Oberammergau + Josef Albl Nativities.

While we were at Oktoberfest last year in Munich, we took a fabulous little bus tour that took us to two of crazy King Ludwig’s castles, as well as Oberammergau.

Oberammergau is an adorable little town nestled into the rolling green hills and steep mountain peeks of Bavaria.

The town is exceptionally well known for their hand-carved woodwork and their production of the messiah every ten years.

From Wikipedia: “The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years.”

“The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, as well as in 1934 which was the 300th anniversary and 1984 which was the 350th anniversary (though the 1940 performance was cancelled because of the intervention of the Second World War).”

“It involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians–in 2010 that was half of all residents of the village.”

Now I know Christmas is still a long way off, even though holiday lights and decorations are already up all over Hong Kong, but if you would like to have one of these lovely little nativity scenes in time for advent I suggest you order now as shipping takes a few weeks. The shop also sells lots of other beautiful religious carvings online that make for great christening, confirmation or wedding gifts.

The Josef Abel family has been hand carving in Oberammergau for 455 years.

Their shop was so incredible and I struggle to find non-plastic religious items here in Hong Kong and even back in the States so I couldn’t help but leave with a few items.

Our nativity scene made it back home safely–we shipped it to save on taxes. Although they do offer painted versions, there is something so beautiful about the simplicity of the carved lines.

As fall accelerates as it always does, here’s to finding a little peace and calm amidst all of the many wonderful traditions.

I’m looking forward to returning to Oberammergau in 2020 to take in the Passion play–I’ve already got it on my Google calendar.

It’s crazy to think of what life will look like in nine years!

One things for sure, we’ll still be enjoying our German nativity scene at advent and remembering our amazing trip to Bavaria. It’s so nice when souvenirs and useful objects overlap.

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13 responses to “Oberammergau + Josef Albl Nativities.

  1. Hello from Zurich 🙂

    A few friends of mine went last year to see the Passion Play in Oberammergau. After seeing their photos and yours I’m regretting that we didn’t make the trip ourselves. The Nativity pieces are lovely; good choice on the unpainted version. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a beautiful post. This is just the kind of place I would visit and appreciate. Thanks for taking me there.

  3. beautiful landscape and I love your nativity!

  4. Oh wow I love the wooden set! How gorgeous! I wish I could make things like that. Good for you for buying – definitely little treasures.

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  6. Dear Natasha,

    my family and I loved your post on your blog! We are very proud to have such fans like you 🙂

    I wanted to write you that we have launched a new website about 2 weeks ago. My family and I have spend so much love and commitment into the site. I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

    The domain is: http://www.albl-oberammergau.com

    Thanks you – I am looking forward to hear from you.

    Best regards and warmest wishes from Oberammergau

    Josef Albl & Family

  7. I enjoy each year picking out 1 carving for my nativity set. Its been 4 years since I attended the Oberammergau Passion Play and I can’t wait for the next showing in 2020. My best to your family and friends.

  8. Paula Barnidge

    I would like to see your wooden carved nativity scenes, natural wood with prices.

  9. Daniel J. Berner

    When you have art from the Family Albl you have the best! I have many pieces, and some were made just for me, I treasure them all. Not often in today’s world you find such heritage and commitment to their craft and to their customers and friends.

  10. I am looking for a wood carved, hand painted nativity set for my Church, Jesus has to be about 33 inches tall, and the rest proportionate to it. I would like about 11 figures. Please let me know the prize for each figure and HOW I CAN PLACE a donor’s plaque.
    Thanks Rev. Alfonso Condorson

  11. I will have to have the three kings in the set, thanks
    Rev. Alfonso Condorson

  12. give me different options please, so I can talk to my parish and what is the shipping and guarantee and insurance?

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