Oberammergau, Germany

Frescoes on a house in Oberammergau. Photo © Galen Frysinger.

Located 60 miles southwest of Münich near the Austrian border, the picturesque village of Oberammergau is especially famous for its passion play that is performed every 10 years (next time in 2020). The oldest festival in Germany, the Oberammergau Passion Play has been performed faithfully since 1634, when the village was rescued from a plague. Oberammergau is also home to a number of other interesting sights, including beautifully frescoed houses, a museum of nativity scenes from the 18th to 21st centuries, and cable car excursions to two mountain peaks. Oberammergau also makes an excellent base for visiting the Benedictine monastery of Ettal and the Linderhof, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles.