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U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels, Germany probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when you consider the U.S. Army in Germany. However, this post just might be the best little post in Europe thanks to its small, tight-knit community and its central location to all the wonders of Europe.
Hohenfels is located in the Bavarian region of Germany, just about an hour southeast of Nuremberg which is about another two hours southeast of Frankfurt. The Bavarian region is known for rocky but green hills, rolling farmland, lederhosen, volksfests and, of course, beer! USAG Hohenfels is home to the Joint Maneuver Readiness Center, the largest training area for U.S. and NATO forces in Europe.
Life in Hohenfels is infused with a distinct Bavarian Village feel. The actual post is rather small; both in size and population, so many families live in the local towns and get a real taste of Bavarian life. The small town feeling starts on post during your first week; it only takes a couple of days before you start recognizing friendly faces as you make the rounds through the commissary, the Post Exchange (PX) and the in-processing sites. Newcomers are sometimes surprised to find that Bavaria is not just a touristy image portrayed in movies and on travel brochures. The area really is filled with tiny little villages and towns, tucked into rolling hills and along winding country roads. The towns are filled with charming buildings decorated in a rainbow of pastel colors and accented with wood beams. Fests and parades are a frequent occurrence here, after all, what’s not to love about a big outdoor party with food, beer, music and friends? And yes, Lederhosen and Dirndls are the standard fest attire! It’s also not uncommon to discover castle ruins as you wander the countryside. It seems like every little town has its own castle ruins to explore! If it sounds a tad cliché, well…that’s Bavaria! It’s really like stepping into a fairy tale. This area is so filled with history and sightseeing opportunities that you really could spend your entire tour exploring the immediate area.
If you do chose to venture further away, you’ll find that Hohenfels is ideally suited to maximize your European travels. Within a four hour driving distance you’ll be able to reach the borders with France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Within eight hours of driving, the rest of Europe is awaiting you! Other travel options include commercial air or train travel. Both are very efficient and affordable. Hohenfels is close to three major airports: Frankfurt, Munich, and Nuremberg. From these three locations, you can obtain cheap flights to most major European cities and spend less than half a day travelling.
If you are lucky enough to receive orders to this little post, get ready for travel and a real German experience!
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