We wanted to visit the Oberammegau Passion Play. This once a decade event was spectacular and moving. I fail to understand how anyone could sit through the Passion Play without a longing to either re-commit or become a Christian.
In order to secure our tickets we were led to believe that we had to buy a package through the Oberammegau tourist office. We did this many months in advance and we were allocated to the Hotel Wolf. This hotel had advantages. It is just around the corner from the Passion Play theatre and at the end of the main shopping street. It has double glazing as is at the other end of the village from the Catholic Church with its clock bell and so it is quiet at night enabling a good night's sleep.
The package provided included 2 nights with 2 (with several choices of main course) dinners, 2 breakfasts (in which the bacon was particularly nice) and 1 three course lunch with choice. Therefore there was plenty of food and it was really quite good with the opportunity to consume lots of fresh fruit..
So what was the problem? Well, it started as soon as the tourist office told us the hotel to which we had been allocated. A quick web search revealed that the hotel as its name may suggest specialised in dogs. We emailed the tourist office to say that my wife was allergic to dogs and we were both uncomfortable around them. We were assured that whilst the hotel did normally specialise in housing dogs for the play year it would be cleaned and operate on the same basis as other hotels with a few dogs but not lots. We accepted this but it left us feeling uncomfortable.
To be fair the staff at reception were friendly and helpful. Our big gripe was that we were herded like cattle into as small dinning room whilst real customers were allowed to eat outside in the sunshine. To be herded like this when out two night stay in a three star hotel cost as much as 4 nights in the excellent Waldhof in Fuschl we felt to be totally unacceptable.
Insult was added to injury when we were informed by a hotelier about 20 miles away that Oberammegau had found that it couldn't sell the packages so it was possible to stay in the area independently and just buy tickets for the play - an option we would have much preferred.