A Passion Play Journey to Germany & Austria
Registration is now open for our Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage. The registration brochure, which includes pricing and a detailed itinerary, is available online at the link below:
The Oberammergau Passion Play is a highly anticipated event, and we expect our pilgrimage to fill up fast. To secure your spot, print out the registration form, and return your completed form to the Catholic Travel Centre with your deposit by no later than December 15, 2018.
Join us for an 11-day immersion into the rich history, spirituality, and culture of Bavaria and Austria. We will have prime seats for the world famous production of the Oberammergau Passion Play, involving over 2,000 people to stage, performed every 10 years, in the picturesque town of Oberammergau, also renowned for its tradition of exquisite woodcarving. The history of the play's production goes back to the 17th century, when, during the ravages of an outbreak of the Black Plague, the inhabitants of the town made a promise to stage the play about the Passion of Christ every 10 years if they were to be spared the epidemic. The town was spared, and, true to their word, the townspeople have kept up the production all of these years.
We also explore the magnificent city of Munich, the capital of Bavaria, the most Catholic region of Germany today. Highlights include the royal castle of Nymphenburg, the iconic twin-towered Fraunkirche, dedicated to Our Lady, and the famed glockenspiel on Marienplatz, a clock that tells two 16th century stories twice a day using 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. In Germany, we also visit the 18th century pilgrimage church of Wieskirche, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and tour the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, built by “Mad” King Ludwig II. We pray at the Shrine of Our Lady of Altotting, visited by countless pilgrims since the Middle Ages, including St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
In Austria, we tour Salzburg, the birth place of Mozart, a charming city filled with historic architectural delights and the location where much of the Sound of Music was filmed. We also pray at two beloved Marian shrines situated in the breath-taking scenery of the alps: Mariazell, dating back to the Middle Ages, and Maria Schutz, a mountain shrine renowned for the miraculous healings attributed to its spring. We celebrate Mass in the historic Melk Abbey, surrounded by gorgeous Renaissance homes. We take a Danube cruise to Vienna, where we have a full day to tour the resplendent old imperial capital, including the Schonbrunn Palace, the Belvedere gardens, and the Ringstrabe, a boulevard lined with magnificent buildings.
Throughout our pilgrimage will have the opportunity for daily Mass and to pray at deeply historic spiritual sites. We will experience great art and beautiful architecture. We will sample many alluring dishes of German cuisine and have a glass or two of the local drinks, famous world-wide. We will learn about the culture and history of two countries, meet many friendly locals, and forge new bonds of friendship. Join us for the experience of a lifetime!