New authorization expands eligibility for guests at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort

The Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest peak, looms over the ELR in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Photo by John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Armed Forces Recreation Center
News Release

GARMISCH, Germany–Beginning June 3, 2019, active-duty military service members, retirees and civilian/military ID cardholders living outside Europe will be eligible to vacation at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The Edelweiss recently received approval from U.S. Army Europe and the Federal Republic of Germany to allow military members stationed outside Europe and retirees to visit the resort on a limited, space-available basis.

“We’re elated to once again be able to provide memorable vacation experiences to all service members and retirees, not just those living in Europe,” said Brian Borda, Edelweiss general manager.

“Our mission at the Edelweiss Resort is extremely important for the morale and retention of our military members, their families and, once again, our retirees,” he said.

Guests outside Europe are encouraged to make reservations at the Edelweiss well in advance to ensure availability. Eligibility restrictions had been in place at the Edelweiss since June 2015 after a command review determined that eligibility rules consistent with the Status of Forces Agreement were not being fully met.