It’s less than a year away, but excitement is building for what becomes one of the biggest items on the European travel calendar every 10 years—the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.

With over 500 children serving as extras. This means there will be more than 2,300 participants from all generations, from tiny infants all the way to Anni Drohmann, who at 96 will be the oldest performer on stage.

Since the 17th Century, the Passion Play has been exclusively in the hands of the local villagers. The participants must either be native Oberammergau residents or have lived in the village for more than 20 years.

  • “The Oberammergau Passion Play is a once-in-a-lifetime event that needs to be on everyone’s bucket list,” said Manny Paulo, an Oberammergau expert and senior product buyer for tour operator Collette, which in 2010 secured the largest allotment of Passion Play tickets and sold out all its programs that featured the religious spectacle.