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Oberammergau at a Glance

Oberammergau is famous for the passion play it has put on every ten years since the 17th century. The town is also famous for its woodcarvers and its natural beauty. 

If you are lucky enough to visit on a passion play year, you'll discover that the whole town is involved in the production. People from town grow out beards of Biblical proportions in order to take part in the play. In between times, people are always working on costumes and set pieces. If you visit during an off year, you can still see the costumes and the set where the famous play takes place. 

Oberammergau's homes are decorated in a very unique way. Luftmalerei are the eye-popping, illusionist house facades. It's worth walking around town for a look at beer hall scenes, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel painted onto houses.


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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      U.S. citizens must have a passport that is valid three months beyond the date of departure from Germany, but can stay in in the country as tourists for 90 days without a visa. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

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      Severe Weather Severe thunderstorms and flooding are the biggest weather threats in the summer, but neither is excessively common. During the winter, snow storms can cause delays and icy roads. 

      Safety Concerns By and large, Oberammergau is a safe place, but caution and attentiveness are never a bad idea. Avoid dark areas at night, don't flash cash and valuables and so on. Pickpocketing can also be an issue in crowded tourist areas. 

      Health Concerns Oberammergau's water is safe to drink. Tick-borne diseases are found in the country, so check yourself over if you've been out in the wilderness.