Last weekend my wife and I had a five night stay in Munich, during the planning my first priority was to visit Andechs as I'd missed it on my last trip.
After a hearty breakfast at our hotel in Munchener Feiheit we caught the U-Bahn into the city centre and then the S8 S-Bahn to Herrsching, then the fun began. My wife was slightly disappointed that the onion dome church on the edge of the village wasn't our final destination, we had only been walking for 5 minutes at this stage. The walk up the hill took between 45 minutes to an hour, just follow the signs (honest).
Andechs does not disappoint, on arrival after looking around the church and other buildings we headed to the beer hall to sample the famous beer that is brewed in the monastery. Although it was a cold Sunday just after New Year the place was extremely busy, but we managed to find a couple of free seats at a table. After sitting for a couple of minutes waiting to be served we finally realised that it was bar service, so off I went to get a couple of beers. On my return I found my wife talking away to the couple at our table in her limited Germany, when I sat down we were joined at the table by another couple who had driven down from Munich for the day (Steffan and his wife). Well the next 3 hours were just fantastic, lots of beer, lots of laughs and lost of chat. At about 4pm I said that we had to leave as we were walking down the hill and wanted to do it in day light, but Steffan persuaded us to stay as he said they they we also walking down the hill but he was going to have something to eat first. So a few more beers and we walked back down to Herrsching in the dark, but with the snow on the ground and the moon in the sky it was pretty easy and Steffan certainly knew the short cuts.
On reaching Herrsching Steffan gave us a couple of options, we could either catch the train back to Munich or they would drive us to Pasing, where we could catch any S-Bahn back into the city (I should add that Steffan's wife whose name I have forgotten had not been drinking). At speeds of up to 180kms per hour we were back in Pasing in no time and said our goodbyes, and then we headed for the Augustiner Grossgaststatte in the city centre, which is another story for another day. But I will say we didn't feel up to our planned trip to Regensburg the following day.
In summary the walk up to the Monastery is good fun, the beer is some of the best that I've ever tasted, the pretzels are the biggest I have ever seen ( I hope they are not genetically modified!!), the views to the Alps were fantastic, overall a great day out made even better by meeting some really nice people.
If I was able to give Andechs Monastery a rating of 6 out of 5 I would.
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