The Ancient Castle of Runkel, Germany

August 9, 2015 While on an ancestral discovery trip to nearby Oberursel, our guest Steffani from near Atlanta, Georgia had the opportunity to conquer her fear of heights AND explore an ancient medieval castle all at the same time. It was a bright and gorgeous July day when guide James Derheim offered a day trip […]

Giving Travelers Exactly What They Want

March 31, 2015 When Susan K. contacted us on March 24, she told us that she wanted to take her 29 year-old son on the trip of a lifetime. His goals were to see as much of the Alps in central Europe as possible. Top on his list were the Dolomites, the area around Berchtesgaden, […]

Tours Ahead in 2015

Updated March 26, 2015 Another exciting year lies ahead for European Focus Private Tours, with (so far) twelve custom-designed tours booked for the season, which begins in April. Here’s an example of what we’re doing with our clients this year: April 19-26 Ireland A family of four from South Carolina and Louisiana arrive in Dublin […]

Germany Named World’s Favorite Country

November 19 Germany has been declared the most favorite country in the world, more than 70 years after World War II when the fortunes of the country hung on the whims of a madman. Now Deutschland is admired for its economy, healthcare system and high standard of living. People oftentimes ask, ‘are we safe in […]

Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989

November 9 by James Derheim, owner of European Focus Private Tours Germany marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall today, November 9. I remember that night well. I was watching a movie in my apartment in ‪‎Darmstadt‬, Germany and my upstairs neighbors called down to me, ‘James, come up here, you won’t […]

When is the best time to visit…?

November 8 Based on our experiences and the feedback from more than 250 tours conducted in our career. Austria: Anytime is a great time to visit this alpine country but the big cities should be avoided in July and August due to heat and crowding. Like to see fresh snow? Late October is pretty much […]

First Snow of the Season In The Alps

October 24 We were treated to these magnificent views as we made our way today from northern Bavaria to the Austrian Tyrol near Innsbruck.

A tradition that is 1,000 years old witnessed in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

October 25 Our current guests Eric and Patricia from ‪‎Sarasota‬, Florida this morning with three wandering handworkers practicing a tradition that is more than 1,000 years old. The (left to right) fruit farmer, blacksmith and finish carpenter from various places in Germany are on a three year trek around the world to learn their trades […]