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Aug 21, 2014 - Ettal Monastery, Cheese factory and Schnapps tasting

8/21/14, Thursday Today's tour was to the Ettal Benedictine Monastery. The Monastery owns its grounds with a beautiful church, a boarding school for boys (girls are bused in), a beer brewery, a liquor distillery, the hotel, store, and several other businesses in town. The population of Ettal is about 800 of which 180 or so work for the monastery directly. The history of the monastery is interesting. The "Duke of Bavaria, Roman Emperor of the German Nation, Kaiser Louis the Fourth" made the Pope mad, so the Pope excommunicated the Duke. On...

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2014 European Trip

Aug 7, 2013 - Kloster Ettal and Schloss Linderhof

We had intended to go up the mountains again but after a very heavy rain storm overnight with hail and high winds we woke up to very misty conditions so our plans changed. We decided we would head to Oberammergau but after stopping at the small village of Ettal our plans changed once again. In Ettal we found Kloster Ettal which dominated the village. The church and cloisters seen today were built between 1744 and 1753 by Joseph Schmuzer. . The place was enormous. Looking inside the church the frescoes were quite breathtaking but over the...

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Aug 26, 2010 - Day 5: Ettal Monestary

We started at the Cheese Factory by the monestary. They produce an incredible amount of cheese daily. After tasting a dozen or so cheeses, we went to the monestary and walked around it. Then we went to a tasting area where we sampled ALL SEVEN of the monk's Schnapps...Delicious!! They also produce wine but after the Schnapps, we were not up to it.

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Aug 26, 2010 - Day 5: Garmisch Buggy Ride

In the evening, we took a horse and buggy ride through Garmisch to see the sights. It was nice and slow and our German driver (born and raised in Garmisch) told us all about the town and the sights. Interesting fact: Garmisch-Partenkirchen used to be two separate towns. In 1935, Adolph Hitler wanted the towns to combine so they could have a qualifying population to host the 1936 Olympic games. Because of the friendly but spirited town rivalry, both mayors said No. So Hitler said Well, you can both go the Dachau and think about it. They...

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