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Benediktbeuern Abbey
Benediktbeuern Abbey
Coat of arms of Benediktbeuern
Coat of arms
Benediktbeuern   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 47°43′0″N 11°24′0″E / 47.71667°N 11.40000°E / 47.71667; 11.40000Coordinates: 47°43′0″N 11°24′0″E / 47.71667°N 11.40000°E / 47.71667; 11.40000
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Oberbayern
District Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen
Municipal assoc. Benediktbeuern
 • Mayor Georg Rauchenberger
 • Total 37.86 km2 (14.62 sq mi)
Elevation 640 m (2,100 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,620
 • Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 83671
Dialling codes 08857
Vehicle registration TÖL

Benediktbeuern is a municipality in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen in Bavaria, Germany. The distance between Bichl and Benediktbeuern is only 2 kilometers, or 1.25 miles. The village has about 3,620 residents as of 31 December 2015.

Benediktbeuern has a famous monastery, formerly belonging to the Benedictine Order, called Benediktbeuern Abbey, which was founded in about 739. Its name is well known because of the Carmina Burana manuscript found there in 1803 and subsequently set to music by Carl Orff. (Carmina Burana can be translated as "Songs of Beuern.") Since 1930 the Salesians of Don Bosco live in this monastery.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited Benediktbeuern during his third journey to Italy in 1786.

The secular village itself - it's ribbon-built structures clearly distinct from the abbey's edifices - used to be called Laingruben until 30 November 1865, when it was permitted to take over the monastery's more tuneful name. Benediktbeuern has kept the structure of a traditional village near the Alps. It is possible to visit many places of interest from there in day-trips, and therefore it is a tourist resort. Many people commute to Penzberg, Wolfratshausen/Geretsried and Munich.

Important traffic routes are the motorway from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the state route 472 from east to west. Important public transport routes are the railway station of Benediktbeuern, where the train runs from Kochel to Munich in one hour, and the bus to Bad Tölz.


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