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Kloster Andechs (Andechs vacation rentals | Andechs travel guide) is not far from the popular Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) weekend retreat of Starnberger See. The 10th century monastery on top of hill is a perfect day trip, especially when combined with Posenhofen or another lakeside town on Starnberger See or Ammer See.
The Kloster Andechs has traditionally been a place of religious pilgrimage, though these days people come more for the beer than for a religious experience. The beer made here by the Benedictine monks is considered to be some of Bavaria’s finest. They have been brewing beer here for over 500 years, so as you can imagine, they’ve become quite good at it. You can enjoy a variety of traditional German brews, such as a Doppelbock Dunkel, a Helles, or a refreshing Weissbier. The beer hall also offers traditional German food, like sausages and pretzels, to pair with your liter of beer.
You can park your car in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill, or be dropped here by the bus, and climb up to the monastery and connecting beer hall on foot. It’s a short walk, but it's rather steep. As you approach the monastery the beautiful rococo frescoes come into view, welcoming you to this little oasis. The chapel is to the left, and to the right you will find the Bräustüberl, or beer hall.
Kloster Andechs itself boasts some impressive relics, including, supposedly, a piece of Christ’s crown of thorns. Many of the offertory candles are some of Germany’s oldest, and stand at over one meter high. Admission to the church is free, and you can take a guided tour to learn more about this history. A brewery tour is also offered May through October.
Enjoy your visit to Kloster Andechs and the Bräustüberl; with a beer in one hand, a pretzel in the other, and the beautiful Bavarian countryside stretching out in front of you, you’ll be sure to remember this view of Germany.
How to get there: Bus 951 from the S-Bahn station in Starnberg (Starnberg vacation rentals | Starnberg travel guide) Nord, or connect in Herrsching (Herrsching vacation rentals | Herrsching travel guide). Driving takes about 40 minutes from central Munich.
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This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.
Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.
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