Getting into the Spirit of Oktoberfest in Bavaria

Our group of five couples from the Orlando and Charleston area, close friends since many years, all went out and bought apparel for their first in a lifetime (but we have a feeling not the last!) visit to the “Big Daddy” of beer festivals in Munich, Germany in September, 2017. Here we make a stop […]

Wallerstein’s Jewish Past

The hamlet of Wallerstein near the larger town of Noerdlingen has an interesting past, having once had a very large castle and many Jewish inhabitants. In fact, the synagogue once stood on the main road passing through town, which was unusual as synagogues were usually tucked away in a distinctly Jewish neighborhood. Unfortunately, the 1970s […]

Tracing Jewish Ancestors in Bechhofen, Bavaria

One of the more than dozen ancestral villages visited by lifelong genealogist Caroline Gries was tiny Bechhofen, located in Middle Franconia, Germany. We were lucky to have a local historian, Hans-Rainer Preiss, standing by to help us understand more about the Jewish history of this place. This included a visit to the location of the […]

Where Do You Want To Go Next?

October 2, 2015 James just finished a very unique trip with a mother and her 29 year-old son from near Boise, Idaho. When asked where in the world he wanted to go, young Andrew said he wanted to experience the Alps and some of Southern Germany. We worked together on an itinerary which fit in […]

A Chance Meeting Leads to Fun Adventures on Romantic Road, Rhein, in Nürnberg

September 22 Our business is built around tours of at least seven days long up to two or even more weeks. But this season we have had two wonderful experiences with very last-minute bookings from our home town away from home, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. These occurred during James’ downtime of September 5 – 21 […]

Thanks for Third Time with European Focus Private Tours

August 1 Tim S. and his family just returned to Arizona after their third trip with European Focus since 2005. We appreciate our return guests! Here is a small selection of photos from their epic journey, which covered more than 3,000 kilometers in four countries over 12 days. (Not our normal pace, but necessary in […]

Linderhof Castle, King Ludwig’s So-Called Hunting Lodge

September 30 from a visit on September 28 Bavaria’s last real ruling monarch, King Ludwig II, left behind many IOUs and debts from his wild building program. He built three castles, two of which were never completed. He wrote out huge IOUs, was declared crazy, put into a hospital and was a short time later […]

Dinkelsbuehl on the Romantic Road Great Alternative to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

March 26 We have our headquarters in one of the most famous medieval towns in Europe. Rothenburg ob der Tauber gets all of the attention and the tourists, at least the foreign ones, who come three million strong per year to wander its cobble stoned streets and gaze at this town frozen in time. For […]