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EDELWEISS LODGE AND RESORT - GARMISCH, GERMANY

The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, at the foot of Germany's highest peak in Garmisch, offers ID card holders a spectacular vacation opportunity. It has 330 spacious guestrooms with balconies, a full service conference facility, three restaurants with views of the Alps, a wellness center, a pool and a lounge.

With an interior design forged in rustic wood, stone and other natural elements to complement its environment, the lobby creates an intriguing mountain lodge feeling. The POiNT Wellness Center features a pool, spa, massage therapy, workout room, fitness drink bar and an outdoor hot tub. The resort also offers the Vacation Village complete with deluxe and rustic cabins, campsites with electricity and a playground.

Ever since World War II the Armed Forces Recreation Center has provided American service members, retirees and U.S. Forces civilian employees and their families the opportunity for pleasant, year-round vacations at prices well below those on the European economy. Garmisch, site of the 1936 Winter Olympics and a wonderful winter resort, combines the idyllic old-world charm of an alpine village with all of the modern creature comforts.

Guests can try downhill skiing at any of a number of slopes, including the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Edelweiss Lodge and Resort ski instructors teach the basics to the newest of beginners or fine-tune the skills of more advanced skiers. Guests can also snowboard or try their balance at ice-skating at the Garmisch Eisstadion.

Other possibilities are a ride to the top of the Zugspitze on a cog train, or a horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque town. Visitors can also kayak, take guided mountain hikes, raft the twists and turns on the Inn River in Austria, scale the local rock faces with the Edelweiss Resort climbing instructors, or enjoy the scenery from the seat of a mountain bike or the floating harness of the paragliding program.

Parents can engage in these activities, and many more, while their children are hiking, biking, skiing and swimming with the Just For Kids programs.

Many seasonal tours are offered, including ones to Munich and Innsbruck, Austria. Others go to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, to the baroque Linderhof Castle and the woodcarving and Passion Play town of Oberammergau. There is also a Three-Country Tour of Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Alpine Adventures center also offers special leisure activities to include excursions around the Garmisch area for the entire family.

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Book With Edelweiss Lodge and Resort

The Vacation Planning Center at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort allows all eligible ID card holders to conveniently create and plan their vacation with just one e-mail message or phone call. They can obtain all necessary information on tours, recreation, lodging, children's programs and other activities, and, if they wish, make an immediate booking. Guests may also make their reservations online at www.edelweisslodgeandresort.com.

In Germany - 08821-9440
From the USA - 011-49-8821-9440
In Europe - +49-8821-9440

Edelweiss Lodge and Resort also specializes in group activities and conferencing services for any type of event, large or small. The Group Sales and Conference Center can organize accommodations, meeting space, food and beverage, transportation and special programs as a complete package. CIV (49) (0)8821-944-4244.

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