Last October we were sitting in the sunshine in San Antonio with several of our neighbors talking about going on vacation. I threw out, "you know, there's a resort in Germany, I can see if we can get enough rooms for all of us..." and next thing you know, there's five families meeting up in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The resort made it so easy to plan for a large group. We downloaded the tour book in March and sat at our dining room table and picked the tours we wanted to do. (Castle- definitely, as the wait during high season is CRAZY), Lake Eibsee tour- not really a tour but a trip around the lake in a boat and time to either hang out lake side or go up the mountain for regular cost- if you have a car just go to the lake- it's a 15 minute drive) Everyone arrived within a day of each other and it was nice to have a break in the "if it's Tuesday it must be Berlin" schedule we were all sticking to otherwise. The buffet was fine- I don't know if it's worth the cost but if you have big eaters in your family then maybe. We stuck with the Starbucks downstairs for coffee and ate breakfast in the town. (with those bakeries walking distance away, go for it!) and usually ate lunch out. For dinner we ate at Zuggy's Base Camp most nights as we had 6 kids aged 5-10 with us and it was easy to feed them and let them play in the game room while we watched the Olympics and chatted. The resort is a nice walk from the train station- nice in the summer, I'd add. We cabbed it only because we were exhausted but several of our party walked to the train station the day they left. We walked into town every day and it's really not far at all, maybe a 15-20 minute walk. The resort rents bikes, too. The resort has laundry facilities that are well maintained. The kids LOVED the game room, the pool and the little kid movie section off the lobby. I want to mention by name Jennifer who works in the spa who fixed my feet with a mud bath, Rachelle in the Tours section who got us all organized and made sure every room was billed correctly for the tours and finally Cooper. Poor Cooper got stuck with us on the Lake Eibsee tour and then he accompanied us to the Zugspitze. They ended up closing down the gondolas due to weather and we all were put on the cog wheel train back down. It's hard to explain but suffice it to say that we (our group and others) were the last ones down. Cooper didn't once lose his cool. In fact, he made it fun! All in all, it was lovely. The rooms are spotless, and very comfortable. There isn't a bad view it seems from any room. I would love to be able to go back. Also, the military base with the commissary, post office and PX is right across the street from the back end of the resort (as is the bus stop to town) which is very convenient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Long revered as one of the most desirable destinations in the Bavarian Alps, the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area is an idyllic location nestled at the foot of sweeping Alpine vistas and home to the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. Just 56 miles from Munich, 34 miles from Innsbruck, the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is located in the heart of Europe. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Edelweiss Hotel Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Edelweiss Resort Garmisch Partenkirchen