Benediktbeuern Travel Guide

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  • Only a copy: Codex Buranus, Wheel of Fortune
    Only a copy: Codex Buranus, Wheel of...
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  • Rottenbuch, church of former monastery
    Rottenbuch, church of former monastery
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Benediktbeuern Things to Do

  • Oh holy absorption lines: Fraunhofer's...

    When it comes to inventions and discoveries in natural science, especially ones that influenced industrial revolution, I am willing to go on pilgrimages, to the cradles of industrialisation. I was at Fabriano, where the watermark was invented. I was in Sweden to see how glass blowing is made to perfection and also visited little museum where the...

  • Monastery rooms and cloister

    Compared to summer, opening times and guided tours for the monastery rooms are limited from October 4th on. This meant that I couldn’t visit the main part of the monastery (I was here October 5, 2011). But the small cloister is open to the public anytime, however only the rooms which don’t belong to the Theological Faculty. The cloister itself is...

  • Marvellous chapel devoted to Anastasia

    This beautiful chapel is not accessible via the main church, but through a side entrance next to the cemetery. But it is very well worth a visit because here I found this lightness and happiness of Rococo again which I missed a little bit in the main church. The chapel was built mid 18th century and devoted to Anastasia of Sirmium (Syrmia), because...

  • Benediktbeuern’s church: a Basilika...

    When I entered Benediktbeuren’s church I was completely astonished of the size and height. And I realised that the thick and rich stucco work in white only isn’t that bad as long as it hangs high above me and as long as it is mixed with colourful frescoes. This is the case here and I actually liked the contrast of white stucco and fresco colours....

  • Don’t miss Rottenbuch and Wies Church...

    Benediktbeuern is located in Bavarian region Bad Tölz, but it is close to Pfaffenwinkel region, the one with the highest density of finest baroque and rococo churches. Among them two stand out for their especially magnificent work and I highly recommend to pay these a visit when in the region:Rottenbuch, with a fascinating former monastery (42 km...

  • Accessible outside areal & meditation...

    The outer areal of Benediktbeuern Monastery is huge. Among the many different places like cemetery and nursery or the path around the areal the meditation garden is a nice and relaxing part to visit. In its centre is a labyrinth, surrounded by four different plant categories: herbs for the senses, symbolic herbs, herbs for healing and herbs for use...


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  • Charming cafe inside the monastery...

    After my visit of church, chapel and cloister I was in desperate need of a coffee. On my way to Fraunhofer’s lab I passed the monastery’s nursery and much to my surprise and delight I saw this sign outside “ Kaffeepause im Garten” (coffee break in the garden). I peaked inside and what I saw was most charming! There is this huge nursery and in a...

  • Huge beer garden and good meals

    Brewing beer has tradition in monasteries and Benediktbeuern was no exception. Although the last official beer was brewed here in 1925. But since Meierhof, the farmyard of the former monastery was no longer in use after the effects of secularisation, brewery Spaten-Franziskaner has decided to renovate part of it and install Klosterwirt, the beer...

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Benediktbeuern Transportation

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    I was here by car, on my way from Steingaden and Wies Church to Oberambach at Starnberg Lake. Nevertheless, Benediktbeuern is very conveniently located at the train tracks which go from Munich to Kochel (Kochel am See).

    Benediktbeuern has a train station. There are either direct trains from Munich or trains with change at Tutzing. Both versions take approx. 1 hour and, at the time of writing (December 2011) a single ticket costs 11,70 Euro. However, it is within reach of RVO (Regionalverkehr Oberbayern = regional service Oberbabyern), so a day ticket of this RVO costs only 9 Euro and this includes return trip.
    From the train station it is a very short walk to the entrance of the monastery. The closest part to the train station is the beer garden [see last photo, bottom left: Bahnhof = train station].

    Benediktbeuern is located within the district of Bad Tölz. I didn’t find any bus line in this district network on RVO Bad Tölz part of Deutsche Bahn website. Maybe it is because of the convenient train connections?
    However, within Weilheim’s network is one bus, no. 9613, from Penzberg via Benediktbeuern to Kochel and back.

    If you come by car, there is a big car park area north of the entrance to the monastery entrance. It is free of charge. [See photo 3, bottom. Großparkplatz = large parking lot]

    Location of Benediktbeuern’s train station on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., December 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Benediktbeuern Shopping

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    On Benediktbeuern’s monastery ground are three excellent shops with high quality goods. All of the food is organic.

    Klosterladen, monastery shop:
    It is located to the right of the church entrance and also the place where one can buy the tickets for the guided tour. I liked this shop because it had an excellent variety of beautiful postcards of Bavaria and magnificent hand painted gift cards (photo 5). It also has a huge selection f books; religious, spiritual and local ones (including maps and including my favourite ones of Public Press Maps). At the end I bought several Bavaria cards, hand painted gift cards and a small medallion with St. Christopher for my car.
    Opening hours: daily 9:00 – 18:00 (November – March from 9:00 – 17:00).
    Phone number: +49 – 8857 – 88110.
    Credit cards accepted.

    Location of Klosterladen shop on Google Maps.

    Shop in the monastery’s nursery:
    Next to the little café in the monastery’s nursery is also a shop. They are focussed on food and sell seasonal produces, ecological growth guaranteed. These come mostly from the own gardens or from fields of farmers nearby. In addition they also have other products like milk and sweets and juices, butcher’s products, cheese and the like. If this would have been my last day before heading home I definitely would have stocked up with loads of vegetables and salads, but I was on my way to a seminar in a hotel, so no access to a kitchen for a long time. But I did buy some sweets for snack times. They had several products of brand Rosengarten from biological manufacturer Minderleinsmühle and I bought waffles with yoghurt and raspberries and chocolate peppermint waffers (each 125 g, for 2,79 Euro). I also bought a bar of ginger chocolate (Rapunzel brand, 80 g bar, 1,99 Euro) and ginger sweets without gelatine (called “Ingwer (ginger) Fritz“, 100 g for 1,50 Euro).
    Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 18:15, Saturdays 9:00 – 12:00.
    Phone: +49 – 8857 – 88265; credit cards accepted.
    Website: Monastery nursery shop.

    Location of Gärtnerei shop on Google Maps.

    Kräuterladen, herb garden shop:
    This was definitely my favourite shop. It is located in Maierhof, the former agricultural building of the monastery, next to the beer garden. They sell any kind of herbs, produces with herbs, herb mixtures, pesto, honey, vinegar with herbs, oils, soaps, books about herbs; they also sell coffee and cake. I deeply regretted that I had already eaten a cake at the other café and my potato pancakes at the beer garden, because the apricot cream cake sitting on the top of the shelf looked very delicious. They also have freshly made lemonades with lemon or with elderberry, but I was really full when I entered the shop.
    At the end I bought a book about herbs, a herb mixture called Butterbrot-Blüten (sandwich herbs, well it is more herbs to be put on a sandwich with butter only) with rose flowers, calendula flowers, tropaeolum, ramsons, oregano, chives, basil and parsley, 30 g for 3,90 Euro [from Kräuter-Erlebnis-Laden Tölzer Land (something like herb experience shop in Bad Tölz country)]. It tastes very delicious indeed, especially when I use it like it is intended to be: fresh bread with butter only and then these herbs on the butter. They also had very nice hand boiled soaps, made by and purely ecological. Among the huge variety I have selected soaps which were called “Entspanntes Schaf” (something like relaxed sheep), made with sheep milk and lavender (70 g bar for 4,70 Euro). I used it already and it is indeed very soft, good on the skin and regreasing. These soaps are being made by Dana Weidner, herb expert who also helds seminars how to boil soap.
    I don’t have the slightest idea of the opening times, but I assume that the shop is open from 9:00 to 17:00 or 18:00 during the week.
    Credit cards accepted.
    Sadly no website of the shop, however, the herbs and herb mixtures' website above lists all the goodies.

    Location of Kräuterladen shop on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., December 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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