Ettal Abbey

Set against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, is not only a place of religious significance but also an architectural marvel and cultural hub. This enchanting abbey attracts pilgrims, tourists, and history enthusiasts alike. Read more

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Situated near the village of Ettal in southern Germany, Ettal Abbey was founded in 1330 and is still an active monastery today. It is renowned for its Baroque architecture and sumptuous Rococo interiors, designed by noted architects of the era. The abbey houses a community of Benedictine monks who maintain a life of prayer, work, and study in accordance with their ancient traditions.
Visitors are welcomed to explore the spectacular church, which features intricate frescoes, elaborate stucco work, and an ornate high altar. The church is often considered a masterpiece of Baroque art and architecture. Adjacent to the abbey is a beautiful courtyard garden, offering a moment of tranquility amid the spiritual and aesthetic richness of the place.
One of the unique aspects of Ettal Abbey is its involvement in commercial enterprises such as brewing beer and distilling liquor, which helps sustain the monastic community. You can purchase these, along with other monastic products like cheese and herbal products, at the abbey's shop.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Ettal Abbey

Ettal Abbey Church

Experience the grandeur of Baroque architecture and artistry in the abbey's main church, adorned with elaborate frescoes and sculptures.

Abbey Garden

A peaceful courtyard garden offering a tranquil space for reflection and relaxation.

Monastery Shop

Purchase unique, monastery-made products like Ettaler beer, herbal lotions, and artisanal cheeses.

Ettal Abbey Library

The library boasts an impressive collection of ancient manuscripts and modern literature, though it's usually only accessible for scholarly work.

The Distillery

Learn about the traditional methods used in distilling liquor by the monks, and perhaps sample some monastery-made spirits.

Brewery Tour

Discover the age-old brewing techniques employed by the monks and taste the abbey's renowned beer.

Seasonal Exhibitions

The abbey hosts rotating exhibitions covering religious art, history, and local culture.

Pilgrimage Church

Adjacent to the abbey, this smaller church is a significant pilgrimage site and worth a visit for its historical importance.

Guided Tours

Gain deeper insight into the abbey's history and architecture through informative guided tours.

Surrounding Natural Beauty

Don't miss the chance to hike or simply enjoy the stunning views of the Bavarian Alps that surround the abbey.

What else to visit
In and around Ettal Abbey

Oberammergau (3.92 km)

Oberammergau is a picturesque mountain town in the heart of Bavaria, Germany, known for its traditional woodcarving skills and world-famous Passion Play, which takes place once every ten years.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (9 km)

Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a quintessential German resort town brimming with Alpine charm, known worldwide for its excellent winter sports, particularly skiing, and rich cultural heritage.

Linderhof Palace (10.07 km)

Linderhof Palace is a jewel in the Bavarian Alps, an opulent retreat built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. An exquisite example of French Rococo architecture nestled among lush gardens, the palace offers a surreal journey into the mind of a whimsical king.

Zugspitze (14.69 km)

Zugspitze boasts the title of Germany's highest peak. At a staggering 2,962 meters above sea level, it promises breathtaking vistas, alpine adventures, and an exhilarating blend of German and Austrian mountain culture.

Mittenwald (19.48 km)

Enveloped by the towering Alps, Mittenwald is a Bavarian jewel, where painted facades and violin-making traditions harmonize with the natural splendor.

Plansee (21.59 km)

Plansee, nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is a stunning natural lake that offers serene beauty and a multitude of outdoor activities. Surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, it's a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

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