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I was not there during the passion play, but Oberammergau is one of the prettiest little towns I've ever seen. Fairy tale scenes are painted on the houses, and a briliant display of flower boxes adds to the charm. Of course there are a lot of little touristy shops, but some of the offerings are beautiful and interesting. I was able to purchase crystal jewelry at a good rate......even though I am not generally a good shopper. The people are friendly and helpful also.
The opportunity to see the play is a 'do not miss' if you are in the area this summer. Also check out tours of the castles of 'crazy' King Ludwig XIV ( I think). Bavaria is a great destination with many interesting places to see. There is a tour called 'The Romantic Road', but I can't remember the tour operator.
Yes...the Romantic Road...back in 1996 I spent 4 weeks at the Goethe-Institute in Rothenburg ob der Tauber...which is a main stop along the Romantic Road tours (right after Wurzburg). It is popular all year round, including the November-December Christkindlmarkt Christmas (shopping and light decoration viewing) tours.
Rothenburg o.d.T is another must see...not to be confused with the other Rothenburg (not by the Tauber River). At any rate, it is a medieval walled town with cobblestoned streets...no cars are allowed within the town's stone walls...just tourist busses www.aarp.org/community/editor/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/sad_smile.gif" />... And although foreign tourists stop there every day in the summer, it is a precious jewel of a town. Ah! There is also a train line out of Frankfurt to Wurzburg to Rothenburg o.d.T. The train station is outside of the walled town, but a nice ... not strenuous walk.