‘Grüss Gott’
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort calls Americans to Bavarian paradise

Capt. Phillip Ulmer
USAFE Public Affairs

***image1***Whether exploring the German Alps through outdoor adventures or by touring the spectacular sights and castles, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort offers vacations tailored to most any family’s expectations.

“Our first concern is ensuring our guests enjoy themselves while they are here,” said Leigh Plowman, director of leisure activities at the resort. “Everyone on the staff is 100 percent behind making sure our guests are having a great time.”

Available rooms range from the standard which sleeps five to the deluxe loft suite that can accommodate the largest of families. However, plan a vacation well in advance because this resort is popular.

After checking in, guests at the resort can take advantage of the myriad of activities actives to include tours that depart from the resort are available here every day. The region’s rich history dates back to 2,000 B.C. and it’s that history that lays the foundation for the tours offered here.

“On any given day we’ve got several organized tour groups going out to places like the Bavarian castles, Munich, Austria, and Switzerland,” said Mr. Plowman. Tours also take visitors to the popular destinations of Cheimsee lake and the scenic mountain town of Berchtesgaden.

Those who prefer to tour independently can make arrangements and acquire travel directions from the concierge at the front of the resort.

When guests aren’t away exploring the history and beauty of the region, they can take advantage of the area directly surrounding the resort in Garmisch.
The resort, nestled near the foot of the Alps and Germany’s tallest peak, the Zugspitz, is a literal playground for those seeking adventure in their vacation. From biking, hiking and mountain climbing to white water rafting, kayaking and paragliding there are enough alpine adventures here for even the most addicted adrenaline junky.

***image2***“I’ve wanted to paraglide for the last 15 years and I was able to do a tandem jump here,” said Maj. Artemio Chapa, 435th Medical Operations Squadron family practitioner. “I was a little nervous at first, but I felt safe knowing it was endorsed by the resort.”

After leaping from the Osterfelderkopf at 2,050 meters, Major Chapa and his pilot rode the winds for more than 15 minutes before landing about a mile from the resort.

“It was incredible,” said Major Chapa, “I felt like superman!”
For those with more grounded expectations for their vacation, the resort is equipped with a heated indoor pool and an outdoor hot tub. There is even a full service spa specializing in therapeutic massages complete with hot stones and aromatherapy.

The resort even has three different restaurants to meet different tastes. The Pullman Place features made-to-order steaks and seafood, while the Market Station specializes in buffet style dining. Downstairs is Zuggy’s which is a mountain-style alehouse where guests can get burgers, soups and nachos or just enjoy the evening with friends.

Pictures and words really can’t capture the full essence of the resort or the region; it’s something that has to be experienced.

“You really have to be here to see and believe it,” said Mr. Plowman. “Come on down and see us. We’re going to take great care of you.”
For reservations, visit www.afrceurope.com.