Andechs Monastery

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Andechs is probably the most popular day trip destination for Munich residents. Every weekend, when the weather is fine, thousands of Munich residents leave the city for Andechs. The monastery Andechs is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Bavaria. However, most of them come for the famous Andechs beer, the world-famous monastery restaurants including a huge beer garden.

Andechs Monastery

The Andechs monastery has been a place of pilgrimage since the 15th century and is thus the oldest in Bavaria. The monastery itself has even existed since about 1390 and the rococo-style monastery church is worth seeing. In 2005 the monastery Andechs was extensively renovated. The church got a new organ. During the week there are daily guided tours through the pilgrimage church in Andechs Monastery. In addition, you can book a guided tour through the herb garden and the distillery of Andechs Monastery (incl. tasting) every day in summer. Very interesting is also the guided tour through the famous monastery brewery (unfortunately only on Mondays and Tuesdays). On nice days you have a magnificent view of the Alps from the Klos.

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Map monastery and restaurant Andechs


Andechs lies between the two large lakes Starnberger See and Ammersee. From the S-Bahn in Herrsching am Ammersee you can walk up to Andechs in about an hour. The hiking trail leads through a forest. Alternatively, there are public buses and parking spaces at the top of the monastery.

Arrival Andechs

As it is usual to drink a few beers in Andechs, most people take the S-Bahn in the direction of Ammersee. You get off in Herrsching (S-Bahn 8 from Munich main station or Marienplatz) and usually walk up the hill to the monastery Andechs. The great hike leads through a forest with streams etc. The main path is wide, not too steep and also suitable for children. The difference in altitude is about 140 meters, the walking time of the total distance is 1-2 hours depending on speed. Special caution is required in case of ice or snow. In no case you should try to cut off through the forest after drinking the beer, already some hikers are said to have crashed. The mountain is very steep in some places. If one wants to go up to Andechs by bus, one should already inquire in Munich. There are only a few buses per day to Andechs, some leave from Starnberg Nord (S-Bahn 6 from Munich).

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Kloster Andechs Restaurants

The Bräustüberl in the Andechs Monastery is a cult restaurant for many Munich and Bavaria residents. According to old Bavarian tradition, you can bring your own snack (food) in the beer garden if you buy the drinks on site. The restaurant has many hundred seats in different rooms, the terrace and the beer garden can easily accommodate a thousand guests. The most famous beers are the Andechser Spezial (light beer), the Weißbier hefetrüb (wheat beer) and above all the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel.

The Andechser Bock is a dark beer. In the middle a knuckle of pork with potatoes

There are half and measure in each case. Careful, the beer is very strong.  There is hearty Bavarian cuisine, especially many delicious meat dishes.  You can buy the food at a counter, the meat, sausage and cheese are paid by weight. Very inexpensive: 100 grams of rolled roast meat cost just 1.75€, a pair of Viennese 1.80€ (in 2012). Opening hours Braustüberl: Daily 10 – 20 o’clock, except for very important holidays like Good Friday, Christmas and New Year. There is also a very good restaurant – the Klostergasthof. As far as we know it is open every day of the year.

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