Eight students, another chaperon and I stayed at the Schilcerhof for two nights as part of our package to see the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Were the rooms deluxe accommodations? No. However, they were clean, the house was quiet at night, but most of all, the level of service made you feel like you were staying with family -- and I mean that in a good way.
When you arrange to attend the Passion Play, the package includes two nights at a hotel, all your meals, tickets for the play, and a guidebook with the dialogue and lyrics in German and a second language, in our case, English. Everything was in order at the hotel and our individual tickets for the meals and play were waiting for us. Typical German efficiency.
There was some initial confusion by the desk clerk over the distribution of our group's rooms, but I never saw that person again during our stay. Everyone in the family helped us with our bags, answered any questions, welcomed us to a wonderfully-presented breakfast, and held the door for us whenever we returned to their hotel.
I had a double room, which was a good size and included a balcony overlooking the Bahnhofstrasse. There was a small TV in a far corner but I could not for the life of me get the remote to work, so I tuned the TV the "old-fashioned way" to CNBC and just left it there. The bathroom was modest but very clean. My room was tidied by housekeeping while I was at breakfast. There was a second dining room in which coffee, beer and soft drinks were served during the day, which is also where a computer was located.
I saw some people eating at the hotel later in the day yet there was no mention of provisions for meals other than breakfast. Our package included lunch and dinner at their sister property, owned by the same family, the Hotel Wolf, which was, literally, across the street. Everyone in our group agreed that the meals there were the best of the entire trip, which also included Rome, Assisi, Salzburg and Munich. If you are in Oberammergau, I strongly recommend meals at the Hotel Wolf.
The Passion Play Theater was around the corner for our hotel, again making this location very convenient. The production was a true spectacle -- stunning for the sheer size of the cast; the quality of the acting, singing and musicians; and the tableaux vivants, the "living pictures" of biblical scenes between acts.
The weather put a damper on our visit. One June 1 we had snow flurries. Our visit was during the long stretch of rain southern Bavaria experienced in May and June. However, the warmth of our hosts made up for the dreary weather. They even told us to bring the blankets in our closets to the theater so we would be warm. When they bid us a fond "Auf Wiedersehen!" it truly was with the hope They would see us again.
We originally were supposed to stay at a rather ritzy resort in Murnau, but they way things worked out, this was much better. The convenience of walking from our hotel to any of the many woodcarving shops, the beautiful parish church, a drug store, restaurants, and the theater made the Schilcherhof an excellent choice.
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