The Andechs Monastery and Brewery: Andechs, Germany
Here in the Bavarian Alps is an opportunity to combine two of our favorite pastimes: Catholic travel and beer!
About the Church:
This Monastery dates at least as far back as the Tenth Century and contains many relics that have made it a popular pilgrimage destination over the years. Among the many relics here are a skull fragment belonging to St. Hedwig of Silesia; the remains of Saints Paulina and Serena; reputedly one of the thorns from the Crown of Thorns to name a few.
The Church is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.There is an evening vigil Mass in the chapel on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and three Masses on Sunday. There is also a Mass on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Confessions are available prior to each Mass. There is an excellent gift shop here as well.
There are private group tours of the Church, the Monastery or the Brewery available for a fee. Arrangements for these must be made in advance. Over 30,000 pilgrims make the trek here each year according to the Monastery’s website.
Of course one of the popular attractions is also the beer hall–or beer garden in warmer weather. You can tell you are getting the good stuff by the number of locals who visit here. A litre of beer and a lunch of roast pork with sauerkraut will give you something to talk about when you get back home.
A word of warning…actually two words of warning: The walk is a bit difficult and the beer is very strong! Because of the latter, we don’t recommend driving after enjoying the beer garden.
Traveling to the Andechs Monastery:
The Abbey is located about 30 miles southwest of Munich. To reach the Abbey you can take the S-bahn (local train) from Munich to Herrsching…….about one hour and very scenic. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.
From there you can hike the 3 miles up to the Monastery if you wish. If you are in good shape it should take about 45 minutes, for others it might take quite a bit longer since it is a climb up to the top. For those who cannot or do not want to hike, you can take the 10-minute bus ride. The bus only runs every couple of hours, so be aware that you may have a bit of a wait unless you time it right.
Address: Bergstraße 2, 82346 Andechs
GPS coordinates: 47° 58′ 38.8200” N, 11° 11′ 5.9640” E
Tel: +49 8152 3760
email: use form on their website
Click here for the official website of the Andechs Monastery
Photo credits “Thomas Einberger; ARGUM/ Kloster Andechs”