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The Tour Guide Team

Edelweiss Bike Travel

All Edelweiss team members share their enthusiasm for motorcycling and travelling, their love for details and the common riding and working experience.








Axel Allgaier 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.

Marko Bauer 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.

Steve Beck Tours I will be leading: Christopher Columbus Tour

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I have an open ear for every wish and travelling with me will become a unique experience and unforgettable time!

Favorite destination: My second home country is Australia, a part of my heart belongs to this continent!

What I like: I like open-minded people, music, good weather, different cultures and Nutella!

What I dislike: Selfish people

Hobbies: Of course riding my bike, cycling, playing my guitar and singing in my band plus travelling and work with wood

My favorite bike: My good old Yamaha Ténéré and Honda Africa Twin!

Steve was born in 1986 in Apolda, a small town about 15 miles from Weimar, the famous city of Goethe and Schiller. After completing his apprenticeship as a carpenter he went to Australia, travelling and working his way around the country for 2 ½ years. Then he returned to Europe, but he just couldn’t sit still, so he took his motorcycle and travelled through Scandinavia and Russia all the way to Kazakhstan. Then, finally, he found his way back to reality and started studying wood technology in Hildesheim, Germany. Whenever he is not studying or travelling he loves to play music with his band in pubs all over Germany. Steve started working for Edelweiss in 2013. Bring your guitar, Steve!

Frank Bergmann Tours I will be leading: Tours in Europe

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I try to make their holidays relaxed and special! Beside that I think psych nurse (real life) and Edelweiss tour guide (part time job) is the perfect combination for a relaxed and safe trip!

Favorite destination: Talking about riding I would say the Alps, Dolomites and any destination with windy mountain roads and spectacular scenery!

What I like: Spending time with my little daughter, honest people, spending time outside and enjoy nature, travelling and good food, to show people in summer (Edelweiss tour guide) and winter (ski instructor) beautiful places and share my hobbies with them!

What I dislike: Dishonest and greedy people and stress

Hobbies: Riding motorcycles, skiing and hiking on skis, mountain-biking and spending time outside

My favorite bike: My own bike: KTM 990 Supermotard

Frank is a real Tyrolean, born and raised in Hochfilzen and now living in beautiful Lans, a village on the outskirts of Innsbruck, the provincial capital. Like most people around here he loves everything that happens outdoors, especially skiing and hiking, and he knows how to ride a motorcycle or two! In his real life Frank works as a nurse in a mental hospital, so you can imagine how important his part-time job as a tour guide is to keep him balanced. He says he got the job with Edelweiss because he was in the right place at the right time. We hope you don’t mean the mental hospital, Frank ... ;-)

Angela De Haan 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 ...

Wim Doms Tours I will be leading: Starting off in Europe’s playground: The Alps!

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 and Great Britain, Scandinavia, Canada… Anywhere where there’s mountains (and a nice cold beer in the evening)!

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 R 1200 GS for the great travel companion it is. And the Moto Guzzi Bellagio, for its sheer beauty.

Wim from Belgium is in his mid-thirties and lives in Meise, right outside Brussels, in a small street from where he has the best possible view of the city. 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.

Anthony Fairweather 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.

Reinhard Fallbacher Tours I will be leading: As many as possible!

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I like to show people foreign culture, best way to travel is on motorbike!

Favorite destination: Italy, Africa (Sahara, Morocco, Namibia) and New Zealand

What I like: Pasta, red wine, good rides and enjoying life

What I dislike: Bad mood

Hobbies: Riding motorbikes (of course), diving, photography, sport and traveling

My favorite bike: I have a lot: two of them are BMW GS 1100/1200 Adventure and Harley Davidson Night Rod

Reinhard was born in 1974 and lives in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. He knows that Americans like short first names, so you are welcome to call him Ray. You may do that even if you’re not American. Ray joined the ranks of the Edelweiss tour guides in 2012 because he loves riding and traveling and he feels the urge to convey his feelings to other riders and travelers. You found the right place for that, Ray!

Björn Fath 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 assured that we tried and tested him thoroughly …

Andreas Fetzer 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.

Motorcycle Tourguide Friden 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!

Michael Göbel 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.

Ted Goslinga 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 ...

Milan Haase Tours I will be leading: Anywhere Edelweiss wants to send me!

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I'm not really sure why but people have a great time on my tours!

Favorite destination: Anywhere, because everywhere it is beautiful!

What I like: Riding my vintage BMW through the mountains!

What I dislike: Sitting in traffic jams!

Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, Restoring old cars/ bikes, watching TV

My favorite bike: My 1978 BMW R 80/7

If you ask Milan where he’s from he will stop and think for a few seconds. Born in Chile to German parents but grown up in the US, in Colorado. Speaks three languages fluently. So where is he from? If home is where the heart is then Milan’s home is Telluride, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and dog. Telluride is a great place to live when you like outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, river rafting and hiking. Milan loves all these things, but he especially enjoys riding motorcycles; he started when he was only 13, on a 50cc Honda dirt bike. Today there is hardly anybody who is more familiar with Colorado’s back roads. Milan started guiding tours for Edelweiss in 2013. Whenever he is not guiding, he owns and operates a construction business specializing in building and remodeling energy efficient or "High Performance" homes. In a mountain environment, it's important to have a comfortable home! Sorry Milan, but you won’t be home that much anymore ...

Mirko Heilhecker 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 ...

Motorcycle Tourguide Hermann Tours I will be leading: High Alpine Tour, Best of Europe, Pyrenees and let’s see what else

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I’m a carer. My heart fills with joy when my guests on tour feel good, safe and well cared for. I enjoy showing people the best spots of a touring region and I love to turn customers into friends.

Favorite destination: I can find beauty in every destination; naming a favorite is just not possible…

What I like: People, landscapes, motorcycles, good food, new experiences, reading. Experiencing the wow-effect on tour (coming around a corner and…. WOW!)

What I dislike: Spoilsports (“have you reached the part of your book yet where the butler commits the murder”), rush hour in Munich

Hobbies: Riding motorcycles and mountain bikes, hiking, reading

My favorite bike: BMW F650GS (great for travelling), Beta 525

Born in 1975 in the southern part of beautiful Black Forest Andreas was busy riding mountain passes in the Alps even before his motorcycle career started. But bicycles were just too exhausting, and the Alps were too small, so he set off to discover the world on motorcycles. Europe, Russia, Georgia, northern Africa, South America and Australia were his destinations so far, he even participated in rally races. Andreas is a precision engineer by trade, studied in Nuremberg and traveled the world working as a product manager. After a well-earned sabbatical he joined Edelweiss in 2015, searching for some thrill in his life. You’ve come to the right place, Andreas!

David Hien Tours I will be leading: Some different Edelweiss Adventure tours and tours in the Alps!

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I am always funny!

Favorite destination: Western Canada

What I like: I like to be outdoors!

What I dislike: An office job

Hobbies: Motorcycling, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, traveling and much more!

My favorite bike: KTM 300 EXC, BMW HP 2

David, one of the youngest of all Edelweiss tour guides, was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a resort town in the Bavarian Alps, in the far south of Germany. He grew up and still lives in Klais, a pretty village outside of Garmisch, where people still wear Lederhosen as an everyday outfit. After he finished school David joined the military for a year, finished an apprenticeship as a shoemaker and worked for the Germany Alpine Club, building and maintaining hiking paths and shelters in the Bavarian Alps. He enjoyed doing all these things but when Edelweiss came along and offered him a job he instantly knew what to do ... David spends a lot of time riding his KTM and mountain bike off road (and we mean OFF road!!!) and climbing and hiking and working out, so he is top fit. If you should come on one of his tours you are always welcome to join him for a little triathlon before breakfast.

Holger Homann Tours I will be leading: Asia section of world tour

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. And now he is with us. Welcome to the team!

Thomas Kastner Tours I will be leading: Kings and Castles and Moto Grand Prix tours

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: My focus is fun on riding for everybody. I know the narrow and tiny roads!

Favorite destination: Race tracks in Brno and Misano!

What I like: The smell of gas!

What I dislike: The smell of diesel!

Hobbies: Riding, running and draught beer

My favorite bike: R 1200 GS and all KTMs

Thomas was born in 1965 and lives in Vienna, the beautiful Austrian capital. He loves the racetrack, but he can also take it easy and show people from around the world the beauty of his home lands. Thomas has guided tours for Edelweiss since 2005. For him, this is work and fun at the same time.

Michael Keller Tours I will be leading: Tours in the Alps, Kings & Castles and the Grand Canyon tours

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because you can expect me to be young, dynamic and open-minded. In case there is a problem with the motorcycles I can rely on my experience as a MC mechanic!

Favorite destination: Mallorca, Sardinia and Corsica

What I like: I like to explore the landscape together with tour members, with whom I can have good dinner with and drink some “Weißbier” together in the evening!

What I dislike: Cold, rainy weather, captious people – and coffee

Hobbies: Motorcycling, sports (volleyball, climbing), paragliding, and music (I´m an organist) and I also like action movies (especially those with Angelina Jolie)!

My favorite bike: At home I ride a Yamaha XJ6 and a MV Agusta F4 750 Evo ´03, but I´m always interested in other bikes too. My actual favorite is Moto Morini Corsaro Veloce, what a great engine!

Michael was born in 1987 in Franconia, in Bamberg to be precise, a beautiful historic city about 40 miles north of Nuremberg. These days he lives in Rottenburg, near Stuttgart, where he studies “BioEnergy” and works in a motorcycle shop as a mechanic. He started working as a guide for Edelweiss in 2012 and he is very excited about it because for him it´s a great opportunity to meet nice people and explore the world. You’re definitively right about that, Michael!

Oliver Kraft 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!

Michael Kreuzmeir 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.

Motorcycle Tourguide Kuhn 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...

Tedy Kunicic Tours I will be leading: Adriatic Rollercoaster, Balkan tours and tours in the Alps

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Alps, Balkans, USA, Canada ...

Favorite destination: die Alpen, der Balkan, USA und Kanada

What I like: Riding through amazing scenery and sharing the stories with others.

What I dislike: Impatient people

Hobbies: The Arctics, running, swimming and holidays on Hvar island

My favorite bike: Harley Sportster XR 1200 R

Teddy was born in Munich in 1970, but his true home is the Island of Hvar, in Croatia. Working as product marketing manager he sometimes feels like he’s stuck in the office, so guiding tours for Edelweiss (since 2014) will certainly have a positive impact on his work-life-balance.

Paul Kustermann 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!

Alan Magnoni Tours I will be leading: Rome to Sicily, Tour of Tuscany and several tours in the Alps

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I am easy going, always know a solution and the best lunch spots (I like good food!). And sharing a cool beer at night I very much enjoy telling good stories and listening to interesting people!

Favorite destination: All places on the Rome to Sicily tour: There's the best food, the tastiest wines, awesome roads, always sunshine, beaches, mountains and outside cities no traffic ... what else do we need?

What I like: Old school bikes, pizza and pasta, wine and beer and pretty girls

What I dislike: Troubles, bad food and sometimes high technology

Hobbies: I studied sport science at the university so i like all kind of sports! Especially football (soccer for the Americanos), tennis, bicycling, swimming, hiking, skiing (free ride), music, theatre and art!

My favorite bike: A nice Triumph Scrambler

Merano, a town in South Tyrol, is not only one of the cradles of modern tourism, but also Alan’s home town. He was born here, in the land of wine and apples, at some point during the last quarter of the 20th century, and he grew up climbing the surrounding mountains and riding the twisty roads that were all around him. He likes to travel and he loves to move around on two wheels, therefore he loves his work as a tour guide. In his spare time he prefers his bicycle, though, because he likes to work out and keep fit. Which is good, because you get older even if you keep your age to yourself, Alan ...

Manuel Marabese Tours I will be leading: Alps, Tuscany, Southern Italy, Norway.

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: A smile and a deep knowledge of the tour is a good combination for a happy guest.

Favorite destination: Anywhere I haven't been yet... the discovery is simply fabulous.

What I like: The breeze of the coastal roads, the heat of the deserts, the breathtaking curves of the mountains, the sound of the motorbikes, the life on the road.

What I dislike: Unhappy skies.

Hobbies: Travelling, trekking, diving, snowboarding, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, reading, photography.

My favorite bike: HONDA CBR 600 F, my private lover.

Manuel, born in 1982, is one of the Italians reinforcing the ranks of Edelweiss tour guides. He grew up in Bolzano, surrounded by the Dolomites and their incredible alpine roads. This favourable setting – and having a great rider as a father – invited him to start riding motorbikes at the age of 14. Now at over 30 he is still enjoying every km of road as it was the first time. After his bachelor in philosophy Manuel realised that Nirvana can be reached while travelling; he moved to northern Norway and spent several seasons above the Arctic Circle working as a tour guide. In 2009 he finally had the opportunity to combine his passions guiding, travelling and riding a motorcycle by joining Edelweiss. Since then he has guided many tours in Europe, mostly in Italy and in Scandinavia. The Alps and nearby areas like Slovenia and Croatia come in from time to time, as a gentle touch between the extreme North and deep South, together with tours around charming Central Europe. Even after studying in Denmark and becoming a Master of Tourism in the process it is hard for Manuel to nominate his preferred Edelweiss tour. One of the things he likes most is meeting rider companions from previous tours and lead them into new discoveries. His past as pure tour guide and ‘philosopher’ gives him a fair deal of communication skills and he truly loves the daily briefings and the stops along the way, when he can share his knowledge with the group. He likes to add a bit of irony, because a great laugh is the best icebreaker while starting a new tour. Besides riding and travelling, he also likes photography, snowboarding, scuba diving, rock music and a good beer after a long ride under a perfect sunny day. Although there is a Honda CBR in his garage his favourite bikes for touring are GS, RT, Multistrada and Triumph Tiger. Edelweiss guides are spoiled enough to have the fortune to ride all of them on tour so we don’t really have to choose only a single favourite one... And, no, like you, Manuel does not like rain too much, but sometimes it is part of the deal. In fact he agrees with the famous Norwegian motto that says: “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes”.

Franz Pan Tours I will be leading: High Alpine Tour, The Ultimate Alps Tour, Ducati tours in Italy and Australia and the Kings and Castles tour

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Main reason I guess is because of my very calm and handsome attitude to interact with people. Therefore I always try to understand every person and his needs and to make guest feeling at their highest comfort. And because I am most of the time in good mood!

Favorite destination: Australia, Cuba, Patagonia, Alaska and all other places around the world!

What I like: If people let it go, let it flow, seeing every tour as a new experience and a bit like an adventure, taking the things as they are and enjoying the landscape and people we meet on the way, even if some things doesn’t work out as we planned!

What I dislike: Beans, fried eggs and tomato for breakfast.

Hobbies: Biking with and without engine, Telemark-skiing and cross-country, diving, rafting, badminton, ultimate freesbee and most relaxing of all, listening to good music and DJ-ing in between

My favorite bike: KTM LC4 640 or 690 SMC, Ducati Hypermotard 1100, Ducati Multistrada 1200 s and Triumph Tiger 1200

Franz Pan was born in 1968 in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy. He grew up there and still lives there today, which doesn’t mean that he didn’t get around. He studied law, all the way up to a doctor’s degree, and worked in law-related jobs for several years. But his heart was outdoors. As a student he had spent his holidays working as skiing instructor, lifeguard and rafting guide, and now, with his office job, he yearned to be outside again. So he grabbed his backpack and travelled around the world, a trip that was supposed to last one year, but eventually took two to complete. He mostly used public transport, lived in Australia and Brazil for a while, became a certified dive master and only returned home when he ran out of money. Apart from invaluable experiences this trip also gave him plenty of opportunity to hone his language skills: Franz speaks German, Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese and probably a dozen lesser known languages. Like many globetrotters Franz found it difficult to resume his old office-life, but he eventually managed to get back on track. He worked as real estate consultant, teacher, and manager for a steel company before finally, in 2010, he found his true destiny: being a tour guide for Edelweiss Bike Travel. By the way: Franz does not have a brother named Peter!

Ursula Peter 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 ...

Tourguide Pablo 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...

Christian Preining 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!”

Thomas Ritt Tours I will be leading: New Zealand, Tibet, Kilimanjaro, Scotland, and everything else that comes my way!

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because I can show them how to eat with chop sticks!

Favorite destination: New Zealand, Tibet and the Alps

What I like: A great day on the bike!

What I dislike: Cold pizza and warm beer!

Hobbies: Motorcycling, travelling, bicycling and hiking

My favorite bike: My faithful old Suzuki and my not quite as faithful and even older Yamaha.

Tom was born in Munich in 1972, only a stone’s throw from the Oktoberfest site. The beautiful Bavarian capital has been his home ever since, he loves the laid-back lifestyle of the “million-people-village” and the proximity to mountains, lakes and forests. Tom has guided tours on all continents since he started working for Edelweiss in 2003. The job satisfies his desire to be on the road and on a bike and gives him the chance to practice his intercultural communications skills ...

Jens Ruprecht 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 kind 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 longest-serving tour guides in the team, “retired” to the office in 2012, after twelve years on the road. His young family, especially his son Pablo, turned the restless traveler into a settled man. For many years Jens, born in 1969, lived in Worms, a town on the banks of the Rhine. Throughout his life he loved to travel, he went to Africa, Thailand, Australia and the US, he lived in Madrid and in Corsica and he criss-crossed South America on two wheels, left to right, top to bottom. For him work as a tour guide meant a perfect match of his favorite hobbies and the inevitable need to make a living. After his son was born in 2009 Jens yearned for more time at home. When a position became available in the head office he seized the opportunity and moved to Austria. Now he designs custom tours for groups from every conceivable country, from Israel to Brazil, from Taiwan to Canada. Spanish speaking groups from South and Central America are his favorites; his Spanish, you see, is better than his English. Some people say it’s even better than his German… ;-) Whenever he is not in the office or on tour (he still looks after the Best of Europe), Jens is at home, cooking, fixing his old house or playing with his son. A real family guy! If you’re ever in the area, drop in for a coffee: Jens loves to talk about riding the roads of the great wide world.

Oliver Scheib Tours I will be leading: Mostly European tours

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I'm an emphatic person, I like to socialize, I am always happy and my good mood easily transfers to other people.

Favorite destination: Southern Europe (Italy, Spain), Asia, New Zealand

What I like: Honesty, Reliability, warm summer nights, the sea, winter landscapes, warmth and travelling

What I dislike: Rain, arrogance, being late and office jobs

Hobbies: Winter sports, motorcycling and surfing

My favorite bike: Ducati Monster

Olli was born in 1978 to a German father and Italian mother. Some Italians get bored easily and need a lot of diversion, and in this respect Olli is all Italian. But he grew up in Bavaria, not far from Munich, and that calmed him down a little. Right now he lives in Lübeck, northern Germany, together with his wife and daughter, but he wants to move back to his homeland soon. It's probably a bit too calm up there ... To satisfy his appetite for diversion Olli joined Edelweiss in 2015. On the side he runs a little online shop, so if you happen to need a pair of sunglasses or a new purse - Olli's you man!

Domenico Schiano 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 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 from 2013 on Domenico will be a tour guide.

Florian Schmidbauer Tours I will be leading: Tours in South America, Alps, Spain and New Zealand

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: With me every tour is becoming an adventure and I am getting a lot of contact to the locals - „Please can you tell me how I get to...“ ;-)!

Favorite destination: All of my tours are fantastic in their own way!

What I like: Streets, on which you even lay down in the curves while driving them by car!

What I dislike: Motorway by motorcycle!

Hobbies: Sport in the mountains, at the sea or simply at home!

My favorite bike: A specialized Allez!

It was late in 2007 when Florian received the call. He was working in New Zealand at the time and when Edelweiss needed somebody to co-guide a special tour down there he jumped on board. Florian was born in 1975 and grew up in a small town outside of Munich, Bavaria, Germany. He is a carpenter by trade, worked in the field for years and actually still does, whenever he is not out on tour. Recently he spent a year in South America, working and travelling and learning to speak Spanish, and right after he returned home Edelweiss called – again – and sent him straight back to guide a tour in Peru. It’s not that easy to quit, Florian!

Robert Stoll Tours I will be leading: Many of the new Harley tours

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I am easy going, fun, and dependable

Favorite destination: Rocky Mountains, Alps, Monument Valley, Sturgis and European Bike Week

What I like: Good food, good people and good times

What I dislike: Rude people, fish and country music

Hobbies: Riding, travel, ice hockey (Colorado Avalanche!), football and soccer

My favorite bike: My 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide. She is named “Maggie” after my mother Margrit

Rob, born in the US to Swiss parents in the mid-60s, is a Harley guy through and through. Tattoos, beard, hair cut, everything points him out as a fan of the American iron and it is unusual to see him wearing anything but a Harley-Davidson t-shirt. His previous job included handling some very heavy machinery, maybe this is why Rob feels so at home on his Harley. Rob loves to travel; so far he was able to check more than 30 countries off his bucket list. He lived in Switzerland for two years to hone his language skills and every time he rides his motorcycle in Europe he can feel his grandfather’s presence as the rode his Condor 65 years ago. He feels at home on both sides of the pond.

Christian Thaler Tours I will be leading: The Viking Experience, Touring Center Norway, various tours in the Alps

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: Because hassle-free tours are my specialty!

Favorite destination: Everything that’s new, especially in Europe and Asia!

What I like: Good food

What I dislike: There is nothing I can think of!

Hobbies: Motorcycling, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, photograhpy, ...

My favorite bike: I like adventure bikes because they are comfortable and can still take you off road!

Christian was born in Styria and raised in Lower Austria, and for the last 16 years he has lived in Tyrol, becoming a “real” Tyrolean in the process. But he also dared to venture outside of Austria; his jobs took him to the Middle East, the Balkans and to Central Asia. Christian’s motto is “strength is born of calmness”; he started guiding tours for Edelweiss in 2014.

Claudia Wenhart 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.

Christoph Zimmermann Tours I will be leading: in Europe, Africa, South and North America and Russia

Reason why people enjoy being on tour with me: I’m optimistic, relaxed and for me there is no situation that couldn’t be enjoyed!

Favorite destination: Wherever you find some curves.

What I like: Good food, the ocean and curves.

What I dislike: Mosquitoes

Hobbies: Travelling, motorcycle riding, skiing and hiking

My favorite bike: KTM 950sm and on Edelweiss tours the Ducati Multistrada.

Christoph was born in 1985 in Bavaria. He studied Strategic Management in Innsbruck, Austria, and started guiding tours for Edelweiss in 2008 in order to complement his studies. Strategically managing a motorcycle tour can be a tough job as we all know, so the job was well chosen. And on top of it all it gave him the opportunity to travel the world, get to know people and cultures from around the globe, and – this is the best part – do it all with his favorite piece of equipment: the motorcycle. Since finishing his studies in 2011 Christoph has been trying to find a better job, but turns out to be a difficult task. Meanwhile he keeps on riding ...

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