Rupert Christiansen is the author of a dozen books, including Prima Donna and The Faber Pocket Guide to Opera. A frequent lecturer and contributor to many publications in both Britain and the USA, he is also a regular broadcaster and sits on the editorial board of Opera magazine. He has been The Telegraph's opera critic since 1996.
Discover Oberammergau and Mozart's Salzburg with Rupert Christiansen
In 2020 the Alpine village of Oberammergau will perform its 42nd Passion Play. Nearly half the inhabitants take part in this epic performance which tells the moving story of the final chapter of Christ's life. It is an unforgettable experience that happens once every decade and we're offering you the chance to watch it in the company of The Telegraph's esteemed opera critic Rupert Christiansen.
Rupert will also be your expert guide in Salzburg where you'll visit the Mozart Residence, to see a display of Mozart's childhood instruments. Rupert will give you a unique insight into Salzburg's most famous son during a special Q&A and accompany you to a dinner and concert at the stunning St Peter's Abbey.
Before arriving in Oberammergau for the Passion Play, you will also spend time exploring the historic Bavarian capital of Munich, which will include visits to Nymphenburg Palace and Germany's largest palace, the Residenz. Nymphenburg was the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria. While in the historic city, you will also enjoy a special dinner at the 16th-century Hofbrauhaus, an example of Bavarian culture which has been at the heart of Munich life for ages.
"This promises to be a fascinating trip, with something ancient and sacred next door to a city full of worldly grandeur and glitter. Salzburg is the city that nurtured Mozart's genius, and every paving stone has memories of him. It will be my privilege and pleasure to lead you through it."
- Rupert Christiansen
Reasons to book
See the Passion Play
Insights from Rupert Christiansen
The music of Salzburg
Visit Mozart’s home
Candlelit dinner and concert
Your expert guide
- Two nights' B&B at a three or four-star hotel Munich
- Two nights' B&B at a four-star hotel in the Oberammergau area
- One night's B&B at a four-star hotel in Salzburg
- Five dinners (one included with the Passion Play ticket) and three lunches
- Ticket for the Passion Play
- Scheduled flights between London and Munich/ Salzburg and London
- Regional airports available on request Comfortable coach travel and transfers
- Services of an Andante Travels tour manager
Day1Arrive in MunichMunich , Germany
Depart from London on a direct flight to Munich. After check-in at your hotel, take an introductory tour of this spectacular Bavarian city, before enjoying this evening's welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day2MunichMunich , Germany
After breakfast, you will have the chance to discover more of Munich, taking in the grandeur of the city centre in the morning and visiting the famous Nymphenburg Palace. This sprawling baroque masterpiece, with its immaculately designed gardens and grounds, was the summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria and birthplace of the King Ludwig II - sometimes known as the Swan King or der Märchenkönig ('the Fairy Tale King'). The Wittelsbachs, Europe's oldest royal dynasty, still occupy a wing of the palace today. You will enjoy an afternoon admiring the extraordinarily ornate rooms and sublime works of art on display, before returning to Munich for dinner at the famous Hofbrauhaus, a traditional Bavarian restaurant and 16th-century beerhall.
Day3Munich and OberammergauMunich , Germany
This morning is dedicated to Munich's magnificent Residenz, Germany's largest city palace and official home of the Wittelsbachs. This vast complex includes ten courtyards and no fewer than 130 public rooms, including the Hercules concert hall, the Court Church of All Saints, the glittering Treasury, and the former royal riding school and stables: the Marstall. After a light lunch at the palace, you will take an afternoon drive through the beautiful scenery of the Bavarian Alps towards the tiny town of Oberammergau. Dinner this evening is at your hotel.
Day4Oberammergau Passion PlayOberammergau, Germany
Following a morning at leisure to soak up the atmosphere and excitement, you will gather together with fellow readers in the afternoon to attend the legendary Passion Play, traditionally performed once every ten years by the townsfolk of Oberammergau. Dinner is included during the interval.
Day5Mozart tour of SalzburgSalzburg, Austria
From Oberammergau, your next stop will be the story-book streets of Salzburg, a city with a diverse history and extraordinary musical heritage. Your morning tour of Salzburg includes a visit to the Mozart Residence, while in the afternoon the Telegraph's classical music expert Rupert Christiansen will give you his personal insights into the genius of Salzburg's most celebrated son. A special Mozart dinner concert with a late 18th-century theme in the candlelit surroundings of St Peter's Abbey is the perfect way to end a splendid day.
Day6Return homeSalzburg, Austria
Your final morning is free to explore more of Salzburg at your leisure, or relax at the hotel, before taking a lunchtime return flight to London.
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