FEATURING THE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY Our 8-day Bern to Munich journey, featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau, begins in Switzerland, where you'll visit the capital city of Bern, St. Gallen and the Bernese Oberland, and the Lake Constance region; in Germany, explore Munich and the Bavarian Alps... and experience the Oberammergau Passion Play with the Tauck Difference!
Indulge your passion for scenic splendors, Alpine highs, historic sites and all-embracing cultural traditions that play out in Swiss cities, Bavarian towns and a once-in-a-decade, centuries-old performance in Oberammergau. Bear witness to local life in Bern, past and present. Try schwingen in Affoltern, cheese in Emmental, and chocolate in Maestrani. Dine with royalty in a Habsburg Castle, experience the Passionsspiele from the best seats in the house, explore Munich’s must-see sites and pay a poignant visit to Dachau with a knowledgeable guide. Once every ten years, as each new decade begins, some 2,000 local residents of the little Bavarian village of Oberammergau join forces to perform the Passionsspiele (Passion Play), a dramatic re-creation of Jesus Christ’s last days on Earth. First produced nearly four centuries ago, the Passion Play has become a beloved highlight of every decade… and being there in person to see it unfold with Tauck will be an experience you'll remember for a lifetime! Your exploration of Munich in Bavaria includes a tour of the opulent Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of Bavaria's ruling family; and a poignant visit to the Dachau concentration camp site and memorial outside Munich. Then it’s on to Oberammergau to experience the 2020 Passion Play. Continue on to the Swiss city of St. Gallen, known for its textiles and the medieval Abbey of St. Gail; the popular Lake Constance resort area; and the alpine villages of Flawil and Appenzell. Sightseeing in Bern includes the Rosengarten, the Bärengraben, and the Zytglogge clock tower, where you’ll enjoy an Einstein Experience tour that explores Switzerland's de facto capital through the eyes of the great physicist.
Enjoy guided city sightseeing this morning, including visits to the Baroque-styled Nymphenburg Palace, lavishly inspiring, inside and out, and the Carriage Museum, located in the palace’s former riding stables. After free time to explore as you wish, join us for an excursion to nearby Dachau, where the first of Germany’s infamous Nazi concentration camps opened in 1933; it was used as a model for others that followed. Your visit to the memorial site will be a poignant one that provides historical context to an unimaginable time. The remainder of the day is free.
Experience what the world has waited ten years to see when you drive to the village of Oberammergau for an overnight stay and premier seating at the Passion Play. Performed every decade for the past 375 years with a local cast of thousands, the show fulfills a promise made by village residents who survived the deadly Bubonic Plague in the 1600s. They vowed to perform a play of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus every 10 years if God spared their lives. After the vow was made, there were no more cases of the plague recorded in Oberammergau so the 5-hour show still goes on today as promised. Take your seats this afternoon when the play begins, taking a dinner break at local restaurant before the show ends late tonight.
Leave Munich for a drive along the scenic Yellow Roads of Germany. Your destination today is the cobblestoned town of St. Gallen, renowned for its textiles and its lavish Abbey District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A guided tour this afternoon includes a walk through town, a visit and demonstration at the textile museum and a visit to the Abbey Library of Saint Gall, considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Enjoy dinner in the hotel tonight.
Drive to Appenzell for a day of scenic delights. Ride a cable car up towering Santis Peak for views of mountains and cliff-top chalets that will take your breath away, then spend the afternoon exploring the sights in the town’s car-free center. Boasting a quintessential fairy-tale setting, the old town invites with colorful wooden buildings, frescoed and flowered, with old-fashioned signage that takes you back in time. Return to St. Gallen where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today begins with a chocolate making adventure at the Chocolarium of Maestrani that indulges your sweet tooth with a taste of this coveted Swiss specialty, made in mechanized Swiss chocolate factories since 1819. Drive to Hapsburg where the imperial legacy of the Habsburgs comes alive today when you meet the Habsburgs during a Tauck Exclusive lunch at medieval Habsburg Castle, one of the most influential royal houses in Europe during the Middle Ages. Continue on to Bern for a two-night stay that begins with a traditional Swiss dinner at your hotel.
A garden of delights awaits your discovery on a drive to the city’s flower-filled Rosengarten and the famous Bear Park, Bärenpark. Long a symbol of the city and its namesake, bears have been a draw in Bern since the 1500s when they were first put on display as entertainment for its residents. You’ll see bears featured on the town’s emblem and flag and in the park you’ll explore this morning, where a family of brown bears lives in an enclosed riverside setting. Join a local guide on a walk through the rose gardens and bear park, followed by a stroll past the Einstein House, where Albert Einstein developed his Theory of Relativity, to the Bern History Museum; take a guided visit of the Einstein Museum located inside. Experience a taste of local life on an afternoon visit to the Craftman’s Village in Wasen, during a Swiss sumo-like wrestling demonstration at the “Schwingen” club in Affoltern and an interactive cheese-making tour in Emmental. Join us tonight for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Bern that serves up an authentic taste of daily life with great views of Old Town and Bear Park, integrated with their signature beer!
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