The Benedictine priory and erstwhile abbey of Andechs is a place of pilgrimage and famed for its flamboyant Baroque church (1712). The abbey runs a brewery, Klosterbrauerei Andechs.

The site of Andechs was originally occupied by a castle belonging to the counts of Dießen on the Ammersee, probably built on a Roman castrum, and remained the seat of the powerful counts of Dießen-Andechs (1135 to 1180) and dukes of Andechs-Merania (1180 to 1248). In 1132 the count donated his ancestral seat at Dießen to the Holy See and moved to Andechs.

Otto II of Andechs was bishop of Bamberg, 1177 – 1196. In 1208, when Philip of Swabia, King of the Germans, was assassinated at Bamberg by Otto of Wittelsbach, members of the house of Andechs were implicated, and the castle at Andechs was razed before the family was rehabilitated.

When the dukes of Andechs-Merania were extinguished in the direct male line in 1248, the entire region was annexed by the bishop of Bamberg. A history of the house of Andechs was written by Joseph Hormayr, Baron zu Hortenburg, the historian-statesman, and published in 1796.

In 955, relics which Rasso, count of Diessen, had brought from Rome and the Holy Land to his monastery at Wörth (later called Grafrath) had been transferred to this site to preserve them from the ravages of the Hungarians. In the 12th century three consecrated Hosts, two of which are reputed to have been consecrated by Pope Gregory I the other by Pope Leo IX were added to the relics at the heilige Berg (holy mountain). The first documented pilgrimages to Andechs were in 1138, when count Berthold II ordered his subjects to make the journey to venerate the relics in the chapel of St Nicholas at the Schloss. The legendary rediscovery of long-lost reliquaries in 1388 revived the ancient pilgrimage trade. The Andechs hosts were approved by Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa, otherwise a foe of such cults of wonder hosts.

The late-Gothic collegiate church which Duke Ernest I (1392 – 1438) had erected in 1423 was changed into a Benedictine monastery by Duke Albert III in 1455, and filled with monks from Tegernsee Abbey. In 1458 it was raised to the status of an abbey, and thenceforth enjoyed a period of uninterrupted prosperity, completely remodeled in Baroque style in 1712, and forming part of the Hofmark Erling (Heiliger Berg Andechs) until its secularization in 1803. It was refounded in 1850 as a Benedictine priory, affiliated to the Abbey of St Boniface in Munich. The present church dates from the 18th century. The 20th-century German composer Carl Orff is buried there.

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Founded: 1455
Category: Religious sites in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)

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PedroDaGr8 (17 months ago)
A truly STUNNING kloster in the countryside near Munich. This place is WELL worth the visit. There church is a kind of beautiful only found in Europe. After visiting the church take time to stop at the brewery and restaurant. Both the food and beer are also delicious.
Jelena (18 months ago)
It's ok... Restaurant there is serving just heavy Bavarian food, 4 types of pork and that's it. If you are already there, by car, give it a visit, but i would not recommend going there specially for Monastery unless you are religious and this is pilgrimage kind of trip.
Alexander Ganster (18 months ago)
A (not so) cold Day in early February. Spent around 2 hours for a lovely walk through the countryside and around Andechs. Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with a traditional Bavarian and very delicious meal within the monastery =)
David Stone (18 months ago)
This place was so beautiful! We had been traveling all over and specifically stopped here to see it. The amazing detail and craftsmanship is incredible! I can't imagine how long some of these details took to create. As Americans it's difficult to imagine how old some of these places really are since we don't have that kind of history here. We really enjoyed being able to experience this place.
Ken Bass (19 months ago)
A beautiful, historic, and fascinating experience! Visitors can walk or bike on well-mannered paths to Andechs, or drive, take a bus or a cab. Family friendly, very well maintained and a great place to spend an hour or four depending on your schedule. The monestary is free to visit and most of the nearby cafes and restaurants are moderately priced. Perfect for a day trip from Munich, perfect way to calm and sooth your spirit!
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