Can I stay here?
The Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) Resorts serve members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families and other authorized users. The AFRCs are Category C Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) activities operated by the U.S. Army as executive agent for Department of Defense (DOD).
Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) G9 directly manages the AFRCs to provide all uniformed services with high-quality, affordable resort-style facilities consistent with the Army's focus on readiness and quality of life for Service Members and their Families.
Before seeking a reservation at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, please review the following list of eligible personnel. The following list is based on Army in Europe Regulation 600-700 which takes precedence in an event there is a conflict with this listing.
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is not responsible for you and your guests gaining access to the military installation in Garmisch, Germany. The Resort is a tenant activity on a USAG Bavaria installation and therefore are subject to USAREUR directives regarding installation access.
Armed Forces and their Families
Members on Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Space Force and Cadets of Armed Forces Academies.
ID is Common Access Card
Other Uniformed Services
Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps.
ID is DD Form 2, PHS 1866-1 or 1866-3
Armed Forces Retirees and their Family Members
Retired from active duty, Reserves, and National Guard with or without pay (gray area) ID is DD Form 2, 1173 or 1173-1
Others Separated from the Armed Forces and their Family Members
Honorably discharged veterans with 100 percent Service-connected disability. ID is DD Form 1173 or DD Form 2765
Involuntarily separated service members under the Transition Assistance Management Program ID is DD Form 2
Personnel separated under the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) and Special Separation Benefit (SSB) programs for two years after separation ID is DD Form 2
Former and/or Surviving Spouses and Family Members
Unremarried surviving spouses of personnel who died while on active duty or while in retired status ID is DD Form 1173 or 1173-1
Un-remarried former spouses who were married to military members for at least 20 years while the military member was on active duty ID is DD Form 1173
Other Supporters of the Department of Defense
Military personnel of foreign nations and their family members when assigned or attached to a U.S. military unit or installation or on U.S. Travel Orders.
U.S. employees of firms under contract to Department of Defense working outside the U.S. on Department of Defense Government orders.
ID is DD Form 1173 or 2765
U.S. Department of Defense Civilians and Family Members
Current (APF and NAF) Department of Defense (DoD) and Coast Guard (CG) civilian employees. DOD or CG ID card or current Leave and Earnings Statement with photo ID required for check-in.
Survivor Family Package Eligibility
The Survivors' Family Program extends to eligible Family members who have suffered a loss of an Active Duty sponsor regardless of the cause. A DD Form 1173 with "AD" in the Sponsor Service/Status field in combination with "DB" (DOD Beneficiary) or CH (Child Beneficiary) in the Relationship field on identification cards is required.
The Survivors' Family Discount Program provides a 50 percent discount from normal room rates by applicable rate category. The discount applies to additional occupants and up to three guest rooms. Survivors' Family discount requires the Survivors' Family Member with a military identification card to make/confirm reservations and be the primary occupant.
The Survivors' Family Program extends to sponsored guests accompanying the Survivors' Family Member with a DD Form 1173. Stays under the Survivor Family Program are limited to a maximum 14 nights in duration. Discounts are applicable on guest room(s) only, cannot be combined with any other offer, and may be limited to certain locations and time periods at the discretion of the General Manager.
Edelweiss Lodge and Resort is located on Sheridan Kaserne and the Edelweiss Resort Vacation Village / Campground is located within walking distance on a separate installation called Artillery Kaserne. The resort is a tenant activity on the US Army Garrison Bavaria installation, Garmisch; therefore, resort guests are subject to USAREUR directives regarding installation access. All installation access falls under Army Europe Regulation 190-16 which outlines the policy, responsibilities, and procedures for granting access to the U.S. Forces installations in Europe by utilizing the Defense Biometrics Identification System otherwise known as DBIDS.
• CAC with MWR Privileges (White Band)
• DD Form 1173
• DD Form 1173 - 1
• PHS 1866-1
• PHS 1866-3
• DD Form 2
• DD From 2765
• US Diplomatic Passport
(with 600 - 700)
Other Eligible Status :
• US and Foreign Nationals on TDY in Garmisch
• Current (APF and NAF) Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilian employees
• DoD or CG ID card or current Leave and Earnings statement with photo ID required for check-in.
• German-based British Forces with BFPO addresses
NATO Members assigned to an International Military Headquarters in Germany are authorized to stay at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.
Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018
In January 2020 we received new Department of Defense/Army Regulations which expand authorized use at AFRC Resorts to Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war (POW), veterans with VA-documented service-connected disability ratings and Primary Family Caregivers of eligible Veterans under the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.
This expanded authorization currently does not include the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort or Dragon Hill Lodge. The new law is subject to the limitations of applicable host nation law and international agreements that have not been resolved. If there is a change in policy we will update our website and social media pages.
Below are the guidelines for the new authorized users at Hale Koa Hotel and the Shades of Green Resort:
Veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, veterans who are former POWs, all veterans with VA-documented service-connected disability ratings, and individuals assessed, approved, and designated as the Primary Family Caregivers of eligible veterans under the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers are eligible users when identified as follows:
Veterans must present a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) indicating at least one of the three acceptable eligibility statuses (PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW, or SERVICE CONNECTED); or HEC form H623A indicating placement in VA health care priority group 8E paired with an acceptable credential like a REAL ID-compliant State driver’s license or a U.S. passport.
Note: VHICs are issued to veterans enrolled in VA health care. Visit: https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic/ for information regarding eligibility for the VHIC and the application process.
Primary Family Caregivers must present their letter from the VA Office of Community Care that indicates they are assessed, approved, and designated Primary Family Caregiver of an eligible Veteran under the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers and are eligible for these privileges paired with an acceptable credential like a REAL ID-compliant state driver’s license or a U.S. passport.
To obtain VA forms, go online to https://www.va.gov/health-care