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Edelweiss Lodge and Resort
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We just returned from a 10 day vacation at Edelweiss. We read many reviews before going. We joined up with military retirees for what they call a European Escape package.

I cannot say enough good things about Inge, our guide, our bus driver, Nico, and Billy, a helper guide. We have been to many places around the world. We have also stayed at the Hale Koa several times. Edelweiss was worth the torturous plane rides. We flew into Chicago just when they had a tornado evacuation. Our flight from Chicago to Munich left very late. We almost missed our bus from Munich to Edelweiss, but we called Edelweiss from the airport, and someone at the lodge reached the bus driver and guide. They waited for us until we got through passport and custom workers. Others were routed to London, so we were lucky.

My only complaint would be the place where you get breakfast (Market Station) was just O.K. The main restaurant, and the food downstairs was really good.The manager came to tell the group goodbye. He asked for suggestions. I am confident he keeps the place running efficiently. Even if the breakfast food was not fabulous, we would go again in a heartbeat.

I read some people did not like kids running around. We went October 15 to October 25. I only saw a couple of kids, so apparently vacation time is when people bring lots of kids.

But the trips, the help, the room attendants all were great. The scenery is beyond magic. If you ever have the chance to go, you will likely love it as much as the four of us loved it. And if you do a package like we did, you will love Inge, Nico and Billy. We had a blast. Inge teaches you German words, so by the time you leave your German vocabulary will increase.

Tours were Munich, King Ludwig's smaller palace, Two separate trips to Austria (Wattens and Salzburg), Dachau, Wine Tasting in Italy, local town tours, etc. Loved everything, but felt most sad when visiting Dachau Concentration Camp. Thanks Edelweiss for a perfect vacation. Only wish the airlines could measure up to your standards. Not their fault about a tornado, but the trip home was like something that could only happen in the movies.

Room Tip: Make sure you plan on American money for the lodge, but get euros ahead of time for everything else...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Stayed at the Edelweiss for a week long conference. The rooms are very clean and nice. The hotel itself is clean. The people are very nice and helpful. Only complaint is the food. Terrible American type food. Otherwise it was okay.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank bekimiller
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Stayed at Edelweiss from Oct 3 thru Oct 6, 2012, and wished we could have stayed a lot longer, but we had to move on to Vienna. Front desk upgraded us to a junior suite when we arrived, and had a beautiful view of the mountains out our patio door. Room was large and clean. Carpet and furnishings were fine. Since it was Columbus Day weekend, there were alot of families with young kids, but we weren't inconvenienced at all. In fact, watching the kids in the bounce house and climbing the beer crates on that Saturday was very enteraining. Front desk staff was extremely helpful. Held our luggage after check out because we were catching a late night train to Vienna. Pool/Spa staff, gift shop staff and wait staff were also all great! Special kudos to Anthony of Temecula for keeping us entertained at the bar! Used the hot tub during adult only hours and had no problems with kids. Now I want my husband to have one of those steam fountains installed in our hot tub at home!! Used the laundry facilities one night and they were fine. Had counted on using them when we packed for the trip. All the activities and tours were fine for us, an active couple in our 50s. We did the 3 Country Tour one day and Schloss Neushwanstein another. The 3 Country Tour is a lot of riding, but when else do you get a chance to get your passport stamped in Liechtenstein? Also, the drive thru Fluelasse Pass in Switzerland was awesome. Not a trip for someone subject to motion sickness, however, which is clearly stated in the lodge literature I saw. One lady in front of us looked like she was going to pass out a couple of times. Nico, our driver, and Mrs. Sharpe, the tour guide were both very good. Getting thru security on the way back only took a few minutes. The day we went to Neuschwanstein was also a great day. Pete, our guide, was full of great stories that we are still repeating. Loved Hans, our bus driver. Nothing shook him up. We took Pete up on his offer to hike up to Neuschwanstein. Both tours were well worth the price we paid for them. On the day between our tours, we went up to Zugspritze on our own and then explored Garmisch-Partenkirchen on our own. Sometimes we walked to/from town. Sometimes we took cabs, which the front desk called and they were there in under 10 minutes. Mailed post cards from the hotel, didn't have any reason to use the base exchange/PX or post office. Since getting home, have recommended to several friends who are eligible to stay there. Very sorry that this was probably our only chance to stay there as my husband will be out of the Navy next year.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank passlaw2
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Just spent 5 days at the Edelweiss resort. I felt like we were staying at a Disney resort. It's a great family friendly place for those with young children. It's really designed towards the young active duty families and rightly so. Not so much for the retried set and wish they would advertise as such. The resort is in need of a face lift. We stayed in a huge suite where the carpets were fraying and quite dirty. The tables in the room have had all their finish worn off them and need replacing but otherwise acceptable. The food is terrible nothing good I can say about that. My main complaint was we went to use the PX and was turned away, after serving our country for over 30 years and still serving as Civil Service could not shop in the PX or commissary, nor use the US postal service. And it's not just because we're in Europe, we live in Italy and all Nato forces and Retirees are allowed to use our PX and Commissary. Lots of great things to do and very child friendly. We're retired and prefer a bit quieter type resort so it really wasn't for us.

Room Tip: No room service and the hotel Starbucks does not open until 7 a.m. I rate the cleanliness as poor a...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank kinsman2k
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

I can't say enough about this US Military Resort in one of the world's most beautiful locations "BAVARIA". The setting is appropriately that of a large Alpine Lodge. All of the amenities that you can imagine. Several in-house restaurants, a Starbucks, Country Western Themed Bar, a game room, Swimming Pools, a full service spa and massage. Its large balconied rooms with majestic views of the snow covered Bavarian Alps. Near Zugspitz (Germany's Highest Point, Alpspix with its extending observation decks. Great Snow Ski Resort. Daily tour bus offerings in US $ (Very Reasonable) to many great attractions, i.e. Hitler's Eagles Nest, Munich's Residenz Hall that contains Germany's Crowned Jewels, 3 Country Tour (Including Bolzano, Italy) Home of the "Ice Man", Lichtenstein, Austria). Neueschwanstein Castle (Schloss of The Fairytale King Ludwig II). Dachau Concentration Camp. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Garmish-Partenkirchen, Boat trips on a large lake or tour the gorge.
There is a great gift shop located in the resort. Within easy walking distance of Garmish-Partenkirchen. The town of Oberammagau is nearby and is the home of the Passion Play.
You have access to endless agendas or just chill out. Either way you most definitely will not be disappointed.

Suggestion: Book Early as the rooms fill up quickly. This also applies to the motor coach tours offered by the Blau & Weiß (The colors for Bavaria).

Room Tip: An upper room facing the mountains offers spectacular vistas
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank RLW306
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

What a great facility and great staff. This review is based on our second trip (September 2011) to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We love the area and the military rec facility is great. They offer great tours (Our guide this time around could have been better) to many locations nearby. I strongly recommended Edelweiss to any military families for a great place to base your Bavarian explorations from. They have a nice restaurant in the facility which we used for breakfast daily, but get out and try some of the local restaurants and be more than just the average American.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This was by far the nicest hotel we stayed in during our 26 day vacation in Europe.

Yes, the hotel is an American style hotel, but we certainly didn't think that was bad. In fact, it was a nice change of pace from the other very tiny European rooms we stayed in scattered thoughout Europe.

The hotel is virtually surrounded by mountains and has great views in every direction.

The hotel offers a wide variety of tours. We went on several tours including the day trip to Austria, the brewery tour, and the Neuschwanstein tour.

The staff was always friendly and helpful. The staff on the tours were always great as well.

We thought we should also point out that there is a guest laundry in the basement. It seemed a lot of the other guests didn't know about it, so it is definately worth mentioning. We didn't know about it ahead of time either, but what a pleasant surprise to be able to have clean clothes sooner than we had planned.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tdawg40sw
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Address: St.-Martin-Str. 120, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
Location: Germany > Bavaria > Upper Bavaria > Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Number of rooms: 330
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 
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