Somehow Kyle and I lucked into being chosen to attend a couple's retreat at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany. Three unexpected days off, a mini-vacation, and all expenses paid -- there was no refusing this trip. Edelweiss is nestled in the Bavarian Alps, surrounded on all sides by gigantic snow capped mountains. We spent our time enjoying the incredible view, free food and good company.
Day One (Saturday) consisted mostly of a bus ride...with camera pressed to window for the entire last hour. The first glimpses of the Alps are unreal. The mountains look like a photographer's painted backdrop behind the quaint little German and Austrian towns. We even passed a gorgeous set of castle ruins along the way. I wish we could have stopped the bus for a closer look!
We explored the resort for the remainder of the first night. (Excellent pool and hot tub, spa, fitness center, three restaraunts, and an internet lounge, in case you're wondering.) The view from our balcony was beautiful.
Sunday, after a fabulous (FREE!) breakfast, we took the Zugspitzbahn (train) to the Eibsee, a large lake at the base of Zugspitze. The top of Zugspitze (tallest of the gigantic mountains) is the highest point in Germany, and provides a view into Germany, Austria and Italy. We opted not to take the train all the way to the top, as to save ourselves some 40euro per ticket.
(Another adorable German haus for the archives.)
It was a fantastic weekend. I just wish it had lasted longer.