Going on Faith

Summer 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ summer 2017 ] T he largest state in Germany, Bavaria is also the most popular destination for Americans visiting the country. The state covers a large area of southeast Germany that borders Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. The Bavarian landscape consists of rolling hills in the north and Alpine peaks in the south. Much of this landscape is dotted with the castles of Ludwig II of Bavaria, who renovated many of the area's existing castles and added his own creations. Some of his most famous projects are Neuschwanstein, Linderhof Palace and Herrenchiemsee. Many church travel groups have heard of the Bavarian All photos courtesy German National Tourist Board The Cathedral of Our Lady is a popular faith-based site in Munich. BY A S H L E Y R I C K S STAMPS P A S S P O R T I N T E R N A T I O N A L S P O T L I G H T BAVARIA GERMANY village of Oberammergau because of the world-renowned Oberammergau Passion Play that is put on by the towns- people every 10 years. The town is nestled in the German Alps between Munich and the Austrian border. The pas- sion play was first performed in 1634 as an act of thanks- giving after the town was spared the effects of the Black Plague. It has taken place every decade except for the 1940s, during World War II. Special performances also took place on the 300th anniversary of the original play in 1934 and the 350th anniversary in 1984. Each perfor- mance requires over 2,000 participants, and all the actors, singers and other members of the production team must be residents of Oberammergau. Over half of the town's residents are involved in each passion play. The Christmas market at Lake Constance

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