Guided tours behind the monastery walls
It was not by chance that it was monks who hunted medicinal plants in the wild or raised them in their own herb gardens during the Middle Ages. The knowledgeable hand of the monastic apothecary created mysterious mixtures that provided relief and restoration of strength to his sick brothers or passing pilgrims who had come down with some ailment. Since ancient times, the monk’s distillery has been producing the legendary and world-famous Ettal Abbey liqueurs from more than 50 carefully selected herbs.
Guided Tour of Ettal Abbey Distillery
We will show you the monastery distillery, introduce you to the mysteries of the herbs in the “drug room”, and let you take the incomparable experience of these exquisite herbs and liqueurs with all your senses.
Beer, Bavaria’s “liquid bread”, has been brewed at Ettal for more than 400 years. After the tour, you’re invited to check out our brewery museum where you can learn much about the varied and interesting history of beer brewing in Ettal with various old documents and equipment on display.
A Look Behind the Monastery Walls
Learn about the Benedictine motto of “Ora et Labora”, “prayer and work”, which has driven the life of the monks at Ettal since 1330. A guided tour through the magnificent basilica and rococo sacristy will take you to fascinating treasures from the worlds of art, culture, and science. You will then visit the monk’s chapter room and choir hall where you’ll learn about the life of the monks at Ettal.
Ammergau Alps Cheese-Making Demonstration
The cheese-making demonstration in Ettal is a centre for regional marketing and traditional cheese production and invites locals and guests to taste, experience, and enjoy. You’ll also learn everything you ever wanted to know about milk, whey, and cheese. Learn how nature conservation, agriculture, and food production are all connected.
Try and enjoy! After the tour, head to the rustic Brotzeitstüberl to sample the specialities you just saw being produced. The shop also offers plenty of fresh regional products for you to purchase and take home.
Get Active with Your Attendees
Along with our partner, “büro für eventmarketing” (the Office for Event Marketing), we would be happy to support you with the planning, organisation and implementation of your own customised programme. From culinary to sporty to cultural, we’ll create the right highlight for you, perfectly according to your needs and budget. Whatever option you end up going for, our legendary countryside is here to accompany you through every season, regardless.
- Rustic cottage evening (with/without GPS tour)
- Mountain bike tours
- Rafting or SUP – stand up paddling
- An Ammergau summer/autumn Biathlon
- Climbing forest and Alpine coaster
- Refuge-hut-building in the monastic forest
- Snowshoe hike with/without avalanche search
- Pleasure ski racing or ski safari
- Igloo building/Winter Olympics
- On the trail of the fairytale king
- Behind the scenes of theatre of the Passion
Exclusive Evening Events
Book the location exactly according to your needs and experience an exclusive evening with your attendees over a delicious dinner. We would be pleased to assist you in organising the musical accompaniment to the evening and/or a suitable supporting programme.
- Ettaler beer menu, with curation
- Medieval games followed by a knightly feast
- Culinary GPS tour through the Alpine region
- Chocolate workshop