Kloster Andechs: "Enjoyment for Body and Soul" Herrsching am Ammersee Restaurant Tip by travelfrosch

Herrsching am Ammersee Restaurants: 2 reviews and 10 photos

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  • Obatzt'n and pretzel... yum! - Herrsching am Ammersee
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"Genuss für Leib und Seele" (Enjoyment for Body and Soul) is the motto of the Andechs Monastery's "Bräustuberl." While not as much of a secret as it was when I first came here 21 years ago (that long??), it is certainly worth the effort to get here. My favorite way to get here is to hike (about 1 hour light hiking) from Herrsching. While I encourage you to visit the church, this tip is about the Bavarian food and heavenly beer.

When you enter the hall, you order food and beer in separate lines. There are actually three lines for food -- one for deli (cold cuts and cheeses), one for hot food (roast meat, sauerkraut, etc), and one for cafe food (tarts, cakes, coffee, and schnapps (?!)). Once you have your food and drink, it's open seating inside and outside (though there are a few tables in the main hall reserved for regulars). Note also that you're allowed to pack a picnic and eat outside as long as you buy your beverages.

The brewery opens daily at 10AM. Last call is at 8PM, but guests are allowed to take their time finishing their beer after last call. Table reservations are possible for groups of 20 or more; check the website for details. The Bräustuberl is closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Favorite Dish: There is no shortage of meat dishes in huge proportions to choose from. But consider the Obatzt'n (Bavarian cream cheese) with a large pretzel. Andechser dairy products are considered among the best in Bavaria -- give it a try. One problem: You'll run out of pretzel while you still have cheese left. This means you have to get another pretzel to finish your cheese with. Then you have to get more cheese to finish your pretzel... :-)

Beer is plentiful, inexpensive, served straight from the barrel, and absolutely delicious. My favorite is the "Doppelbock Dunkel," a potent and sweet dark beer. Unfortunately, this wonderful beer is not always served; the Doppelock is often replaced by "Spezial Dunkel," a slightly less sweet, less flavorful, and considerably less potent dark beer. The monks also brew Helles (golden lager) and Weissbier (beer brewed with wheat). Beer is thankfully served in 1/2 liter glasses as well as the traditional 1-liter "masskrug."

Address: Bergstrasse 2, D-82346 Andechs
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: From Herrsching, you can take Bus 951 to the Kloster, or walk through the town and take the walking trail (follow the crowd, then follow the "Fussweg nach Andechs" signs).
Phone: +49 8152 376 261
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 4
Website: http://www.andechs.de/en/hospitality/braeustueberl.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 2, 2016
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