Heidelberg

Mark Twain wrote in his novel ‘A Tramp Abroad’ about Heidelberg Castle: ‘Misfortune has done for this old tower what it has done for the human character sometimes – improved it.’ Here our guest Ruth Ertel takes in one of the most beautiful ruins in Germany. For more information about Mark Twain’s stay in Heidelberg […]

Nightwatchman postcards

Coming soon, a new set of sepia-toned postcards featuring my best friend, Hans Georg Baumgartner, aka the ‘Night Watchman of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.’ Georg and I have been working on these the last couple of days and they are just about to go into production. We will have several scenes available. Shown here is […]

Plan now for Christmas Market Tour

It’s time to reserve your spot on our 2nd Christmas Markets Tour in Germany and the Alsace. Why book now? Because hotels are already taking reservations (and have been for months) and we want to be sure to get our guests into the best possible rooms in the towns and cities where we will stay. […]

Česk?? Krumlov

This was our stop after leaving Budapest. It was a long journey, broken up by a leisurely lunch in Melk, Austria. I took a small, curving road following a stream the last 20 kilometers into Czeske Krumlov and it was a gorgeous drive, reminding me of the Black Forest of Germany. Our first view of […]

Melk, Austria

We left Budapest on a clear, warm morning. Getting out of the city on a Sunday early morning was a snap. We took the expressway into Austria and since it was nearing lunchtime, I suggested a stop in the little town of Melk. This was met with enthusiastic approval. The group I was escorting had […]

Budapest

I’ve driven past Budapest once in the 1990s but never had the opportunity to explore the city before this year when I had the chance to pick up clients there following their river cruise. What an amazing city. European Focus Private Tours is going to add Budapest (actually two cities, Buda and Pest) to our […]

From Rothenburg to Budapest and back

Last night I said good-bye to a very special group of people from Pinehurst, North Carolina. Six members of a 10 member strong group who had traveled in Germany with me and my driver and good friend Norbert Press continued their adventures with me in Budapest, Czeske Krumlov, Prague, the Bavarian Forest and the Rhein […]