Kloster Andechs, a Benediktiner Monastery with a Beer Brewing Tradition

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Monastery Andechs
Monastery Andechs

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Near the small town of Andechs (Andechs vacation rentals | Andechs travel guide), in the district of Starnberg (Starnberg vacation rentals | Starnberg travel guide), Upper Bavaria, old traditions are still alive. Once you have reached Kloster (Kloster vacation rentals | Kloster travel guide) Andechs you will agree that this Monastery is perfectly located on a hill between the Ammersee and the Starnberger See. You will be impressed by the amazing views which include the Alps to the south on the horizon. The Andechs Monastery with its beautiful Roccoco church from the late Middle Ages is one of the oldest places of pilgrimage in Germany. The Andechs Monastery was founded in the15th century and since the year 1455 Benediktiner monks live and work here. In 1755 Kloster Andechs became his baroque features which you will see today.

The Andechs Monastery is also a true Perl (Perl vacation rentals | Perl travel guide) when it comes to beer, which is still brewed at the premises and served in the own Beer-Garden, Bräustüberl and Klostergasthof. Since over 500 years dark Stout is not only a local speciality with an ever growing popularity. It is called Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel and contents 7% Alcohol and 18,5% Stammwürze. Andechser Vollbier Hell, Andechser Spezial Hell, Andechser Bergbock Hell, Andechser Export Dunkel, Andechser Weißbier Hell and Andechser Weißbier Dunkel are other beers available.

The Benediktiner monks always been hospitable as part of their tradition and offered throughout the centuries food and drinks to every pilgrim. So naturally when you visit Kloster Andechs, you can not only choose from a wide range of beers, but can also taste some original Bavarian food. My personal favorite is a large Schweinshaxe, (pork-knuckle) which goes perfectly with the famous German Sauerkraut.

Not only Kloster Andechs itself is definitely worth a visit but can also be the starting point for a walk to the nearby Ammersee and its newly restored pilgrimage church. More beautiful walking trails await you and your family around the Monastery and the town Andechs. If you start your day trip from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) you can take the S-Bahn from Munich Central Station to Herrsching (Herrsching vacation rentals | Herrsching travel guide) and either walk the remaining 3 km to Kloster Andechs or take a bus. Plan around 1 and a half hours if you choose this travel option. If you like to take a car you will need around 50 minutes from Munich to reach this destination.

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Monika Petra

This travel guide has been written by Monika Petra.

In her own words: When children are born they receive certain gifts to put them to good use or not. In my cradle there must have been at least music and the curiosity for the world we live in. Luckily I could combine those gifts eventually. My live as a jazz vocalist guided me to see and experience many places in Germany and far beyond. As in my music I like to dive in the historical background of given facts, simply to understand the present. During my travel, my circles got wider and wider and since many years I am now living in Thailand, very interesting to say the least. I grew up in Paderborn, lived and studied Jazz in Cologne's Musikhochschule and worked a while in Bayreuth and Kulmbach. My travels throughout Germany took me to all major cities and small towns. It was the people and local differences, be it language, food, traditions and customs, which made it a lot of fun. When finally the wall came down, I was one of those in Berlin posing on the rests of it for the camera. Off course I took the first opportunity to rediscover the new but old states of Germany and finally understood the impact the wall had on all Germans and in regards to the worst part in German history. Being a German living abroad, I discovered in years what I value most about Germany. Rest assured it is a country of rich cultural background still alive today. I visit my home country regularly and stay in touch with my friends, even those back from school. Another thing I always felt passionate about is writing and sharing my experience and thoughts. The internet provides us all with a great opportunity to connect, tell stories, read and learn from others and grow as a global community.

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Bergstraße 2, 82346 Andechs, Germany

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Opening Hours

  • Bräustüberl Operating Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • The Bräustüberl is always closed on 24th Dec., 25th Dec., 1st. Jan. and on Good Friday.
  • Following last call, guests are welcome to remain a while at their tables.

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