Garmisch Germany Cheat Sheet

Welcome to your quick resource guide, aka “cheat sheet” to Garmisch, Germany!  

Need a local mechanic?  New hair dresser?  Yummy foods?  

Oh wait… orthodontics for the kids right?  

Don’t forget a pet groomer for your fur baby! 🐕

Table of Contents

Local Community in Garmisch Germany

Once you PCS to Germany, you have to completely rebuild your trusted local community. 

The good news: We already vetted your list of options for you!

I understand how intimidating it can be to move to a new foreign country. Especially when you’re looking for a new “local spot” to take care of all your needs while living in Germany. 

Kein Stress, “No Stress” as the Germans say.

I built this resource guide to provide you with a number of local businesses that will help you throughout your tour. 

These are businesses that I literally use on a monthly basis.   

In fact, we all do…

I’ve been living here since 2014, so over the years, I crowd sourced and cross referenced these recommendations in military spouse groups who have personally experienced them as well. 

These are actual human beings that already have a personal investment in your well being while living in their country. 

Each affiliate I recommend is hand selected.

I see them as “strategic partners” 

Trusted by the community to provide you with a full range of products & services!  

*Did I miss a business that needs to be shared with the American community?  I want to hear about it!  

looking at the eibsee in garmisch germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany First Look

First off, let’s get you familiar with the basics.

Garmisch is one of the smallest communities within the USAG Bavaria footprint. However, this is easily one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Garmisch sits right under the Zugspitze mountain, the tallest peak in the Bavarian Alps. One of the main attractions in this area is Edelweiss Lodge & Resort, one of four Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) located around the world.

US military personnel (even retirees!) come from all over the world to experience a vacation of a lifetime in this gorgeous alpine oasis.

And don’t forget about all the winter sport activities!

Are you new to Garmisch and need a sponsor? Here’s how you get one!

Garmisch Transportation:

🚆 – The closest train station is the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Hauptbahnhof (10mins from base)

✈️ – The closest airports are Innsbruck (1hr), Munich (1hr 30mins), Memmingen (1hrs 30mins), Nuremberg (2hrs 50mins)

🚘 – Closest highway (autobahn) = A95

🏘 – Closest (big) city = Munich & Innsbruck

New to the train in Germany? Learn how to ride with my FULL video tutorial!

DoDEA Schools in Garmisch Germany

– Garmisch Elementary/Middle school

– Garmisch does not have a DoDDS/DoDEA American High School. Most kids grades 9-12 stationed in Garmisch go to the private, english speaking Munich International School

– There’s a NATO School located in Oberammergau, approximately a 30-minute drive northwest.

– Please note, the Sure Start and Pre-Kindergarten Programs are not available in the Garmisch school

See a list of all DoDEA Europe Schools by district here

Learn how to PCS to Germany with kids. Oh.. and this is what it’s like to go to school on base in Germany!

Adult Education in Garmisch Germany

The USAG Bavaria Education Center consists of a learning center, testing program, and four major colleges:

– Central Texas College

– University of Oklahoma

– Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

– University of Maryland Global Campus

* Most USAG Bavaria education services are physically located on Rose Barracks (Vilseck Germany)

Garmisch Germany Cheat Sheet

Below is your official Garmisch Germany cheat sheet categorized by industry.

Make sure to tell them DTV sent you! 😉

*Keep in mind, most of these companies speak English and accept VAT forms.

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Automobiles 🚗

Bavarian Motor Cars

Tax FREE Vehicles!  Custom Builds!  Pre Order from the States!  

Just imagine… a gigantic red ribbon on top of your brand new BMW, ready to hit the autobahn for your first family vacation overseas!

The ONLY company I’d recommend turning this dream into a reality is Bavarian Motor Cars.  I’ve been working with this company from the very beginning.  Since 2014, they’ve sponsored all my events, they’ve put my friends in new cars, and they’ve become family for my wife and I.  

This is what you can expect when you walk into a BMW dealership right outside of base.

Here’s the deal, if you just want to start fresh with a new car for your family, you have to check out all the special offers they provide:

– Tax Free, military discounted offers 
– Pre ordered, custom builds guaranteed to be ready before you even arrive
VIP delivery service (Free one night stay in a beautiful 4 star hotel, or get it delivered right to the base with that red ribbon 😉)
– Stateside trade ins, meaning they can trade in your old car while you’re still in the US
– Loaner car programs & much more!  

If this is something you’re interested in, I highly recommend checking their inventory or contacting one of their representatives with your questions. 

Tell them “DTV” sent you!

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Used Car Guys

Spearheaded by two of England’s finest; brother’s David and James Sweeney are co-founders of Used Car Guys.

We’re two brothers with a history of car sales and customer service, working alongside the U.S. Military in Germany for over 23 years. We are from a large Irish family and grew up in Cambridge, England – check it out!

Family First, Community Always!

Used Car Guys was founded in January 2012 on the principles of providing great quality cars, superior customer service and being all-round good guys.

We want to be the car dealers that you would recommend to your boss, your buddies and your grandparents. We wanted to build the company our mum would be proud of and the company that you would recommend to your mum – And plenty of people have recommended them.

Get your FIRST LOOK 👀 of Used Car Guys here!

To speak to them directly, go to their contact page.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or message them directly on Whatsapp 0172 7129046.

*Keep in mind, Used Car Guys can deliver to ANY military base throughout Germany. Learn more here!

Let them know DTV sent ya!

POV Shipping 🚢

American Business Center
📧 info@american-business-center.com
📱 +49(0)6371 597 4719
📍 Ziegelhütte 2, 66877 Ramstein
🎥 First Look!
📧 francisco@shipoverseas.com
📱 (858) 547-0840
📍 9920 Pacific Heights Blvd Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92121
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Get a $50 Military Discount when you put "DTV" in the "Additional Notes or Instructions" section of the Online Quote! 

Rental Cars 🚗

Sixt Rent-a-Car
📱 088217303155
📍 Artillery Kaserne 204, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Cleaning Services 🧹

EVOLUTION Premium Car Care Fahrzeugaufbereitung Autoreinigung (POV Detailing)
📧 info@evolutiondetailing.de
📱 01739913116
📍 Ettaler Str. 10, 82490 Farchant

Savage Auto Atelier UG (Car Detailing near Garmisch VPC)
📧 savage@savage-detailing.de
📱 01724500372
📍 Robert-Bosch-Straße 18, 71093 Weil im Schönbuch

Towing & Junking 🛻

ATS Oberau GmbH
📧 info@ats-oberau.de
📱 0882492220
📍 Münchner Str. 10, 82496 Oberau

Car Mechanic 🛠️

ATS Oberau GmbH
📧 info@ats-oberau.de
📱 0882492220
📍 Münchner Str. 10, 82496 Oberau

Pet Services 🐕

Feathers & Fur Express (Import Pet Shipping into Germany)
📧 Lindsey@ffexpresspets.com
📱 +1 470 938 5180
📍 5499 Jonesboro Rd, Morrow, GA 30260, United States
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Military Discount!

Let them know "DTV" sent ya! 😉
Care 4 Cargo (Export Pet Shipping Out of Germany)
📧 info@care4cargo.com
📱 +49 69 8088 3729
📍 534, Cargo City Süd, 60549 Frankfurt am Main
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Mention "DTV" in the notes section for a discount!
Paw Spa Hundesalon & Grooming
📧 mail@paw-spa.de
📱 088217086758
📍 Waxensteinstraße 25, 82491 Grainau

Tierarzt - Dr. Hans Peter Saur (Veterinarian & Temperament Tester)
📧 info@tierarzt-garmisch.com
📱 0882176662
📍 Schußangerweg 8, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Language & Culture 🇩🇪

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Survival German with Nadja (Online Language Course)
🎥 First Look!
🎟️ Use coupon code "MilitaryDTV" for 10% OFF!
Volkschule (German Language School)
📧 info@vhs-gap.de
📱 088213585
📍 Burgstraße 9, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Travel 🧳

EuroTrip Adventures

If you’re like me, your Euro plan is to make long lasting memories by visiting as many countries as possible with your family.

Well then, let me introduce you to EuroTrip Adventures.

This budget friendly travel company provides unique opportunities for you to see all of Europe!

Primarily through extended bus travel, but they also offer a handful of flights to top European destinations.

And they’re super convenient for military personnel with pick up locations in:

– Grafenwoehr, Kaiserslautern, Wiesbaden, and Stuttgart

Other locations include:

– Nuremberg, Munich, Ingolstadt, Mannheim, and Frankfurt

I’ve been on a ton of their trips, so naturally, I made an entire review blog of them here.

Get to planning with their upcoming destinations here, check out all their reviews, or contact them directly with your questions.

EuroTrip Adventures: +49 172 4557667

US Flights 24 (Military Airfare & Rental Cars)
📧 dtv@usflights24.com
📱 +49 1704705597 
🎥 First Look! 
🎟️ Mention "DTV" for €30 OFF your flight or rental car

Data Telecommunications 🛜

JDCOM Telekommunikation - Data/Phone/Internet (Partnered by Telekom)
📧 info@jdcom.de
📱 +49 9641 9316200
📍 Alte Amberger Str. 45, 92655 Grafenwöhr
🎥 First Look!

Telekom Shop (Cell Phone & Internet)
📱 088219438299
📍 Marienpl. 1, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

TKS Shop Grafenwoehr
📧 service@tkscable.com
📱 06313522499
📍 Exchange, Tower Barracks, Bldg 700, 92655 Grafenwöhr

Hotels/Temporary Lodging 🏨

Edelweiss Lodge & Resort

Welcome to your fairytale, an all-season pass to Germany’s most premiere Armed Forces Recreation Center situated in the beautiful Bavarian alps of Garmisch-Partenkirchen!

Edelweiss Lodge & Resort is the perfect vacation get away for eligible service members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families and other authorized users.

This is by far my favorite destination in Germany, and they have it all! Get your FIRST LOOK 👀 here.

Celebrate in true festival fashion with events like the Munich Oktoberfest, take advantage of the skiing or snowboarding in the winter season high above the Bavarian alps, or visit iconic historic castles that inspired Walt Disney.

This Resort gives you & your family an opportunity to play in Germany’s most scenic outdoor playground. Climb, bike, or glide your way through one of their alpine adventures.

The sky is truly the limit: “Ride the Alps” on your motorcycle, take horse drawn carriage rides through the city, or try a gondola ride to the “Zugspitze,” Germany’s mightiest mountain.

To get started, explore their spacious room options (including the cabins – Vacation Village and Campground), choose your dates and get ready for memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime!

📍 St. Martinstrasse 120, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 82467

📱 From USA: (011-49) 8821-9440, From Europe: (49) 8821-9440

📧 vacation@edelweissresort.zendesk.com

♿️ Wheelchair accessible

🐕 Pet friendly

Army Lodging Garmisch
📧 usarmy.bavaria.imcom-fmwrc.list.amc-inn@mail.mil
📱 088217503308
📍 Ackerlebrandstraße 11, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Health & Beauty 💆🏻‍♀️

Herr Dr. med. Bernhard Popp (General Practitioner)
📧 praxisgemeinschaft-gap@t-online.de
📱 0882150165
📍 Marienpl. 10, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Dres. Keller & Ott (Family practice physician)
📱 0882154131
📍 Zugspitzstraße 72, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Health Haus (Chiropractor)
📧 mail@health-haus.de
📱 088219671796
📍 Ludwigstraße 8, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Chiropractic Oberland
📧 info@chiropraktik-oberland.de
📱 088217309937
📍 Chamonixstraße 4, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Zahnarztpraxis Dr. Claudia Schütte und Dr. Christopher Schoppe (Dentist)
📱 08821948141
📍 Prof.-Wackerle-Straße, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Dr. Berger, Dentinic (Dentist)
📧 info@dentinic.de
📱 0882193600
📍 Klammstraße 7, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Edelweiss Lodge & Resort (Masseuse)
📧 tours@edelweissresort.zendesk.com
📱 088219440
📍 Sheridan Kaserne, St.-Martin-Straße 120, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Stephanie Dämmrich Hairdesign (Women)
📧 info@stephaniedaemmrich.de
📱 088218228964
📍 Alpspitzstraße 7, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Men Club Barbershop
📱 088219691555
📍 Marienpl. 14, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Hairrom Stephanie van den Bongardt
📱 088217309585
📍 Stepbergweg 1, 82491 Grainau
Angel Nails
📱 088219455937
📍 Klammstraße 14A, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Tattoo by Georg
📧 georgestattoos@abv.bg
📱 +49 175 4271086
📱 088216103531
📍 Zugspitzstraße 31, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Furniture 🛋️

IKEA Planungsstudio München-Pasing
📧 studio.pasing.de@ikea.com
📱 061929399999
📍 Pasinger Bahnhofspl. 5, 81241 München

IKEA Munich-Brunnthal
📱 061929399999
📍 Brunnthaler Str. 1, 82024 Taufkirchen

IKEA München-Eching
📱 061929399999
📍 Heisenbergstraße 14, 85386 Eching

Entertainment 🪩

The Irish Pub
📧 irishpubgap@gmail.com
📍 Rathauspl. 8, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Peaches Cocktailbar
📧 info@peaches.de
📱 0882118727
📍 Marienpl. 17, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Pub 33
📧 CMetsch@t-online.de
📱 015116517518
📍 Klammstraße 12, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Restaurants 🍽️

4eck (Elevated German Fine Dining)
📧 zentrum@4-eck.com
📱 088217984240
📍 Klammstraße 8, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Bungalow 7 (Burgers & More!)
📧 info@bungalow-7.de
📱 088218229480
📍 Alpspitzstraße 7, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

La Baita (Pizzeria)
📱 0882178777
📍 Zugspitzstraße 16, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Toni Alm (German)
📧 info@tonialm.de
📱 088219097580
📍 Am Kreuzeckbahnhof 15, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Wolpertinger (German)
📱 01733419648
📍 Zugspitzstraße 27, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Zum Wildschütz (German)
📧 info@wildschuetz-gap.de
📱 088213290
📍 Bankgasse 9, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Insurance ⛑️

Mirascon Insurance Solutions
📱 +49 221 925 488 77
📱 0800 64 7272 66 (toll free inside Germany)
📧 contact@mirascon.com
📍 Katterbach Haus 8b, 91522 Ansbach
🎥 First Look!

Kid’s Activities 🛝

Family Friendly Activities throughout Germany
📍 Theme parks, Animal parks, Alpine Coasters, Water parks, etc.

Football (Youth Soccer) Club Garmisch
📧 jugend@fcgap-nachwuchs.de
📱 08821933910
📍 Wildenauer Str. 22, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Kletterwald (High Ropes Course)
📧 servus@kletterwald-gap.de
📱 01706349688
📍 Wankbahnstraße, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Ski Club Garmisch
📧 info@skiclub-garmisch.de
📱 088213228
📍 Fürstenstraße 9A, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Banking 🏦

Service Credit Union & Community Bank

Every base in Germany has these two on-base banking options.

These banks will have ATMs on-base (only) and also at Edelweiss Lodge & Resort. 

You don’t need to cancel any banking in the US while living in Germany (unless your lienholder won’t allow you to ship your POV overseas).

Both banks are convenient, have great customer service (especially over the phone), and speak English for any in-person banking needs.

For example, I have my main bank accounts and insurance through USAA, but I pay my German house rent and monthly phone bills through Service Credit Union.

But… you don’t HAVE TO use these banks! In fact, you’ll find that the conversion rates for these banks can be a lot higher than a German bank off-base such as Volksbank.

*Did I miss a business that needs to be shared with the American community?  I want to hear about it!  

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FREE Stuff for your PCS to Garmisch Germany

If you’re moving to the Garmisch area, you have to take advantage of all my FREE stuff.

It literally cost nothing and will be super valuable to you during your PCS to Germany.

1) FREE PCS to Germany checklist

No matter if you’re Active Duty or Civilian this checklist will go over the most important and most expensive items to take care of first!

In fact, this checklist is applicable to ALL military installations in Germany, and it’s a living document – which means it’s ALWAYS relevant to you and your family.

30 Things You MUST Know Before PCSing to Germany

2) FREE Guide – 30 things you MUST Know before PCSing to Germany with the US military

This is by far my most popular download (and blog post) on the internet.

The title gives it away.

I’ve been here since 2014, so I categorized the 30 most important “things” you MUST know.

3) FREE “30 Things” Webinar

After downloading the guide in #2, watch the corresponding webinar where I literally break down each topic.

You might want to take out a pen and paper for that one because it’s PACKED with helpful information.

For more content on PCS prep, travel, or local life as an American living in Germany, subscribe to the channel and I’ll catch you in the next one!

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