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Oberammergau

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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).

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Do

  • Take a tour near Oberammergau in Linderhof castle, maps and photos [1].

Buy

If there is something that anybody who has been to Oberammergau should have is a Wood souvenir. Wood carving is an ancient art practice in Oberammergau (there's even a couple of schools in town), an usual oberammergau souvenir are wooden cruxifix. There are two kinds of wooden clocks that can be purchased, the first is a coo coo clock (which may vary from size and price) and the second one is a Bavarian clock, which goes in the opposite sence of conventional clocks with the inscription "In Bayern gehen die Uhren anders" (In Bavaria the clocks run differently).

Eat

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 among international food, local food is also served). There are also classical choices of food, for instance you can eat some of the best burgers in Charly's 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.

Drink

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.

Sleep

For such a small town Oberammergau presents quite a variety of hotels, with prices between €45 per night to €200 per night. Location is really irrelevant since the town is quite small, some of the hotels are pretty basic in what the offer. You can stay in places like bed and breakfasts (which have a more "family oriented" feeling to it) or you can stay at a 5 star hotel like Maximilian Hotel, you may also want to consider which hotel is adaquate to your needs, for instance if you're traveling alone, if you're bringing children with or even pets, because some hotels are more suited than others.

For backpacking travelers you may want to check the local Youth Hostel out, it has 29 rooms, conference rooms, winter sport equipment rental, and you are able to have breakfast (buffet), lunch (buffet), dinner and packed lunches in the hostel (they will take into consideration the nutritional requirements of different cultures and religions, if such requirements are cleared when the booking takes place), the price on a hostel room can vary from €17 to €25 per person, per night (the variation comes from including meals in your accommodation).

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