Last weekend we made the most of our three day weekend and spent one night in Rothenburg, Germany and the second in Garmisch, Germany. It was only a two and a half hour drive from the walled city to the Alps ski town of Garmisch.

Garmisch, Germany

Ours was a quick trip (only one night) and it rained most of the first day and night we were there. We made the most of it by enjoying a swim in the indoor pool at the hotel and a long dinner out. We took advantage of a lovely morning by walking around Garmisch and tackling the AlspiX before driving home.

Family-Friendly Destination Details

  • Hotel: Edelweiss Lodge and Resort. The Edelweiss is an Armed Forces Recreation Center facility open to military ID card holders and their families. It’s a great American-style hotel in the middle of the Alps. The hotel rooms are big (for Europe), there are a few restaurants as well as a pool and a spa. Edelweiss also offers daily tours to explore the area.
  • Favorite Meals: Werdenfelser Hof serves traditional Bavarian food in a fun atmosphere that remains kid-friendly even while the servers sling liter beers. The highlight of the dinner is the nightly dance “performance” when kids dressed in German garb do a short knee-slapping dance. The food is delicious and the apple struedel is to die for. We also had wonderful breakfast pastries at a bakery in town.
  • Must Do Activities: In the winter, the must-do is obviously skiing. Our outings were kind of limited because of the rain, but we did tackle the TOTALLY CRAZY SCARY AlpspiX viewing platform at the Zugspitze.

 More AlpspiX!

At the base of Alpspitze peak, visitors will find the AlpspiX Viewing Platform hovering 13 meters (42 feet) over an empty void in the shape of an ‘X’ with two protruding platforms. The exceptional architecture opens unmatched views towards Zugspitze peak and the Höllental gorge and let visitors experience a spectacular alpine high.

I have never really had a fear of heights. But I do now. The viewing platform was just so freaking high (3281 feet, to be exact). But, without a doubt, the worst part of the thing was the tram ride up to the top of the mountain.

It was terrifying. In fact, on the way down the mountain, I sat on the floor of the death trap tram so I couldn’t see how high we were. The ride probably lasted about 8 minutes, but it felt like it was an hour long.

As much as I hated the ride, the view at the top was spectacular!

I didn’t walk out on the actual AlpspiX platform. It moved with the wind, people! And you could see allllll the way to the ground through the “floor”.

I stayed on relatively safer solid ground. And never released my grip on the railing.

My daughter knows no fear and went out with her dad. My mom was brave and went out but my son was a chicken, like me, and clutched my leg the entire time stayed close to me.

Photos taken with my not-so-new any more camera and Instagram on iPhone – follow me!



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    Memere and Papa Lou

    Nice photos. Brings back many wonderful memories of our time in Germany.

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    Your pictures are amazing!!! I do have a fear of heights and my tummy is soo woozy just looking at the pictures – I give you much credit!!!! It is probably good to have the kids so these things when they are young for the experience and also that perhaps they won’t develop fears of heights, etc. You took the best photos I’ve ever ever seen of this kind of vacation.

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      Thanks, Rose! I am glad I did it, but I don’t think I could handle that tram ride again. Gah, it was scary!

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