28th -30th July 2010 : A group of 11 of us travelled to Oberammergau via 'Travel Without Borders' specifically to see the Passion Play. At Hotel Schilcherhof we were welcomed by Carmen who went to a great deal of trouble checking we would be happy with our rooms in the hotel and arranged for a single person with us to have a more convenient room and another 'couple' a room on the first floor because of stairs. Our luggage was carried to our rooms, although there were trolley paths to one side of the stairs to ease the process if we chose to be independent. They also offered to bring luggage down on the day of departure. We asked for a cup of tea on arrival which was willingly provided.
All of the staff were obliging, courteous, amusing, delightful, caring.
All the rooms were scrupulously clean and well presented. OK you are in Bavaria and the furnishings were traditional and not IKEA/ Furnitureland !!
One of the party needed to find a camera shop and several shops were suggested with directions. Indeed directions were given for several places we asked about.
The time of our Dinner was altered to enable us to attend an evening presentation of information about the Play. We just had to cross the road to Wolf Hotel for Dinners and Lunch. Again the food was well presented, 3 to 4 main course choices, but German ! They were happy to offer salad as an alternative to noodles/ vegetables whatever,there was a fruit alternative to the pudding offered and most of our group were delighted with the food. Yes it was quickly served, but the town doubles in size on Performance days and there are a lot of people to feed in a quick turnover between performances etc.
Breakfast was a very adequate continental breakfast with meats/cheese/variety of breads/ rolls/ cereals/ fruit/ juice etc charmingly served and attended by two English ladies.
Two of our party enjoy early morning 'mountain strolls' and there was always someone there to 'let them out' giving them coffee before they set off.
They were proud to tell us of all the parts that various members of the family had played in the Play and there was a very interesting display of photos on the walls. Fresh flowers in the foyer, sunflowers and lighted candles, quiet music in the background.
We knew before we went to Oberammergau that the hotel could only offer Category 2 seating, so were not disappointed. The day of the performance, fleecy blankets were placed on the hall table to be taken to the performances. We unfortunately hit a rainy week and were grateful for the extra warmth they provided. Cushions could also be taken.
This year for the first time the performances were 2.30pm and 8pm. Obviously it was difficult to follow the English script of the Play at night and I am not sure that it was helpful that many of the audience had brought torches with them to read the script. It was a case of being tolerant !
The Play is SPECTACULAR, PROFESSIONAL, MOVING, AMAZING.
Crowd scenes of 5-600 people and more on stage, not to mention horses, camels, goats, sheep, doves etc. The characters lived and breathed their parts. Any shop/restaurant or just in town, look out for the men with beards and long flowing hair and ask what part they play. They are proud to tell you.
Hotel Schilcherhof was as ideally situated as any of the hotels in the town, but it is to be highly recommended for the excellent service provided. So we could take advantage of the town on the final day, they willingly stored our luggage and allowed us access to facilities until we had to leave, in spite of taking in a huge number of new guests that day. We felt the three day Passion Play package we paid for was worth every penny. Thank you Hotel Schilcherhof for making our stay so memorable. We'll be back in 2020. DV !!!!
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