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About Us

For decades, the quaint Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has attracted visitors from around the globe. Following World War II, the U.S. military established several hotels in this relaxing Alpine village, making it a popular R&R destination for U.S. military service members. Beginning in 2004, 11-day tour packages designed with the retiree traveler in mind were offered by one of these hotels. In the years to follow, these tour packages grew in popularity with guests from across the United States attending. Unfortunately, in 2015 as the tours were peaking in popularity, this cherished program was discontinued. 

My name is Jake Krengel and for several years I had the privilege of coordinating and hosting these wonderful vacation packages. As the program drew to a close, I listened to concerns regarding its future. I was moved to action and got to work developing a similar program – Bavaria & Beyond Tours. This new program was established with the goal of providing worry-free and culturally insightful tours, designed with the American retiree traveler in mind. We strive to develop personal and caring relationships with our guests, while ensuring a delightful vacation. 

The “Home-Away-From-Home” experience distinguishes our tours from other vacation package providers. While many tours have guests living out of a suitcase and sleeping in a different hotel each night, we make sure our guests settle in and feel at home upon arrival. We offer two styles of tour packages; "Bavarian Tours" and "Beyond Tours". Our "Bavarian Tours" are based out of beautiful Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This quaint Bavarian town nestled away in the alps offers a central location providing easy access to the many world-renowned travel destinations. In addition to these tours, we also offer "Beyond Tours" guiding guests to new and exciting regions of Europe. The specialty "Beyond Tours" vary from year-to-year and are a great way for returning guests to experience a little something new.

We pride ourselves in offering educational and entertaining tours providing guests with insight into the regions fascinating culture. We realize that vacation is a special time where memories are made. We would be honored to host you on your European vacation while providing memories to last a lifetime!

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Our Mission

Bavaria & Beyond Tours is a small privately owned company operating out of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Our goal is to remove the stress from planning a European vacation. We specialize in vacation packages to Southern Germany and the Alps, designed with the retiree traveler in mind. We are proud to call this beautiful region home and are passionate about sharing its beauty and culture with our guests.

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Your Guide

Jake Krengel

Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and raised in Michigan, Jake's passion for Germany, it's language, and culture was seeded in his youth during several visits to extended relatives living in Germany. After studying at the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) and Grand Valley State University, Jake received his degree in International Relations and German Studies. Upon graduation, Jake returned to his Bavarian "home-away-from-home" and began working at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort guiding tours, teaching ski lessons, and coordinating the hotel's European Escapes retiree program. Upon the conclusion of the European Escapes Program, Jake began working on top of Germany's highest mountain - The Zugspitze and founded Bavaria & Beyond Tours. He is happily married to his beautiful Bavarian wife - Patricia.