Andechs Monastery was founded in 1455, and his home to an order Benedictine monks. Andechs is one of the few monasteries that is totally self-supported. They brew some amazing beer, and also have a small restaurant serving great Bavarian food and beer. Their specialty is pork, and they raise their own pigs, feeding them hops and grains. They also make their own cheese! Talented and busy Monks, they are.
We walked in thru the very plain, old oak double doors,..........
and WOW, we were surprised!! The interior was very ornate and beautiful--definitely a masterpiece of over-the-top Baroque design.
It didn’t take me too long to ask myself: “what have I gotten myself into”?? But I kept going, and each level was a little steeper and narrower.
I was so happy to see level 10 (where the bell is). I’d made it! I sat in a chair and rested my weary legs, admired the big bell, and looked out the windows at the pretty valley below. The bell actually rang once on the half hour while we were there--and it scared the living daylights out of us!!