The Passion Play of Oberammergau

  • Note: This alumni adventure is sold out; waitlist now open.

  • June 22nd through 30th, 2010
  • Registration deadline: January 1st, 2010
  • Capacity: 30
  • Cost: $3000.00 (plus airfare)


Join Carleton History Professor David Tompkins and his wife Avigail Manneberg on this once-in-a-lifetime journey combining a performance of the legendary 2010 Passion Play in Oberammergau with a delightful cruise through the heart of Europe. Cruise in style and comfort along the Danube River through the fabled realms of the Habsburg Empire. Visit a timeless world where Gothic cathedrals soar above medieval cities and rivers wind through lush forests and vineyards. Visit Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria) and Melk (Austria). Our journey culminates with two nights in Oberammergau where you'll attend the 2010 Passion Play, a revered tradition that dates to 1633. More than 2,000 participants enact this fascinating rendition of the story of Jesus Christ on the large, open-air stage of the Passion Play Theatre. Staged every 10 years, this incredible performance incorporates magnificent costumes, scenery and orchestral accompaniment to create a memorable spectacle. A full program of excursions, cultural enhancements and specially arranged access to the 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play, including tickets, transfers to and from the hotel, and traditional Bavarian lunch and dinner, are included with this customized itinerary.


David Tompkins has been an Assistant Professor of History at Carleton College since 2008.  Before coming to Carleton, David taught at the University of Tennessee.  He did his doctoral work at Columbia University, which included several years in Germany and Poland, learning those languages and conducting archival research. 

Both David and his wife Avi have spent a great deal of time in Central Europe, most recently all of 2009 on a research leave (and Avi an art fellowship) in Warsaw and Berlin, where David also helped lead a Carleton term abroad. Avi is an artist currently associated with the University of Minnesota, and you can find out more about her and her work at David's historical research focuses on society and culture in modern Central Europe, and you can learn more about him at his homepage (  David was born and raised in Cincinnati, and Avi hails from the Galilee region of Israel; they met five years ago in Berlin.

David and Avi know Vienna and the upper Danube region well, having accompanied an University of Tennessee trip to Vienna, Bratislava, and Prague in the summer of 2007; David also knows Vienna well from a semester abroad during his undergraduate years at Rice University. They look forward both to sharing their excitement and knowledge of the region.


For more information, see the trip brochure link in the blue box above. We expect this trip to be very popular. Space is limited to 30 Carleton participants.


Seven cabin categories are available with prices ranging from $2995-$5595 per person. See trip brochure link for more details.


Please complete the registration form in the blue box. Reserve by September 29, 2009 and receive an early bird discount of $500 per person.


Contact Amy Goerwitz at the Alumni Affairs Office: 800-729-2586 or 507-222-5645 (direct line) or by e-mail at


You are invited to view David and Avi's photo album on Picasa: The Danube and Oberammergau with Carleton Alumni Adventures