Thanks: 0 times Was thanked: 0 time(s) in 0 post(s) TTHE LATEST FROM BERCHTESGADEN ACCORDING TO … Then the 101st Airborne showed up (a scene made famous in the book and HBO series Band of Brothers) and took over the town and the mountain residences. Although neither of us was a skier, we used to get a kick out of riding the Jennerbahn cable car to the top, just for the view. GARMISCH, Germany -- As of June 3, active-duty military service members, retirees and civilian/military ID cardholders living outside Europe are eligible to vacation at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany. Please note that the URL has changed: Elaine, I was a Chaplain stationed in K-town in the mid to late 80’s. While the Garmisch recreation center focused on more intensive sports like skiing and climbing, Berchtesgaden was somewhat sedate and more family focused, perfect for a young couple with a new baby. While no official US Army map or booklet showed the location of the ruins (note that they are missing from our map above), they were easy to find with just a little research or, in my case, simply by asking the hotel concierge. An enjoyable description of the AFRC, where I spent a big chunk of two 30-day leaves in 1968 and ‘69. AFRC German Stein. During WWII the Obersalzberg was heavily and repeatedly bombed by US and British air forces on the off chance that Hitler or any of his cronies might be at home. • Meeting spaces for weddings and special events. My wife joined me in May of 1967. Carol I was Protestant Chaplain’s Assistant to Chaplain Orris Kelly from September 1966 thru April 1968. Much of Berchtesgaden's wealth has been derived from its salt mines. I was there in June 2017. From Europe: (49) 8821-9440 Thank you so much for posting. Brough back memories. Best week ever. A couple still exist. • Meeting spaces for weddings and special events. Germany; Share - AFRC German Stein Garmisch Berchtesgaden Chiemsee 0.5L KAMP. In the early 1930’s, using royalties from the sales of his book ‘Mein Kampf’, Hitler bought and started expanding a small gasthaus (hotel) on the Obersalzberg, turning it into his official residence known as the ‘Berghof’ (mountain home). Fond memories for my wife and I anyway. Original US Army Armed Forces Recreation Center ( AFRC ) map of Berchtesgaden / Obersalzberg / 3rd Reich & World War II German Leader's Residential Area 1923 - 1945 . Just below that, along an abandoned road, sat the remains of Hitler’s Berghof, Gasthaus Hoher Goll, used by the Nazis as an administrative office and a guard house controlling access to Hitler’s Berghof. 82467 Garmisch, Germany, From USA: (011-49) 8821-9440 While as a dependent, I the military, I’d travel to Berchtesgaden about one a yr+ for a convention..I enjoy the surrounding area and took many of the historical sights, being a WWII “buff” it was very enlightening to be among the history of that place. Hardly just ‘Ski instructors’. Change ). This site is dedicated to keeping all of those denizens of the AFRC from Berchtesgaden, Chiemsee and Garmisch-Partenkirchen informed as to what is going on with the friends, lovers and drinking buddies of a misspent youth, and maybe a misspent adulthood or two. I’ve hiked a few mountains since then and would like to put the name on the list. AFRC resort hotels are designed to provide affordable vacations to service members and their families, military retirees, and other authorized individuals. • Only a ten-minute walk to major subway lines In mid-2000, the American Congress decided to merge all European AFRC resorts into one hotel complex in Garmisch. I have rocks as well from Eagles Nest. It had sat a neglected ruin for over 40 years, but the German government decided to renovate it and turn it into something of a museum that describes just what used to be on the Obersalzberg. You’ll find a whole new meaning for rest and relaxation here among the swaying palms. The manager of the Alpine Inn, Herr Boiggs, had lots of accounts of Hitler that he would share. Plus, was there a guest house for the high ranking SS officers near the General Walker location? Discover Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Upper Bavaria (Germany). Click here for the lowest price! Known as the Dokumentation Obersalzberg Museum, it showcases the history of the Obersalzberg from the time when Hitler arrived in the late 1920s to when the Americans left in 1995. Still, the Germans wanted nothing to do with the place and all the buildings stood empty for a few years, including the grand old General Walker. This is German Stein with a AFRC Garmisch Berchtesgaden Chiemsee Logo on the front of the stein and it is stamped 0.5L KAMP on the side. Dont know if you are still searching for info about this. The General Walker Hotel was a hotel for US troops after World War II in the mountain (Alpine) retreat of Obersalzberg, Germany.The former Pension Moritz boarding house, boasting opulent accommodations and sweeping views of the Bavarian countryside and Alpine scenery, had been opened in 1878 and renamed Platterhof in 1928. Thank you so much for this article and pictures. Berchtesgaden: translation. I made many trips to AFRC-Germany sites to do transmitter maintenance on our repeater AM transmitters. IF, you were instead in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you probably climbed the Zugspitze and paddled the Eibsee. Thanks for the memory. Last in Germany in 1980 to 1984. After the basic meaning was forgotten, they added a variant word of Old High German gadem 'room, one-room hut', implying the same meaning: 'hay shed'. Elaine Phillips. Very spooky place. Swimming in Bad Reichenhall, visiting crazy Ludwig’s castles, skiing Austria and Italy. I was part of a group of food service soldiers to help with the over load of troops coming in for retreat. Unfortunately, it doesnt name the mountain nor tell the distance of the hike. After being stationed in this wonderful town from 1972-1974 I moved back to work the mountain with AFRC as a civilian ski instruction and ended up after short winter seasons of teaching skiing in owning a bar and bistro. As the only Armed Forces Recreation Center in the continental United States, the Shades of Green Resort is a unique and affordable option that allows guests special privileges of staying on Walt Disney World property. Local time in Berchtesgaden is now 01:33 AM (Monday). Chaplain Kelly made sure I had plenty time to visit several countries while we were there. Earl, I hope that you can help me. • American-style restaurants and on-site bakery I never made it to the AFRC Berchtesgaden on my first or second tour of Germany. Very quickly the upper echelon of Nazi leadership followed, with Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler, Martin Bormann and even Hitler’s personal architect and later minister of armaments Albert Speer establishing residences on the mountain. My wire joined me there for my last year. Bertchesgaden has a twisted history. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It sits on my mantle today as a unique reminder of a fascinating part of American and German history. Berchtesgaden (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛʁçtəsˌɡaːdən]; Central Bavarian: Berchtsgoan) is a municipality in the German Bavarian Alps.It is located in the south district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, near the border with Austria, some 30 km south of Salzburg and 180 km southeast of Munich.To the south of the city the Berchtesgaden National Park stretches along three parallel valleys. Any remaining ruins were completely bulldozed and the rubble hauled away. AFRCs support readiness, retention and quality of life. AFRC Berchtesgaden (Source: Alex T. Sutherland) Parts of the AFRC resort and the former housing area, 2002. Who can provide more details? These joint service facilities owned by the Department of Defense and are operated by the … I got some general directions and started hiking up the mountain through the snow until I reached it. Etymology. Guests must have a valid DoD common access card or be accompanied by an authorized sponsor. • Personalized Discover Seoul guided tours The next day we hiked down and we both believe we hiked into Austria at some point. I learned to ski at the Rossfeld. I saw the Walker on a few trips but first stayed there on a family vacation to the area in ’89 or ’90 and wandered the hills, finding the foundation of the Berghoff and a few other buildings, including what we think was Goerings’ house. He and I participated in the “Blueberry Tour” and remember it very well. 2) Spending the weekend before Christmas 1990 at the Skytop Lodge with my wife and two children, ages 7 and 3. An excellent video, by the way! For approximately 50 to 60 years after World War II, talking about Germany’s unwavering support of Hitler during World War II was considered taboo. Paperback, 9780998664606, 099866460X The “Slush Bowl”! We shall see………. The view of Berchesgarden from the hotel was breath taking with all that snow . I’m trying to learn the name of the mountain that we climbed. 21 February 1970 : A piece nominally about Hitler’s leftovers at Berchtesgaden, but essentially about writer Geoffrey Moorhouse’s personal hangup on Germany and the Germans. Former AFRC Hotel "Berchtesgadener Hof" (Berchtesgaden) Germany / Bayern / Berchtesgaden place with historical importance, demolished, historical layer / disappeared object The former U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center Hotel - now closed. AFRC: Armed Forces Recreation Center: How I Spent Your Tax Dollars on Lift Tickets and Beer (AFRC Series) (Volume 1) by Kris Barber. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I was stationed in B-Gaden 1966-1968 as Protestant Chaplain’s Assistant. What a beautiful town & surrounding area! Pauline, thanks for your wonderful memories! Searched AFRC Germany and found this post. AFRC Berchtesgaden Oh this map brings back wonderful memories! THE GENERAL WALKER HOTEL The full story of the original facilities is much too long to cover, but there are several interesting writings … Interesting times. While he was an evil SOB it is undeniable that he had an eye for composition and landscape. The Bavarian state government resumed old plans to have a luxury hotel erected at Obersalzberg. Tough duty, but someone had to do it! Having a few beers at the Hobelbank Bierkeller. Guests must have a valid DoD common access card or be accompanied by an authorized sponsor. I worked as a busboy in a small hotel in the old part of town, long forgotten the name, getting paid about $0.85 per hour and happy to have the job. We just needed to let you know. At one time there were locations in Berchtesgaden, Chiemsee, and … Condition: Used. • Restaurants showcasing tastes of the Hawaiian Islands Armed Forces Recreation Centers – AFRCs – allow members of the military community the opportunity to experience some of the most wonderful places on earth…without paying a fortune.. I was stationed in Stuttgart. Thanx Brian for the update and compliments! The last remnant was the ruins of the old Gasthaus Hoher Goll. I certainly would have been here often! If you want to head back to Edelweiss Resort website, hit cancel. We were definitely in Berchtesgaden, not Garmisch, and both my husband and I remember climbing the mountain and staying in a mountain hut at the top—or at least at the end of our climb. The Berchtesgadener Hof hotel had previously been the "Grand Hotel Auguste Victoria," popular with visiting royalty. Any one with any AFRC ties are welcome to join us at our next reunion. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Then became a tour guide and enjoyed sharing Obersalzburg, Eagles Nest, pointing out all of the ruins of high ranking officials. The US Army turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse and converted the entire mountain into a world class recreation center for American service members and their families. I spent a good part of the night lying awake wondering just what sort of conversations had taken place within those walls as Speer first catered to Hitler’s outlandish architectural dreams and later as the Reich Minister of Armaments he charted the inevitable downfall of the German nation as depicted by the nation’s declining stocks of raw materials and her industrial facilities being pounded to rubble by Allied bombers. Pauline & Jeff Walker. GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Some servicemembers and retirees will no longer be able to use an Armed Forces Recreation Center in Garmisch following a recent review of … Are any of the AFRC folks still in contact? Current neighbor of German origin says we would not recognize Germany now. Prior to Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1938 and the opening of WWII, Hitler regularly hosted foreign leaders at the Berghof. The "AFRC Lake Hotel" was a popular holiday destination for many American soldiers stationed in Germany for decades. Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRCs) provide rest, relaxation, recreation and sustainment for military personnel, their families and other members of the Total Defense Force. Although I didn’t get to kayak (because I was only 12), I thoroughly enjoyed the hike and spending the night in that hut on the mountain. Brought back so many memories. When the Nazis owned it they called it the Platterhof, but when we rebuilt it and opened it as a hotel it was named after General Walton Walker, who had recently been killed leading American forces in the early stages of the Korean War. We have done 46 reunions in 46 years and are still planning #47 in March up at Whitefish. • Tour desk for booking island adventures In addition to knocking down the General Walker the German government went after all the remaining ruins on the mountain, to include the last remnants of the Berghof. A big thrill! An Excellent video that brings back the memories. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The ones here that are still up are full of refugees. Alpine vistas, outdoor exploits, biergartens, and European castles await visitors to Germany’s Bavarian region. However, the climb was EXHAUSTING. The town served as independent Fürstprobstei until the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803. We gave the town back, but not the mountain. • Located on two PGA golf courses The foundation of the outline of the cottage is still there, although tourists have been taking the remaining stones away. That second tour, we had our VHS camcorder and recorded much of our wandering, with a bored teen daughter and a boy who wanted to touch everything, so there is a lot of the bored teen not looking at things, and the boy being told don’t touch that. Thanks so much Franz. Hitler wrote some of Part 2 of Mein Kampf at a small wooden cabin back in the woods across the road from the Walker Hotel (then the Pension Moritz). The next morning, breakfast in the haus, and then a relatively easy hike down to an ice cold river, not sure of the name but think something starting with a “J”. But it was mostly used for a few diplomatic guests, and for administrative offices. I’m glad I made it before it was gone. Ruiter has a now and then showing how to get there. Now, with the new generation taking charge of the country, they are actually openly speaking about it. Berchtesgaden is a municipality in the district Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, in southeastern Germany, near the border with Austria, 30 km south of Salzburg and 180 km southeast of Munich. Login with Gmail. Thanks! I lived in Berchtesgaden from 1974 to 1976. The staff accidentally put us in a REALLY nice room that had a small Christmas tree (all decorated) and chocolate mints on the beds. Instead, let me leave you with a link to an excellent video produced by Ruiter Productions in Germany that shows how the Obersalzberg looks today in relation to the 1940s. • Complimentary WiFi and business center No one spoke english and then one day a man named Freddie Reichentinger came to the restaurant and spoke english and told us that 7 miles down the road was a us army recreation center. The Germans declared the hotel uninhabitable, tore it down and turned the location into a parking lot. At that time we had hotels in garmisch,munich,lake chimsee,and berchesgarten. Visited so many sites within the six months. So C'mon in and look around. A wonderful time in my life with the army. Berchtesgaden in Upper Bavaria (Bavaria) with it's 7,655 inhabitants is a city in Germany about 338 mi (or 545 km) south of Berlin, the country's capital. In 1979 I was told about AFRC while I was working at a restaurant at the top of a mountain near Ramsau. Now is a good time to check our eligibility requirements and website policies. We actually lived in the barracks. The General Walker terrace wall is in the foreground. Berchtesgaden (German pronunciation: [ˈbɛʁçtəsˌɡaːdən] (often incorrectly pronounced as Berchtesgarden by native English speakers) is a municipality in the German Bavarian Alps.It is located in the south district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, near the border with Austria, some 30 km south of Salzburg and 180 km southeast of Munich.To the south of the city the Berchtesgaden … Don*t know of any contact to get info although you might try AFRCSKI.com(a web site for former AFRC employees,especially ski instructors). Carol Bumgardner Stadum – AFRC Secretary and Disco Girl – 1966 – Thanks for the memories of beautiful scenery, happy times, endless adventures, and wonderful dear friends. I have my opinions about why it was demolished but thats for another day. This was just a little before Operation Desert Shield kicked off. • Complimentary WiFi and business center My wife and I spent many a long weekend at the General Walker in the 1980’s. The Kehlstein mountain, with its Kehlsteinhaus is located … Oh this map brings back wonderful memories! I recall my leave in winter of 84 when I took the train from Bayreuth by myself all the way to Obersalzberg. Lat/Lng: 47.632, 13.002. We spent millions of dollars getting the facilities ready for the turn over. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for AFRC Armed Forces Rec Center Berchtesgaden Chiemsee Garmisch Beer Stein Mug 0.5L at the best online prices at eBay! Also worked as a bartender at the Strub Disco!!! I think we were staying in the Skytop Lodge. I have found a lot of information on the destruction of the two hotels, but find nothing in all the pictures of the Hof of any theater. Explore the family-friendly vacation paradise of Central Florida on Walt Disney World Resort. Have some fond memories. Albert Speer’s design studio, later renamed the Evergreen Lodge by the US and used as VIP lodging on the Obersalzberg. To clarify, it is actually mostly AFRC personnel, both military and civilian from all job descriptions that could possibly be done. John, Would you be able to provide me any information or links to information on AFRC recreation programs during the 70s and 80s? Do you have AFRC, BERCHTESGADEN Reunion information you'd like to share ... We were stationed in Germany in 1975 through 1978. Berchtesgaden, Upper Bavaria (Achental), earlier Perchterscadmen, Perhtersgadem, Berchirchsgadem, Berchtoldesgadem; the word underwent a Latin distortion of Old High German parach, Romance bareca 'hay shed'. Started as a chambermaid at the General Walker, lived in the basement…went down to the bunker system many times. What an upgrade. right to the east and within the Berchtesgaden National Park. I had a bunk and wardrobe in the attic of a building on Strub Kaserne. Thank you for wonderful memories. We're taking you over to our booking website. Options View. AFRC Berchtesgaden (Source: Alex T. Sutherland) Parts of the AFRC resort and the former housing area, 2002. Who can provide more details? But Roberta and I especially loved Berchtesgaden and all it offered. For both of my tours in Germany I was stationed mainly up around the Frankfurt area, so trips to Berchtesgaden were a welcome respite from the big city rat-race. The main entrance to the General Walker Hotel in the mid-1980’s, as Roberta and I knew it, Roberta on the terrace of the General Walker Hotel, 1984. Join Your Unit Today Join VetFriends To: Reunite with Unit Buddies; Browse Military Units; Post Unit Messages; Great Discounts & More! When you visit an AFRC, you’ll find everything you’d expect in the best resorts: comfortable accommodations, fitness areas, and business centers. I stayed in the General Walker Hotel in 1982 for several days. • Meeting spaces for weddings and special events for up to 400 people, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort First historical notes of Berchtesgaden dates back to 1102 and it mentions the area because of its rich salt deposits. Then one year the Germans ‘forgot’ to winterize the plumbing and steam heat system in the hotel. Berchtesgaden Summer Booklet 1984 Berchtesgaden Germany Armed Forces Recreation Center approx. Over the years thousands if not tens of thousands worked and visited the AFRC recreation centers in Germany. Apr 6, 2020 - Explore Susan Quantrille Sells Real Es's board "Berchtesgaden Gremany" on Pinterest. We cannot remember which mountain we climbed. They had another room for us – nice, but not as nice as this one. I am looking for details on a “Blueberry Tour” that we made in 1974. I still have not forgiven the Germans. 0 friends. The U.S. Army took the site over in 1945, and it served as the headquarters for the Berchtesgaden Recreation Area and Armed Forces Recreation Center until 1995. Both men and women are among our ranks. Many made it out of the pond. You can read more about the regulations and see if you’re eligible to stay with us and make the most of your military benefit. I was the AFRC deputy comptroller from 1973 to 1975 living in Garmisch but spent time at all the AFRC facilities in Berchtesgaden as well as those in Munich and Lake Chimsee. Perhaps it’s digging your toes into warm, white sand and listening to the ocean’s gentle rolling surf. If you want to head back to Edelweiss Resort website, hit cancel. In the early 70s, I believe, my husband and I participated in an AFRC “Blueberry Tour.” We climbed a mountain, stayed in a mountain hut, and the next morning the group hiked (and briefly kayaked) down into Austria. My kids are grown, with kids of their own, my son now retiring from the Navy, and I just hope they remember our wandering around Berchtesgaden and the grounds around the General Walker. Here’s another bit of info: https://www.munich.travel/en/pois/lakes-mountains/the-mountain-of-destiny Blueberry tour mountain was Watzmann (8900′); hutte is at 6332′. BERCHTESGADEN: JUST A FEW WORDS ABOUT BRA AND AFRC. Click here for the lowest price! Free shipping for many products! Quite a time to be sure. I went to Berchesgarten both winters and stayed at the General Walker. Man, rodeling down the mountain! I know.that I had many trips there and watched as all of the old American hotels were torn down. AFRC: Armed Forces Recreation Center: How I Spent Your Tax Dollars on Lift Tickets and Beer (AFRC Series) (Volume 1) by Kris Barber. You probably didn’t kayak into Austria (wasn’t allowed and no direct water connection.) The Shades of Green is tucked between two PGA golf courses and is within arm’s reach to theme park magic. ( Log Out / My then-wife and I (and our newborn daughter in ‘69) stayed at the General Walker. Office was at the Alpine Inn. I was in the Army in Europe Germany/Italy from 1986-2002 and I still live here (Garmisch) after retiring in 2002. Hello Ron and Linda. Was especially sad to hear about afrc. I was director of hotel and restaurant operations for all of afrc from 1981 to 1984. It started off level, but to make a long story short, you were climbing up the side of an 80 degree slope, hand over food at one point. When Roberta and her brother and sister were cleaning out their mother’s house a few weeks ago they stumbled on this map tucked away into a souvenir booklet of the German region of Berchtesgaden. Thanx for sharing our video of Obersalzberg Now & Then 1933-1945. During the Napoleonic wars, Berchtesgaden changed hands … Several times I rodeled down to B’gaden from near the General Walker Hotel. Yes, I’m still interested in finding out the name of the mountain. After that we rafted down the river, with a few class 3 rapids along the way. I did make it while on leave from Ft. Sam Houston, TX back in 1990. All that stood was the remains of the garage on the ground floor of the Berghof, seen in the foreground of this photo: The garage structure has an interesting history because it supported the outdoor patio that Hitler so loved to sun himself on, and on which so many Nazi luminaries were photographed or filmed. Excellent article on the history of the GW hotel. Share - VINTAGE GERMAN GERMANY PLASTIC BERCHTESGADEN PIN. Guest house for high ranking SS officers – you may be thinking of the Gaestehaus Hoher Goell, where the Dokumentation Obersalzberg museum is today. The Stars and Stripes ran a big story on the Blueberry Tour on 5/21/78. • Two swimming pools, fitness center and day spa Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Again Thank you For old Soldiers and their families who spent time at the Bertchesgaden AFRC it is a nostalgic look back at what was.
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