I had the chance to stop-by in this monastery four years ago. We were on our way to Beilgries and when I saw this building, I immediately made a detour there. Called as Kloster Plankstetten, this monastery was founded in 1129 as a private monastery of the bishops of Eichstätt by Count Ernst of Hirschberg and his brother Gebhard of Hirschberg, Bishop of Eichstätt. It is located between Beilgries and Berching in Bavaria, Germany.
There is a restaurant inside the compound. During our visit last 2009, there is also a souvenir shop inside and a bookstore. I bought some postcards and a book about this monastery. If I am not mistaken this abbey is producing their own organic beer. They also have a big garden with different produce.
I just visited their website here, http://www.kloster-plankstetten.de and found out they actually have all of the below;
Landwirtschaft or Farming and Gardening– they are doing organic farming planting different fruits, vegetables and grains. They are also raising animals like cow and pigs.
Brennerei or Brewery– They are producing Bierbrand (beer), Obstler (fruit schnaps), Zwetschgenwasser (plum brandy).
They are also producing honey, have their own butcher and meat shop, a souvenir and bookstore inside their compound.
The abbey also have parish responsibilities for Plankstetten and a neighbouring village.