Andechs, Germany

We were on our way to taste some of Germany's best beer after a day visiting King Ludwig's palace of Herrenchiemsee. It was here that I learned that a certain amount of mistrust of GPS devices is needed. On our way from our third stay in Germany, Feldafing (a great location to explore southern Bavaria, by the way) to Prien am Chiemsee, the GPS guided us through Starnberg then south of Munich to eventually connect with the A8. On our return trip, I didn't pay close attention, and the GPS took us farther north, through Munich. And since it was about 5:00 PM as we arrived, we found ourselves in terrible traffic. This was a vacation low point for me.

Once the snarl of Munich had been left behind, our pace increase and my mood brightened. Most of my frustration was caused by the delay in getting to Andechs, home of Klosterbrauerei Andechs, a monastic brewery situated a few dozen miles southwest of Munich. I had read great things about the abbey and the monk-brewed beer, and was keen to pay then a visit. And since it was only 20 minutes are so from temporary southern Bavaria home, how could I miss it?

Because of the Munich traffic debacle, we were running quite late. We pulled into the sizable parking lot across the street from the abbey. While I wanted to enjoy some cheap eats in the abbey Biergarten, we just didn't get there fast enough. Instead, we followed the "zum Wirtsgarten" signage. (A Wirtsgarten is a beer garden where only food served by the brewery / restaurant is allowed). The path led to Klostergasthof Andechs, a nice (i.e. more expensive) restaurant sited next door to the brewery. Well, the brewery Biergarten would have to wait until our next visit to southern Germany.