Apprentice for an Afternoon: Lessons with Germany’s Old World Artisans

During Oberammergau’s peak tourist seasons, visitors can easily while away an hour observing artisans demonstrating their trades on the ground floor of the beautifully-frescoed, 18th-century Pilatushaus. In past centuries, nomadic traders acquired crafts like these and sold them throughout Europe, making Oberammergau famous for its fine work. Today, travelers can purchase the items directly fromContinue reading “Apprentice for an Afternoon: Lessons with Germany’s Old World Artisans”

Oberammergau, Germany: Woodcarvings, Bavarian Attire, and the Passion Play

For the next few months, we’ll be hanging our (warm winter) hats in Oberammergau, a village situated in Germany’s Alps. Oberammergau is perhaps best known for its Holzschnitzer (woodcarvers), colorful frescoes (Lüftlmalerei), and Passion Play, which is held once every ten years. Some residents in Oberammergau still wear feather-adorned, green woolen hats; custom-tailored Lederhosen; or DirndlsContinue reading “Oberammergau, Germany: Woodcarvings, Bavarian Attire, and the Passion Play”