I stayed at the Edelweiss Resort for a week trip with 3 other male friends. We did not stay at the actual hotel per se, but across the river, adjacent to the Army post in Garmisch, at the Vacation Village cabins. The rustic cabins were wonderful, although simple, and exactly as they are entitled: rustic. There is a small common room with a picnic table type of bench, with a TV and the horrible, ubiquitous AFN propaganda programming that infests overseas military bases, although they did kindly throw in a few local German channels, but nothing too interesting. From there, if you're nimble, there is a loft where you climb up, and you can sleep 2 adults easily, although they only provide a slippery air-type mattress. Under that, there is a bedroom with a full/queen-size bed, and a pair of bunk beds off on the other side of the bedroom. So there is not much privacy in these rustic cabins. There is electricity in the cabins, but no running water, toilets, or showers. However, there is a very large bathhouse which was more than sufficient, which had about a dozen sinks, showers, and toilets. Also had vending machines, and video games for the little shavers, and washers and driers that are coin-operated but dirt cheap. It was literally a 30 second walk from our cabin to the bathhouse. You also have an outdoor BBQ pit, if the weather permits. Each cabin has parking for 1, and some 2, vehicles.
We tried to avoid going to the main resort too much, as we were using the resort as a base of operations and mainly to crash at night and to clean up in the morning, and getting out and seeing as much of Germany and Austria as we could. The people who don't leave the resort are foolish, and missing one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The Bavarian and Tirolian people are friendly, the mountains are gorgeous, the food, beer, and wine is to die for, and there is SO MUCH to see. There are some great sights like Munich, Oberammergau, Ettal Abbey (DO NOT MISS!), Neuschwanstein, Zugspitze, and Innsbruck, all about an hour or so, or maybe even less, away.
Unfortunately as someone else previously commented, it IS a military installation, and the Army seems to be in charge of running it, so of course redundancy and inefficiency will be the name of the game. Some of the rules and policies are absurd, such as not being able to leave one day early. It took us 3 times to register my ID and my non-military friends' passports before they got it right. The civilian gate guards are usually very polite and friendly, but being German, can be rather stern if you goof around, as 2 of my buddies found out after a few beers in town. These people take security seriously. The location is outside of the town limits, but it's a mere 5 minute drive into the G-P bahnhof, and you can park all day there for 5 Euros, just prepay and put the receipt on your dash. We took the train into Munich, and then all over Bavaria, Badem-Wuertemburg, Hesse, and even into Austria, France or Czech Republic from there, if you like. There are a ton of restaurants in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and one I highly recommend is the Werdenfelser-Hof, an authentic Bavarian place in Partenkirchen, complete with authentically attired wait staff, the boys that do the dancing and slap thing, and some of the best food I've ever had in my life. It was so good, we ate there twice that week...try their duck on Saturday night, it is splendid!
All in all, I recommend the Edelweiss resort, particularly the Vacation Village rustic cabins. If you don't mind putting up with the red tape and headaches of dealing with the military (i.e. - army) to make the reservations and following their rules, then you should be fine. Make sure to get out and see the local surrounding area, it is well worth it!
- 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
- Edelweiss Lodge And Resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - Bavaria