My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights in order to see the Passion Play, as part of a longer holiday, part of which we shared with a group from our church and part independently (travelling by rail around Europe). The rest of our group were scattered around Oberammergau, some in private homes and some in a hotel a few miles outside the village. I think we had a great deal being allocated the Schilcherhof, which is so conveniently located for the Play itself but also for the village in general. It was also really handy for our bus to Garmish-Partenkirchen afterwards (we were travelling onto Zurich for the final leg of our extended trip).
Our room at the hotel was really lovely, all the wooden furniture appearing brand new. We had a beautiful example of the famous Oberammergau wood carving in our room, a stunning crucifix which had been tastefully decorated with floweres and ivy. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful, if unobtrusive.
Breakfast was, for us, a bit of a let down compared with the other 5 hotels we stayed at during our fortnight of travelling, but it's hardly fair to compare this with the much more expensive hotels in Switzerland, although our Italian hotel had served better breakfast for a lower room rate. My husband is diabetic and there wasn't much at the breakfast table that really suited his needs in terms of complex carbohydrates whilst avoiding sugars.
Like others who have left reviews on this hotel, our package for the Passion Play included lunch and dinners at the adjacent Wolf Hotel. We wouldn't quite share the enthusiasm for the meals there that others have left, as the cooking there was far too salty for our tastes (and health), but again, to be fair, we had been spoilt by excellent cuisine elsewhere during our trip.
The only downside for us from staying at the Schilcherhof was that we hadn't been aware prior to getting there that seats for the Passion Play are allocated according to the grade of accommodation in the package, with visitors needing to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel to get good seats. As I'm very small, this is a real issue for me and being at the back meant that I could only see part of the stage, with most of the central stage completely obscured by heads in front. My husband, who is 6 foot tall, also couldn't see as he had someone 6 foot 7 in front of him. Given that everyone from our group had paid exactly the same for the trip, it felt unfair that we ended up with very different quality of seats with most of our party being at the front. This isn't the fault of the Schilcherhof, of course, but it does mean that I will want to go back another year to see the play from a better seat (I'm quite deaf too so sitting near the front is critical for me), so next time would have to stay at a more expensive hotel.
The Passion Play itself was astonishing, and incredibly moving. I had no idea the music was so lovely, either. Thoroughly recommended!!
We would certainly consider staying at the Schilcherhof again for a general holiday, exploring the lovely region locally either in summer or winter. Oberammergau is lovely, even if we did spend rather more than we had planned on the wonderful wooden carvings. It pays to be selective, by the way, as some are of much higher quality and workmanship than others.
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