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The monastery was founded in 1256 under the rule of “Ludwig der Strenge”, Duke of Bavaria. After having beheaded his first wife on mistaken suspicion of having an extramarital affair he was sentenced to build a monastery by Pope Alexander IV. Perhaps partly due to his sense of guilt thereafter, the Duke maintained and equipped the monastery favorable until his death in 1294.
The beer garden with its impressive and castle-like baroque monastery backdrop has become popular with locals who often come in groups of friends to unwrap their home cooked food in true Bavarian style. For those who do not bring their own food, the restaurant and self-
serviced area offers Bavarian specialties, often using ecologically grown ingredients from the surrounding farmlands. The beer garden is part of a 4-star hotel which opened in 2008, also named Fürstenfelder, but situated in a separate section of the monastery.
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