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IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT: Garmisch, Germany.
WHERE: Bavarian Alps, German-Austrian border.
WHY: Site of the 1936 Winter Olympics and the 1978 Alpine World Skiing Championships.  Winter sports and Summer hiking.
WHEN: Any time of year, this town features outdoor delights all year round.
HOW: Flights into Munich or Salzburg, by car or train to Garmisch.
IF YOU LIKE THIS... Then you should take a look at nearby Innsbruck, another Winter Olympic town, or Kitzbuehel, home of the steepest slope on the World Cup Circuit.

Garmisch is a wondrous alpine town the features majestic vistas and year round outdoor sporting delights.  Whatever you're looking for, whether it's paragliding and hiking in the summer, to skiing and snowboarding in the winter, or leisurely mountain drives and wondrous mountain castles, this is the place for you.  Many of the outdoor events in town center around the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. 

Nearby sights include the Disney Land Neuschwanstein Castle, Hitler's Eagle's Nest, and Dachau Concentration Camp

Garmisch is also the site of the US Department of the Defense Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, which is a recreational facility for military servicemembers and their families in Europe.

This resort includes a 330 room hotel, the Hausberg Lodge ski rental facility and ski school, and a Vacation Village and Campsite.  Edelweiss Lodge and Resort offers employment to US Citizens looking to live and work in Germany.

The hotel, the main component of the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, features conference centers, American Forces Network television, three restaurants, a fitness center, and a large outdoor jacuzzi. 

The Vacation Village and Campsite features deluxe and rustic cabins on Artillery Kaserne in Southern Garmisch, and a gravel campsite in the Loisach River Valley.  The cabins rent in seven night increments.

Deluxe cabins sleep up to six people and include a fully equipped kitchenette and private bathrooms, while the rustic cabins sleep four adults, include a microwave and fridge, and access to community bathroom facilities.  Both types of cabins include televisions with American Forces Network.  The gravel campsite is located in the Loisach River valley and features electricity plug-ins, coal grills, and community rest room facilities.  The gravel campsites are closed from October to mid-May. 

Campground office hours are Friday-Sunday, 8-10am and 3-7pm.  During the winter season, guests may check into the cabins at the Edelweiss Lodge front desk.

EATING OUT:
There are plenty of places to eat out in Garmisch, but you don't want to miss the Gasthof Frauendorfer in the Garmisch's twin town of Partenkirchen.  Not only is this a cozy German gasthaus which serves up tasty beer and delicious Bavarian treats, every half hour a pair of Bavarian kids dressed up in lederhosen comes out to do a traditional Bavarian folk dance (imitated by Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's European Vacation).  This is one restaurant that you do not want to miss! 

On the road to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles Monastery in the Alps
Vacation Village Rustic Cabin

US run Hausberg Ski Lodge

Vacation Village and Campsite Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
Gasthof Frauendorfer in Partenkirchen Bavarian Folk dance at the Gasthof Frauendorfer
Cozy atmosphere inside the Gasthof Frauendorfer Bavarian Folk dance at the Gasthof Frauendorfer

 

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