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 […]

Sommerhausen, Germany and Francis Daniel Pastorius

The charming hamlet of Sommerhausen, Germany has a wall, towers, a castle and many very old houses nestled between steep slopes covered with vineyards and the Main River. The town is also home to the man who established Germantown, Pennsylvania. In 1683, a group of Mennonites, Pietists, and Quakers – like Abraham Isacks op den […]

Best offer ever for Bavaria experience in 2015

Discover the delights of Germany’s most picturesque area and dip into Austria on this 10-day adventure including: • Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber • The Romantic Road • Nurnberg • Roman “Castra Regina,” today’s Regensburg • Munich • King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle • Berchtesgaden including nearby Salzburg, Austria Day 1: Miltenberg am Main (1) Guests […]

European Focus Appreciates its Return Guests

Bob and Marlene Rokicki are five time European Focus guests, while their son Bruce and his wife Melissa are enjoying their second trip with us. This one is the ‘Grand Tour’ and has included so far, Amsterdam and Haarlem in the Netherlands, Brugge in Belgium, Koln, the Mosel River Valley and Trier, the Alsace of […]

Is the Black Forest Really Black?

There are more than a few legends connected with Germany’s Black Forest. Several have to do with the name. ‘Schwarzwald’ in Germany, ‘Black Forest’ in English. Is it really black in color? Well, no, it is definitely very much green. From a distance though, the dense pine forest appears to be black or deep blue […]