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 ! :-)
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 we hiked. The Kiental path takes about an hour. It's a more woody path following the stream and with a long walk along a pleasant pasture. Sometimes, the cows will come out to check on your progress.
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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"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 19 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 encourage you to visit the church, this tip is about the Bavarian food and heavenly beer.
When you enter the hall, you order food and beer in separate lines. There are actually three lines for food -- one for deli (cold cuts and cheeses), one for hot food (roast meat, sauerkraut, etc), and one for cafe food (tarts, cakes, coffee, and schnapps). Once you have your food and drink, it's open seating inside and outside (though there are a few tables in the main hall reserved for regulars). Note also that you're allowed to pack a picnic and eat outside as long as you buy your beverages.
The brewery opens daily at 10AM. Last call is at 8PM, but guests are allowed to take their time finishing their beer after last call. Table reservations are possible for groups of 20 or more; check the website for details. The Bräustuberl is closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Favorite Dish: There is no shortage of meat dishes in huge proportions to choose from. But consider the Obatzt'n (Bavarian cream cheese) with a large pretzel. Andechser dairy products are considered among the best in Bavaria -- give it a try. One problem: You'll run out of pretzel while you still have cheese left. This means you have to get another pretzel to finish your cheese with. Then you have to get more cheese to finish your pretzel... :-)
Beer is plentiful, inexpensive, served straight from the barrel, and absolutely delicious. My favorite is the "Doppelbock Dunkel," a potent and sweet dark beer. Unfortunately, this wonderful beer is not always served; the Doppelock is often replaced by "Spezial Dunkel," a slightly less sweet, less flavorful, and considerably less potent dark beer. The monks also brew Helles (golden lager) and Weissbier (beer brewed with wheat). Beer is thankfully served in 1/2 liter glasses as well as the traditional 1-liter "masskrug."
You can order pretzels, Schweinhaxen, pork steak and much more; but do not forget the Andechsers beer.
Favorite Dish: WE had a sample of hamhocks-Gooood-but small for the price
Good but many people here to chow down
Favorite Dish: We had smoked fish-trout-from a vendor renting space here. The price of fish and one side was $15 for a 3/4 pounder
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 per day in both directions. To see the exact bus schedule, go to the website and click on the tab marked "Regionale Busfahrpläne". Most important is to confirm when the last bus to Herrsching departs (As of summer 2012, the last bus departs Andechs 18:50 weekdays, 19:00 weekends and holidays). Miss it, and you have to walk/stagger back down or take a taxi (about EUR 15). Most current bus schedules are posted in the entrance to the Bräustuberl, as well as the gift shop up the hill.
As of August 2012, 1-way fare is EUR 2.20 for adults, EUR 1 for children under age 12. A ten-ride ticket costs EUR 16.50. NOTE: Because this is a private bus, MVV day tickets and Bayern-Tickets are NOT valid.
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 time is 10-12 minutes to/from Herrsching and 25-30 minutes to/from Starnberg Nord.
As of 2012, Here are the most relevant departures for visitors to Kloster Andechs.
From Herrsching: 10:04, 14:24, and 16:46 Mon-Fri; 10:04, 14:04, and 16:04 Sat-Sun.
From Starnberg-Nord: 11:16, 13:37, 15:37, and 17:37 Mon-Fri; 9:12, 13:12, and 17:12 Sat-Sun.
Andechs to Starnberg-Nord: 14:34, 16:56 and 18:56 Mon-Fri; 14:14, 18:14, and 20:14 Sat-Sun.
Andechs to Herrsching: 16:04, 18:04 and 20:04 Mon-Fri; 13:40, 17:40, and 19:40 Sat-Sun.
Fare is EUR 2.50 each way. MVV Day Tickets for Aussenraum (EUR 5.60 for "single," EUR 10.20 for "partner") or Gesamtnetz (EUR 11/EUR 20) are valid. Remember to stamp your ticket in the blue machine on the bus (unless you stamped it earlier in your trip). The Bayern-Ticket is also valid.
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