Culture time


Things to see and hear

Embark on an invigorating and entertaining auditory trip along the “cultural mile” of the Ammergau Alps. Experience the cultural highlights with exciting and informative facts:

  • At 18 stations, there are audio guides (in several languages) which you can call up on your mobile phone
  • It only costs as much as a call to a German landline number
  • The 18 stations include, for example, Hörnle, Kappelkirche, Wetzsteinmuseum Unterammergau, Passionstheater, Wieskirche, Forstamt, Pilatushaus, Sonnenuhren Bad Bayersoien etc.

King Ludwig’s Fairytale World

Art, illusion, technology - King Ludwig II created his own fantasy world in Linderhof

  • On a guided tour, you will experience how King Ludwig II lived
  • The impressive parklands, where French and Italian styles are united, are well worth the visit
  • Other extraordinary features include the Moorish Kiosk, Moroccan House and Venus Grotto
  • German and English guided tours for maximum 40 people each are given all day long
  • At Linderhof Palace, you will find information in another 20 languages as audio guides and printed material
  • Linderhof 12, 82488 Ettal, telephone: +49 8822 920349,

The baroque gem

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important pilgrimage churches
  • Up to 1 million visitors a year
  • One of the most beautiful rococo churches in southern Germany, built by Dominik Zimmermann in 1745–1754
  • Regular church services and pilgrimages
  • The south entrance of the church is accessible to wheelchair users and people of limited mobility

At the Benedictine Abbey

  • The world-famous, baroque basilica with its rococo sacristy is the highlight of Ettal Abbey
  • The sacristy itself is considered the most beautiful rococo sacristy in all of southern Germany
  • Built over a period of 40 years, the church was completed in 1370
  • From 1710 to 1744, the Ettal Abbey housed a knight’s academy
  • After a major fire partially destroyed Ettal Abbey in 1744, the monastery church was renovated and rebuilt
  • Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 1, 82488 Ettal,

Honouring an oath

  • The Passionstheater is famous throughout the world for its Passion Plays, which it holds every 10 years
  • The first performance was in 1634, honouring the oath to show gratitude for the end of the bubonic plague
  • The next Passion Plays are to be held in 2020; an audience of half a million viewers is expected
  • In addition to the Passion Plays, there are many other shows and events to be enjoyed here
  • Theaterstr. 16a, 82487 Oberammergau, telephone: +49 8822 9458833,

A jewel in the mountains

The outside of King Ludwig II’s House on the Schachen (Schachenhaus), built in 1870, is rather modest and maybe even underwhelming. But the inside is in stark contrast, adorned in majestic splendour. Every year, King Ludwig II would spend 10 to 12 days at this summer retreat in the company of around 20 servants.

  • Ascent from Elmau via Wettersteinalm along the Königsweg (King’s Way) – approx. 3.5 hours on foot
  • The Turkish Room with its fountain in the centre is like something from 1001 Nights
  • Colourful stained glass windows create fantastic moods of lighting