The citizens of Oberammergau have a long tradition of painting frescoes on their houses, an ages-old approach to curb appeal known as Lüftmalerei. Some are based on scenes from “Hansel and Gretel,” “Little Red Riding Hood” (at Ettaler Strasse 48 and 41, respectively) and other fairy tales, while others depict beer hall joviality and other typical snippets from Bavarian life. The most famous, though, is a reverential rendering of Jesus coming before Pilate in the frescoes on Pilatushaus, at Ludwig-Thoma-Strasse 10 (the headquarters of a carvers’ and artisans’ workshop).
For alpine experiences and great views, whisk up Berg Laber, the mountain that rises to the east of the town, and Berg Kolben, to the west. The 10-minute ascent up Berg Laber via an enclosed cable-gondola costs 17€ per person (tel. 08822/4770; www.laber-bergbahn.com) for a single trip, but if you’re outdoorsy, you might prefer the open-air ride up Berg Kolben via chairlift (tel. 08822/4760; www.kolbensesselbahn.com) for 9.50€ round trip. The Berg Kolben cable car runs from December through October, and the chairlift is open for rides from spring into November but requires lift and run passes during the busy ski season.
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