Andechs Travel Guide

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Andechs Things to Do

  • it's not JUST beer at Andechs

    Though the monastery dates back to 1455, the site has a somewhat longer history, being cited as the place where Rasso’s relics were brought for protection in 955. The current Baroque structures are from the remodeling in 1712. The impressive church is the burial place of noted German composer Carl Orff.There is more to do here.

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  • a town unto itself

    The roaming complex that is Andechs is a small town unto itself and quite self-sufficient due perhaps at first to religious pilgrims but now to all those who come to seek its veritable charms. If there is a tourist need, the monks are there to satisfy it from their own butcher, dairy, liqueur producer and of course brewery. Throw in a Baroque...

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  • My favorit beer !

    Drinking Andechser Beer is the best you can do in Andechs, but be carefull, it is very strong and makes you dissy and unable to drive home in your car !Andechser beer is made by the monks of Andechs, so it cannot be a sin drinking it ! :-)

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  • Walk from Herrsching

    While you can get here by bus, I find it's a lot more fun to simply walk from Herrsching. There are two paths to get to Andechs: one via the "Horndlweg," and one via the "Kiental." The former is a bit longer (roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes), but has better views in clear weather-- sometimes with views of the Alps! Sadly, the Alps were not out when...

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  • Explore the Church

    While plenty of people know about the Andechs brewery, not so many people take a look at the church. It's quite nice, and certainly worth a look. I do, however, strongly recommend you visit the church before you head for the more famous bräustuberl...

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  • WALK TO THE TOWN HERRSCHING

    FROM THE MONASTERY YOU CAN MAKE A BEAUTIFUL WALK THROUG THE FOREST TO THE TOWN HERRSCHING PLACED ON THE LAKE AMMER , IT TAKES ONLY §= MINUTES BY FEET

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  • the best Haxen

    Andechs could easily be a tourist trap. It is a very popular destination for not only people from Munich but also around Bavaria and increasingly so the world. It can get incredibly crowded and without a doubt, they could charge a lot more money for their beer and food, both of which are of very good quality. The beer hall is a rambling vaulted...

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  • Enjoyment for Body and Soul

    "Genuss für Leib und Seele" (Enjoyment for Body and Soul) is the motto of the Andechs Monastery's "Bräustuberl." While not as much of a secret as it was when I first came here 20 years ago (that long??), it is certainly worth the effort to get here. My favorite way to get here is to hike (about 1 hour light hiking) from Herrsching. While I...

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  • Go Order and Sit

    You can order pretzels, Schweinhaxen, pork steak and much more; but do not forget the Andechsers beer. WE had a sample of hamhocks-Gooood-but small for the price

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Andechs Transportation

  • the S-8 is your best bet

    Though not far from Munich and an easy and pleasant enough drive (well, not a gorgeous day on the weekend!), Andechs is best reached by public transit. One of the reasons to go to Andechs is sample the monks' tasty beer and after that, driving home is a big no no. Not to worry, Munich has a very well-developed and easy to use transit system....

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  • MVV Bus from Herrsching or...

    In addition to the private bus service, the MVV runs a few buses between the Herrsching S-8 station and the Starnberg-Nord S-6 station. As of 2012, Regional Bus 951 runs 5 times daily Mon-Fri, 4 times daily Sat-Sun. Beware: While Regional Bus 950 makes several trips per day between Herrsching and Starnberg-Nord, it does NOT stop in Andechs. Travel...

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  • Private Bus from Herrsching

    The easiest way to get to Andechs from Munich is to take the S-8 to the end of the line at Herrsching. From there, it's either a 1-hour walk or 10-minute bus ride.If you're not in the mood to walk from Herrsching, or if the weather's bad, the most plentiful bus connections are with the private bus line, Ammersee-Reisen. Buses depart 10 or 11 times...

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Andechs Warnings and Dangers

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    the Dopplebock is perfect for a winter sipper

    by richiecdisc Updated Apr 9, 2014

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    My first trip to Andechs was back in 1997 and I was there mostly to dry their much prized Dunkler Dopplebock. This strong beer was originally brewed by the monks for Lent. Since they couldn't eat bread, the brewed their own liquid version with more than enough carbohydrates to compensate for it! The malt used to accomplish this taste only adds to the alcohol and the heady brew weighs in at over 7%. Needless to say, unless you are a monk, it's best to eat something with this formidable beer. Try the homemade Obazn, a cheesy concoction made with three different cheeses, butter, onions and spices. It goes perfectly with the dark roasty brew.

    Once at the train station it's best to go here

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Andechs What to Pack

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    Ah, we're finally in Germany! 1 more image

    by richiecdisc Updated Apr 9, 2014

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots are a plus if walking up but on a nice day, comfortable walking shoes are fine. If walking, bring a jacket unless it's very warm or your entire stay is during the day. It generally gets cool once the sun goes down.

    Photo Equipment: A wide angle is great for shots in the church and a zoom for ones of the monastery from a distance.

    Miscellaneous: As with most places, it's the people you are with that make it. It was great to finally bring some of my family from back home here. Thanks Dad and Ronnie for making the trip to Germany and the trek to Andechs that first day. Thanks also to high school buddy Ed for not only joining us but also piloting the plane that brought my family to me.

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Andechs Sports & Outdoors

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    by richiecdisc Updated Apr 9, 2014

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    Andechs is first and foremost a monastery and as such is a place of pilgrimage. So, not surprisingly there are trails heading this way from all directions. You can walk from Starnbergersee in about 2.5 hours and there are some great photos of the monastery from this approach. The more traditional route is up from Herrsching. The route is posted from the train station but it does go through a residential section so don't expect signs the entire way. That said, it's easy enough to find you way and hard to get entirely lost. Everyone is either going to Andechs or returning! It takes an hour or so depending on the route and if you don't like crowds seek out the longest and surely least crowded one.

    It's not a difficult trail and if you are in decent shape, it's the best way to reach the monastery. As you near it, you can go up the trail or opt for the steep stairs heading right to the church. It may be steeper initially but you will wind up climbing just as much the "easier" route. By taking the stairs, you also can go into the church before having a beer. It's NOT easy walking by the Bräustüberl without stopping in. ;)

    Equipment: It is well-groomed so you can do this in sneaks if it's not wet or too cold. Otherwise, stick with proper hiking boots and you'll be more comfortable en route and once there. Good to bring a jacket in case the temperatures drop, too. Unless it's a hot day in summer, it's likely to.

    Of course, the most important things to bring with you to Andechs are here

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  • when dreams come true

    So, here I was walking up once again but for the first time ever, not imagining friends or family from “back home” with me but with not only my Dad but my sister in tow. We had wisely taken the bus from the train station but even from the bus stop, there is one steep if short incline to tackle to earn your reward. They were both astonished with...

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  • 2) the consolation prize

    My father was coming to visit in July and though in great shape for his age, my wife reminded me often that he was 86 and she didn’t think he would be able to handle the uphill portion of the trail. As is typical of sons, they have a hard time coming to terms with their father’s aging, and that inevitably it means their own. I knew that he was a...

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  • 1) and not for the usual reasons

    Andechs is great any time of year but if you get lucky with a bright sunny day following a fresh snow and it falls during the week, do not miss the opportunity to hike the one hour trail up to Andechs. It shouldn’t have been such a surprise that this was a special trip to me but it nonetheless was and not for the usual reasons. Sure, this was a...

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