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Hotel Eder, Maria Alm

Maria Alm is a picturesque village set amongst grand mountains and lush meadows, less than ninety minutes' drive from the musical capital of Salzburg.

A gondola ascends from the square onto an 'Alm' or high pasture, where you can walk to alpine huts offering traditional hospitality.

Our one week holiday at the superior Hotel Eder includes an excursion to Salzburg and a pilgrimage themed day visiting Maria Kirchental, also known as Pinzgau cathedral, in a spectacular mount setting, and a walk on the Jacobsweg along the shore of Lake Pillersee.

We will also arrange a guided walk around the village, and an Austrian themed evening. On your free day perhaps take the gondola and enjoy lunch on the mountain.


  1. Departure to Munich

    We meet at our departure airport for the flight to Munich. Three hour drive to Maria Alm and the Hotel Eder, our base for five nights.

  2. Pilgrimage

    A Pilgrimage themed day visiting Maria Kirchental church, Lake Pillersee and including a walk on the Jacobsweg.

  3. Maria Alm

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

    The afternoon is free to explore the village and perhaps take the gondola up on to the high alpine pasture.

  4. Salzburg

    A day in Austria’s musical capital of Salzburg, a beautiful compact city, full of interest from Mozart to the Sound of Music. A guided tour in the morning and an afternoon to explore at leisure.

    Tyrolean evening in Maria Alm.

  5. Free Day

    Today is free to explore the village and perhaps take the gondola up on to the high alpine pasture. We will give you lots of ideas before you travel.

  6. Oberammergau

    Driving time is about three hours and we take a scenic route breaking the journey beside Lake Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrol.

    Afternoon arrival in Oberammergau and check-in to your accommodation for a two night stay.

  7. The Passion Play

    Morning free to explore the village. A light lunch is included. Afternoon and evening attend the Passion Play with dinner during the interval.

  8. Homeward Bound

    We will visit the monastery at Ettal en route to Munich airport, less than two hours drive from Ettal.

Essential Information

The Hotel Eder**** Maria Alm

We have selected the Hotel Eder one of the superior properties in the village in a great location, next to the church, gondola and village centre. Rooms are double or twin-bedded, spacious, and all have bath or shower, wc, television and balcony. Guests particularly enjoy the swimming pool and spa area.

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 Grade One 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

Your holiday includes two nights in Oberammergau at the end of your holiday, arriving in the village the afternoon before the performance.

Driving time is about three hours and this day becomes a part of your holiday at your drive through Austria, breaking the journey beside Lake Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrol. Dinner is included on arrival, and the following morning is free to explore the village before the afternoon and evening performance.

We have deliberately places the two nights in Oberammergau at the end of your holiday. We want you to be relaxed and fully enjoy the main reason for your visit. On your departure day, wherever possible, we will arrange a later flight, allowing free time before you leave. Driving time from Oberammergau to Munich airport is less than two hours.

Your holiday price includes a top grade Passion Play ticket.

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 purchase travel insurance when you pay your deposit. Then you will be able to claim a refund, if for instance you cancel for unforeseen medical reasons. All travellers must be insured with a policy including pandemic cover.

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 a deposit of £600 per person enabling us to fulfill our commitment to the village and to book your flights.

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance when you pay your deposit. 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 Oberammergau and a Grade One 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.

Your Holiday Price

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 in August 2020 for holidays during the year 2022. 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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