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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: As a hiking and mountain bike guide, I have mainly been active in the Alps. However, my fondest memories are definitely from hiking, cycling, and motorcycle tours in Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, America... too many to list them all. At Edelweiss, I also lead various e-bike tours around the world.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I enjoy being active and I am fortunate enough to have turned my hobby into a profession ...
Favorite destination: Where I find the perfect mix of tranquility, nature, culture, gastronomy, and friendly people. The world is a book, and only those who travel can read the entire book.
What I like: Discovering new things and places, being active with like-minded people, and enjoying life to the fullest.
What I dislike: Negative and thoughts
Hobbies: Sports and physical activity in general, volleyball, hiking, cycling, and motorcycling in particular, photography, and videography.
My favorite bicycle: Mondraker Foxy Carbon R
Noël originally hails from Belgium. However, after completing his studies and military service, he quickly relocated to the Netherlands, where his work ignited his passion for travel. Through mountain biking, BMX, and motocross, he has explored every corner of the world, eventually finding himself back in one of his favorite countries: Spain. Nestled in the Andalusian mountains, he enojoys the perfect mix of nature, culture, and lifestyle with his girlfriend - when he's not on the road with Edelweiss. It was through his role as a mountain bike and hiking guide that he came into contact with Edelweiss Bike Travel. Noël loves showing others the most beautiful spots on our planet and exploring them together. He primarily works as an e-bike tour guide for Edelweiss Bike Travel.
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: 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.
Tyroleans are usually born with skis already attached to their feet. Markus had them too, but also the fingers of his right hand were bent in an unusual way and he discovered later that they would fit perfectly around the throttle grip of a motorcycle… Markus was born in 1956 in the ancient town of Hall in Tirol, where he still lives today. For many years he didn’t really know what to do with himself, he led a restless life, joined two UNO missions to the Golan Heights, studied sports and geography, and he travelled. And man, did he travel! There is not enough space on this web site to name all the countries he visited, but he especially loves Greece and Norway, Chile and South Africa, the US and the Middle East. Once it took him seven weeks to ride from Innsbruck to the North Cape and back and this trip still stands out as his personal number one.
In 1993 Markus found a way to put the fingers of his right hand to work: he guided his first Edelweiss motorcycle tour and he loved it so much that he hasn’t stopped guiding ever since. It was only in 2012, after 19 ½ years on the road, that he traded the bike seat for an office chair, and his colleagues suspect that he just couldn’t stand the thought of Edelweiss celebrating him for 20 years of service. It would just make him feel sooo old… But with age comes experience, and if there ever was a full-blooded tour guide, Markus would be it. Hundreds of tours, thousands of happy customers, more than a million kilometres on two, four and eight wheels and countless outstanding picnics are firmly tucked under his belt. Somebody once called him a true professional, and that is certainly true. Markus is married with two kids and besides motorcycling and chatting on the phone with his tour guides he loves mountain biking, skiing, and music, and of course he loves spending time with his family. In 2022, Markus moved into his well-deserved retirement... - Retirement...? - No way! Markus will continue to be with us as a tour guide!
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: Tours in Europe and in the future, of course, beyond.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because my passion for motorcycling and travel is enthusiastic and contagious.
Favorite destination: Iceland, the Balkans, Scandinavia
What I like: Discovering new people-countries-cultures, preferably by motorcycle
What I dislike: Conservative views and stagnation
Hobbies: Motorcycling, ski touring/ski mountaineering, hiking, spending time with family and friends.
My favorite bike: My customizing project Honda Transalp PD 06 and Yamaha MT 09
Julian hails from the Westerwald region of Germany, where he started riding his Yamaha PW50 on forest roads at the tender age of 8. As a passionate technician, he followed his gut feeling, learned to be a mechanic, and then studied mechanical engineering. In his mid-20s, he moved his base of operations to the beautiful Allgäu region to be closer to the Alps. The time between his travels and motorcycle tours he fills with marketing and sales activities, because one must make a living and the travels need financing, too. His list already includes 35 countries he has visited, and it is set to grow even longer.
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: 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: Balkans, Greece, Spain, Portugal, France. No matter where, the most important things are little traffic and plenty of curves. But I prefer being on the road in the Alps the most. I know my way around there very well.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I am an uncomplicated person. On tours, I ensure that guests feel good and safe, and of course, there's a lot of fun involved too. Only when at the end of the day everyone has a big smile on their face, am I satisfied.
Favorite destination: Southern France, the Balkans, and the entire Alpine region.
What I like: Traveling, enjoying life and the moment, meeting people, continually accepting new challenges, and of course, riding motorcycles.
What I dislike: Heavy traffic on the roads, milk, mosquitoes, and bad weather.
Hobbies: Foreign countries and cultures, traveling with a motorhome, riding motorcycles, skiing, and hiking.
My favorite bike: My R1250GS Adventure with which I've already gone on many fantastic tours.
After many years in marketing and purchasing in the automotive industry, it was time for a change in life. Out of the office and the industry's rat race. The love for traveling and motorcycling brought Dominik to Edelweiss. Here, enthusiasm is palpable in every moment, and he can share what he's passionate about. The journey is the destination!
Tours I will be leading: Anywhere in Europe!
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I love to share my enthusiasm for traveling and motorcycling with a group of like-minded people
Favorite destination: Sardegna, Southern France and everything in the Alps. The most important things are nice curves and no traffic.
What I like: Routes with long curves and no traffic.
What I dislike: Rain, hairpin bends and city traffic.
Hobbies: Badminton, reading and of course motorcycling!
My favorite bike: Husqvarna 701 Supermoto
Daniel grew up in beautiful Tyrol, but moved to the other end of Austria, Vienna, after his law studies. After 10 years in the legal and real-estate industry he came to realise that sitting in an office day by day just isn't the real deal for him. He needed a change: As a tourguide for Edelweiss he was able to combine his two big passions, traveling and motorcycling, perfectly.
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: 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: At the moment, I am mostly riding in the Alps, but that can change quickly - and then I will ride everywhere.
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I have so much fun on the bike myself and that's what Edelweiss customers can see and feel when riding with me
Favorite destination: Croatia, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden and of course the Alps
What I like: Discovering small, hidden roads and new countries
What I dislike: City traffic and bad weather
Hobbies: Motorcycling and mountainbiking, skiing and football
My favorite bike: my GS
Thomas was born at the beautiful Saar and is still living in the tri-border region of Germany, Luxembourg, and France. For a long time, he was employed in the development department of a major automotive supplier. Besides his job, Thomas also played football for a long time (first as a player, later as a coach). When he could no longer pursue this hobby, he stumbled upon exciting motorcycle tours through Edelweiss. "So why not turn a hobby into a profession?" he thought. Well, and today, he is here with us. What a fortunate coincidence!
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: 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: Morocco, Alps, Pyrenees, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Italy
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I simply love people!
Favorite destination: Andalusia and the North American West coast
What I like: The mountains, the sea, people, skiing, traveling, meeting family and friends
What I dislike: Greed, dishonesty, people who are no team players
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking and motorcycling
My favorite bike: Energica Experia
Michael was born and raised in Munich. His Tyrolian roots however, which he got from his Mum and Dad, lead him to Tyrol 6 years ago. Since then, he has been commuting between the Bavarian capital city and St. Ulrich am Pillersee. At the presentation of the new Energica Experia (e-motorcycle) in the Dolomites Michael got into a conversation with an Edelweiss tourguide. Michael got so excited by all the stories that he immediately applied as a tour guide at Edelweiss. What could be more beautiful than turning your hobby into your calling?
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.
Tours I will be leading: Best of Europe, High Alpine Tour, Croatia to Greece
Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Join me and you will see ;)
Favorite destination: Albania, Montenegro and everywhere I haven’t been before
What I like: To look back at another great day with a cold beer in the sun
What I dislike: Being locked inside or having to do boring, repetitive work (a combination might be lethal ...)
Hobbies: As a former kitesurf and skiing instructor I love to move my body and try out new sports, so I am always open for new fun stuff.
My favorite bike: I prefer exploring the world with my Tenere 700. Mostly because it gives me the opportunity to take any road or trail I can find - no matter how small the trail or how big the rocks on the way.
Lars was born in the Netherlands, but he has already lived in six different countries and has traveled extensively as a former surfing, kiteboarding, and skiing instructor. For the past four years, Lars has been living in Vienna and he often goes on motorcycle trips from there. The native Dutchman had his first motorcycle at the age of three. Since then, he says, his love for motorcycle riding has only grown. His goals? To see as much of the world as possible on a motorcycle. That's why he's a perfect fit as a tour guide at Edelweiss. And otherwise, maybe participate in a rally here and there.
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