08 August 2008

Andechs

Fifty minutes on the S-Bahn and a short bus journey takes you to the village of Andechs, overlooking Amersee. Dominating the village is the Benedictine monastery which is associated with the monastery of St Bonifaz in Munich.

There has been a church here since the 15th century, though legends tell of relics brought to the castle that once stood on the hill as far back as the 10th century. The current church largely dates from the mid-18th century when it was reconstructed in the Rococo style.

While the church is well worth a visit, the other reason people travel to Andechs is for the beer. The monks have been brewing good beer on the hill since 1455 and you can sample it in the Bräustüberl or the traditional beer garden.

I tried a litre of the doppelbock dunkel followed by a half of the dunkles weissbier. I can recommend both highly. There is a lot more information about the monastery, the beer and much else on the Kloster Andechs website - one of the bet English language visitor websites I've come across here.

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