Ettal Travel Guide

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Ettal Things to Do

  • Zugspitze

    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...

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  • Partnachklamm

    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...

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  • Wieskirche

    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...

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  • Freilichtmuseum an der Glentleiten

    Freilichtmuseum an der GlentleitenVery 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

    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 ChurchThe...

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  • Schloss Linderhof

    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...

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  • Schaukäserei

    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!

    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.

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  • 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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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: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Zur Post (Posthotel Ettal)

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

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Ettal Restaurants

  • Great local cuisine!

    Great steaks! Ideal to eat with your kids! They have more than enough choice for them.Very friendly service!

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  • Good restaurant in a nice area

    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...

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Ettal Transportation

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    Going to Ettal

    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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    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ettal Warnings and Dangers

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    Avoid jams at the Palace Linderhof

    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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    Ettal - a nice village

    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 ...

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

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Organ
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Main Altar
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The interior
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The Dome's Fresco
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Kloster Ettal: the courtyard
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Kloster Ettal (3)
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Kloster Ettal (2)
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Kloster Ettal (1)
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The confessionals
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The Choir loft and organ
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The pulpit
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Ettal Madonna
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The high altar
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The main altar
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The church’s interior
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The Gothic portal
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The dome
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The two towers
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The tower from Middle Ages
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The church's facade
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The Ettal church
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The Abbey of Ettal
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The main dome
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Left side altars
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Right side altars
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King Ludwig II of Bavaria's Linderhof Castle
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Benedectine Monastery
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Ettal's Benedictine Monastery is Worth Visiting
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Visit the Palace Linderhof
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Take a walk around the Kloster grounds!
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The monastery in the background ....
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The entrance to the monastery
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The church interiors again
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The church interiors
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View to the main altar room
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The main altar
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The right side of the church
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The altars and the pulpit
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The giant dome
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The monastery church (3)
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Map of Ettal

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