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Benedictine monastery

  • Schlosspl. Map It
  • Tegernsee
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 11/26/2013

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On the eastern shore of the lake, the laid-back town of Tegernsee is home to this large Benedictine monastary. Founded in the 8th century, this was one of the most productive cultural centers in southern Germany; the Minnesänger (wandering lyrical poets) Walther von der Vogelweide (1170–1230) was a welcome guest. Not so welcome were Magyar invaders, who laid waste to the monastery in the 10th century. During the Middle Ages the monastery made a lively business producing

stained-glass windows, thanks to a nearby quartz quarry, and in the 16th century it became a major center of printing. The late-Gothic church was refurbished in Italian baroque style in the 18th century. The frescoes are by Hans Georg Asam, whose work also graces the Benediktbeuren monastery in Bavaria. Secularization sealed the monastery's fate at the beginning of the 19th century: almost half the buildings were torn down. Maximilian I bought the surviving ones and had Leo von Klenze redo them for use as a summer retreat.

Today there is a high school on the property, and students write their exams beneath inspiring baroque frescoes in what was the monastery. The Herzogliches Bräustüberl, a brewery and beer hall, is also on-site. Try a Mass (a liter-size mug) of their legendary Tergernseer Helles or Spezial beer.

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Schlosspl., Tegernsee, 83684, Germany

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Updated 11/26/2013

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