Andechs (Germany), Saturday 20 April 2013

Andechs Abbey, postcard, ca. 1955 ( / Author unknown / Public Domain / photo modified by


This trail running event in Germany's state of Bavaria offers two challenging routes — the 8.4km "Beginner Trail" and the 15km "Expert Trail".

Both races are hilly loop courses that start and finish at Kloster Andechs, a Benedictine abbey situated on top of a hill, the "Holy Mountain".

Located 40 kilometres south-west of Munich, Andechs Abbey is an important pilgrimage site — not only for Christians but also for beer lovers. The monks of Andechs have more than 600 years of brewing experience, and a range of locally produced beers can be sampled at the Abbey's "Bräustüberl".

The Andechs Trail races are run mostly on trails and gravel roads through woods and farmland north of Andechs. From the course there are fine views of the 15km-long Ammersee near Andechs and of the Alps in the distance.

Last year's inaugural event had 291 finishers. The 15k winners were Helmut Schiessl (54:54) and Kerstin Straub (1:04:45).

The entry limit is 400 runners, and you can expect the event to fill up early this year.


Update: The Andechs Trail 2013 is sold out (1 February 2013).


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Andechs (Munich 41km, Innsbruck 124km, Salzburg 183km)

Date: 20 April 2013 (Saturday)

Race distance: 8.4km "Beginner Trail" (+100m); 15km "Expert Trail" (+285m)

Start time: 10.00 (15km); 10.10 (8.4km)

Start: on the car park of Andechs Abbey

Finish: at Andechs Abbey

Entries: online or by post or e-mail; payment by bank transfer; race limit 400 runners

Entry fees  (8.4km): € 10

Entry fees  (15km): € 15

Race centre: on the day from 8.00 on Parkplatz Kloster Andechs (Andechs Abbey car park)

You get: aid station on the course; snacks and drinks (including beer) at the finish

Showers and changing facilities: no

Prizes: product prizes to the best finishers and to the first three in each category

Award ceremony: ca. 13.00 Bräustüberl Kloster Andechs

Number of finishers 2012: 110 (8.4km); 181 (15km)

Event website (in German):


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