Returning troops get free passes to attractions in Germany
STUTTGART, Germany — Troops returning to a home station in Baden-Württemberg following a yearlong deployment to the Middle East or on rest and recuperation can visit 21 local cultural attractions for free, according to details of a program announced by the Installation Management Agency-Europe.
Last week, IMA officials announced that 100 vouchers were available for military members to use free trains and public transportation in the German state, which encompasses Stuttgart, Mannheim and Heidelberg. In a news release, IMA referred to the vouchers as a “gift” from officials of Baden-Württemberg.
The Baden-Württemberg Finance Ministry also has provided 150 free passes to cultural sights for U.S. troops. The vouchers will be distributed this week to rear detachment commanders in the 6th Area Support Group in Stuttgart, the 26th Area Support Group in Heidelberg and the 293rd Base Support Battalion in Mannheim. Troops can then present the vouchers at the ticket offices at 21 different attractions.
They are good at the following places:
• Castles: Bad Urach, Weikersheim, Kirchheim/Teck, Bruchsal, Ludwigsburg, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Rastatt, Rastatt-Förch, Tettnang, Schwetzingen (and garden), Tübingen-Bebenhausen,
• Monasteries: Ochsenhausen, Maulbronn, Tübingen-Bebenhausen,
• Castle ruins and tunnel: Lauchheim, Kapfenburg and Dilsberg
• Burial vault chapel: Stuttgart-Rotenberg
• Ruins: Singen, Hohentwiel
Meanwhile, vouchers for the one-day train tickets began being distributed to rear detachment commanders last week, according to IMA. The tickets are good for the local, regional trains and not the ICE, EC and IC trains.
They will allow a person to take along free guests.