Andechs Monastery

Trip Start Apr 09, 2009
Trip End May 21, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Monday, April 13, 2009

For my last day in Munich I headed out to Andechs Monastery.  If you are thinking of doing a lot of travel around Bavaria, it's a good idea to get a Bayern Ticket.  They only cost 20 euro for one person and 28 for up to 4 people on one ticket.  You can go anywhere in Bavaria with a extra bonus of being able to go all the way to Salzburg in Austria on a regional train.

Taking the S Bahn, it takes about 40 minutes to get out to the town of Herrsching.  From there, you can wait for a bus to Andechs, but no one does.  Most people choose to hike the 5km walk including old people, parents with strollers, etc so you'll feel pretty lazy taking the bus.  The hike is mostly up hill and not all that easy.  How the hell people brought strollers is beyond me.  However, you get some great views over the lake as you go up.

As I said, there were tons of people walking up because Easter Monday is a holiday and no one is at work.  It seems that everyone had the same idea I did.  So you may think Andechs is a bit tourist overrun but it's only overrun by German tourists.  I didn't see anyone but Germans the entire time I was there.  The place was absolutely packed but it made for some good people watching.

As it was the holidays, many people were actually all dressed up in traditional Bavarian outfits.  Many of them also brought hiking poles, which considering the slope of the trail seems like a good idea around here.

I ended up having a Hell beer with a portion of spare ribs (in German? Portion spare ribs!) and it was soooo good.  As this was my last day in Germany, I also bought a giant pretzel.  I also tried the dunkel beer and an Apfelweise.  Apfelweise is what you drink when you aren't drinking beer.  I had one after the walk as I felt dehydrated.  It's not very good.  Tastes like apple wheat beer.  Eh...

It's a great place to wander around for awhile but don't expect to see any monks or inside most of the buildings.  There are some public tours which only run in German.  English tours and tours of the actual brewery are all appointment only.

Anyways, I took the walk back, took the S Bahn back to Munich, then went to pick up my backpack at the hostel.  Then, I boarded a train to Salzburg where I got in at about 8oclock.

Obviously, I didn't do much else.  Met a British and Australian guy in the bar while I had ordered some pizza.  I might run into them again in Vienna as our plans might sync up so we'll see.

Pictures?  As I'm paying for internet at the moment, I don't have time to upload pictures so you'll just have to wait!
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