A Visit to Oberammergau and Ettal Monastery

Six months ago Stefan and I took a trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. On our last day there it was rainy and overcast (pretty typical of Europe).  We spent the day lounging around at our hotel playing cards and looking at our amazing view, but we also left for a while to see Ettal Monastery and the town of Oberammergau.

Oberammergau is known for a few things: the beautiful wood carvings that come out of that town, the ornate painted buildings and the Passion Play that takes place every 10 years.  We spent a few hours walking around this town shopping and looking at the buildings. The buildings really are beautiful. Most of them depict either Biblical stories or scenes from a fairy tale.

After walking around Oberammergau we decided to drive down the road a ways to Ettal Monastery. The inside of the church building is beautiful, but the Monks who live here also brew their own beer and wine and make their own cheese. We, of course, got all of the above and all were delicious and so cheap! We bought 2 bottles of wine, two liters of beer, a snack size pack of cheese, and two beer steins for €40! We planned to eat at the restaurant for lunch, but they were unfortunately closed that day. Take a look at some of the pictures of the church.

Hopefully I can get back on track with this blog. I’ve fallen behind, but I think I can catch up in the next few weeks. I still need to blog our trips to: Poland, Paris, Belgium, Luxembourg, and a few more Germany cities. Stay tuned!

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