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“Worth a stop”

Benediktinerabtei Ettal
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Ettal
Certificate of Excellence
United States
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130 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Worth a stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

Lovely and magnificent. The view from inside the courtyard with the mountain backdrop is breathtaking. Take the time to sit in a pew and enjoy the beauty. Make sure you pick up the brochure inside the front door. Outside in the courtyard you can fully appreciate how large the complex is. We were there when students were out of class. Fun to see them. There is a small gift shop with interesting items. A few restaurants are within walking distance. Worth a stop.

Visited October 2012
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Spend an hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

The Ettal monestary is well worth an hour to explore the details of this small but magnificent church. Rebuilt several times due to fire and other disasters, the fisished product is a wonderful example of Baroque and Rococo. I bought the small tour book which helps to explain all of the paintings and other details that tend to overwhelm you as you enter. They allow photography and if there is not a ceremony going on you have free rein within the boundries of the main church to explore. This was well worth the side trip. Be sure to shop around the various shops, including the monestary shop, as prices can vary greatly from store to store.

Visited November 2012
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“Baroque at its best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

The enormity of the church and surrounding buildings in this Benedictine enclave from Medieval times will capture your attention as soon as walk into the courtyard. Once in the church you stand in awe at the marble, carvings, murals and vastness of the interior. The baroque influence is rampant. It is truly something you should experience if in southern Bavaria. Don't miss the gift shop with their wines, beers and teas made by the abbey. A gasthaus operated by the abbey is across the road and is a good place to sit and ponder what you had just experienced.

Visited September 2012
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San Diego
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth the stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Nice to see its free and the shops across the street are interesting. My son in law loved the beer and wine, I loved the bakery shops, my daughter loved both!

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200 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“A lovely place to spend an hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

Try to go here when church is not in session (otherwise, of course, you can't go in and look around). That being said, the outside of this lovely monestary is worth your time to explore. The morning we stopped by, clouds were hanging on the nearby mountains like heavenly ornaments. It was truly a magical kind of experience.

Visited August 2012
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