If you have only one day in Bavaria, I’ve often heard it said that you should spend it at Andechs. The “Holy Mountain” as all the locals refer to it, is a Benedictine Monastery. With its beautiful rococo pilgrimage church set atop a small hill, you can look toward the Ammersee (Lake Ammer) or all the way to the Alps. Sitting on the balcony at Andechs, it’s hard not to feel God’s presence. And, once you taste the Doppelbock beer, it’s impossible not to feel God’s grace. Andechs brews its own beer, distills its own schnapps, and provides many of ts own other services: Butcher Shop, beekeeping, herbal garden, etc.
In the self-service Bräustuberl, pick up the excellent Schweinehaxe or Hax’n. The crispy skin goes great with the Doppelbock!
Kloster Andechs is also a great place to meet people. I have been many wonderful people here, shared many stories, and more than a beer or two. But, none of them compare to my good friends from Böbing. Here is where I met Father Sepp, Karl the Butcher, and the lovely ladies that take care of father. Ever since this fateful day, we have taken our groups to visit our friends in Böbing where they can sample the fresh Weisswurst from Karl and his brother at Sohmen Metzgerei and the fresh baked goods from their friend Sepp at the Bäckerei Tralmer. Our group stopped here this morning and tried the fresh Weisswurst at Sepp’s Cafe. After a few sausages and Weissbier, Sepp offered samples of fresh Christmas baked goods for everyone.
What was quite funny, is that Vonia had a new driver with her. He wasn’t familiar with our “off-the-beaten-track” destination and made a few wrong turns!
Arriving at the Alter Wirt in Munich/Grünwald in the afternoon, the group adjourned for a quick rest. In the evening, they were off to the world famous Hofbräuhaus. Finding a table near the band, the unfortunately came face-to-face with that infamous Hofbräuhaus service. The sad fact is that the food at the Hofbräuhaus is only mediocre and the service can be downright horrible. Don’t get me wrong, I have had some great servers here too, but they seem to have more than a bad apple or two. With a seemingly never ending stream of tourists, they just don’t seem to care if you are all that happy. Not letting it get them down, Vonia took everyone to her favorite place near Marienplatz. Zum Spöckmeier. They enjoyed a round of Paulaner beer and a little more food before heading back to Alter Wirt.
On Friday, Jens and Uli will meet back up with the group and they will enjoy a tour of Munich’s Old Town with a guide from Munich Walks. Some have mentioned that they’d like to visit a brewery and we’ll see what we can cook up for them.