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Revision as of 15:27, 10 August 2008
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).
You can reach Oberammergau by train from Munich 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 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 would have to go to south Munich in order to the take the Autobahn A-95 south to the Ettal exit. From there on the B-23 to Oberammergau.
Getting around Oberammergau shouldn't be a problem 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.
- Every 10 years, the Passion Play  is performed. The next performance will be in 2010, but you can also visit the Passion Play theater where you can take a tour, in which many different aspects of the play are explaind. The tour is usually available from May to October, from Tuesday to Sunday at these times 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00. 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 Evangelic Church.
- Near Oberammergau (ca. 5-7 kms) you can find Ettal Abbey. A beautiful Abbey, School, Boarding School, and belive it or not a brewery.
- Also you are going to find the 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 Holidays residence). There are tours between April and 15 October from 9 am to 6 pm and between 16 October to March from 10 am to 4 pm, the castle is open daily except on 1 January, Shrove Tuesday, 24, 25 and 31 December. The Admission fee for a Palace and park buildings tour is of 7 euros, and in winter only the palace can be visited with the admission fee being 6 euros.
- 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.
For a small town Oberammergau offers a great variaty of places to eat. If you don't wish to spent 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 among international food, local food is also served). There are also classical choices of food, for instances you can eat some of the best burguers in Charlys Imbiss or if you're in the mood you should try el Puente (a mexican restaurant). Desserts are to be found not only in the restaurants but also in some cafés.
Hot beverages are served in the small cafés in town. There are also Café/Ice shops in which coffee and ice creams are sold all year round. But if you'd like to have a nightcap then you probably would want to go to some of the town's bars, if you're young and just want to relax among young people you should go to the Kino Cafe (a movie theater with a café), in here you're most likely to find any kind of cocktail you want and also some good food. But if you want to expirience some of the local folklore then Zum Tonis is the right place for you, a typical Bavarian bar, with a friendly staff and a large variaty of local and international schnapps.