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Oberammergau, Western Tyrol

Karlwirt Hotel in Achensee

Pertisau at an altitude of 950 metres has a wonderful location on the shore of Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrol, surrounded by alpine pasture and framed by the picturesque Karwendel, and majestic Rofan mountain ranges.

Our one week holiday includes excursions to Innsbruck and Stams Abbey, along with a scenic tour of the Zillertal Valley. We will also arrange a guided walk and an Austrian themed evening at the hotel.

Independent ideas include a sail on the lake, a trip on the mountain railway or take the cable car for lovely mountain walks. Oberammergau is less than two hours’ drive and your holiday includes a one night stay in the middle of your holiday.


  1. Departure

    We meet at our departure airport for the flight to Munich. Three hour drive from Munich to Pertisau on Lake Achensee and the Karlwirt hotel, our base for the week.

  2. Visit Innsbruck

    Today we enjoy a coach excursion into the Inn Valley visiting the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck and Stams Abbey. Weather permitting, we will also take a walk along part of the Jacobsweg which goes through the Inn Valley en route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

  3. Pertisau

    This morning a local guide will take us on a walk and introduce us to the local area.

    The afternoon is free to explore. Local ideas include a sail on Lake Achensee, a cable car up the mountain or a trip on the steam train, or relax by the pool or lakeside.

  4. The Passion Play

    9am departure and a ninety minute drive to Oberammergau.

    On arrival check-in to our overnight accommodation with free time before an included lunch.

    Afternoon and evening attend the Passion Play with dinner at a pre-assigned restaurant during the interval.

    We will travel to Oberammergau with an overnight bag and do not have to check out of our Pertisau hotel rooms.

  5. Oberammergau

    Morning free to explore the village of Oberammergau and find a lunch spot. We return to Pertisau in the afternoon visiting Ettal monastery en route.

    (a visit to Linderhof Castle could be arranged today)

  6. Free Day

    A free day to explore Pertisau at leisure. Local ideas include a sail on Lake Achensee, a cable car up the mountain or a trip on the steam train, or relax by the pool or lakeside.

    This evening features a Tyrolean themed dinner at the hotel.

  7. Zillertal Valley

    A day to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Tyrol as we take a drive through the Zillertal valley.

  8. Returning Home

    We depart Pertisau and drive to Munich airport for our homeward flights returning to the UK.

Essential Information

The Karlwirt Hotel

The Karlwirt is a traditional hotel that has been welcoming guests since 1794. Rooms are double or twin-bedded, with bath or shower, wc, television and balcony with mountain views. The lake, chairlift and golf course are within ten minutes' walk. Guests enjoy the lovely swimming pool area which opens on to the garden, restaurant, coffee shop and traditional bar serving the hotel's home brewed beer.

Included in your holiday cost

  • Each holiday will have a planned itinerary including two coach excursions, a local walk, an Austrian themed evening and worship opportunities. There will be one free day and we will make local suggestions
  • Flights, accommodation in Austria and Oberammergau sharing a double or twin-bedded room, Breakfast and table d’hote dinner daily
  • Oberammergau arrangements include one or two nights in the village, a top grade performance ticket, a programme and lunch on the day of the performance
  • Coaching between arrival airport, resort hotel and Oberammergau and an included itinerary of guided coach excursions and local walks
  • McCabe representation in Austria and Oberammergau
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides and hotel staff

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Travel insurance premium
  • Lunches
  • Some entrance fees will be optional

Visiting Oberammergau

Our Tyrol hotels are all located less than two hours from Oberammergau, so ideal for seeing the Passion Play in the middle of your holiday.

A feature of the one night stay is that you do not need to check-out of your room when you travel to Oberammergau. Leave your main baggage and travel to Oberammergau with a light overnight bag. Journey time is less than two hours and your Oberammergau experience is a relaxed two days.

On a one night stay, you arrive in the village in the morning, check-in to your accommodation and lunch is included in your allocated restaurant. Afternoon and evening, enjoy the Passion Play with dinner included in the intermission. After breakfast the next morning, you have the best part of the day to explore the village before returning to the Tyrol for dinner. Previous guests have particularly liked the opportunity to share their Oberammergau experience in the remaining days of the holiday.

A few Tyrol holidays include 2 nights in the village (and for this reason are more expensive)

If your holiday includes two nights in the village, you will arrive in Oberammergau the afternoon before the play with an extra evening and morning in the village. You may be required to vacate your Tyrol hotel room for these two nights, otherwise Oberammergau arrangements are similar to the one night stay.

Your holiday price includes a top grade Passion Play ticket.

Oberammergau News Update

We plan to publish a supplementary brochure six months before the performances commence. By this time, the cast will have been selected and rehearsals will be underway. We will introduce you to the principal players and tell you something of their backgrounds, as well as updating you on preparations in the village. Accurate flight schedules will also be available and we will confirm the flight times for your holiday. We will also present a detailed itinerary for each holiday and ideas for independent exploration.

Single Travellers

A limited number of single rooms are available and we will try and accommodate single room requests. We do accept bookings on a room share basis where we will try to find a person to share with you. If numbers don’t match up and we are unable to find a share for you, a single room will be allocated and only half of the supplement charged.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you wait to take out travel insurance until you pay the second deposit in 2019 as it is difficult to effect travel insurance more than 12 months in advance.  We will offer a policy when we request the second deposit, designed to give cover for both deposits, but do shop around.  An annual policy may be a good option.

A note about Austrian twin beds

The distinction between double bedded and twin bedded rooms in both Austria and Oberammergau is sometimes not clear. A traditional twin-bedded room consists of one bed frame with two separate mattresses and separate duvets.  We have contracted our resort hotels on the basis that we have a good number of rooms where twin beds are properly separated, and these will be allocated as a priority to guests requesting room shares.  In Oberammergau, we don’t have the same control and occasionally the traditional style beds will be allocated.  We can often be creative in solving this problem, for instance by adding a third bed to the room. This difficulty is generally only for the one or two nights you will be in Oberammergau itself.

Financial Security

McCabe holidays give full financial protection to the traveller. Holidays including flights are financially protected by the Civil Aviation authority. The McCabe ATOL number is 2920. Any holidays not including flights are also financially protected by McCabe’s membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme.

Practical information

The Booking Process

We are required to pay in advance for our Oberammergau arrangements. This is the reason we are requesting larger than normal deposit payments. We ask for an initial deposit of £600 per person enabling us to fulfil our commitment to the village and to book your flights.

If you have to cancel, for whatever reason, before 30 April 2021, we will refund £400 of your deposit.

After this point, our normal cancellation conditions will apply. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance when you pay your deposit and not later than twelve months before travel. Then you will be able to claim a refund, if for instance you cancel for unforeseen medical reasons.

Oberammergau Passion Play prices explained

Our holidays include one or two night’s accommodation in and around Oberammergau and a top grade ticket for a performance of the Passion Play.  We have selected Grade C accommodation and most of our guests will be accommodated in guest houses within walking distance of the theatre.

In order to manage the limited resources of the village effectively, the Passion Play committee provide a package including allocated accommodation, restaurant and play ticket.  Other extras included are the local bus service, museum entry and a textbook for the performance.  To give you an idea of the premium prices being charged. A performance ticket costs about £170 and a double room in Oberammergau costs more than £230 per night with singles being charged between £150 and £200 depending on the room size.

Your Holiday Price

We are publishing our prices two years in advance, and in the middle of Brexit negotiations.  We have agreed prices with our partners but there is a lot of uncertainty just now about our future trading relationship with Europe and especially regarding currency exchange rates. Our prices are based on £1 = 1.15 Euros.  If this changes significantly, it could affect the price of your holiday.

We have factored in expected increases but we reserve the right to pass on unexpected ones. The key areas that would trigger a price change are the value of our Pound as explained above; a sharp rise in the cost of oil; rampant inflation in Austria leading to higher hotel prices; any new travel taxes.

We will absorb the first 2% of any increase, and in the very unlikely event that the price increases by more than 10%, you have the right to cancel and receive a full and prompt refund.  We plan to contract our currency requirement a year before the season starts, and at this point we will guarantee that the cost of your holiday will not change.

Booking Conditions

The McCabe Oberammergau programme was published on 8 March 2018 for holidays during the year 2020. An Oberammergau booking form with a summary of booking conditions was published at the same time.

Click here to read the McCabe booking conditions

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