Oberammergau & The ‘Dream Castles’ of Bavaria

Fairytale fortresses, Alpine scenery and the legendary once-a-decade Passion Play with TV art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon

European travel experiences do not come much more memorable and iconic than the Oberammergau Passion Play. Held once a decade, this epic performance by the inhabitants of a beautiful Bavarian town tells the story of Christ from his entry into Jerusalem to the resurrection. Miss this extraordinary event in 2020 and you’ll be waiting until 2030 for another opportunity!

This exclusive Oberammergau itinerary, combining the spectacle and drama of the Passion Play with a tour of the fairytale castles of Bavaria, has been created especially for Mail on Sunday readers. You will be joined for part of the journey by acclaimed art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon, who featured Neuschwanstein Castle in his television series Art of Germany.

Snow-capped Alpine peaks, brooding forest lakes and colourful wildflower meadows provide a stunning backdrop to the castles and palaces built by ‘mad’ King Ludwig II in the 19th century. We visit the epitome of the ‘dream castle’, Neuschwanstein, along with Herrenchiemsee Palace and Castle Berg. Twin strands of tragedy are brought together in the history of the Passion Play, originally performed to ward off the plague, and the story of Ludwig, who bankrupted Bavaria to build astonishing Romantic monuments to a glory and philosophy already in its dying embers.

Tickets and quality accommodation in the Oberammergau area are strictly limited, and early bookings are strongly recommended.


  • The once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Acclaimed TV art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon joins us in appreciation of the fantasy castles of Bavaria
  • A stay in majestic Alpine surroundings in Füssen, near Neuschwanstein Castle

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Local Travel - Comfortable coach transport
  3. Meals - As mentioned in itinerary
  4. TC2 ticket for the Passion Play
  5. Visits to Chiemsee and Herreninsel Island, Neuschwanstein Castle, Schloss Hohenschwangen and Castle Berg
  6. Hotels - Accommodation in hand-picked hotels.

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