passionsspielhaus erl
passionsspielhaus erl

Erl

Erl, famous above all for its Passion Plays, is located at the border to Bavaria, at close quarters to the hiking area on Mt. Hartkaiser.

Altitude: 476 m a.s.l.

Erl is located 15 km from Kufstein, directly at the border to Bavaria. As one of the oldest villages of the Inn Valley, in the Roman era it used to be a country estate known as "Praedium Aurelianum", that's to say "Aurelianus' possession". In the 18th century, the village was completely layed in ashes in the battles against Bavaria, while later on it was reconstructed from scratch.

Today Erl is above all famous for its Passion Plays, called Passionsspiele Erl in German, which are performed every six years - the last time they took place in 2019. Up to 1613 AD, the history of the Passion Plays can be backtracked, when an Easter Play of the master singer Sebastian Wild from Augsburg was performed. Venue is the Passion Play House Erl, an acoustic and architectonic masterpiece of the architect Schuller, which has also become symbol of the municipality.

If you love culture, you might come across several places of interest, e.g. the Mithras Stone with the inscription "dim pro salute", which means "to the salvation of the invictable god Mitra", as well as a larger-than life sized Baroque statue of the water saint John of Nepomuk at the wooden Inn Bridge. It dates back to 1732 AD. Popular destinations in the heart of nature are e.g. the protected "Blue Spring" and the Trockenbach Waterfall. Winter, however, awaits you with an extensive offer of winter hiking trails, cross-country ski tracks, and a skiing area on Mt. Zahmer Kaiser.

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