammergau, also electric Biks that the big time now in fashion, then explore the beautiful area. Hope my answer is sufficient. If not, I can send an email to our guests in Quinta, California or Carmel and ask. Greetings from the mountains Monika Mittelndorf
Answer provided by Monika Mitteldorf on 11/27/2014
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"How much does a typical bus/train ticket cost to munich?" (posted 01/19/2015)

Bayern-Ticket: 23, - € + 5, - € each additional person. This can bus, train, metro and suburban railway is used.
Answer provided by Christel Beyer on 01/20/2015
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A great opportunity to come to Munich is the "Bayern Ticket". Up to five people can take a ticket and in the Munich area all public transport such as commuter trains, metro, tram free. In this way, a city tour in Munich on their own feet very affordable. The cost: 23, - EUR for a person 28, - € for 2 people, 33, - € for 3 people, 38, - € for 4 people, 43 € for 5 people.The ticket is valid for one day of 9 Clock to 3 clock the following day. Own children and / or grandchildren under 15 years travel free. The whole thing is a service of the Deutsche Bahn. Oberammergau you come every hour by train to Munich. Also from Peißenberg there is a very good hourly connection (from Granerhof in 5 minutes).
Answer provided by Angelika Rudolf on 01/20/2015
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Food costs as in USA, Zugtiket to Munich about 20 € bus ride in Ogau 2-3 €
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"When does the first train of the day leave in Oberamergau to Munich?" (posted 03/09/2015)

AM to 6:00 clock
Answer provided by Monika Mitteldorf on 03/10/2015
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German railway ask information
Answer provided by Christof Klose on 03/10/2015
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Depends on Which day of the week. please help yourself on http://www.bahn.de/p_en/view/index.shtml
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Hello, during the week is the first train at 05.07 clock in the morning to Munich (arrival 6:46) During the weekend of 06.43 clock (From Munich to 08:26)
Answer provided by Magdalena Madersbacher on 03/10/2015
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"What is best way to get to Oberammergau from the Munich airport? " (posted 09/01/2015)

the best and cheapest way is by train. Only the S-Bahn to the central station, then take the regional train towards Mittenwald / Innsbruck, in Murnau change to the regional train to Oberammergau. By Bayernticket it costs € 23.00 for 1 person more info http://www.bahn.de/regional/view/regionen/bayern/freizeit/bayernticket.shtml here
Answer provided by Christel Beyer on 09/01/2015
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Hello, The best way from Munich Airport to Oberammergau is: Follow the Signs direction to Munich. In the City Munich you follow the Signs to Garmisch (A95) At the end of the motorway you come into a little Village called Oberau. Here you take the first exit to Oberammergau Augsburg Have a save trip! Best regards Petra Fux St. Lukas Apartments * * * * Oberammergau
Answer provided by Petra Fux on 09/01/2015
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By train from Munich to Murnau u.dann Oberammergau travel time approx 1.5 hours by rental car from the airport highway Munich -. Garmisch - Oberammergau ca 100km.
Answer provided by Monika Mitteldorf on 09/01/2015
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Where to find good quality groceries?

"On average, how much is it for basic groceries? (Milk, bread, cheese, vegetables, fruit)" (posted 01/19/2015)

Staple foods are cheaper than in other Euro- countries or in the United States in Germany. Sincerely, Petra Fux St. Luke St. Luke apartments Str. 10 82487 Oberammergau
Answer provided by Petra Fux on 01/20/2015
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Enough. 4 large supermarkets just outside. To find in the center: 3 bakeries, 2 butchers, cheese dairy and fruit / vegetable shop
Answer provided by Christel Beyer on 01/20/2015
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"Do the majority of people buy their groceries at the same supermarket? if so, where?" (posted 03/09/2015)

Lidl Aldi telgelmann rewe USW
Answer provided by Christof Klose on 03/10/2015
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In Lidl or Aldi or Edeka
Answer provided by Magdalena Madersbacher on 03/10/2015
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There are many different shopping around Oberammergau. Some famous include - Aldi, Tengelmann, net VMarkt. Sausage, meat and bread / rolls you buy from the local butcher or baker.
Answer provided by Angelika Rudolf on 03/10/2015
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Most people buy your food in cheap stores such as Aldi, Lidl and Penny. Find silche stores are usually in industrial areas.
Answer provided by Petra Fux on 03/10/2015
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Are there any special local events?

"I want to organize a group from the USA to attend the 2020 Passion Play. Can I purchase tickets directly from the organizers? Is there an official website?" (posted 01/06/2016)

Good Morning. The Tiket for Passion Play is available with arrangement that is a package with accommodation, food u. Transfer everything super organized, but also much more expensive than if you buy only the cards u. Looks that you get nights during the period. In Oberammerau the hotels are all rented out only with the arrangement in time. But But you can look that one finds hotels in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, then you need again to transfer there. The packages are staggered by a simple overnight stay in private homes, then pensions, then hotels. With ticket sales it comes only in 2018 or 2019 going. I hope to do with it what.
Answer provided by Monika Mitteldorf on 01/07/2016
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We are currently working flat out until the end of 2016 there will be accurate information about.
Answer provided by Christel Beyer on 01/07/2016
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Good morning, there is an official website for the Passion Play 2020: www.passionsspiele-oberammergau.de. Here you can already register (without obligation) and receives updated information. A ticket order is possible via the aforementioned website is expected in early 2018th Kind regards Angelika Rudolf
Answer provided by Angelika Rudolf on 01/07/2016
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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

"Why should someone do a vacation in Oberammergau? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Oberammergau, which everyone visiting Oberammergau should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Oberammergau that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 09/03/2014)

Hello, Oberammergau mainly offers a very beautiful scenery for hiking, mountaineering, cycling, skiing, cross country skiing and attractions, such as the Passion Theatre, the local museum and the "Lüftelmalerei" this means that the Hausfasaden were painted in the old tradition. Particularly interesting are the castles of Ludwig II in Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. If you make us leave, you also get a guest card, with which you can drive free bus across the region, even up to the castles!
Answer provided by Magdalena Madersbacher on 09/03/2014
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Zugspitze and Neuschwanstein is very beautiful, castle Lindenhof also .On the homepage of bunting gauer alps, they can still find other tips. Regards Christof Klose
Answer provided by Christof Klose on 09/03/2014
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"hello,we will be in oberamargo for 10 days of the november,can you please tell us what should we do buy see deflnetly?ı think we wont be able to ride alpin coast ..thank youu" (posted 10/31/2014)

In Ammertal can do a lot. In Oberammergau, Eugen-Papst-Srasse the Tourist Information is located. Please contact there to learn to provide accurate information and opening times. Many thanks
Answer provided by Petra Fux on 11/01/2014
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They have chosen to make a beautiful area to vacation, congratulations! You should definitely plan following places and attractions during your trip: - in Oberammergau walk on the Laberberg or alternatively take the mountain railway. - Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wies Church and on the way back the Rottenbucher Collegiate Church. - A walk on the Pfaff Winkler Milchweg in gang book, because the Pfaff angle is still alive by the dairy industry. Shopping in the Schönegger-Käsealm cheese! - Visiting Ettal Monastery and the Ettaler Schaukäserei - ride on the Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain) - metropolis of Munich, Hofbräuhaus and the Allianz Arena to see - Deutsches Museum Munich - the castles of Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and Linderhof built by King Ludwig II - Open-Air Museum Glentleiten in Großweil - Walchenseekraftwerk , Lake Kochel, Herzogstandbahn - visit St. Mary's Church on the Hohenpeißenberg and at 1000m above sea level the most beautiful panorama of Bavaria enjoy - in Oberammergau walk on the piston calliper or alternatively take the train. - You should be even since the end of November, there are many, many beautiful Christmas markets in the area. An exciting holiday and all the best wishes family Rudolf
Answer provided by Angelika Rudolf on 11/01/2014
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"What is something that I must eat before leaving Oberammergau that is unique?" (posted 03/09/2015)

In Maxbräu pfefferhaxe
Answer provided by Christof Klose on 03/10/2015
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Roast pork, Obatzda, Rahmschwammerl, pancakes - all the typical bavarian dishes
Answer provided by Christel Beyer on 03/10/2015
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Roast pork, veal sausages and pretzels (savory) and apple strudel with vanilla ice cream (fresh)
Answer provided by Magdalena Madersbacher on 03/10/2015
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A serving Bavarian roast pork with dumplings and red cabbage or alternatively for the vegetarian apple strudel with vanilla sauce. Meatloaf with potato salad, sausages and pretzels, sausage salad with good country bread .... The list goes on and on.
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Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

What are good places to go for shopping?

"Is Munich the only affordable place to buy baby clothes?" (posted 03/09/2015)

Also in Garmisch
Answer provided by Christof Klose on 03/10/2015
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No. Is possible anywhere. Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Murnau, Weilheim, Schongau, ...
Answer provided by Michael Fux on 03/10/2015
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I'm sorry, I do not know. Perhaps at Marienplatz
Answer provided by Magdalena Madersbacher on 03/10/2015
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Certainly not! There are also in the Oberammergau area shops for baby clothing, eg V-market Schongau, NKD in Schongau or Peißenberg, K * L Ruppert in Schongau Weilheim or. In Peißenberg there is a small very good 2nd hand shop with brand children's clothing.
Answer provided by Angelika Rudolf on 03/10/2015
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Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

Questions around the weather, different seasons, ...

"When do the leaves begin to change colors in Oberammergau?" (posted 03/09/2015)

In October-November
Answer provided by Monika Mitteldorf on 03/10/2015
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In the fall, usually in October begins with us Indian summer.
Answer provided by Petra Fux on 03/10/2015
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Different, but Refer to late summer. Means from September on.
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late summer, from September on
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Oberammergau

  • The Oberammergau Passion Play
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    The Oberammergau Passion Play

    The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, except 1984 which was the 350th anniversary, and involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians, all residents of the village.

    About half the inhabitants of Oberammergau will take part in the once-a-decade Passion Play in 2010. This means that over 2,000 villagers will bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to life for the audiences that flock in from around the world. The play starts with Jesus entering Jerusalem, continues with his death on the cross and finishes with the resurrection. As ever, this is an extraordinary community enterprise.

    The play starts at 2:30pm and, including a three-hour interval, ends at 10:30pm; performances take place between mid-May and early October 2010.

  • Linderhof Palace (Schloss Linderhof)
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    Linderhof Palace (Schloss Linderhof)

    Linderhof Palace is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one of which he lived to see completion.

    The gardens surrounding Linderhof Palace are considered one of the most beautiful creations of historicist garden design. The park combines formal elements of Baroque style or Italian Renaissance gardens with landscaped sections that are similar to the English garden.

    Hours: Open daily April 1 -October 15th 9am-6pm; October 16 - March 31st 10am-4pm.

    Admission: 7 € Adults, 6 € Concessions, Children under 18 admitted free. In the winter months the gardens are closed and admission is 1 & euro; less.



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Oberammergau Overview

Oberammergau is in the German state of Bavaria. It is famous for its Passion Play every 10 years as well as the "Luftmalerei" (when they paint mural-type illustrations on their houses and buildings).

Oberammergau is known worldwide for many reasons: e.g. its charming landscape, the breathtaking Passion Play, the culture tradition, the craftsmanship of the local woodcarvers, the peaceful surroundings and last but not least its great hospitality.

Regardless if you come during summer or winter time, spring or autumn you will fall in love with this city, which rest in a little valley surrounded by mountains. Vacationer are looking for skiing, hiking, shopping, relaxing and many more – all of them will come back once they have stayed here.

Things to See:

  • Every 10 years, the Passion Play is performed. The next performance is in 2010, and you can also visit the Passion Play theater anytime, where you can take a tour where many different aspects of the play are explained. The tour is usually available from May to October, Tu-Su 10am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12pm, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm. The tour is also available on Mondays during the Holidays.
  • Most of the buildings in Oberammergau have beautifully detailed murals on them, mostly of biblically significant tableaux.
  • There is one beautiful Catholic Church in Oberammergau; it has a baroque style. Although Oberammergau is known for being a Catholic Town there's also an Evangelical Church.
  • Near Oberammergau (ca. 5-7 kms) you can find Ettal (Ettal vacation rentals | Ettal travel guide) Abbey. A beautiful Abbey, School, Boarding School, hotel, bookstore, and believe it or not a brewery.
  • Linderhof Castle (Schloss Linderhof) one of King Ludwig II's dream castles. Known by being one of the few finished castles the King actually used (at least as a holiday residence).
  • Visit the Kreuzigungsgruppe (Cruxifixion Group) a monument in the Oberammergau Mountains. The monument was a present from King Ludwig II, after witnessing the town's Passion Play in 1870.
  • topAlpine Coaster Oberammergau - the adventurous alpine coaster in picturesque mountains, the first world's longest toboggan run with weatherproof magnetic braking system Fun and action for the whole family, the new Alpine Coaster on piston caliper in Oberammergau. Of the piston Sattelhütte it's off to a length of 2,600 meters with breathtaking views of the valley and adventurous curves. Alpine pilots can whiz down at a speed of up to 40 km / h the piston caliper and put it back a height difference of 400 meters. The system is very safe by: most advanced magnetic braking system brake lever mounted on both sides Adjustable speed itself up to 40 km / h optimized seat with backrest and seat belt Children from 3 years old may ride as a passenger Ages 8 and a size of 1.40 m may go without an adult. Opening times: In the Summertime you can use the alpine coaster from 9:00 till 19:30.

To Buy:

If there is something that anybody who has visited Oberammergau should have, it is a wood souvenir. Wood carving is an ancient art practice in Oberammergau (there's even a couple of schools in town). A typical Oberammergau souvenir is a wooden crucifix. There are two kinds of wooden clocks that can be purchased; the first is a cuckoo clock (which vary in size and price) and the second is a Bavarian clock, which goes in the opposite direction of conventional clocks with the inscription "In Bayern gehen die Uhren anders" (In Bavaria the clocks run differently).

Dining Out:

For a small town Oberammergau offers a great variety of places to eat. If you don't wish to spend too much money in food you can try eating at one of the imbiss (bars in which food is also served). You can also eat at one of the many hotel and guest houses (where amidst international food, local food is also served). Desserts are to be found not only in the restaurants but also in some cafés.

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How to get there:

You can reach Oberammergau by train from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) central station (München Hauptbahnhof), you have to take the train headed to Innsbruck (a regional train that departs on daily basis) and switch trains in the Murnau (Murnau vacation rentals | Murnau travel guide) train station (the train to Oberammergau is the only other train in the station). The trip from Murnau to Oberammergau shouldn't be a problem, since Oberammergau is the last station to be reached.

You may also reach Oberammergau by car; you will have to go to south Munich in order to the take the Autobahn A-95 south to the Ettal exit. From there travel on the B-23 to Oberammergau.

Getting Around:

Getting around Oberammergau is easy since it's a relativly small town. You can get around (as most locals do) walking, but you can also take the bus (there are a couple of bus stops in town); you could also get around by car, and like most of youth, by bicycle.

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Oberammergau is far better known for being the home of the Passion Play, but it has an attractive small ski area in stunning scenery - find out more about Oberammergau in Winter.

More about the History of Oberammergau

The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, except 1984 which was the 350th anniversary, and involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians, all residents of the village.

According to village chronicle from the year 1859 the passion play is based on the vow of the Oberammergauer in the year 1633, when the plague in the place prevailed: "in the large disappointment, which had brought the terrible illness over the municipality, finally the superiors of the municipality, the six and twelve, met and the vow was made to hold the passion tragedy every ten years and from this time on not one more humans died, although still some had the plague characters." contrary to most other passion plays the political municipality was carrier of the plays, since the vow was already originally carried out by the chiefs of the municipality. When the plague yielded, they redeemed their promise. "This probably did not insert the representation of passion into Oberammergau as new, but did make the regular performance of the same after ten years each to a duty of the municipality."

1634 as thanks to God for the rescue the first passion play was presented by 60-70 actors on the cemetery beside the church. The original version of the text of the Oberammergauer passion play is not delivered. The first received libretto originates from the year 1662. The libretto contains the reference, "is wiederumb renoviert"(is renovated), which permits on the one hand the conclusion that it was played since 1634 in this version and only the paper was freted already so it had to be put down again or on the other hand this could mean that the text is adapted. This text, which covers 4902 verses, is not a new creation, but a compilation from the Augsburger Passionsspiel (2nd half 15. Century), and a reformatory passion play of the Augsburger Meistersingers Sebastian Wild. The connection of these two texts was proven in a carintien passion and in a Chiemgauer passion, those were played around 1600 and to those the Oberammergauer referred to. The third source are probably either a lost or yet not proven passion play. Maybe it is an older Oberammergauer resurrection-play.

For the fifth repetition of the vow in the year 1674 they added scenes from the Weilheimer passion from the years 1600 and 1615, to the Oberammergauer play. Thus for the first time the devil came into the play, and the figure of the "soul". For the first time also musical organization is noted in the libretto: Eleven-times they sang, ten times the occurrence of the authority is marked by drums.

The sixth passion year was already six years later. The passion "was demonstrated in the year 1680 to the Christian people, and from then on it remained on the decimals number". Why is unknown.

The libretto of the passion of 1720 shows a stage in the style of the time, with large portal and curtain, which permit covered stage changes and which auditorium separates clearly from the stage. In addition the text version experienced a structuring in acts and scenes. Also language and rhymes were adapted to the style of time. 1730 beside Satan, additional representatives of hell as allegoric figures of envy, avarice, sin and death were added to the play . The stylistic device of stopping action too living pictures, traditionally to serve Meditation, was also extended.

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Oberammergau is in the German state of Bavaria. It is famous for its Passion Play, held every 10 years since 1634 (in gratitude toward God for the town being spare the ravages of the Bubonic Plague), as well as the "Luftmalerei" (mural-type illustrations at adorn the houses and buildings in this unique town). Other key historic sites to visit in this area include the Ettal Abbey and Linderhof Castle, one of Ludwig II's fanciful architectural creations.

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