Monastery or brewery? What you’ll find in Germany

Monastery or brewery? Why not both? When we moved to Herrsching, a little town on a lake about 45 minutes from the city center of Munich, we caught wind of all of the hype about Kloster Andechs. This is a monastery. And a brewery. The monks actually brew their own beer. Welcome to Germany.

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An hours’ hike through the woods will lead the thirsty traveler to a gorgeous hilltop overseeing the vast green German countryside. A beautiful church welcomes all of the hikers. The biergarten is actually quite large compared to other gartens we’ve been to. It helps that the day we decided to go it was very sunny and crowded with fun revelers preparing for Oktoberfest (we went about a week before Oktoberfest began).

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You can choose to have a half liter or a whole liter (ein Mass). We didn’t try any of the food, but it looked pretty good. The typical pretzels and sausages littered the long wooden tables along with sloshing beer steins.

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We can’t wait until the weather warms up again (which feels like never) and we can take this beautiful hike again. Making a trip to Kloster Andechs is absolutely worth it and provides a different experience compared to the typical Munich biergartens.

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