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Ettal Monastery in Ettal, Germany (cc)
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Ettal Travel Guide


Ettal is a tiny village just north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where the principal draw is Kloster Ettal, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1330 by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian. The dome-topped, gilded abbey boasts an ostentatious, pure Baroque interior, a fabulous cupola fresco by Tyrolian painter Johann Jacob Zeiller, stuccos by Baroque painter and plasterer Johann Baptist Zimmerman, and a church with the distinction of having the only figure-8 floor plan in all of Germany. There's also a prestigious private boarding school here, as well as an art publishing house, a bookstore, a hotel, a joint-venture cheese factory, a brewery that produces a well-liked monastic beer, and a distillery that makes the famous Ettaler Kloster Liqueur – an herbal liqueur that is offered in several varieties, from a sweet yellow to myriad shades and flavors of green. The abbey, by the way, is located on Kaiser-Ludwig-Platz, adjacent to the main through-road.


Ettal, it is situated in the Graswang Valley at an elevation 2,877 feet (877 m), some 7 miles (11 km) north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, or 2.5 miles (4 km) southwest of Oberammergau.

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  • Cost Per Day: US$-US$ (-)
  • Currency: (US$1 ~ )
  • Electricity: 220-240V - 50Hz
  • Phone Code: +49
  • Population: 800 (including approximately 50 Benedictine monks)
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Last updated November 28, 2013
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