Ettal Travel Guide

  • Ettal Monastery
    Ettal Monastery
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  • Ettal Monastery Beer
    Ettal Monastery Beer
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  • The Pulpit 1759
    The Pulpit 1759
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Ettal Things to Do

  • The church Stands Proud

    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...

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  • ETTAL ABBEY BREWERY

    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...

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  • INSIDE THE MONASTERY BASILICA

    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...

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  • ETTAL MONASTERY

    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...

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  • Ettal Monastery

    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...

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  • Ettal Monastery Inside

    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)

    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...

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  • Organ

    The platform in which the beautiful Baroque organ is found is work of Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Fantastic the cherubs that stretch out to the outside of the platform.

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  • Main Altar

    The main altar is built where there wa the choir in the medieval church. Here you can see the marble statue given by Ludwig the Bavarian. Around the stateu there are some beautiful gilded panels in bas-relief with scenes of the passion.

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  • The interior

    The Baroque interior is fantastic. All the walls are covered with plasters, angels, statues and decorations. Very beautiful are the six side altars with statues of saints served as Johann Georg Ublher and Franz Xaver Schmuzer.

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  • The Dome's Fresco

    The fresco of the dome has been realized by Johann Jakob Zeiller between 1748 and 1750. The fresco shows the adoration of the Trinity made by St. Benedict and of its followers with 430 figures painting.

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  • Kloster Ettal: the courtyard

    The courtyard of the abbey is fantastic!!! Along it there are the buildings of the secondary school specialising in the humanities and modern languages. Ettal also runs a brewery and distillery, a bookshop and a hotel. The courtyard is the best place if you want to relax!!!

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  • Kloster Ettal (3)

    The abbey was dissolved in 1803 during the secularization of church property in Bavaria. The site was acquired in 1809 by Josef von Elbing. During the 19th century were made some small building works: the renovation of the facade and the twin bell towers.In 1900 the abbey was given to the Benedictines of Scheyern Abbey, who re-founded the...

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  • Kloster Ettal (2)

    In 1709 was established the "Knights' Academy" which developed into a highly successful school and began the educational tradition of the abbey.In 1744 the abbey and the abbey church were largely destroyed in a fire. It was rebuilt in the Baroque style, with a double-shelled dome, made by the the Swiss-Italian architect Enrico Zuccalli who had...

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  • Kloster Ettal (1)

    Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April 1330 by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian on his return from Italy along the trade route between Italy and Augsburgduring. He carried from Rome a statuette of the Virgin Mary of the Pisano School: a gift from Ludwig to his new foundation. This statue soon became an object of pilgrimage. The original Gothic abbey...

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Ettal Hotels

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  • Hotel Ludwig der Bayer

    Very nice wellness and pool area! Quality food at a fair price! Very friendly service!

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  • Hotel Blaue Gams

    Vogelherdweg 12, Ettal, 82488, de

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Zur Post (Posthotel Ettal)

    Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 18, Ettal, Bavaria, 82488, Germany

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Ettal Restaurants

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    by MEdelmann Written Jul 26, 2003

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    This nice local "Gasthof" is lcated just next to the monastery. They have good beer, which comes directly from the monastery brewery (just opposite) and so it tastes very good of corse. I had a small one because I had to drive. All was presented in a nice atmosphere.


    Favorite Dish:
    I had a "Jägerschnitzel" this is a dish like Wienerschnitzel, but filled with mushrooms and mustard. It tasted very delicious and the price for it 10 €. The price was okay, in my opinion ....

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Ettal Transportation

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    by Diana75 Updated May 25, 2007

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    Located in a narrow mountain valley of the Western Alpine foothills, Ettal is very easy to reach by car.

    On the way from Innsbruck (Austria) to Munchen (Germany), after the stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we took the beautiful local road and finished in Ettal, just a few km away from the beautiful Olympic City that will host the Alpine Ski World Championship in 2009.

    The Ettal Basilica
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Ettal Shopping

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  • Monastery Bier

    In the monastery grounds is a small shop that sells beer brewed on the premisis of the monastery. Also available are various souviniers from the town.Across from the monastery of Ettal there is a small shop selling Ettal monastery bier and souviniers from the town. Ettal Monastery Bier A couple of Euros

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  • Beer, beer, and more beer!

    The main road in Ettal has several shops selling locally made beers. Locally made by the monks at the Kloster Ettal! There are several types to choose from, and I think I bought them all! Why, beer of course!

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  • Shopping in the monastery

    The "Klosterladen" is the official shop of the Ettal monastery. The monastery sell its goods as well as other souvenirs there. They offer a huge selection: Postcards, books, wood carvings and other artefacts, and the great liqueur and beer of corse .... Prices are not to high, I would say that they are about average.

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Ettal Local Customs

  • Candles in the church

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  • Monastery liqueur and beer

    It is another view to into the yard. Ettal is also famous because of its liqueur which is made of herbs. There is a sweet and bitter one. Further you should try the beer, which is brewed in the monastery brewery of Ettal. It can be bought in monastery shop too.

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Ettal Warnings and Dangers

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    by whvcebu Written Apr 18, 2004

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    I had been there several times. Avoid to go there during peak season, especially when there are vacation in Germany and during times around 11 am to 3 pm. Bus loads of tourists, especially batallions of camera loaded and flag waving Japanese groups are lining up. Ideal time to go there I personally find best early in the morning before 9 or late in the afternoon to join the first or the last guided tours

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Ettal Off The Beaten Path

  • The swedish column

    Going from the west gate towards the church entrance, we have passed a stone column. The so-called Swedish Column is a reminder of the Swedish invasion that took place in 1632 during the Thirty Years' War. It is said that at that moment in time one of the brothers was persecuted and killed for his beliefs by the enemy soldiers.

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  • The monastery yard

    This is the monastery yard. What a silent and peaceful place to relax. And there were also just a hand of tourists here, so I liked it very much. Futher everything looks so clean and well-cared ... but it seems that EVERYTHING in Bavaria is clean and well-cared.Have a look on picture and read the explaination: If you go straight you will come to...

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    by MEdelmann Written Jul 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing:
    Ettal is a nice alpine village with some nice houses. Everything looks so well-cared and all the houses in a very good condition. The landmark of the village is the monastery with its great church and dome, which can be seen for far already.

    If you are interested in the church, please have a look on my "must-see activity"-tips ...

    Fondest memory:
    It seems that tourism plays the main role in the economy. There are a lot of hotels and restaurants here.

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