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Day 18: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – Train to Oberammergau

It rained the night before so this brook is babbling. Thankfully, the temperature went down as well, and we have gone up into the mountains on the edge of the Bavarian Alps. Is one mountain called an Alp?
It is short walk to our hotel, the large building in this photo. All the homes look like gingerbread houses. They have colorful petunias growing in window flower boxes.
A room with a view!!
Our sitting room.
This is a first for us in a hotel … a walk in closet!!

Once we settled in, we walked into the small town of Oberammergau which means upper water district. The town down the street is Unterammergau which means lower water district. It is fun to say them, but those names aren’t very flowery.

We came to this very interesting building that looks like it is covered with a bunch of denim shirts. We learned that it is the crowd costumes worn in the last passion play in 2010. The installation is called (IM)MATERIAL: Fabric, Body and Passion
These are the way that the costumes looked. At the end of our museum tour, we were given a little blue fabric swatch.
After the final performance everyone cuts their long hair. These artists weave the hair together. All of our individual DNA’s are connected.
Here are some other hair weavings.

The name Ammergau (Ammer = water, Gau = district) is recorded as early as the end of the 9th century as the name of the region and around 1150 as village name. It was famous for its woodcarvers and their products.

The founding of the Monastery of Ettal in 1330 and the trade route from Venice to Augsburg were major factors in the economic and cultural development of Oberammergau. This not only helped increase the income of the Oberammergauers, but also put the village in direct contact with the rest of the world.

In 1633, the Plague broke out in Oberammergau. As a result of the many deaths, the Village Counselors swore to perform a Passion Play every 10 years if there were no more victims. The epidemic passed, there were no more victims, and in 1634, the villagers honored their oath and performed the Passion Play for the first time. By the 19th century the Oberammergau Passion Play had become world famous, and in the 20th century it attracted nearly half a million visitors every season.

Tomorrow we will see the Passionsspiele. I can’t wait!!!

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