Ettal Things to Do

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    Zugspitze

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

    Zugspitze is a 2,962 m high mountain and with that height the highest mountain of Germany. To visit the top you will have to go by several funiculars or lifts.

    To visit it is not cheap when you are with a family of four or more. To enjoy the visit it comes down to planning it on a very clear day otherwise you are up there and stuck with no view at all.

    Nice things up there are the viewing platforms. You can take a short or long walk in to Austria. You can enjoy a sleighride or a plastic bag ride if you have no sled or a snowball fight, lok out snow can be icy and therefor very hard.

    You need a whole day here and since you are here also visit the lake called Eibsee in the valley. Beautiful nature.

    Zugspitze 2,962 m The guesthouse almost on top of the mountain View from Zugspitze Preparing for a sleighride Up or down you go!
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    Partnachklamm

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

    If you love water, rocks, nature and are deperate in need of seeing the power of water, then you can't forget to visit this gorge. It is gorgeous.

    Sometimes it gets dark becauce of the narrowness of the gorge, but always you hear and see the power of the little Partnach river running through it. At the end of the gorge there is a walk up to a guesthouse where you can have a drink. From there you go down the mountain to the parking lot again.

    Entrance fee were abaut € 3,50 a person.

    It is also worth a visit on a rainy day. You can visit this together with the Olympic Stadium

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    Wieskirche

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

    The church was founded somewhere around 1750's in rococo style. It's beautiful interior is a lust for your eye. In 1738 someone saw a wooden statue of Jesus cry, since then Wies became a pelgrimage village and lots of people wanted to see this miracle.

    The church lies very secluded in the Bavarian mountains. For church art lovers a must see.

    There is no entrance fee, but they ask you to make a contribution for maintenance.

    Wieskirche Impressions of the church interior Impressions of the church interior Impressions of the church interior Impressions of the church interior

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    Freilichtmuseum an der Glentleiten

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

    Freilichtmuseum an der Glentleiten

    Very beautiful preserved old houses and farms, with authentic furniture.

    Learn how the Bavarian people lived in their countryside. How they worked and earned their money.

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    Monastery Ettal

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 9, 2014

    The monastery is the main reason to visit Ettal. It was founded around 1330 by Emperor "Ludwig der Bayer Today it is operating as a school by benedictine monks.

    The church can be visited just as the inner courtyard. The interior of the church is beautiful and a must see.

    There are several buldings belonging to the monastery like:

    The Church
    The School
    The Brewery
    The Distillery
    The Cheesefarm
    The hotel "Ludwig der Bayer"
    The Appartements "Ludwig der Bayer"

    may be I still forget some, but this is to see how important the monks are in this village.

    Detail of the monastery Inside the church of the monastery Inside the church of the monastery Inside the church of the monastery Inside the church of the monastery
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    Schloss Linderhof

    by Roeffie Written Aug 9, 2014

    Schloss Linderhof was founded by "mad king" Ludwig, it was one of the palaces of this Bavarian King. I believe I almost visited all of his castles. He used Linderhof as a palace to retreat from all hectic in München and other Bavarian places.

    It is just a small palace, but nevertheless very attractive to visit. The building of the palace and gardens started somewhere in 1868 and went on for many years until 1886.

    The are a lot of buildings in the gardens and also the garden itselve is absolutely worth a visit.

    Every building in the park has his own interesting history. Look at their website!

    Schloss Linderhof Schloss Linderhof Neptunbrunnen Maurischer Kiosk Marrokanisches Haus
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    Schaukäserei

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 9, 2014

    In this "schaukäserei" You can witness the making of cheese. This is also part of the monastery as is almost everything in Ettal.

    Everythings is done very celan. It also has a shop where you can buy al the local specialties of Ettal and direct surroundings.

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    Try the klosterbeers!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 9, 2014

    You can visit here to see the brewing of the beers and there is also a distillery .

    The Brewery was founded in 1609, so you can say they are really experienced brewers and I must say the beers taste fabulous.

    I tried them in our hotel which is also the domain of the benedictine monks. We stayed accross the street at Hotel Ludwig der Bayer.

    Brauerei Klosterhotel Ettaler beers Kloster Liqueure Don't worry there is more where this came from! Unfortunately to heavy for my car to tow!
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    The church Stands Proud

    by BruceDunning Written Jul 21, 2012

    It began in 1330 by the Holy Roman Empire Ludwig the Bavarian to build school and a church to commemorate the religion for a group of knights and a community of Benedictine Monks. Only the academy school was used for a long time and was a mecca for those desiring to learn.
    In 1744 it had a fire and was nearly destroyed, and new buildings replaced the abbey buildings and church. The abbey only lasted as a place for monks the first time until 1803 when times forced the abandonment of the church as a part of secular governing. In 1900 it was given to the Benedictine Monks again and today they have 55 on site.
    The ceiling frescoes were painted by John Zieller over 1751-52 as part of the refurbishment in 1744-53 after the fire. It became the known best for Bavarian rococo style. The dome is 83 feet wide, displaying the blue clouds and heavenly look.

    View of the church front Main altar Ceiling frescoe Side prayer areas Another view of the elaborate interior
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    ETTAL ABBEY BREWERY

    by balhannah Written Sep 12, 2011

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    When we were looking for the entrance to the Monastery, we drove up the side street, next to the Monastery walls, and parked the car by an open entrance. I walked in, and found this was where the Brewery was. I couldn't go inside, but I did see the cart and barrels that the draught Horse's pull. Dating back to the 16th century, the Benedictine monks have brewed beer using locally-grown malt and hops, and pure water from the Bavarian Alps. Named, "Ettaler beer" it is available from shops in the village.

    Ettal monastery also produces a liqueur.

    This is a way of making money for the Monastery.

    Dates for guided tours (only group tours) can be arranged on Tel: +49 (0)88 22/ 74 219.

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    INSIDE THE MONASTERY BASILICA

    by balhannah Written Sep 11, 2011

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    Once inside this Basilica, I stood in awe of the beauty. Above my head was a huge dome, the fresco that was painted in 1769. It was wonderful! This Basilica were reconstructed in the ornate baroque style, glittering with lots of gold, rich with Marble, and wonderful frescoes. The Pulpit in my photo, is done with gold gilt. The Madonna on the high altar, was brought from Italy by the emperor and is said to be of miraculous nature. One of the paintings in my photo is of the Holy family.
    This Monastery Basilica is one of the nicest I have seen. There is so much more inside this Basilica than what I have told you about.

    The website is in German

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    ETTAL MONASTERY

    by balhannah Updated Sep 11, 2011

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    Arriving in Ettal, we could easily see the large domed roof of the Monastery, and then the high walls surrounding it. There were lots of cars parked in a side street, so we thought the entrance may have been there, but no, it wasn't, that gate had "no entry.'
    Back in the car, and little further on, we came to the Entrance and a good size parking lot.
    It was where the Abbey shop and Toilet's were located and also where I entered the garden of the Monastery.
    Walking on the path through the garden, I stopped at the centre and took the obligatory photo like thousand's before me have done.
    There before my eyes, was a beautiful building with statues of the twelve Apostle's adorning the front wall, the door was open, beckoning me to come inside..................
    Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April 1330.

    Website is in German

    Ettal Monastery garden Ettal Monastery garden
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    Ettal Monastery

    by Peterodl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The monastery at Ettal was founded by the Holy Roman Emperor Kaiser Louis the Fourth on April 28, 1330.
    The buildings are from 1330-1500 and were redesigned in the 18th century in the Baroque style of the time.
    The monastery is still active with 55 monks who run a co-ed private high school (grades 5-13) and a boys boarding school.

    Masses are held regularly and the monastery is open daily 9am-5pm (6pm in summer).

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    Ettal Monastery Inside

    by Peterodl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The inside of the Ettal Monastery is one of the most elaboratly decorated in all of Germany.
    The church is smaller than one would think but it wasn't designed for the large crowds that can sometimes visit.

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    Linderhof Palace (Schloss Linderhof)

    by gigina Written Aug 31, 2008

    Originally planned as a new Versailles, Linderhof Palace is a perfect example of a "Royal Villa" with terraces and cascades and a spacious landscaped garden.

    After visiting Versailles, Ludwig II set out to create a Bavarian counterpart. Between 1868 and 1869, the architect Georg Dollmann drafted seven plans for the new palace in Linderhof, but none were implemented. Finally, in 1870, the Versailles project was relocated to the island of Herrenchiemsee. In Linderhof, instead, Ludwig II commissioned a "King's Cottage". By 1878, in spite of difficult transport routes and a virtually inaccessible location, the palace was completed, and the rooms decorated in the style of the "Second Rococo". The development of the park, designed by Carl von Effner, took from 1870 to 1880. Several architectural features were added at the king's request.

    Park buildings:
    Venus Grotto, an artificial dripstone cave
    Spring fountain with 30-meter high fountain
    Waterworks in summer,
    every hour on the hour between 9 am and 5 pm
    Hunding's Hut
    Moorish Kiosk
    Moroccan House

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