Baumholder Outdoor Recreation, Smith Barracks, Bldg. 816, 485-7182 or 06783-6-7182
Aug 17 to 18
Cost: Adults: $89, Children under 12: $69
Visit Amsterdam, the “Venice of the North.” With no set schedule or tour guide to follow, you are free to tour the Heineken Brewery, explore the notorious Red Light District, take a Canal Cruise, see the historic Anne Frank House, or view world famous artwork in museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, or a satellite location of the Hermitage Museum. When you take a guided tour of Amsterdam, you lose out on the choices available to you in this vibrant city. But when you download a free digital travel guidebook from Army Libraries, you have your tour guide at your fingertips and can choose where to go and what to see.
Swiss Chocolate Train
Aug 17 to 18
Cost: Adults: $159, Children under 12: $149
Switzerland is well known for mountain views, chocolate and cheese. Enjoy a delicious day when you sample all three. In Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva, you will board a train and enjoy first class comfort and amazing views in a first class Belle Epoque Pullman car as it climbs through the Swiss Alps. After arrival in Gruyères, you will tour La Maison du Gruyère cheese factory and taste the local cheese at 3, 6 and 9 months of aging. During your free time in Gruyères after your visit to the cheese factory, you can visit the historic Château de Gruyères, built in the 1200’s and designated a Swiss Heritage Site of National Significance, the terrifying HR Giger museum, or simply enjoy the scenery, shopping and fine food. In the afternoon you will visit the Nestle/Cailler factory in nearby Broc where you will experience a sensory smorgasbord culminating in the tasting room! After returning by bus to Montreux, you will round out the day with free time for dinner or more sight-seeing along Montreux’s lakeside Grand Rue.
Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation, Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905, 493-4117 or 0631-3406-4117. Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on federal holidays. https://kaiserslautern.armymwr.com
Sun and Sand — Santa Susanna, Spain
Aug. 29 to Sep. 2
Cost: Adults: $599 p.p., Single Occupancy: $699 p.p.
The Costa del Maresme region offers tons of activities, ranging from snorkeling and scuba diving to sea kayaking, or just laying on the beach, and the long weekend will give you enough time to participate in all of them! You can even jump in a bouncy castle while it is being towed behind a speedboat! Once the sun sets, there is plenty of party going on in Santa Susanna where you have your choice of countless bars, restaurants, and discos. A day trip to Barcelona is also included, where you can visit the famous cathedral La Sagrada Familia or the Museo de Picasso.
Krakow and Auschwitz
Aug. 30 to Sep. 2
Cost: Double Occupancy: $469 per person; Single Occupancy: $629; Up to 2 children under 12 in family room or adjoining double room with 2 paid adults: $399 p.c.; Infants under 3 in existing bedding with adult: $199 p.c.
Explore the UNESCO world heritage city of Krakow, shop for blue-glazed Polish pottery, and experience the horror of Auschwitz on this trip, brought to you by Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation. After an in route stop-n-shop in Boleslowiec, famous for it’s many pottery factories, you will continue to your hotel in the city center, from where you will be free to explore this beautiful renaissance city with countless attractions like Wawel Castle and the nearby salt mines. You will also have the opportunity to visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp to learn of the horrors of the holocaust, and other excursions will also be available from your on site tour manager. Spaces on this trip are expected to sell out quickly. Reserve yours today with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation.
Ramstein Outdoor Recreation, KMC Center, Bldg. 3336, 480-5705 or 06371-47-5705. Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat., Sun., holidays and training days 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. https://www.86fss.com/sports-and-recreation/outdoor-recreation
Pre-registration date(s): By Wednesday prior
Cost/any R4R discounts: $35; Ages: 12+, firm
“Fly” through the forest on 18 steel cables from tree to tree! See the treetops from a perspective you will never forget! Some platforms include “jumps” into space before the line supports your weight. Must weigh between 35-120kg. If you are afraid of heights, ziplining is not for you. Zipline Elmstein is highly regarded in our area and has is insured.
Roth Horse Ranch
Pre-registration date(s): 7 days prior
Cost/any R4R discounts: $29
Ages: Unrestricted; young riders may ride with parent
Giddy up and get your boots on! It’s time for a family oriented trail ride through the hills, farmland and forests around the Roth Horse Ranch! Half of the group will ride while the other half walk alongside the horses. In the middle of the ride, walkers and riders will switch positions. Long pants and closed-toe shoes mandatory. We suggest bringing provisions for a picnic lunch to enjoy a relaxing afternoon out in nature with family. No food is available at the ranch.