Jaw-dropping alpine vistas, opulent palaces and winter sports fun are only some of the reasons why Oberammergau should be added to your list of must-visit places in Germany. Another one is Ettal Abbey, a Benedictine monastery situated in a neighbouring village only a five-minute drive from Oberammergau. The palatial-built and castle-like grounds alone demonstrate the significance and independence established by the religious community over time, and to this day the monks living here run a hotel, on-site brewery and publishing house. It’s no doubt impressive, but wait until you set foot in the abbey church. The original Gothic design was modest, but thanks to a Baroque makeover the church shines in a lavish splendour of colourful frescoes, stucco ornaments and filigree gold décor. In celebration of its 1330 foundation, Emperor Louis IV gifted the marble statuette of the Ettal Madonna, which earned a spot on the high altar.