Street Artist on the Kurfurstendamm, Berlin

April 19 The Kurfurstendamm is still “the” place to shop in Berlin. It lost a bit of its luster when the eastern part of the city opened up but the once and still prime shopping street in Germany’s capital city is still all about the big brand names and shop til you drop. I spent […]

Berlin, Germany and an Inexpensive place to sleep in central Berlin

April 18 In the heart of Berlin in the vibrant neighborhood of Kreuzberg my friends Georg and Martina Siegmann have opened “The Five Lofts” apartments in a former store house that Georg bought in 1986. Moving from Rothenburg ob der Tauber where they owned and operated the successful “Passage 12” gift store, the Siegmanns have […]

Regensburg Former Roman Camp, Former Bavarian Capital

March 22 A day spent in the lovely small city of Regensburg is a day well spent. There is so much to see and do in this town on the banks of the Donau River (later, the Danube as it flows into eastern Europe) that it’s almost unfair to try and do it all in […]

Mauthausen’s Somber Shadow

March 20 There was a time when Germany was ruled not by men or women, but by monsters. The concentration camp on a hilltop near Mauthausen, Austria is testament to that fact. During Hitler’s “Thousand Year Reich,” which lasted from 1933 – 1945, millions of people were brutally murdered by a regime intent on ridding […]

Welcome First Family to Germany

March 11 Well, not that first family. This morning European Focus had the pleasure to welcome first time Germany travelers Amanda and Sara Howard and their mom, Kim Daugherty along with now three time Germany visitor Perry Daugherty to Frankfurt for the start of their 8-day jaunt around Bavaria and parts of Austria. This tour […]

Tour Opportunities for October

March 5, 2012 European Focus founder and guide James Derheim is available during the beautiful month of October, a perfect time to explore most of central and southern Europe. October is prime season and is usually booked far in advance. The days are mild and the kids are all back in school with no major […]

Germany Small Group Offer for July or August

February 22, 2012 For Sarasota and area residents only. We will hold a social mixer so that interested persons can meet one another before signing up for this experience in Germany. Germany is the home base of European Focus Private Tours, and we have a second home in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is one […]