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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!!!more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Very nice wellness and pool area! Quality food at a fair price! Very friendly service!more
Vogelherdweg 12, Ettal, 82488, de
Good for: Families
Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz 18, Ettal, Bavaria, 82488, Germany
Good for: Families
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.
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 ....
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.
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 Eurosmore
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.more
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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
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.more
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...more
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 ...
It seems that tourism plays the main role in the economy. There are a lot of hotels and restaurants here.