Day Trip From Munich to Andechs Monastery

A white and red tower topped with an olive green dome peaks out over the trees as you walk through a quiet meadow. This tower appears to be part of a small fortress, but instead this is a popular pilgrimage destination for visitors and believers from around the world. A fabulous rococo baroque church, built in 1712, rests a top Heiliger Hill (or Holy hill) and this is your final destination. Alongside the church is a lively Abbey, home to monks and their unique brewery. The walk up the hill takes about 45 minutes, but at the top you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views, rich history, a hardy beer and traditional Bavarian food. This day trip is perfect for groups of friends, business trips, families or those looking for a different scene outside of Oktoberfest.

Day Trip From Munich To Andechs Monastery and Brewery

Day Trip form Munich to Andechs – Trip Stats

Length of Time: 6 hour day. About 2 hours of transit and about 4 hours (including the walk up) at the Monastery and brewery.
Skill Level: 20-40 HP, which is beginner. The walking trail is fairly easy. There is some elevation gain in the beginning, but nothing most people can not manage.
Options and Cost: The cost of your SBahn ticket (entire network), and money for beer and food. This is a very cheap day trip!
Seasons: All seasons. The hike may be a bit more tricky in the winter, but if you’re hardy you can visit any time!
Packing List:

  • Small backpack or large purse.
  • Water bottle.
  • Camera.
  • Good walking or trail shoes.
  • Light jacket in the fall. Hat, coat and boots in the winter.
  • How to Access the Trailhead

    The town of Herrsching is located off the S8 Sbahn line and is very easy to access from Munich Hbh. The train leaves every 20 minutes and takes 50 minutes. Sit back and relax because your destination is the last stop on this SBahn line, called Herrsching. After you arrive at Herrsching you will begin your walk up the holy mountain. There is an easy to read trail map right after the train station or you can just follow the signs pointing which direction to go. This walk will range anywhere from 45min-1hour depending on your speed and amount of times you stop. The first part of the small hike winds through the town before entering a forest which opens up to a grassy meadow. The last part of the hike is a narrow staircase up to the Abbey. All the trails are clearly marked. There is also an option to catch the 951 bus from Herrsching for those with limited mobility, but I highly recommend the walk, if you’re able. However, the bus is a good return option for those coming down in the dark or get too drunk. Make sure to keep an eye on the bus schedule, as they do stop running around 8pm or so. If you miss it, you might be stumbling through the woods!

    Be in the Know!

    Grüss Gott (Guh-roo-sse Gott) is the traditional greeting in Bavaria and many of your fellow travelers will use this when greeting you! Don’t be shy in saying it first!

    Day Trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery Wandering Chocobo

    Day Trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery Wandering Chocobo

    The Church and Abbey


    Woo! You made it to the top, where the gorgeous church and panorama views are waiting. I recommend taking some time to walk around, check out the views and explore the church before you head over to the brewery. You’ll read why it’s important to get all exploring done first a bit later. You can go inside the church, free of cost, and see classic rococo baroque architecture, which is quite gaudy and fun to look at. If you’re planning a work retreat near Munich this Abbey is also available to book for day conferences! After you’re done checking out the view and architecture head down over to the Biergarten.

    Day trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery Wandering Chocobo

    Day trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery Wandering Chocobo

    Day trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery Wandering Chocobo

    Day trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery Wandering Chocobo

    Kloster Andechs Brewery


    The main beer served around this time of year, autumn, at Klosterbrauerei Andechs Brewery is what Germans call Starkbier and it’s no joke. The official name of the Starkbier served here is Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. As a decent drinker myself, I can down about 4 liters of beer on a good Oktoberfest day. So, you can imagine my surprise when I went to Andechs for the day and barely made it through one liter. Stark means strong in German and this stuff is strong! Starbier originated during lent, when the monks were fasting from food. They decided to brew a thick hardy beer to tide them over while their food intake was minimal. This type of beer is often closer to wine in terms of alcohol % and can get up to 16% (original extract) or 7% vol.! So, please please pace yourself and ask for their lighter beer if you can not handle very much beer. Don’t pull a me, who barely remembers how I got home! That being said, it’s a great flavor alternative to the lighter beers you’ll in Munich proper or Oktoberfest. This beer is best enjoyed during the colder months or after the sun goes down. It is meant to be sipped and enjoyed, not chugged.

    If you find yourself here during the summer, I suggest one of the Helles, which can still be strong mind you, but their lighter in taste perfect for cooling off after the hike. I recommend trying the Andechser Vollbier Helles, which is 4.8% vol.

    Pair any of these beers with your favorite Bavarian food like a pork knuckle and apple desert. The outdoor seating is self serve and can get quite crowded during peak seasons.

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    Great Alternative to Oktoberfest


    My favorite way to experience Andechs is as a day trip away from Oktoberfest. If you’re coming into Oktoberfest for multiple days or perhaps you’ve already been, this trip is a nice way to get away from the main grounds and explore some of your surrounding area. You can even wear your Dirndl and Lederhosen during this time of year and you’ll fit right in with the locals. The hike during the autumn season is just breath-taking. The reds and oranges of the leaves compliment the red rooves of the traditional Bavarian houses below. The crowd here tends to be a little less rowdy than the traditional Oktoberfest crowd, probably because most of them are locals, but that’s not to say there isn’t copious amounts of drinking going on.

    Day trip from Munich to Andechs

    I hope you enjoy your day trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery! Share this post if you or any of your friends are heading to Oktoberfest or Munich this fall and let us know if you found it useful.

    Enjoy this day trip from Munich to Andechs Monastery. Reward yourself at the end of a hike with a strong beer. It's also a great alternative to Octoberfest.

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21 thoughts on “Day Trip From Munich to Andechs Monastery

  1. Laia

    I’m not a big fan of beer but I do like hiking and panoramic views, so I think this is a place I would enjoy (and it seems to be great with the autumn colors!). And wow, 16% beer… that’s quite tough! I understand why you recommend doing the sightseeing before the drinking 🙂
    Thanks for all the detailed information!

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    1. Wandering Chocobo Post author

      Germany has some great areas focused more on hiking and panoramic views, so if you ever go, I’ll point you in the direction of some better options. I always recommend the apfel or bier schorle for anyone who doesn’t like beer. It’s half beer and half lemonade. A lot of Germans even order it. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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  2. Maggie

    What!!! I spent a semester in Salzburg, Austria and spent quite a lot of time in Munich and the surrounding areas….I had no idea this place existed! Ah, well, better go back 🙂

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  3. Kachina

    Hiking and beer … How have I not already combined the two?! I’ll have to remember this trail for the next time I’m in Germany – those views look amazing!

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  4. Sonja

    I love taking day trips when I travel to big cities, just to see what’s nearby and get out for a bit! I haven’t been to Munich yet but I’ll put this on the list 😀

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  5. Lucine

    i´m german but i´ve never been to munich. its on the other side of the country for me. but after looking through your pics, i think i should definetely change this 🙂

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    1. Wandering Chocobo Post author

      Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you come over to the Alpine region. I would love to connect or give you any pointers or local recommendations just for you!

      How do you like Anchorage? I miss home a ton, but Munich is similar in some ways!

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  6. Karin

    The autumn colors are stunning and you guys look really cute together! I would love to try that heavy beer, even if it means I´d go home on autopilot. Btw do you have a dirndl?

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  7. Janie

    This is right up my alley with a nice scenic hike, followed by some good brews! I’m definitely adding this to my itinerary. And thanks for the warning, I’d be right there with you not remembering how I got home!! Haha!

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