Just take a deep breath when you arrive in the Upper Bavarian monastery village of Benediktbeuern - and the purity of nature will impress you. Today as it was in 739 when Benedictine monks founded Upper Bavaria's oldest monastery at the foot of the mighty Benediktenwand (1,801m). The scenery is impressive, even today, and someone seeing the towers of the baroque minster reaching into a blue and white sky against the mighty backdrop of the mountains could imagine they had opened an Upper Bavarian picture book. It's best if you come and see for yourself. And bring your camera, because a walk across the expanse of the Loisach Valley is a great way to relax and take photos of the scenic surroundings.
A community event, called “Natural Summer in the Loisach Valley” is something very special. Using all of their senses, children and adult explorers experience the countryside from a very different view under professional guidance. Children especially love this. The young ones feel very comfortable here anyway – there is a good reason that two locals farms received the “Bavaria's Most Popular Holiday Farm” award.
Here, nature entices even the toughest couch potatoes to come outside. If you want to go by foot, you can choose from many flat trails within the moor, or take magnificent mountain hikes. A bicycle tour to the nearby lakes at the foothills of the Alps is just as charming. If the Kochelsee and Walchensee are too cold for you to dive into and enjoy you can take the plunge in the heated local Alpenwarmbad which is opened from mid May till mid September.
If you're interested in culture, Benediktbeuern offers a rich palette of high class concerts ranging from classical music to rock. The spectrum of lectures encompasses ecological, religious and temporal topics. Guided tours of the monastery are offered at regular intervals. Of course the event calendar cannot leave out traditional evenings of folklore or performances by the Bauerntheater (Farmer's Theatre). Bavaria's oldest Corpus Christi procession, the grand Leonhardi pilgrimage with its over 50 horsecarts and the Old Bavarian Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) on the second Sunday of Advent are renowned nationwide.
It is only a stone's throw from Benediktbeuern's central location in the heart of Upper Bavaria to numerous interesting sights and destinations: Tours to King Ludwig II's castles Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, to Bavaria’s capital Munich, or to the Olympic location Garmisch-Patenkirchen with the Zugspitze, Germany's highest summit, make your holiday a special experience.
Allow our monastery village to surprise you as it did Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, prince of poets, who on his trip to Italy in 1786 said that “Benediktbeuern reclines lusciously and the sight of it surprises me”.