Oberammergau is located in Southern Germany near the border with Austria. It resides within the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria.
Oberammergau is known for its Passion Play, performed every ten years on years ending in zero. The next performance of the Passion Play will be in 2010. The passion play recounts the townspeoples pact with God that they would perform the Passion Play every ten years if the plague would bypass them. It did.
Oberammergau's location makes it ideal for a winter visit. In summer it is a pleasant town known for its woodcarvers, a craft practiced here since medieval times. There are plenty of shops offering good quality woodcarvings, some tiny (read: easy to pack and rare enough to make great gifts). Many of the houses in the historic center are decorated with "Lüftlmalerei" or frescoes featuring Bavarian folktales or religious themes.
Oberammergau is good for a day or two spent poking around, especially for those coming from or going to Neuschwanstein.
The closest German airport (104km) to Oberammergau is Munich airport--Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC). There is easy access to Oberammergau via the Autorbahn. Oberammergau is actually closer to Innsbruck Airport (70km), but many travelers prefer the easier highway access from Munich, especially in the winter months.
Oberammergau railway station is located on the opposite side of the river from the historic center.
Oberammergau Passion PlayThe Passion Play in 2010 runs from May through October. If you're interested in attending, you should buy your ticket at least a year in advance. You'll find all the information you need at the official site: http://www.passionplay-oberammergau.com/
What to See in Oberammergau
The Museum of Oberammergau is found at Dorfstraße 8. Built and financed by Guido Lang, a distributor of wood carving, the museum is heavy on the art that Oberammergau is noted for. A special combo ticket gets you into the Passion Play Theater and the Museum for a reduced price.
Linderhof Castle was built by King Ludwig II in French Rococo style during the 19th century as a hunting lodge.
There are many churches and abbeys in the area, notably the Benedictine Abbey Ettal, which Emperor Ludwig of Bavaria founded in 1330.
Where to Stay in Oberammergau
Venere offers some user-rated hotels in Overammergau (book direct).
Oberammergau Tours from Munich
Viator offers a Tour of Oberammergau from Munich (book direct or get information) There is also a Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich available (book direct or get information)