Category Archives: Travel


Policy reminder on medical care travel reimbursement outside the local area

U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria Public Affairs   VILSECK, Germany — The U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria is reminding all eligible beneficiaries that although current policy allows for travel reimbursement for medical care not available within the local area, host nation medical facilities are still the first option…

July 25th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel

Summer activities to get you outdoors in Bavaria

  by Christa Rolls, USAG Bavaria Environmental Division      GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Now that the warm season in Bavaria is here, there are a plethora of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.   Whether you prefer something more slow-paced, or want to step on the wild side…

July 18th, 2019 Environmental, Health & Lifestyle, Travel

Army Lodging to adjust rates October 1

  by IMCOM-Europe   SEMBACH, Germany — Starting Oct. 1, the Department of Defense is transitioning all of its lodging operations to non-appropriated funding.   At that point, Army Lodging will adjust room rates at the minimum amount necessary to cover the full cost of operations, such as maintenance, support and…

July 17th, 2019 News, Travel

Know before you go: 61st German-American Volksfest offers fun, food for community

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria invites the Bavaria military community and all citizens to the 61st German-American Volksfest Aug. 2-4 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area’s Camp Kasserine.   USAG Bavaria has a long and rich history of hosting the German-American Volksfest, which is the largest in Germany. There will be…

July 15th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

US Embassy Berlin releases security awareness reminder to summer travelers

BERLIN, Germany — Summer is here! Germany is a safe country to travel to or reside in. That said, it is always good to practice some common-sense safety precautions.   Historically, this time of year sees a marked increase in crime on the streets of most cities in Germany and throughout…

July 11th, 2019 News, Safety & Security Bytes, Travel

Visit Brazil in the middle of Europe

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — For 51 weekends of the year, visitors to the small Franconian city of Coburg find what they might expect: a charming market square, an 800-year-old fortress and a gigantic historic palace, all surrounded by deep green forest.   But that 52nd weekend, visitors find something very…

July 9th, 2019 Travel

Experience history with Grafenwoehr Water Tower tours

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is now offering monthly tours of the historic Water Tower landmark on Tower Barracks.   The tours take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Current tour dates are listed at the end of this article.   Each…

June 18th, 2019 News, Travel

Understanding ESSO fuel cards

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Esso card is a convenient way to pay for fuel, but certain policies and procedures for the retail sale of duty-free motor fuel affect authorized personnel in Germany.   The Esso card is a form of rationing introduced to help prevent over-purchasing high-demand goods such…

June 16th, 2019 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel

New authorization expands eligibility for guests at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany

  U.S. Army news release   GARMISCH, Germany — Beginning June 3, 2019, active-duty military service members, retirees and civilian/military ID cardholders living outside Europe will be eligible to vacation at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany.   The Edelweiss recently received approval from U.S. Army Europe and…

May 30th, 2019 Health & Lifestyle, News, Travel

Annual observance reflects on Holocaust nearly 75 years later

  GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The Holocaust was the maltreatment and murder of over six million men, women and children by the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 40s. Nearly 75 years after the Holocaust, people around the world reflect on the horrors that had taken place.   Germany’s tainted past…

April 22nd, 2019 News, Things You Didn't Know, Travel