Once in Germany, why not add a tour for your group before or after the Luther500Fest? Germany and the neighboring countries offer a wide variety of great places to visit. Our friends at Terra Lu Travel will be happy designing a hand-crafted itinerary for your church or family group.
Oberammergau Passion Play
It was back in 1633 when the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria swore an oath to play the Passion of Jesus Christ every ten years. Today this is one of the most recognized events in Germany, with hundred thousand visitors from all continents. Again in 2022 more than 2,000 Oberammergauers, actors, singers, instrumentalists, and stage technicians will tell the most important story mankind has to tell. What a great addition to the Luther500Festival!
Terra Lu Travel is a Passion Play specialist and will get tickets and make all arrangements for your group.
Not far from Worms is the valley of Rhine river, for sure one of the most romantic places in Germany. Enjoy a half day river cruise, sailing past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock. Overnight could be in a charming hotel in one of the villages at the river. And will for sure include samples of the local wine.
On the way from Worms to Oberammergau is the famous Black Forest. You will see beautiful landscapes and dreamy villages. One of the possible stops is at the German Clock Museum with an exhibition of the world famous cuckoo clocks. In an afternoon workshops, all group participants can build their own cuckoo clock! Or visit a local butcher and taste the fresh smoke sausage. Also a Kaffeetrinken break with a good coffee and home made Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte cherry cake is a must in the Black Forest.
Bavaria and Castles
Many people think of Bavaria first when they talk about Germany. But there is so much to see. A modern city like Munich, famous for the 1972’ Olympic Park, the BMW headquarters, but also the historic Glockenspiel on the Marienplatz (Mary’s Plaza), the revered twin-towered Frauenkirche (Our Lady’s Church). Just south of Munich is one of the most beautiful palaces of Europe: King Ludwig’s Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee. Modelled on Versailles, the highlights of the large state rooms are the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors. It’s on an island and only accessible with a boat cruise. Also Neuschwanstein Castle is not far, one of the most photographed sights in the world, and the model for Disney’s fairytales.
Easy to reach from Oberammergau is Salzburg, the city of Music. It’s the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the scene of Sound Of Music. A short excursion leads to the Silent Night Chapel in nearby Oberndorf. It was here that in 1818 the world’s most famous Christmas carol was composed and sung the first time.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
The historic center of Rothenburg ob der Tauber with its timber framed houses and the medieval town wall surrounding the center gives visitors a pretty good understanding what a German town looked like in Martin Luther’s times. It’s worth an overnight stop in one of the charming hotels inside the walls. Travelers like to wander around and especially have a look into Käthe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas Museum.
These are only a few ideas for additional tours before or after the Festival. Others include Strasbourg and Prague, Amsterdam and Trier, the German coastline or the Alps mountains. Bring a group from your church, contact our friend > Christian at Terra Lu Travel <, and they will top up the Festival experience with some extra days for your group.