5 Alternatives to Edelweiss Resort and Lodge in Garmisch 20


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Whether you are looking for the classics of what to do in Garmisch, going skiing in Germany, planning some gorgeous hikes to the tallest mountain in Deutschland or are planning a side trip to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, some say that Garmisch is one of the most beautiful places in all of Germany.

Many (US Military) people just assume that the Edelweiss Resort and Lodge is the way to go.  While it is a beautiful respite from our every day lives, things like all the restaurants, breakfast and spa services are still extra charges. I personally like to shop around for lodging wherever I go that gives me value for money, a great atmosphere and/or unique experiences.  Therefore, it wasn’t surprising when I found all sorts of great alternatives to Edelweiss Resort!

5 Beautiful and affordable alternatives to Edelweiss Resort in Garmisch!

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1. Army Lodging On Post

I’ve already talked about the super frugal way to travel to Garmisch if you are affiliated with the military and want to get the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort experience without the price tag.  If you are US Military, this is one of my favorite budget alternatives to Edelweiss Resort.   You seriously get the best of both worlds: a cheap hotel in an expensive area AND all the amenities of the luxurious resort!  Win-Win!

Alternatives to Edelweiss Resort: Army lodging

Stunning Sunset over the Alps

 

2. Hotel Rheinischer Hof

I get that one of the main reasons why Americans stay at Edelweiss is because they long for an American feel, but many others either can’t use Edelweiss or simply just want a more true German Guesthouse experience and Hotel Rheinischer Hof is just that!  One a recent trip to Garmisch, we stayed here and for comparable prices (if not cheaper depending on what rooms you choose), you get a true German feel, warm hospitality, beautiful views of the Zugspitze and mountains, included saunas and a pool!!!

Alternatives to Edelweiss Resort in Garmisch: Rheinischer Hof

A headboard in the shapes of mountains!? Too cute!

And then there is the restaurant.  (Even if you stay at Edelweiss, you still have to pay extra for the food)  Now, I’m not new to German food.  But our meals were some of the best I’ve had! It also didn’t hurt to be looking out into the German Alps as I sipped German Riesling during our 4 course meal! (Only 24 Euro!)

Lil B decided he didn't want to sit all through a 4 course meal, but no biggie- we enjoyed our dessert on our balcony with a view!

Lil B decided he didn’t want to sit all through a 4 course meal, but no biggie- we enjoyed our dessert on our balcony with a view!

 

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3. Ferienwohnungs

A Ferienwohnung is a “Holiday Apartment.” (Think somewhere along the lines of “Condo Rental.”)  You pretty much can’t drive anywhere in Garmisch-Partenkirschen without seeing a sign for a Ferienwohnung every few blocks.  You an either take your chance and just shop around when you get there or use a trusted site, like Booking.com to find one that fits your particular needs.  These are great alternatives to hotels if you want something more private, typically with a kitchen for use, and potentially severally bedrooms.  These are great options if going skiing with a group and you want a place to kick back together after a long day on the slopes.

Alternatives to Edelweiss Resort in Garmisch: Private Apartments

 

4. Camping

There are camping options in and near Garmisch.  Now, if you are new to camping in Germany (and most of Europe), there are a few things you need to note that are different from the US

It is not cheap!

You do not pay $10 for a plot and call it good to pitch your tent.

You will pay per included service

For example, you’ll first pay for the spot for your tent.  You then pay per person, per car, per pet, etc.  This can start to add up, but depending on how many people you have, it may still be cheaper than some of the local hotels

No bonfires

To me, nothing says camping out like a good bonfire! You won’t find bonfires in Germany, though, due to strict foresting laws.  We take a mini camping grill, like this one, with us and even sometimes that gets shifty side eye looks.  However, if we offer a German some S’mores (you know the scene from Sandlot? “S’more of what?”  Yeah….that exact conversation has actually happened here! They have no idea what a smore is and LOVE to try something so new!) we can make some friends real fast

You can stay at the “Camping Resort Zugspitze“, Alpencamp am Wank, or Camping Erlebnis Zugspitze

 

 

Whether you are going to Garmisch-Partenkirschen in the winter for some powder, the fall or spring to stand on the tallest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze, heading to the Alps for some pristine hiking or just wanting a relaxing weekend away in nature, there are great options for lodging and alternatives to Edelweiss Resort.  You can find anything from cheap to expensive or simple to luxurious.

 

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LeAnna

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Former teacher turned blogger turned mom turned full time travel addict, LeAnna has never been one to live life by the rules. Whether she is moving to a farm in Switzerland to learn to make cheese (Yes, CHEESE), jumping off a mountain to paraglide over Cinderella castles, or taking her baby all over the world with nothing but a backpack on their backs, LeAnna designs and defines her OWN life. LeAnna, her husband Andy, and kiddo, "Lil B" love to live a minimal lifestyle, not only for the "thrill" of pinching pennies but in order to save for traveling the world. Considering over 40 countries and 90+ cities have been explored, we'd say they are doing something right!

About LeAnna

Former teacher turned blogger turned mom turned full time travel addict, LeAnna has never been one to live life by the rules. Whether she is moving to a farm in Switzerland to learn to make cheese (Yes, CHEESE), jumping off a mountain to paraglide over Cinderella castles, or taking her baby all over the world with nothing but a backpack on their backs, LeAnna designs and defines her OWN life. LeAnna, her husband Andy, and kiddo, "Lil B" love to live a minimal lifestyle, not only for the "thrill" of pinching pennies but in order to save for traveling the world. Considering over 40 countries and 90+ cities have been explored, we'd say they are doing something right!


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20 thoughts on “5 Alternatives to Edelweiss Resort and Lodge in Garmisch

    • LeAnna Post author

      Haha I am SO right there with you (hence the post!) Usually those “must do” resorts are the priciest options and you can get just as good of an experience (and often MORE of a local one) if you stay elsewhere

  • Jenna

    Ferienwohnungs sound like a fun option to me! Would love to check on out sometime. We always love camping as well, but I agree, always sad when you can’t have bonfires! Looks like a great area to check out sometime!

  • Jema

    I love the S’more advice for making friends. I remember a wilderness survival teacher of mine first describing camping in Europe sans campfires… it’s just not the same!

  • Sia

    I always found it really strange how campings could be really expensive at some places. Sometimes it is more expensive to pitch your tent rather than to rent a cabin at the same camp.
    Garmisch looks like a really nice place to explore :)

    • LeAnna Post author

      I know, right!? Especially coming from the US where it’s like $10 to grab a plot to tent camp! But I will say, European campsites are often VERY clean, have great amenities, etc so I guess you get what you pay for.

    • LeAnna Post author

      We’ve stayed at the Army Lodging several times instead of Edelweiss to save some $, but there is also just something about staying a local guesthouse that feels so much more authentic!

  • Drew

    I don’t know much about Garmisch or the Edelweiss Resort, but it looks like there are some great budget alternatives. I love doing home rentals, so that would probably be my pick!

  • Janna

    Love that you mentioned alternatives! I like looking at several options before I book accomodations. I’m surprised that camping in Europe isnt cheap! Good to know.

  • Jennifer

    We’ve never been to Edelweiss and have exactly zero desire to go. When you’re stationed overseas, we go on vacation to get the hell away from all things military. I just think that people don’t realize there are alternatives or that they think any other option just isn’t affordable.

    • LeAnna Post author

      I think so many military members want a “taste of home” (especially those that didn’t choose to get stationed overseas originally) so it’s nice that they have those options. For us, though, we are taking our time over here as a full excuse to travel and see as much of the world as we can WHILE we can!

  • Toni Broome

    I agree, I might end up going to the popular choice, it’s often popular for a reason, but I do always like to know what the other options are before I book. The self contained holiday apartment options are a favourite with us, I love to explore the best of local produce and being able to prepare at least some of our meals means we generally eat healthier and more economically.