Ettal Abbey has been in operation as a Benedictine monastery for centuries, following the strict monastic lifestyle while welcoming the public to its community. The basilica that acts as the monastery's main gathering place often hosts religious holiday celebrations that attract large crowds to its domed chapel. Tour the grounds and the majestic basilica, then head over to the Klostermarkt, where you can buy beer brewed by the monks. The proceeds go to support the upkeep of the monastery grounds and the charitable work. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Ettal holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Ettal Abbey and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Ettal Abbey reviews
Most of it is closed and you can only see inside the church area . It is beautiful but it took about 5 mins . It felt quite commercial as it concentrated on the shop . No signs in English either more »
The exterior is beautiful, but the interior is next level spectacular. Although this main interior room is smaller than a lot of the cathedrals/churches I saw in Germany, it was the most impressive... more »
Beautiful Monastery complex! Famous Brewer, we stopped purposely for purchasing. We spent a break in the coffee shop, which is annexed to Monastery.
A really nice Abbey that is worth a short stop over. This place has quite the history, we had a tour quide walk us through when and why it was built and the more recent history. The Abbey itself is quite packed with paintings and other items each with its own history.
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