The Emminger Hof beer garden is located in the Benedictine cloistral village St. Ottilien, about 40 kilometres west of Munich. The monastery complex is surrounded by fields, meadows and forests.
The monastery was found over 100 years ago. The abbey is partly enclosed by monastery buildings. Next to the portal/gate is a museum with artefacts collected over 120 years during mission work in Africa and Asia. On the monastery ground are also the baroque church of the Emminger estate, the only partly preserved Emminger Castle, a guest house and a sewing machine museum. The monks of St. Ottilien cultivate about 200 hectares of land. Beside farming, they also raise cattle, pigs and chickens. Fruits and herbs come from the cloister garden. A butchery and bakery processes the produce on location, part of it is sold in the cloister shop.
The beer garden has about 800 seats and is divided in a self-service and waitress area. Guests of the self-service area can either sit on regular tables and chairs in the shade of large, yellow sun umbrellas or on 33 beer benches fixed to the ground in the shade of old maple trees. The food stall offers fresh products from the cloister butchery and bakery, such as Schweinebraten (pork roast), Hendl (grilled chicken), sausages, Obatzda (Bavarian cheese creation) and Auszogne (kind of Bavarian doughnut). A separate stall prepares Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick) over charcoal. The sold beer is Andechser from the tap and a Maß Hell (lager) costs €5.60 (August 2012).
A highlight of the beer garden is a large barbecue station, where guests can grill meat they way they prefer. The grill can be used from Thursday to Sunday from 5pm. The marinated meat can be bought at the food stall.
Depending on the weather the beer garden is open daily from 9am to 11pm.
Emminger Hof 1
86941 St. Ottilien
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