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Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

Challenge level: 4 out of 5

When can I go?

18 June - 25 June 2022 On Sale
Duration 8 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $449
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Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

Roam with us through ancient countryside, medieval towns and the breath-taking Bavarian Alps to the once-a-decade Passion Play at Oberammergau.

Lacing up our boots in Munich, we’ll follow a stretch of the Way of St James leading to the Camino de Santiago and wind alongside rivers, through rolling fields and lush forest, into biscuit-tin villages and tiny hamlets that give us a feel for the local lifestyle.

We have a chance to look out for an enormous array of bird-life from the nearby moors as we pass the 739 AD Benediktbeuern Abbey, famous for the Carmina Burana, a medieval collection of songs found there in 1803.

At the breath-taking Walchensee Lake, we veer off the path of the pilgrimage and hike across a chain of mountain passes through the heart of the Bavarian Alps. Exquisite vistas of the surrounding mountains and the patchwork fields below accompany us until we reach the unforgettable finishing point of Oberammergau.

Here, we enjoy a celebration like no other: a chance to experience the once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play. This immersive, eight-hour performance dates back to 1633, when the Bubonic Plague descended on the town. The locals vowed that if God spared their lives, they would re-enact the story of Christ every ten years. Miraculously, the plague killed no others after this promise was made and so the tradition began.

The event in 2022 will be the 42nd Passion Play and after two years of facing COVID-19, the Play and the story behind it will be more special and more meaningful than it has been for centuries.

Tickets for the Passion Play are greatly sought-after by tourists all over the world and so the opportunity to experience it in 2022, included as part of our Dream Challenge, is truly special. The limited places in our group are likely to fill up extremely quickly and we won't have a second date, so please register early to avoid missing out.

Your itinerary

Day 1
Munich

Welcome to the bustling, multi-cultural city of Munich, a European centre of arts, architecture, culture and science.

To give you maximum flexibility and freedom, you arrange your own flights for this challenge and we first meet at our hotel in Munich. As a much-sought city, you’re likely to find a variety of flights to Munich from your local airport.

Feel free to arrive a few days early for an extra city break or leave travelling until today. Please just make sure you arrive at our hotel in time for our welcome dinner and challenge briefing at 18:00. This will give you a first taste of the delicious Bavarian cuisine and the exciting adventure ahead.

Day 2
Munich – Aumühle | approx. 25.5km

Waking to a fresh breakfast at our hotel, we set off and meet the main Way of St James, part of the famous Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage.

Trekking at first through the city, we keep to the quieter parts and enjoy a beautiful walk through Munich’s lush parks and alongside the mighty River Isar.

We follow the river further and the city bustle subsides to the wide, open countryside of southern Germany. Hiking through rolling fields and forests, it becomes easier to lose ourselves in the history of the pilgrimage. As we roam, we can reflect on the lives of the thousands of pilgrims whose steps we follow and how much the landscape may have changed since the eighth and twelfth centuries.

At the end of the day, we reach the small municipality of Aumühle, home to a majestic estate and the mausoleum of Otto von Bismarck. Here, we meet our coach and transfer to our nearby accommodation for dinner.

Day 3
Aumühle – Faistenberg | approx. 24km

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to yesterday’s finishing point and reunite with the Way of St James. From here, we continue our journey south on this ancient trail along the River Isar.

The Isar leads us all the way to the charming, market town of Wolfratshausen, where rows of quiet houses overlook the river, nestled amidst lush greenery. This is where the Isar leaves us and we follow its tributary, the River Loisach, through more sprawling countryside.

Pressing on through chocolate-box villages sitting on the trail, we gain insight into the local way of life and finally arrive at the small hamlet of Faistenberg and transfer to our nearby accommodation. Now it’s time to tuck into a well-deserved dinner and rest our legs for the night.

Day 4
Faistenberg – Altjoch | approx. 27km

Another tasty German breakfast sets us up for our third day following the Way of St James. We bid farewell to Faistenberg and before long, meet back up with the River Loisach. We enjoy more scenic, river-side walking, before veering off and hiking to the historic town of Benediktbeuern.

Home to the spectacular 739 Benediktbeuern Abbey, one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in Bavaria, Benediktbeuern is famous for the Carmina Burana, a medieval collection of songs, poems and dramatic and satiric texts, found in the monastery in 1803. We won’t be able to find the manuscript here today, though. Considered to be one of the most important collections of Goliard and vagabond songs, it is now displayed at the Bavarian State Library in Munich.

Besides, we have a challenge to conquer! We head West out of the town and reunite with the Loisach, looking out for the two-hundred species of bird that rest and breed in the nearby moor. We catch glimpses of the Alps as we follow the river to the stunning Kochelsee (or Kochel Lake).

We finish our day walking along its shore, drinking in the amazing views across the lake and the lush vegetation lining its banks, with snow-capped alpine peaks piercing the sky in the distance.
Upon reaching Altjoch, we transfer to our accommodation for a delicious dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 5
Altjoch – Eschenlohe | approx. 24km

Fuelling up with breakfast, we hike up out of Altjoch on a steady climb (300m), which may be a tough start to the day, but it rewards us with incredible panoramas of the Bavarian Alps and the lush countryside beyond.

The greatest view of all greets us at the top, as we reach the breath-taking glacial lake of Walchensee, one of the deepest and largest lakes in Germany with a maximum depth of 192.3m! Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps at 800m above sea-level, the lake enjoys exquisite vistas of mountains in every direction, fringed with forests. Our route treats us to more gentle terrain as we savour an enchanting 10km along the shoreline.

We now bid goodbye to the Way of St James and head West towards Oberammergau. Following the river tributary of Eschen-Laine through the mountains, we meet again with the River Loisach at Eschenlohe.

Here, our coach awaits and we transfer to our hotel to spend the night in this small community off the tourist trail, another chance to immerse ourselves in the local lifestyle.

Day 6
Eschenloe – Oberammergau | approx. 12km

Rise and shine to our last day of trekking! We have a hilly hike ahead, but with the once-in-a-lifetime Oberammergau Passion Play to look forward to tomorrow, we’ll tackle it with zeal!

After breakfast at our hotel, we ease ourselves into the trek with a gentle descent for the first 3.5km or so.

Now our greatest challenge begins. The next 8km steady climb gives us the best of the Bavarian Alps, with unparalleled panoramas and the ache in our legs that every hiker learns to love.

We follow a chain of mountain passes with views that only improve as we hike higher above the world of patchwork fields and tiny towns of southern Germany.

At last, after ascending a whopping 550m, we catch our breath, descending to our world-famous finishing point: Oberammergau.

This stunning, spiritual town is home to a wonderful array of wood crafts and carvings, but is most renowned for its 380-year old tradition of hosting Passion Plays.

After transferring to our hotel, you have some free time to relax. Tonight, we reunite to toast our achievement over a delicious and very-well deserved celebration dinner.

Day 7
Oberammergau

After breakfast, we transfer to Oberammergau. The rest of the morning is free for you to spend as you wish exploring the town.

Alternatively, you can join the fantastic optional guided tour of Oberammergau we’re organising. Taking in key sites and gaining insight into Oberammergau’s fascinating past, this will make the perfect build-up to the Passion Play this afternoon.

To give you maximum flexibility on your free morning, lunch is not included today, so please make sure to arrange this yourself – a brilliant chance to try out some of the tasty local delicacies!

In the afternoon, we meet again as a group and take the amazing opportunity to experience the extraordinary Passion Play, which only happens once a decade.

The Passion Play first took place in the year of 1633 and has a captivating story. The Bubonic Plague had descended upon the town of Oberammergau and the locals vowed that if God spared them from the disease's grisly fate, they would act out the life and death of Christ in its entirety every ten years. Miraculously, after their vow, no lives were taken and so the Passion Play began.

The event in 2022 will be the 42nd Passion Play and after two years of facing COVID-19, the Play and the story behind it will be more special and more meaningful than it has been for centuries.

Not only is it an opportunity to experience the spectacular, immersive eight-hour performance; it is also an opportunity to reflect on how the recent coronavirus has affected us, the people we know and the people here in Germany. It’s a chance to remember all those that have sadly lost their lives and to look ahead to a brighter, post-pandemic era.

As a tradition local to Oberammergau, the Play will be performed by locals of the town in German, but as it follows the story of Christ, you won't have difficulty understanding what's going on.

The performance starts at 14:30 and will be split into two four-hour acts with a three-hour break to stretch our legs and enjoy a group dinner at our 4* hotel in Oberammergau.

Day 8
Oberammergau - Munich

After a late night watching the Passion Play, you can enjoy a lie-in this morning, with a later breakfast before we transfer back to Munich.

Your lunch won’t be included today, so please make sure to arrange this yourself.

Upon reaching Munich, we say are goodbyes and you are free to arrange your own flight home or spend some more time in Germany.

If you have any questions for our local challenge leader, doctor or our support team, please talk to us before we part ways.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

$2,625

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299, which is used to pay the deposits for your challenge, including your exclusive entry to the Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £1,750 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover your entry to the Oberammergau Passion Play, a guided tour of Oberammergau, most food, accommodation, transfers throughout the challenge, guides and medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please note that flights to and from Munich are not included, so you will need to arrange these yourself, as well as your transport to/from the airport in the UK and Germany.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.

$5,250

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £299, which is used to pay the deposits for your challenge, including your exclusive entry to the Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,500 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,750 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your entry to the Oberammergau Passion Play, a guided tour of Oberammergau, most food, accommodation, transfers throughout the challenge, guides and medical support, including a UK doctor with expedition medicine training.
  • Please note that flights to and from Munich are not included, so you will need to arrange these yourself, as well as your transport to/from the airport in the UK and Germany.
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play 2022

We understand if you're worried about making plans right now because of COVID-19, but please rest assured that your health and safety are always our highest priorities.

We are delighted to be leading the industry with our 14-step initiative to minimise the risk of coronavirus.

A challenge must meet the following criteria to go ahead:

  • The UK government, including the Foreign Commonwealth Office and the authorities of the destination country, must be allowing travel and events of this type at the time of departure.
  • There must be no general requirement for isolation or quarantine on arrival in the destination country or on the return to the UK at the time of departure.
  • The challenge must meet all the relevant parts of our 14-step COVID-19 action plan.
  • There must be enough people wanting to travel to make the group viable.
  • The challenge must be an enjoyable and memorable experience within any actions that need to be taken.

 

Absolutely! As part of our amazing 14-step initiative to minimise the risk of coronavirus, we're delighted to have found a fantastic travel insurance policy, which covers you for this type of activity and also for cancellation because of medically diagnosed COVID-19.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate cover for your challenge.

You can see the insurance policy here or click here to check out the full 14 actions we're taking to keep you safe.

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness level when they sign up.

This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, improve your own mental and physical health and experience the spectacular once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play, with a chance to raise funds for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice.

We strongly recommend you train for the trek as we'll be tackling some steep terrain in the Bavarian Alps and the fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy it.

Once you register for the challenge, we'll send you a realistic training plan. This builds up gradually over time so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we meet in Munich.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made, as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for our Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play 2022.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people from all walks of life, aged 18 or over, will come together to do something very special.

You will of course need a pair of walking boots.

We'll supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.

 

Your luggage will be transported to our accommodation on each day of the challenge, so you will only need to carry a small day pack containing essential accessories and equipment.

We recommend packing light, as you will need to carry your luggage to and from the airport in the UK and in Munich. Please also make sure to check your luggage allowance when arranging your flights to and from Germany.

We will stay in comfortable hotels on a twin-sharing basis throughout the challenge, including at least a 4* hotel in Oberammergau on Day 7. If you would like to request a single supplement and have a room to yourself, please get in touch and we can arrange this for an additional price. Simply email us at events@dream-challenges.com or call us on 01590 646410 at least 14 weeks before our challenge begins.

We'll encounter a range of terrains throughout the trek, including tough climbs and gentle stretches. We'll follow clear trails through the mountains, alongside rivers and lakes and into villages, hamlets and historic towns.

You will need to arrange your own flights for this challenge, so please make sure to organise these in plenty of time so that you can get the best rates from your local airport. Munich is extremely well connected, with flights from various cities throughout the UK.

We first meet on Day 1 at 18:00 at our hotel in Munich. We will send all participants the full details and address of our accommodation closer to the challenge, but rest assured that there will be good transport links between the airport and our accommodation.

Yes of course! As you arrange your own flights to and from Germany, it is completely up to you which dates you book them for.

Please make sure to check-in to our hotel in Munich in time for our 18:00 challenge briefing on Day 1.

At the end of our challenge, we transfer back to Munich, but you are of course welcome to stay in Oberammergau instead if you prefer. Please simply let us know at least fourteen weeks before the challenge start date.

The best way to get in touch is to email us at events@dream-challenges.com, or you can call us on 01590 646410 during office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday).

Your registration fee of £299 per person is used to pay the deposits for your challenge, including your exclusive entry to the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Your challenge costs of £1,750 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your ticket to the world-famous, once-a-decade Passion Play in Oberammergau
  • Optional town tour of Oberammergau
  • All meals throughout the challenge (except for your lunch on Days 7 and 8).
  • Accommodation**
  • All transfers throughout the challenge, except to and from your chosen airport, as you arrange your own flights
  • A team of first-aid and COVID-19-trained challenge guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical support, including at least one UK doctor with expedition medicine training
  • Your Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 medal and t-shirt
  • Extra protocols taken to protect you from COVID-19 - please see our ground-breaking 14-step action plan here.

*Please note that flights are not included for this challenge to give you maximum freedom and flexibility to travel from your local airport. Please make sure to arrange your flights and transport to our accommodation in Munich on Day 1.

**Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room to yourself, please simply get in touch and we can arrange this for you for an additional cost.

***Please note that lunch is not included on Days 7 and 8

In addition to paying your registration fee (£299) and either self funding your challenge costs or fundraising the minimum sponsorship target, you will need to budget for your:

  • Flights to and from Germany, plus transport from the airport to our accommodation in Munich on Day 1. (We will send all participants details and the full address of the accommodation as the challenge draws closer.) 
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Lunch on Day 7 in Oberammergau
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 8 when we part ways and you make your own way home.

There will be around 20-25 participants in our group for the Pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play 2022. You'll no doubt make lots of new friends!

Travel Insurance

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation.

We're delighted to have found a fantastic travel insurance policy, which covers you for this type of activity and also for cancellation due to medically diagnosed COVID-19. You can see the insurance policy here.

Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate cover for your challenge.

We will send you the details once you have registered. You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Germany.

Visa

Currently, UK citizens don't need a visa to travel to Germany for tourism. We'll let you know if this changes before our challenge.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you've registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as our departure date draws closer.

We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides, a group of porters and at least one UK doctor with expedition medicine challenge.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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