All Edelweiss team members share their enthusiasm for motorcycling and travelling, their love for details and the common riding and working experience.
Tours I will be leading: World tour; more to come ...
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I enjoy riding as well as discovering. People feel that and love to be part of it.
Favorite destination: The world.
What I like: Discover the new and unknown, but also re-experience the allegedly known. Friends.
What I dislike: Stagnation from every point of view.
Hobbies: Travelling by motorcycle, of course! Good food. Snowboarding.
My favorite bike: BMW R 1200 GS – but also Ducati (Scrambler, Multistrada) and Honda (AfricaTwin) are interesting...
Marc was born in 1969 in the beautiful area of Baden, Germany.. His job in the IT led him to Frankfurt am Main. Here, it began with shorter trips after work or weekends to the Taunus, Odenwald, Spessart, Schwarzwald (black forest) and Vogesen (France). The radius enlarged and with friends, he rode to Italy, Croata, Austria, Switzerland – almost all of Europe. One day, this wasn't enough anymore and on a trip through Namibia, Marc learned a bit more about „the world out there“. But that was just the beginning... At some time, it was not possible different: Marc quit everything in Germany and shipped his 1200 GS to Chile, to travel Southamerica for one year. Since then, motorcycle journeys are his life and it was more than fitting, that Edelweiss hired him. According to his motto: „Live to ride and ride to live".
Tours I will be leading: Best of Europe, Corsica-Sardegna, Breweries & Castles and Adriatic Rollercoaster tours
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I enjoy every moment being on tour with a great bunch of people!
Favorite destination: The Alps and Australia
What I like: Winding roads with little traffic!
What I dislike: Straight roads with heavy traffic!
Hobbies: Motorcycling and soaring
My favorite bike: My 1986 Yamaha SRX-6 - simple, small and beautiful!
Axel was born in Southern Germany in 1965. He studied geography in Aachen (a beautiful town at the fringe of a motorcyclists paradise: the Eifel and Ardennes region) and ended up in Darmstadt where he currently lives with his family and enjoys the fact that the Odenwald Forest with its winding roads just begins outside the city limits. A five-year stopover in Melbourne, Australia, showed him that it is possibe to have fun riding a bike on the left side of the road and upside down. Axel has been exploring the world on the back of a motorbike since 1988 and since 2012 he is leading Edelweiss customers around the world as he found out that this is the perfect way to mix business with pleasure.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe and wherever Edelweiss will send me.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I am very helpful, love traveling with enthusiastic bikers and sharing my enthusiasm. I will always try to get best action shots from the group.
Favorite destination: Wherever there are curves and nature.
What I like: The tour preparation, meeting interesting people and finally having the best shots.
What I dislike: Waiting for the next tour start.
Hobbies: Yoga, photography and working on my bikes
My favorite bike: My old BMW R100GS and old Harley Heritage Special - I love both - there is always something to work on. But for driving in the Alps I prefer the BMW 1200GS - the Swiss knife.
Dieter grew up im Munich and studied business economy. After that he has worked in the IT industry in sales and marketing for more than 25 years. One day he decided to lead a life far from meeting rooms, so he started living his passions photography, traveling and riding motorbikes. And because Dieter prefers sharing his moments, he came to Edelweiss. Now he lives his dream and his enthusiasm is contagious.
Tours I will be leading: Alps and lakes, with more to come.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I'm a no fuss, down to earth guy who loves to have a good time.
Favorite destination: Anywhere that I can get to on two wheels.
What I like: Challenging myself to try new things, even if they're a little outside the comfort zone.
What I dislike: Spending long periods of time stuck inside.
Hobbies: Travel (preferably by motorcycle), photography, snowboarding, kite surfing
My favorite bike: My old faithful - the BMW R1150GS
Born in Australia, James' professional career in the film industry saw him living in China for several years. Whilst there he met his Austrian wife, and when they decided they'd had their fill of dumplings and noodles they moved back to Australia together. After several years they decided to try life in Austria, and James thought this was a good excuse to go for a long motorcycle ride - and so he crossed three continents on his R1150GS from Melbourne to Europe, covering 35,000kms. And this naturally led him to Edelweiss where he continues to keep the two-wheeled dream alive!
Tours I will be leading: Australia, Italy, Corsica-Sardegna, Europe, Africa and North America
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I never found an answer to that question (big smile!)!
Favorite destination: Italy
What I like: Enjoy life (every single day of it!)!
What I dislike: Bad weather
Hobbies: Travelling, sport (running, bicycling, skiing), motorcycling
My favorite bike: Triumph Speed Triple, Ducati Multistrada, HD Fat Boy - I just can't decide!
Marko was born in Hannover, northern Germany, in 1964, but being a motorcycling and skiing aficionado he had to move closer to the mountains very soon. South-western Bavaria has been the home of his choice for more than 30 years now. Marko joined Edelweiss in 2003 as a dedicated Harley-Davidson tour guide, but his interests diversified considerably since then. Life as a tour guide is never boring for him since it combines motorcycling, traveling and dealing with very interesting people.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I love to ride and be amazed by the nature! I think I'm a very happy person and a problem solver!
Favorite destination: I like every place that has a lot of nature and a twisty road!
What I like: Adventure motorcycles, meeting new interesting people, tasting new food and walking around cities when nobody is around!
What I dislike: I dislike places where I can't feel the good vibes!
Hobbies: Riding on and off road, working on my bikes, skiing, hiking and everything what has something to do with nature!
My favorite bike: I like almost every bike, especially if it has a 21” front wheel!
Malcolm was born in a small town in the Italian Alps in 1990! He grew up in Bolivia and Italy, but he also spent a lot of time in Germany, Estonia and Austria where he studied at the University of Vienna. When he was just some months old he first sat on a motorcycle and since than the passion never stopped and if it possible increased! Right know he spends his time riding in Europe, especially between Italy and Austria, but he dreams to travel the whole world!
Tours I will be leading: Morocco, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, France, the Alps, and all other destination Edelweiss is going to send me to!
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: My good mood brightens up the rainiest days!
Favorite destination: I am happy if I am on the road/on the bike - no matter where the tour takes place. There are many wonderful places I have already seen and sure enough there will be more to come which makes it hard to specify. So far I liked best Turkey and the Arab countries (especially the Middle East)!
What I like: To enjoy life at any moment, sharing a good time with honest, straightforward and positive people, I like challenges and if a plan works!
What I dislike: Stay-at-homes, cold and wet feet and anything that is hindering advancement
Hobbies: Modern Dance, hiking and mountain climbing, alpine ski touring, jogging and horseback riding
My favorite bike: Generally, I'm fine with all bikes; however, I came to enjoy most the 1200 GS, the 1200 RT and the Ducati Multistrada. At home, I enjoy riding my 'all-terrain' Yamaha TT 600.
Angela was born and grew up in the Allgäu, the very southern and, as she thinks, the most beautiful part of Germany. Since the mountains predominantly shape the landscape in this area, you better learn to live with the fact that you somehow have to get up and down the mountains anyways. Be it on skies, on sled, on tires, by bicycle, by funicular or on foot – you name it, Angela did it! For Angela, however, the most fascinating way to get up and down a mountain is by riding a motorcycle. To elegantly master her bike through those curvy mountain roads… this is when Angela starts getting really focused. By the time she had gone up and down almost all of these mountains, Angela thought about discovering the other countries in Europe. When she visited the city of Genoa/Italy she found out about the ferry boats that would take her and her motorcycle to even further away destinations. Consequently, she travelled the Northern African countries and later Turkey and the Middle East. Angela came to like especially the last two areas. But this is not the end of the story! A few years later Angela discovered Edelweiss and very soon figured out that Edelweiss would be the best cure for her need to travel the world! Not only does Angela love to ride a motorcycle, she also likes to get things going, she is fond of languages and of learning about other cultures, and she likes to get to know people from around the globe. These are only a few of the reasons why Edelweiss decided to hire her as a tour guide in 2010! Well, if you want to know more, you better go on tour with her and find out yourself ...
Tours I will be leading: My main focus is on all the Alps tours, from leisurely Touring Centers to hardcore Extreme tours. But I have developed a soft spot for the Balkan and the Adriatic as well. (The seafood in Croatia is just to die for!)
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I only sing when I have my helmet on, so people don’t have to listen to it!
Favorite destination: Alps, Scotland, Slovenia, Scandinavia, Canada… Anywhere where there’s mountains (and a nice cold beer in the evening)! And for true adventure, there just is no place like the wilds of Africa!
What I like: A good, well executed magic trick! (Oh, and the yawl of a six-cylinder sports car)
What I dislike: Being stuck in traffic jams! (Oh, even more so in a six-cylinder sports car…. Such a shame)
Hobbies: Well, riding bikes obviously. But also old-timer car rallies and motorsports.
My favorite bike: My bruised and battered R 1200 GS for the faithful travel companion it is. But also my old GPZ 900 R for making me feel like Tom Cruise (only taller). And a Ducati GT 1000, for its sheer beauty and that true Italian character.
Wim is a fortysomething Belgian living in Meise, right outside Brussels, in the flat green countryside where cows are the most spectacular wildlife around. He works in PR for a car company, hence his love for old-timers and six-cylinder engines. Whenever he’s not on a bike or in a car he goes out on extended walks with Bo, the sweetest Golden Retriever in the world. Wim started guiding tours for Edelweiss in 2014.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in the Alps
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I am enthusiastic and like to make people laugh!
Favorite destination: Regions with many winding roads, such as the Dolomites.
What I like: High alpine roads, coastal roads, unspoiled landscapes and humorous people
What I dislike: Rainwater inside the rain suite and bavarian veal sausages with ketchup
Hobbies: Motorcycling, traveling, hiking & geocaching
My favorite bike: My BMW F 800 GS
A Bavarian veal sausage breakfast followed by a motorcycle tour is the perfect way to start the day for a Bavarian guy. Born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, there are a lot of great roads for motorcycling nearby. Mike loves to ride a bike in the Austrian mountains. That`s one reason why he decided to move to Innsbruck for studying in 2013. His favorite track: riding up the Sellraintal to Kühtai. Längental Reservoir is a good place there for having a rest, learning for university or enjoying the sun. Mike`s wanderlust seems to be unlimited. Together with his BMW F800GS he met a brown bear family in a Croatian nationalpark and drove through the stunning scenery of Calanche di Piana on Corsica island. His next adventure is being a tourguide for Edelweiss!
Tours I will be leading: Best of Europe tours
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I love discovering new places and passing that joy on to other people is one of the things I do best!
Favorite destination: Switzerland and the French Alps - tiny twisty roads with nobody there save a few goats and amazing food ...
What I like: Early mornings in the mountains, empty roads and the growl of a Ducati!
What I dislike: Bitter almonds - I detest them!
Hobbies: Travelling, skiing, rock climbing, 20th century history and cooking
My favorite bike: My Ducati Monster S4R. Not the best touring bike out there but a huge amount of fun!
His name sounds very British indeed, but Anthony was actually born in Austria, in Salzburg to be precise, back in 1981. After his birth he immediately started travelling. Due to his father‘s job he was frequently taken out of school to go spend a month or two in some far away country, a theme which has carried through to his adult life. His professional career includes working as a translator for a chemical clean-up project in the Czech Republic and hotel concierge in San Diego, California. Recently he returned to Austria where he splits his time between ski instructing, working as a paramedic and riding his bike. Anthony started his new career with Edelweiss in 2013.
Tours I will be leading: Various tours in Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I’m very helpful, service oriented and well organized. As a mechanical engineer I can solve any technical problem – in theory at least. Let’s see how that works in real life ...
Favorite destination: Anywhere, as long as there are mountains and great roads.
What I like: Good weather, being on the road, getting to know new people and places and empty roads
What I dislike: Traffic jams, stress, doing the same thing over and over again,..
Hobbies: Motorcycling, sports (fitness) and travelling
My favorite bike: BMW R 1150 R Rockster
Björn – pronounce the ö like the u in urban – was born in Mainz, an ancient city on the banks of the Rhine. It didn't take him long to figure out that he was interested in all kinds of vehicles, and so he got his motorcycle license at the age of 18 and bought his first bike two weeks later. He started out on a Suzuki SV650 S and it did not take long until he took the bike on a first tour through the Black Forest. This tour must have impressed him so much that he moved to the northern part of Black Forest just after he finished his academic studies in Darmstadt, to have the Black Forest high road at his doorstep. Today he works in the automotive industry in Karlsruhe and as he figured how important it is to have some time away from the office every now and then, he applied at Edelweiss. Here it became apparent that more than a dozen busy years of riding under his belt made him a very safe and seasoned rider. Guiding comes naturally to him and no problem or situation can get him out of his comfort zone. And you can rest
Tours I will be leading: Tours in parts of north, east, south and central Europe. And probably more to come.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I was caught by the motorcycle virus which is very contagious, by the end of a tour everyone will fell like they just experienced something really special with friends.
Favorite destination: Ask me again after I’ve travelled all over the world
What I like: Travelling, explore new places, adventure, relaxed and open minded people, good weather and food, motorcycles – turns, turns, turns.
What I dislike: Bad mood, city traffic, winter
My favorite bike: Onroad die S1000XR, Offroad und Schotter die 1000er Africa Twin
Tours I will be leading: Tour of Tuscany, Alps Extreme and hopefully soon tours in South America as well
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I love to share my passion with others, I am a very optimistic person and (almost) always in good spirits, I'm known to find a good solution for any problem and a tour with me will be “no stress but fun”
Favorite destination: South America, because of its interesting culture, friendly people and fantastic landscape! And Bulgaria.
What I like: Travelling and motorbiking on- and off-road, open-minded people, being in an international environment, summer, the mountains, nature and seaside, organizing things, old cars with simple technique and good food
What I dislike: People in a bad mood, winter, cars full of electronics and bigheaded people
Hobbies: Riding motorbikes, on road and especially off-road and enduro racing
My favorite bike: Yamaha TT 600 R and Honda Africa Twin
The city of Ulm, situated in the deep south of Germany, is not only home to the World’s tallest church spire, but also to Andreas, who was born here in 1968. Apart from learning and speaking foreign languages – especially Spanish – he obviously loves to ride motorcycles. He has more than 200,000 miles under his belt, and the ones he covered on his trip around the Black Sea in 2003 count among his favorite ones. Andreas is an active and very able off-road racer; he won the German 3-hour Enduro Championship three times! From 2013 on, now working for Edelweiss, he will cover considerably more miles on- than off-road.
Tours I will be leading: Hopefully all of them soon!
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I love to have fun and I travel with passion. I also deal well with different people and know how to keep a group happy.
Favorite destination: All places I haven't been to yet! Especially "hidden treasures" without a lot of tourists.
What I like: The best tires, an open throttle, my very good discount at my tire retailer and any traffic jam on an agile bike. Also I like good food, interesting conversations, variety and optimism.
What I dislike: The police (no, not the band), cheap tires, the brake lever, seeing bikers in a traffic jam out of a car, dishonesty, 9-5 jobs, routine and too much heat.
Hobbies: With two companies besides my job as a tourguide people call me a workaholic. I love to spend my little free time in the wood workshop, where I can be creative and work with my hands. It's a joy to complete a diy-project.
My favorite bike: Like with everything else I like variety, but I think the R1200 GS Adventure is a very sexy bike.
Born in 1988 as a child of a musician, Julian has travelled a lot since he was a child. He lived in Tyrol, South Africa, Vienna and Italy - all before his 6th birthday. So he found his discoverer joy very early and it never let him go. For 4 years Julian has been living in his hometown - too much time without variety in his opinion - as a passionate adventurer and motorcyclist the job as a tourguide at Edelweiss fits him perfectly.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I love exploring foreign countries, including their historical remnants, their unusual landscapes and different cultures. All of this I want to share with other people interested in bike travelling
Favorite destination: As I live next door to France and Switzerland I love the Alps but also the rest of the world, like South Africa, Mongolia and Patagonia, just to name a few
What I like: Following MotoGP races, English humour, good grip and a cold cider at the end of a good riding day.
MotoGP-Rennen ansehen, englischen Humor, guten Grip und einen kalten Cidre am Ende eines guten Motorrad-Tages
What I dislike: Mosquitoes, coffee, traffic jams and greedy people
Hobbies: Music concerts, fitness, Thai-boxing, and travelling, sometimes even without motorbike
My favorite bike: One of my favorite bikes it the good old Africa Twin but I also like my current bike, the Triumph Tiger Explorer
Despite the fact that Tom was born and raised in Luxemburg he did not, at any point in his life, want to become a banker. Instead he wanted to ride motorcycles, the more the better, and with his father being a professional riding instructor Tom was able to get off to a good start. He began riding in 1998 and the Alps, spreading out not far south of his doorstep, provided the perfect training ground. To finance his passion Tom became a bus driver, a stressful job even in Luxemburg, so he joined Edelweiss in 2015, hoping to find some relief from daily stress situations. Keep hoping, Tom!
Tours I will be leading: Tours in the Alps, Balkan region and the rest of Europe.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Even in unexpected situations, I keep my head cool and stay motivated.
Favorite destination: Balkan region, Central- and south Europe and Africa.
What I like: New cultures, get to know people and places, try local food, optimistic and motivated people.
What I dislike: Jammed streets, bad food, pessimists
Hobbies: Hiking, tourskiing, mountainbiking, Enduro riding & everything else you can do in the mountains.
My favorite bike: BMW R1200GS – also called Jack of all Trades.
I was born in Hall in Tirol and live since then in Zillertal, the widest side valley in Tirol. As I grew up in a Hotel Business I have always seen tourismus from very close. That’s why I decided to sign up for the school of tourism in Zell am Ziller. After finishing my study, I did my 6 months military service and then decided to commit to a foreign assignment. Back from the mission, I lived up to the typical cliché of a Tyrolean and worked as a ski instructor in the morning and stood behind the bar in our hotel in the evening. Now I've swapped my skis for 2 wheels and look forward to a new chapter in my life ... The passion for motorcycling I most likely got from my dad. Starting with 6 years I was put on a Yamaha PW80 and was immediately infected with the virus of motorcycling. As a result, I gained a lot of experience in the offroad area over the years until finally, at the age of 16, I was allowed to take my driving license for the road. On the road I collected my kilometers with a KTM Duke 125, a Yamaha MT07 and currently with a BMW R1200 GS LC.
Tours I will be leading: Pyrenees, Pyrenees Extreme, Triumph Highlander Tour, Triumph Celtic Tour, Triumph South-East Asia Tour
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I enjoy being with them and I love riding motorcycles!
Favorite destination: Thailand
What I like: Challenging roads and off-road riding
What I dislike: City traffic
Hobbies: Motorcycling, off-road riding, trial biking, playing guitar and singing
My favorite bike: Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
Even if you haven’t been on tour with Michael you have probably heard of him: he is the Singing Tour Guide, the man with the guitar. For him, the perfect end to a great day on the bike is sitting around the campfire under a star-filled sky, playing and singing and having a good time. Michael was born in 1961 in Würzburg, a small town in northern Bavaria. He worked as an architect for many years, then decided to follow his dreams and joined Edelweiss in 2005. In 2011 he started looking after our new program of Triumph tours.
Tours I will be leading: High Alpine Tour, Kings and Castles Tour, tours at the US West Coast and Christopher Columbus Tour
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I make the tours an unforgettable experience!
Favorite destination: The Americas, Spain and Portugal
What I like: Nice weather, nice roads and nice people
What I dislike: Bad weather and dishonest people. And Sauerkraut!
Hobbies: Motorcycling, music, playing guitar/drums, scuba diving, sports,..
My favorite bike: The next one ... but also the BMW R 1200 GS or any other bike suitable for the tours I guide!
Like every true Dutchman Ted loves boats. In fact he loved boats so much that he joined the Dutch Navy and lived, for many years, on boats of all sizes, all over the world. For a while he settled down in Florida, for another while in the Caribbean, and for a third while in Portugal, but now, as a retired “Navy guy”, he moved back to Holland, where he lives with his wife. His three grown-up kids also live in Holland. Ted was born in ’62 and joined Edelweiss in ’14, so he calls himself “the oldest rookie” among the tour guides. But don’t worry, Ted: as retiree with plenty of time on your hands you won’t be a rookie very long ...
Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: almost evry time relaxed and happy
Favorite destination: Sweden, alps, south-east asia
What I like: the mountains, great food, music, friends
What I dislike: stressed ruthless people, closed spaces
Hobbies: climbing/mounteneering, biking, motorcycling, skiing
My favorite bike: my own Yamaha 600 Fazer
I love to live in the mountains and to spend most of my time in the nature, on the wheels of motorcycle but also on feet, by skiing and biking.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: My open, maverick and friendly approach opens opportunities. And also the culinary pleasures of life do play an important role for me.
Favorite destination: The North and the mountains all around the world.
What I like: Motorbikes, beautiful views, delicious food, meeting new friends …
What I dislike: Beans, ice on the roads (bad for riding), stagnation
Hobbies: Riding, hiking, swimming, barbecue, meeting friends
My favorite bike: My Yamaha XJ-650, build 1980, great sound and undestroyable
I got always a smile on my face and like to having fun. Nevertheless I never lose the focus and love to solve problems. Also I am reliable and some say I am handling challenges even before they arise.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in the Alps and Patagonia
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I like to learn about different cultures and people, listen to their stories and sharing mine with them. Being positive and helpful makes me a good travelling companion...
Favorite destination: I was born in the City of Hamburg Germany, with a big port, river and two oceans so that I even can‘t say where best to go.. I lived also for years in Buenos Aires, Argentina - big port, bigger river, ocean also ... so to sum it up I would say Hamburg and Buenos Aires are my favorite places ... but the world is a big place ... lot‘s to see ...
What I like: Positive thinking and riding my motorcycle on a warm and sunny day, meeting friendly people and sharing some routes with them ... riding with others is a good thing and at the end of the day you can sit together sharing impressions!
What I dislike: Negative thinking and riding my motorcycle on a cold and rainy day, not having anyone riding with me on days like this as you have no one sharing the raindrops with you and finally sitting alone talking to whom???
Hobbies: Riding motorcycles, Basketball, Baseball, family, camping vacations, cooking, positive thinking and living
My favorite bike: No specific one
People from Hamburg are said to be more open-minded and more outgoing than others. Mirko, born in Hamburg in the mid-70ies, is no exception, in fact he is so outgoing that he went all the way to Buenos Aires and lived there for a couple of years. After working in the shipping industry for many years Mirko joined Edelweiss in 2013. He would love to specialize in South America tours since this is the continent he loves most, so if you book a tour down there chances are that you’ll get in touch with his genuine Hamburg humor ...
Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I can´t say that - customers and guests already must find out itself!
Favorite destination: Wherever there are curves! I also love the USA, Africa and northern Europe!
What I like: Traveling, my job as a sports reporter, extreme cycling and a chat with nice people!
What I dislike: Arrogance, motorcycle driving on the highway!
Hobbies: Extreme cycling, skiing
My favorite bike: My BMW S1000R - a bike for both the race track as well as for a great holiday!
Born as son of an enthusiastic BikerI was infected early with the motorcycle virus. At 18 I was able to call a GSuzuki SX-R750 my own. Professionally, I could take my dream job as a sports reporter after a long time in the army. Here I was able to report, among other things from the Olympic Games in Beijing and London. As press officer from Klaus Klaffenböck I was in 2001 live there es he wins his sidecar World Championship titel. In the last 9 years I have been in a variety of functions (press and team boss) at the toughest bicycle race in the world the Race Across America. Speaking Extreme Race: In 2010 I successfully completed the Race Around Austria I have completed the 2200 km distance in 5 days! In 2016, I look forward to my new task - Tour Guide at Edelweiss Bike Travel!
Tours I will be leading: Worldtour, Asia and exciting tours in Europe :)
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: My experience combined with a down to earth personality. I share my happiness and my spirit with people and I love to lead groups with empathy.
Favorite destination: The world. The more remote the better. :-)
What I like: Calculable adventures
What I dislike: Prejudices and inequity
Hobbies: Outdoor sports, mountaineering
My favorite bike: KTM 690 Enduro R, Adventure set up
Holger was born in Canada, grew up later in Germany and moved a lot ... from the Rheinland area to the North Sea, to Lake Constance and with detours to Munich where he currently lives. He worked in international product marketing for leading companies in the semiconductor industries and travelled all over the world. End of 2010 he quit his job in order to fulfill his dream. He went with his motorbike from Munich through the Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, South-East Asia and via Indonesia to down under, Australia. An additional 9 months he spent with his motorbike in South America exploring some of the most remote places on this earth. In 2015 he started at Edelweiss with a scouting in China and on the world tour from Tallinn to Bangkok. Since then…but this he should tell you in person! :)
Tours I will be leading: You will meet me on various tours throughout Europe.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I really enjoy being a guide, showing people a good time and sharing great experiences.
Favorite destination: Any place with curvy roads, friendly people and a scenery. In my experience every place has something unique to offer – with an open mind, you will be able to find it.
What I like: I like contrasts;
Lazy cruising & fast corners,
Skidding on gravel & leaning in on sticky tarmac,
Deep, dark forests & high, open mountain passes.
Or a rainy day followed by a beautiful sunset.
What I dislike: Unnecessary stress and drama.
Hobbies: Hiking, jogging and cross country skiing in the Norwegian outdoors (I’m not a fanatic though – the couch can be a nice place too). Riding my motorbike of course. And I love being around animals.
My favorite bike: Well, I do like my R1200GS a lot, because it is so versatile and can be used for anything from dirt road riding, to long distance touring with my favorite pillion.
Arild is our only Scandinavian tour guide. He was born in Oslo, Norway in the mid-sixties and still lives in the Oslo-area. He has spent 20 years in the airline business and another 10 years within real estate, and is experienced in service, sales and management. These days being a tour guide as his no. 1 priority, while doing some analysis and consultancy work on the side. He took his license in the eighties, but had a long break from riding. 5 years ago he rediscovered that everything is more fun on two wheels, and it’s been hard to get him off his GS ever since. Being a typical Norwegian he might come across as a bit cool and reserved, but he will be your best friend on tour and make sure you are doing all right.
Tours I will be leading: Europe and wherever Edelweiss wants me to guide!
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I love travelling on a bike with a group of people and it shows!
Favorite destination: the Alps
What I like: Early morning rides
What I dislike: Tour buses
Hobbies: Enduro riding
My favorite bike: Still the R 1200 GS
Oliver – his friends and colleagues are allowed to call him Olli – was born in 1968 and lives in Worms, an ancient city on the banks of the river Rhine. He has been guiding tours for Edelweiss for many, many, many years, but being the busy business man he is Olli can only guide tours part time any more. He says he only does it for the money, but if you ever get to travel with him you’ll see that his experience and his sense of humor make him a great guide. And who knows: sooner or later you can maybe call him Olli, too!
Tours I will be leading: Adventure Silk Road, Alps and Lakes and the Viking Experience tours
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I am a hopeless optimist and always in a good mood!
Favorite destination: There are too many nice places to list them here!
What I like: Adventures, curves, sun and time to enjoy all that
What I dislike: Highways and bad weather
Hobbies: Enduro, fitness, climbing, motorcycles and travelling
My favorite bike: A mixture of the BMW F 800 GS and KTM 690 Enduro – that would be it!
Michael was born in 1988 and lives in Rosenheim, in southern Bavaria. In 2011 he started working for Edelweiss as a tour guide, a job that seems to be just right for him since he loves to share his passions – motorcycling and travelling – with people from around the world.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in the Alps
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I care and you enjoy
Favorite destination: Romania
What I like: Meeting interesting people, snow, skiing, children, music, making people happy, when an idea works, mountains
What I dislike: Stress, dishonest people, hot days, flat landscape
Hobbies: Freeride skiing, downhill mountainbike, motorcycling, working with children, slacklining, hiking, music, spending time with friends outdoors
My favorite bike: KTM 640 SM
Peter was born in Vienna, raised in Bad Ischl, then moved back to Vienna for school and work, he lives in St. Pölten today, working for a concrete factory. He loves skiing, so he spends most of his winters in the Enns valley. Since he also loves motorcycles (two of his uncles were active racers and introduced him early to the pleasure of riding motorized two-wheelers) he spends his summers in... well, in St. Pölten, because he’s got to work. He joined Edelweiss in 2015, so from now on, Peter, you’ll be riding some more...
Tours I will be leading: Alps and Lakes, Grand Alps and High Alpine Tour
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I guess people like being on tour with me because I have a way of making everyone feel good about themselves. Young and eager and able. Ready for challenge. And sensitive to beauty and bounty of this crazy wild world. If you connect up with me you just might get infected with the thrill of seeing the beauty of this land through new and wondrous eyes. After living here for 30 years, I am re-discovering the highlights by being able to show them to others. Get on board and be inspired.
Favorite destination: Wherever we're going today!
What I like: Warm and dry shoes
What I dislike: Cold and wet shoes
Hobbies: Sailing, writing, reading, cooking, photography and graphic design
My favorite bike: Suzuki 1500 Intruder in blue with raised handlebars
Paul, or Pazlo as his friends call him, was born in 1955 and grew up in Minneapolis, USA. He moved around the US quite a bit, lived in Boulder, Boston, San Francisco and Eureka, CA, then set out to discover the world and took up work in metropolises like Tokyo, Amsterdam, Berlin and Achenkirch, Austria. He seems to like it in good old Europe, because he has not left it during the last 30 years other than for purely recreational purposes. Pazlo has everything a tour guide needs to have: he loves to travel, he likes to meet good people and make new friends, he values good food and he loves to ride motorcycles. He joined the Edelweiss team in 2012 and we’re sure he’s going to love it!
Tours I will be leading: Tour of Tuscany, Royal Edelweiss Dream, High Alpine Tour, Morocco Tour, Rome to Sicily and Alps Extreme
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Try it out and you'll see! But be careful - you might get addicted!
Favorite destination: Tuscany, because of the chaotic, open-hearted, passionate Italians mixed with twisty, windy roads, awesome food and even better wine!
What I like: Gummy bears, get-up-and-go people, the unexpected and good friends
What I dislike: Pedants, holes in socks, wet motorcycle boots, iced windshields and bad food
Hobbies: Cooking and eating with friends, a good glass of wine, languages and all kind of sports
My favorite bike: What a question! The R 1200 GS of course. If you know anything better, please let me know!
Quite a few female tour guides are working for Edelweiss these days, but when Ursula started guiding groups back in 2004 she was the only one. She doesn’t want us to know how old she is, which is ok since she happily gives away plenty of other information: born, raised and still living in south-western Bavaria, in a lovely region known as the Allgäu, pronounced Ull-goy. For Ursula this is the most beautiful spot our planet has to offer, but she still loves to go out and see other places, most notably Italy. She loves to ride big bikes but secretly adores the Vespa 300. She’s a lot of fun to be on tour with, so make sure you give it a try. And if you ask her how she and Edelweiss got together all she’ll tell you is: it was just inevitable ...
Tours I will be leading: Scooter Tours, Tours in France, Alps Extreme, Mediterranean Alps Extreme, Best of Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I can tell jokes like nobody can. You know the one with the Australian farmer…?
Favorite destination: There are so many places. I love the Alps right through, seeing the Dolomites gives me goosebumps (the good type) and Morocco is breathtaking.
What I like: Adventure, seeing new things, a challenge.
What I dislike: Monotony and people being fake.
Hobbies: DIY projects, mechanics, cooking, creating stuff in general. I enjoy learning and spending time with the family.
My favorite bike: BMW R1200 GS, Ducati Multistrada and my VanVan (so much fun to ride in busy Parisian traffic)
Pablo was born in Spain, grew up in England, is still crazy in love with his girlfriend from Italy and now lives in France. He is a trained chef and confectioner, worked in the hospitality industry for years, managed a handful of different companies – some with more, some with less success – and lived, worked and travelled all over the place. So you think he must be at least 50 years old, but he only looks 50, he is actually much younger. He speaks five languages, but since German is not one of them his colleagues have been trying to teach him some strong language, and man, he is one fast learner! Pablo joined Edelweiss in 2015 and if you should ever be on one of his tours we have one piece of advice for you: bring a well-trained diaphragm...
Tours I will be leading: Anywhere in the world!
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: You better like what you have to do anyway and often people loose their free will after the first contact already. That's how it is if you get caught by a drug dealer. My mission is to get you addicted. Warning: Success rate - high!
Favorite destination: New Zealand - Roosting or leaned over all the way through paradise - how much better can it get?
What I like: Curves - round, tight, anytime, anywhere!
What I dislike: Anything that hinders momentum sucks!
Hobbies: Reading, running, moto-X, skiing, snowboarding - things that allow my mind and body to take a flight!
My favorite bike: BMW R 1200 GS - constant fun factor - from the Autobahn of Munich to the dunes of Pismo Beach!
Despite the fact that many people, especially those from English speaking countries, frequently mispronounce his last name, Christian consistently delivers a top tour-guiding performance. He has worked for Edelweiss for many, many, many years, for so long actually that hardly anybody remembers the time before. During these years he travelled to every country you can possibly think of, riding his motorcycle through scorching deserts, across snow-covered mountain passes, through dripping wet rainforests and in and out of heavily congested cities, and he always manages to convince his faithfully following group that this is the best fun they ever had. Christian was born in Austria in 1956 and he still lives there, in the hills outside Linz, in an old farmhouse that he lovingly restored. He used to be a professional motocross racer, then guided trekking- and adventure tours in the US for years before joining the Edelweiss team in 1994. If you asked him why he still loves guiding tours for Edelweiss, this would be his answer: “Where else could I find a job where I constantly get to meet new friends while being sent out to the most exotic locations of the planet in order to attack those wicked, cool, twisting roads on the newest, best-performing motorcycles? And then they force me to have a beer!”
Tours I will be leading: All the tours I can get.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I drive so slowly, there's no chance you can't keep up with me.
Favorite destination: Every place I have never been to before.
What I like: Menhirs, watching wild animals
What I dislike: Forsythias, desk jobs
Hobbies: Riding my racing bicycle, reading, doing handwork
My favorite bike: my SRX 600
Johanna was born in 1988 in Frankfurt, but lived in Chile and Italy for a year each. She graduated university in 2015 and then traveled with her motorcycle for a year. At the moment she works as a bike messenger (main work), gardener, building cleaner and assistant in a carpentry.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I like to share my passion for motorcycling
Favorite destination: The Alps
What I like: Exchange of experiences in a friendly atmosphere
What I dislike: Hustle and bustle on holiday
Hobbies: Handball and ballooning
My favorite bike: Always the one in my own garage
Tours I will be leading: Best of Europe and Cuba
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I take it easy!
Favorite destination: That is difficult to answer because I don't know all destinations. Some of my favorites tours are run in South America, China, Morocco, Cuba, and Scotland!
What I like: Travelling on all the different kinds of vehicles either with Edelweiss or my own family!
What I dislike: Bus tourists
Hobbies: Travelling, cooking, playing with my little son, and fixing my old house!
My favorite bike: A lot of bikes are great so it is hard to make a choice!
Jens, one of the most veteran tour guides on the team, has been guiding tours for Edelweiss since the last millennium. But his young family - he has a son and a daughter - transformed the restless traveler into a settled person, so Jens is not often encountered on tours these days.
For many years, Jens, born in 1969, lived in Worms, a city on the banks of the Rhine. Throughout his life he loved traveling, he rode to Africa, Thailand, Australia, and the USA, lived in Madrid and in Corsica, and crisscrossed South America on two wheels, from left to right and from top to bottom. For him, working as a tour guide meant a perfect combination of his hobbies and the unavoidable need to earn a living. After his son was born in 2009, Jens wanted to spend more time at home. When a job opened up in the Edelweiss office, he jumped at the chance and moved to Austria, where he designed special tours for groups from all over the world, from Israel to Brazil, from Taiwan to Canada. Spanish-speaking groups from South and Central America were particularly dear to him, because his Spanish is better than his English. Malicious tongues even claim that it is better than his German... ;-)
But the homesickness for the Rhine was great and so he moved back to Worms and reduced his workload. Too bad, because Jens as a tour guide was always a warrant for quality and for a lot of fun! If you are ever in the area, stop by for a coffee: Jens loves to talk about motorcycles and the big wide world.
Tours I will be leading: As many as possible!
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because they can feel that for me it is not a job, but a real pleasure to be on a tour with them!
Favorite destination: The ones I haven't been to yet, because I am very curious and I love to discover new places, roads, and cultures!
What I like: Animals, nature, beautiful landscapes, twisty roads, slow food... and everything that moves on two wheels!
What I dislike: Rainy days and heavy traffic
Hobbies: Motorcycling (of course), cycling, listening to music, reading, photography, and spending time with my friends and family!
My favorite bike: My 4 year old Suzuki V-Strom 650, comfortable, reliable, economic but also very emotional!
Born and raised in Naples and therefore a real Italian, Domenico had no choice. After spending his childhood years riding around on bicycles he acquired a motorized two-wheeler as soon as he was old enough, and the vehicle he got was – of course – a Vespa. Domenico studied economics and after his graduation, he went to work in the tourism industry, because he wanted to see the world while working. After several years of experience in hotels, holiday resorts, travel agencies, and cruise ships, he decided that time had come to combine his past professional experiences with his passion for motorcycles, so he applied with Edelweiss. We were happy to take him on, and since 2013 Domenico is an Edelweiss tour guide.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in the Alps, Italy and Spain
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I like to travel on two wheels and to share my enthusiasm with my groups.
Favorite destination: South Tyrol, southern France, South America
What I like: Spend time with friends, travel, typical regional food and good wine, pure nature and lovely scenery, remote places and the off-road trails that lead there, curves
What I dislike: Dishonesty, deceitfulness, avoidable stress
Hobbies: Motorcycling, spinning, yoga, hiking, skiing,
My favorite bike: My own BMW F650GS
Claudia is a real Bavarian girl, born, raised and still at home in Munich. She completed an apprenticeship in hotel management, worked in the field for years, studied tourism and event management and worked in that field again for years. Right now she has a regular office job, something that doesn’t quite fulfill her, so when she went on the Edelweiss Moscow to Bangkok tour as a customer in 2014 and witnessed the exciting and diverse lives of her tour guides, she instinctively knew what to do… Now she lives according to her motto: you can’t add more years to your life, but you can add more life to your years.
Tours I will be leading: Tours in central Europe
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: People come to Edelweiss for the best ride of their lives – and I am doing all I can to deliver that.
Favorite destination: So far Vietnam. So interesting and culturally diverse – I need to go back.
What I like: Curvy roads and sticky tarmac
What I dislike: Finding a great riding road with a badly maintained surface.
Hobbies: Powder skiing/snowboarding, motorcycling and golf!
My favorite bike: My Ducati Monster 1200S. Having said that stick me on pretty much any bike and you’ll see a smile creasing my face.
William originally hails from Portsmouth, on the sunny South Coast of England. He started his biking life at 16, riding trails and enduro and from there soon moved on to road biking. He moved to Munich in 2000 to improve his work/life balance and has been there ever since, apart from a 2 year hiatus in Costa Rica. After 25 years working in Global Corporate IT roles he decided a change of lifestyle was required and now splits his time between Teaching English, Ski instructing and leading Edelweiss tours. Pura Vida!
Tours I will be leading: Iceland, Best of Europe, some trips in the Alps
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I'm always in a good mood with a smile on my face, enjoy being surrounded by great people and love riding motorcycles.
Favorite destination: I don't really care, because every destination has its own treasures.
What I like: Great people, curvy roads without much traffic and adventures in general.
What I dislike: avoidable stress
Hobbies: Alpine sports like snowboarding, splitboardtouring, high alpine touring, MTB-downhill / - endure riding, motorcycling, traveling.
My favorite bike: There is no favorite bike as I can have fun on all sort of bikes.
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