After our visit to Linderhof Palace, we headed to Oberammergau for lunch.
People from around the world come to Oberammergau to see the Passion Play, which is performed every ten years. It was first put on in 1634 as a result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village, that if God spared them from the effects of the plague, they would perform a Passion Play every ten years. Only the villagers can take part in the play and devote a year of their lives to re-enacting the life, death and resurrection of Christ. The next performance will run from May 2020 through October 2020. They estimate that 750,000 people will come to see the play in 2020. I could not imagine that many people converging on this quaint town.
Lunch in Oberammergau
We were getting hungry and found Ammergauer Maxbrau through Trip Advisor. They did not disappoint. I started with a glass of wine and J had a fresh brewed beer, which is brewed on the premises. We shared beer bread and spread appetizer before our meal, which was delicious. We were stuffed when we left and could not eat everything and ended up taking our leftovers for later.
Oberammergau is famous for their frescoes.
We visited the Oberammergau Church. Not much to look at from the outside, but the inside was gorgeous.
Cemetery at Oberammergau Church
The church was surrounded by a cemetery which was immaculately maintained and beautifully arrayed with flowers.
After our visit at the cemetery we got back in the car to visit the Ettal Monastery, which was nearby. The courtyard at the monastery is over 1,000 square feet. It is a self-contained community which produces everything needed for life. We visited the gift shop and was amazed at the wide selection of religious object, numerous beers and other alcoholic beverages.
The church is of the baroque period, thus elaborately decorated with exquisitely painted domed ceiling, and chandeliers.
We really enjoyed our day exploring the area of Oberammergau. It was time to get back on the road to drop off our rental car before they closed at 6:00 p.m. I was so glad we rented a car to see the area instead of relying on the trains. It allowed us to stop at places we would not have been able to and come and go at our leisure. Tomorrow was a big travel day, as we were taking the train to Switzerland where we would be spending the next week.