At an altitude of 900 metres, situated between the Ammer and Loisach valleys, lies the famous Ettal Abbey – a Benedictine monastery founded in 1330 by Louis IV. Ettal is one of Bavaria’s architectural highlights with its striking and unique monastery grounds. The mighty Basilica, the magnificent Rococo vestry and treasures in the monastery library attract thousands of visitors each year. The monastery’s former royal apartment, the Dresdner room from the 18th century, is also worth visiting. It is named after the view of the river Elbe which flows through Dresden as it was seen in the 18th century. Or the Chinese Hall, a bright, light-flooded room that previously served as room for feasts and gatherings with ‘important guests’. Today, 30 monks live in the abbey under the rule of St. Benedict. The Benedictine school with boarding facilities and various businesses round off the Benedictine Ora et Labora (pray and work). Depending on their ranking, the monks of Ettal are able to earn a living as they wish. Guided tours of the monastery grounds are available upon prior arrangement.