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Werner Wachter (October 4, 1943 - January 16, 2021)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | Thomas Ritt | News

It takes a lot of courage to live a busy life and still turn everything upside down to follow an idea. Werner Wachter had this courage when he founded a motorcycle travel company together with his wife Coral in 1980. In doing so, they were treading a path that no one had taken before them. The days when motorcyclists were considered starvelings or outlaws or both were not long gone, but Werner saw how things were changing and how they would evolve. Motorcycles would become popular recreational vehicles, and the riders would become well-heeled and welcome guests. He was right. As he was so often.
But a company founder needs not only a vision to follow but also a lot of down-to-earth knowledge, great assertiveness, and a lot of perseverance and persuasiveness. All this and more characterized Werner and so he succeeded in establishing not only a new company but a completely new industry. Guided motorcycle tours with comprehensive service from luggage transport to luxury picnics were new to the market but quickly found many takers. And also many imitators.
Werner established a large business network over the years and in many cases business partners became good friends. He built up a reliable staff and trained numerous tour guides, always looking ahead and towards his customers. Providing the guest on tour with a special and unforgettable experience was the guiding star by which he aligned his company. He always had an open ear for criticism and suggestions, even if he mostly preferred to listen to his gut feeling instead. Some people interpreted this character trait as stubbornness, but that is of course completely absurd. He always knew how to lighten up a deadlocked discussion by saying something profound or by telling one of his countless stories, most of which he had experienced himself. A gifted storyteller, yes, that's what he was.

From time to time, his thirst for adventure and discovery got the better of him, and the well-being of the tour participants had to take a back seat. When it hit him, laws became recommendations and rules became hints, which he elegantly circumvented. He suspected something particularly interesting behind that military roadblock in China, and restaurant kitchens were always an open invitation anyway. After all, you want to know where the food comes from, don't you? He liked to mingle with the locals, cheat his way into a wedding photo or dress up as a snake charmer in Morocco to confuse both locals and tourists. Not to mention the tour participants....

With his 60th birthday in the rearview mirror, Werner very slowly began to prepare for retirement. He brought his friend and volleyball partner Rainer Buck on board, made him managing director after a short trial period, and planned one last big trip - the world tour. From November 2010 to July 2011, he rode around the globe with a group of intrepid companions and then returned back to Mieming, but not to his office chair. Instead, he enjoyed his free time and prepared the handover of the company to his son Tobias. In 2018, his life's work was complete and we all would have wished him many more years to reminisce and see both his company and his family continue to grow. It was not meant to be. Farewell, Werner! You will be missed!

The good old times
Werner celebrates 20 years of Edelweiss
With Coral on the Silk Road Tour
California 2010
Werner and Rainer
2010 in Russia
Werner visiting a tour in northern Spain
A showpiece from the fleet
With son Tobias on a ride during a "Feschtl"
The Wachter family
November 22, 2010: Werner is about to embark on the World Tour

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On Tour with the Boss

By Thomas Ritt

The first "Beijing to Xi'an"-Tour, 2005

Werner Wachter, the founder of Edelweiss Bike Travel and inventor of the all-round carefree motorcycle trip, has passed away. After a short, serious illness, he took his last trip on the evening of January 16, 2021, leaving behind a deeply grieving family and shocked employees. Werner was an extraordinary person, in many ways, so this is not meant to be a normal obituary, but a travel story.

In early February 2005, I find a letter from Werner in my Edelweiss mailbox, addressed to all tour guides. He is looking for a volunteer, he writes, to take over the brand new China tour program. Interesting, I think, but I've only had two years as a tour guide for Edelweiss and don't want to jump the queue, plus I'm not sure if ten China tours a year, plus scouting and meetings, etc., wouldn't be a bit too much. I decide not to answer the mail for the time being and instead go on a long-planned vacation. Together with a buddy, we are scheduled to go from San Francisco to Denver to visit friends.

At that time there were no smartphones and no public hotspots, it was still cumbersome to check one's mails. At the friend's place in Denver, I check for the first time in two weeks and discover more circular mails from Werner, he seems to find no volunteer. "I am still looking for someone for China!!! URGENTLY!!!", he writes. Departure to Beijing is supposed to be as early as March 3. I write back that unfortunately I can't because I won't be back from the US until March 5. Besides, I am not sooo keen on spending so much time in China, for years to come, but of course, I don't write that. With a slightly hypocritical "I'm sorry" I close my mail. Only hours later, Werner's reply reaches me. "I have rescheduled your flight," he writes, "You will fly to China on March 7 and do the following there. Call me as soon as you get back from America". I scroll back. Did I really say yes? According to Werner's understanding, yes. Clearly.

Back home in Munich, I talk to Werner on the phone for a long time, then ride to Mieming and pick up a pile of documents and equipment. I also procure a - very expensive - express visa and off I go. In Beijing, I meet Rick, our Chinese partner, and we set off on a ten-day scouting tour. Still by car, because the 10 brand new BMWs Rick bought for the tours are not yet registered. Rick has no idea what a motorcycle tour should be like, by "nice road" he means a well-built expressway with immaculate pavement. We visit countless temples, pagodas, and monasteries, plus the Great Wall of China, the traffic on the completely straight roads is atrocious. We don't have time to scout alternatives. This will be a great tour, I think.

Back in Germany, I report to Werner and prepare him for the fact that the tour may not be as exciting as we had hoped. "Don't worry," Werner says, "it will be a fantastic adventure. At this point, I have no idea how right he was to be.

In mid-April, Werner and I fly to Beijing together. Economy, of course, because Werner doesn't like to spend money unnecessarily, especially not on himself. At the hotel, a huge five-star fantasyland on the outskirts of Beijing, we inspect the brand-new motorcycles and greet the tour participants, all hand-picked, adventure-tested regulars and personal friends. At the team meeting, he explains to our Chinese guides Rick and Jerry that we need to make some changes to the route, including adjusting the sights. Impromptu, please. Rick turns pale. He should turn pale more often on this tour.

On the first day of the tour, we head out to the Great Wall. Rick doesn't know how to lead a group, but the participants know how to keep up. I ride at the very back, we zoom along multi-lane roads, between cars, left and right past boundlessly overloaded trucks, across the hard shoulder and sometimes through oncoming traffic. I feel like I'm in a computer game. The adventure has begun.

On the second day, we ride into the mountains, on a narrow, beautiful road full of curves. Rick has picked this route out of the sleeve, he seems to know his way around, I gain hope. At noon we stop in a small village, beautifully decorated in a traditional way and certainly very crowded in summer (there are five large bus parking lots). Now in April, there is no one here except us. After lunch we are shown around the village, take photos. The tour is on, no kidding, we ride big BMWs through China. Unbelievable!

Back at the parking lot. Everyone is waiting for Werner, who is rummaging through his jacket and trouser pockets. The ignition key is nowhere to be found. We search the ground, run back to the restaurant and check every alley. The key remains missing and we have to hoist the 1150GS onto the trailer because unfortunately, Werner is not riding one of the official rental bikes, but a privately borrowed vehicle for which we have no spare key. While Rick continues to lead the group, co-tour guide Jerry has to go back to Beijing to get the spare key. For this, he takes my motorcycle, Werner and I are given a seat in the escort vehicle. I am pissed. The second day, blue sky, beautiful route, great landscape - and I have to sit in that stuffy truck. Werner is meek and has a guilty conscience. Rightly so.

In the evening, while the guests at the bar compare Chinese beer varieties and practice eating with chopsticks, the team gathers and hunches over the map. Werner jabs his index finger at the map and says, "This is a mountain range, right?" "Yes," Rick says, "but I don't know my way around there." "That doesn't matter," Werner says, "you'll take us across these mountains to Taiyuan tomorrow. Good night, everyone." Rick sleeps badly that night.

The next day brings the grandiose adventure that Werner had announced before the trip. At that time, there are neither paper nor digital maps for the mountains that would even remotely be detailed enough. The roads are getting smaller and bumpier, Rick asks for directions, again and again. Repeatedly we have to turn around and try another direction. It drizzles, we dig through the mud, every now and then someone falls over. But there are people everywhere who can't believe their eyes when they see us. Behind his mud-smeared visor, I see a glow on Werner's face. "Tom, this is AWESOME! There has NEVER been a tour group here before, we are breaking NEW GROUND!" Werner is in his element.

There is no catering in Newground, so we treat ourselves to some fruit and candy bars for lunch. It's cold, we're dirty and tired, but Rick has only a very rough idea of where we are. A young girl with a pink umbrella and remarkably clean clothes sends us up an adventurous side road that leads us into an open coal mine. In an instant, operations there come to a standstill, workers stream in, and we look into pitch-black faces with wide-open eyes. These people, I think to myself, have not only never seen a foreigner before, they didn't even know that foreigners existed at all. Not to mention the big BMWs. We are the attraction of the century!

At nightfall we finally reach Taiyuan. One of the bikes has a flat tire, we leave it on the side of the road. The police stop us and we are not allowed to continue but have to wait in a dusty gas station for an escort. This takes time, Werner gets impatient and suggests continuing illegally. The hotel can't be far away, he says. If he had legitimate hope of finding his way there on his own, he would have left long ago, but Taiyuan has about 4 million inhabitants and is rather confusing, so there is no such hope. After two hours, it is now 10 p.m., the escort arrives, an ancient microvan that can only move with difficulty, and leads us to the hotel. After a hard, 15-hour day, we have really earned ourselves a refreshing Tsingtao!

The rest of the tour remains adventurous. We sink into sticky mud, eat things we don't know, cheat our way through the undergrowth on roads that motorcycles are not supposed to ride on, have to shower for hours in Pingyao to wash off the sticky black coal dust and cause a crowd everywhere we stop. Thousands of Chinese women want a photo of themselves and one of us, while the men seem to want nothing more than to take a seat on such a massive motorcycle for once. The people are incredibly friendly.

On the penultimate day, we are on the way to Xi'an and at a difficult spot, Werner falls over together with his GS. I'm behind him, help him and the motorcycle back to their feet and tires and we fight our way out of the mud. Rick has not noticed that we are missing and continues, Werner and I are alone in the Chinese pampas. At a gas station, we want to ask for directions, so I dig out the map. But no matter what I do and no matter how I pronounce Xi'an, nobody understands me. Everyone is too busy admiring us long-noses and the two BMWs. 20 minutes and hundreds of photos later Rick comes back, he missed us at some point.

The highway into the center of Xi'an (8 million inhabitants) is taboo for motorcycles, but we are late and have to get on it to avoid having to ride in the dark again. That is extremely dangerous in China. The lady at the toll station can't be persuaded, so we get to the next exit via a dirt road, ride up against the direction of travel and turn around at the next opportunity. Then it's full throttle to Xi'an, Rick is probably afraid of getting caught. At the end of the highway, there is another toll station where they refuse to let us through and want to send us back. But Rick negotiates skillfully and we are allowed out. From the toll station to the hotel we are escorted again, but not by a junky minibus, but by more than 20 Chinese on large-volume bikes who were waiting for us here. There are not many riders of "real" motorcycles in China, but these few know each other. All of them. At the hotel, the press and TV are waiting, we are filmed and interviewed, hundreds of photos are taken. The head of the local motorcycle club welcomes us in the name of all Chinese bikers. It is a festival.

After the tour Werner is satisfied. The tour was a tremendous adventure, at times a little too much. We would have to defuse some things, make a few adjustments here and there, add a day, move an overnight stop. We agree that the Edelweiss tour program has a future in China.

Together we start our journey home and go to the airport. Werner has booked Austrian, I have a Lufthansa ticket, but the Lufthansa counter is closed. We learn that there will be another LH flight to Germany only in three days, while the Austrian flight seems to be on schedule. There are also free seats on it, we proceed to the ticket office. There are already some people there who would have liked to be on the LH flight, there are loud protests, the mood is tense. The German couple in front of us is told that a rebooking would not be possible, they would have to buy new tickets, which unfortunately is not cheap. Clamoringly they leave and I can already see myself waiting three days at the Beijing airport, or even longer until I finally see my home country again, but Werner manages what the others did not. He inquires about the options in a friendly and polite manner, sprinkles in some small talk, raves about the great trip that lies behind us and about how warm and nice the people were, and how much he is already looking forward to coming back to China. He flirts and chats with the young female employee, flashing his Senator Card as if by chance. The young lady rebooks me, quickly and without fees, and I fly to Vienna together with Werner.

Persistent and determined, always courteous, and always friendly, that was Werner's recipe for success, for almost 40 years, from the founding of the company in 1980 to the handover of the company to his son Tobias in 2018. How fondly I think back to this tour in China, as well as to the Silk Road Tour in 2007, which we also did together. There would be a lot to tell about that one, too...

Thank you, dear Werner. We will miss you.

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Chris Weaver
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 19:39

Dear Edelweiss Family,

It is with both shock and sadness I read this post.

I had the pleasure of meeting Werner, the wonderful Wachter Family and all of the phenomenal tour guides in 2017 after receiving the honor of being selected as a tour guide for the 2018 riding season.

From the first email invitation to the last customer tour day the entire experience with Werner and the Wachter Family was an absolute pleasure. Highly organized, respectful, thoughtful, extreme attention to detail and so customer centric—all an extension of the brand which was founded by Werner.

The experience left a lasting impression on me with so many lessons learned that I carry to this day in both my private and professional life.

My sincere condolences to Coral, Tobi and the entire Wachter and Edelweiss Family.

Viele Grüße,

Chris

Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:16

Dear Chris, thank you for your condolences! Hope our paths will cross again...
John and Mary Etta Horne
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 00:31

Our sincere condolences to Coral, Tobias and the Edelweiss Family.
We were stunned and saddened to learn of Werner's passing. Since that moment, we have been overwhelmed with the wonderful memories of the great experiences and adventures we enjoyed since we first met Werner and Coral on the Affordable Alps Tour in 1985. That was the beginning of our 35 year personal friendship and business relationship that took us so many EBT Tours to some of the most fascinating areas of the world. There were scouting forays (where we inevitably became lost), EBT Reunions, Motorcycle trade shows and thousands of miles just fun riding together. All were experiences we would never would have accomplished without Werner. He and his EBT opened a whole new chapter in our lives and we will always be grateful.

auf Wiedersehen, Werner. Reise in frieden weiter!
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:13

Dear Mary Etta and John, thank you so much for your condolences! You had your fair share of Werner moments... Glad you joined in for the best ride there is!
Ralph Landry
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 16:33

Just a quick follow up to my E Mail response to the Notification of the passing of Werner to re express our condolences to Carol and her Family. My son Francois and I have very fond memories of rides we shared both in Europe and North America with him. Ralph
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:09

Dear Ralph, thank you very much for your condolences! I am glad you had a good time with Werner, as had so many fellow riders. Such a cool legecy to continue... Thank you for sharing!
Stuart Guilbault
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 07:15

I was just going to surf the Edelweiss web site when I came upon unexpected news. I would like to send my support to the Wachter family and staff. I was fortunate to meet and chat with the man. When I purchased my first motorcycle magazine in 1984 I saw for the first time the Edelweiss ad and was immediately hooked, in 2005 I finally got the chance 340to ride with Werner on a special Alps tour. Five star plus in every detail, I felt so comfortable like we knew each other for years. Extreme ambassador to the motorcycle community, sad lose to the motorcycle world. Rest in Peace.
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:06

Dear Stuart, thank you very much for your condolences! Looking forward to convincing many more fellwo riders to join our great family!
Daniel Bürgi
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 02:36

Dear Cora, Tobias and Edelweiss Team, I am so sorry for your loss. Werner will be greatly missed. I consider the time I had working for Werner leading tours all over the world as some of the best times in my life. I will remember him fondly. With respect from California, Dan.
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:03

Dear Daniel, thank you very much for your condolences! So many people had positive experiences with Werner or because of him, glad you shared yours with us!
Yigal Sharon
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 19:10

Dear Tobias and family, Doris, Rainer, Karin and all good friends of Edelweiss.
I was very saddened to hear the bad news.
I admire Mr. Wachter vision and creation of such a great company. Luckily I had the chance of having a very enjoyable chat with him in Mieming in 2016.
I'm sending you my sincere condolences.
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:01

Dear Yigal, thank you for your condolences! Thank you for sharing your moment with Werner...
Peter Alderson
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 14:06

Just seen the sad news. My condolences to Werner’s family and the staff at Edelweiss.

Werner was an innovator in motorcycle touring. His legacy is a great company that has and will continue to open up the world to thousands of riders from many countries who can share their common passion of motorcycles. Rest in peace.
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:59

Dear Peter, thank you for your condolences! We are all so thankfull for his legecy and glad we could join him for his ride!
Tony peto
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 00:41

Will miss him
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:57

Dear Tony, thank your for your condolences!
Diane Lord & John Douglass
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 21:53

We had the pleasure of interacting with Werner at the 2013 Edelweiss reunion at Seqouia National Park. He was ever so encouraging to me as a beginning rider after having spent many years two up with my husband, a memory that I cherish.

He certainly loved his twisties and led us out of the park on the thinnest line on the map. He was in riding heaven!

By that time we had three tours under our belt. Last year would have been tour 12 & 13, but we all know then end to that story. We are very blessed to be a part of the Edelweiss family and have met in person or via e-mail many wonderful people. Kudos to the tour guides for being the excellent face of Edelweiss and congratulations to the behind the scenes staff for keeping the ship in perfect order. I appreciate Edelweiss’ commitment to safety and quality. You certainly get what you pay for and it has been worth every penny, and then some.

Werner, thank you for a brilliant idea that has brought such great joy to so many. Your legend lives on!. Keep the rubber side down.

Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:56

Dear Diane and John, thank you very much for your condolences and for sharing your story...
Cindy Gottlieb
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 21:20

Werner was a visionary bringing much excitement to multitudes of riders. He will be missed. Cindy Gottlieb and Bill Schoettler
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:54

Dear Cindy and Bill, thank you so much for your condolences!
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 21:20

Tobi and Coral:

Mein Gott, what terrible news. I am so sorry for your loss. And mine. And everybody else’s who had ever followed Werner down yet another beautiful, unknown road, and found that the rest of his or her life was reduced to waiting to do it again. When I woke up, I didn’t think I’d be crying over breakfast, but there it is.

The idea of a world without Werner is something I never contemplated. He was not so much a man as a force of nature, like wind or rain, with its own mysterious way of influencing the world around him.

Please let me know if there is any way I can help. It occurs to me that Werner, of all humans, deserves a book of legends and anecdotes. I could do about 50,000 words just on Werner-and-me stories, and I imagine there are about ten thousand other people who could do the same.

So, so sorry. I’d hug you both if I could—and if you’d let me—but for now we’ll have to make due with a few transcontinental tears.

Dexter
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:53

Dear Dexter, thank you so much for your condolences and your kind words! He would have loved to be compared to a force of nature. Blending in wasn´t his strong suit...
Herr Manfred Giebel
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 20:14

Liebe Coral, lieber Tobias, liebes Edelweissteam.
Die Nachricht von Werner Tod macht mich sehr traurig.
Mein sehr herzliches Beileid.
Ich bin glücklich und stolz Werner getroffen und gekannt zu haben. Es war für mich immer ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis und eine große Freude mit Werner auf Tour zu sein.
Ob Kanada 1988, 2003 im Oman, 2007 auf der Seidenstraße oder 2010 auf der Worldtour. Immer war es ein bis heute nicht vergessenes Abenteuer und Erlebnis.
Auch die vielen Klassenteffen, Feschtl, oder die Filmtour, einfach unvergesslich.
Die Gespräche mit ihm waren für immer sehr bereichernd.
Eure Gastfreundschaft in Eurem Zuhause habe ich sehr geschätzt.
Besonders gefreut hat es mich und meine Frau Sibille als Werner bei uns zu Hause in Köln und er unser Gast war.
Sicher ist er nun als Visionär auf seiner ganz eigenen Reise unterwegs. Dafür wünsche ich ihm, dass das war er immer geträumt hat vor ihm liegt.
Ich verneige mich vor ihm.
Manfred Giebel, Köln.
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:45

Hallo Manfred, danke vielmals für deine Anteilnahme! Ich bin mir sicher Werner plant bereits das nächste Abenteuer... Es ist schön zu sehen wiele Menschen ihm auf seinem Weg begleitet haben, ein Weg mit so vielen schönen Emotionen!
JIm Horton
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 19:19

Werner’s life directly and indirectly influenced—benefited—hundreds or probably thousands of adventure/motorcycle/touring enthusiasts. Without Werner’s work, success, and reputation he built with Edelweiss Bike Travel, my wife Becky and I would never have gotten to know many dear friends we now have scattered all across Europe. . . Australia. . . everywhere.

I’m sure that is the same for truly hundreds of people who have participated in an Edelweiss or Edelweiss-inspired tour. Werner imagined, planned, made available, and then conducted tours that appealed to people from all areas of life, all parts of the world. His success, the reputation Edelweiss Bike Travel earned, and the company’s style of marketing inspired confidence in people worldwide who had never traveled before. Learning from the experiences others had on an Edelweiss tour and then taking a tour ourselves opened an entire new world, a much broader perspective of world history and most importantly, our common humanity.

Werner's special talents in dreaming, organizing. . in the people he attracted, recruited, selected, trained and inspired to grow the company—to offer tours that appealed to nearly anyone’s preferences--established an ever-improving standard for everyone else, not only in the moto-touring business but in any endeavor.

Our first tour—our first trip outside of the US ever--was with Edelweiss in September, 2012. We had the privilege of having a young Tobias Wachter as our guide. As a young man in his university years, we could see in Tobi the benefits of travel, of spending time with people from all over the world—not just the people where you traveled but the people you traveled with. For us, touring in that way was life-changing in ways we could never have imagined.

Though we never met Werner, his life’s work changed ours. Thank you. Godspeed, my friend, on your newest journey. ---Jim Horton Tennessee, USA

Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:04

Dear Jim and Becky, thank you so much for your condolences and kind words... It is comforting to see how many lifes Werner has effected in such a positiv way...
Mark Obert
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 18:59

Dear Tobias, Rainer & Edelweiss family,

I am sorry to learn of Werner’s sudden passing. I met him twice and can appreciate his infectious spirt and the loss you must be feeling.

Herzliche Grüße aus Kalifornien,
Mark
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 09:57

Dear Mark, thank you so much for your condolences!
Heidi kaschub
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 18:50

Liebe Familie unser aufrichtiges Beileid.
Auch wir haben mit werner viel erlebt und ich werde nie vergessen wie er bei der scoutingtour in japan bei uns war,
Ich hatte die Tour ausgetufftelt konnte aber leider selber nicht mit fahren weil ich verletzt war. Mein Mann und ich lebten zu den Zeitpunkt in Japan und ich kannte edelweiss von meiner Zeit bei Bmw . Selbst waren wir auf der ein oder anderen tour dabei.

Ich glaube Werner ist einfach mal vorgebraust auf dem Moped. Und tuffelt gerade an einer Himmelstour.
Es war uns eine Ehre ihn gekannt zu haben.
Brumm brummm...lieber Werner.
Heidi und Uwe Kaschub
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 09:55

Hallo Heidi, eine schöne Vorstellung, bin mir sicher er arbeitet schon an der nächsten Cumulus-(Wolken)-Tour... Danke für deine Anteilnahme!
Daniel Bürgi
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 02:42

Sali Heidi & Uwe, es ist sehr traurig, die Nachricht von Werner. Brachte aber wieder eine Paar Erinnerungen zurück. Ich hoffe, es geht euch gut in dieser Zeit. Viele Grüsse von einem alten Tour Guide! Daniel in California.
stefan Knopf
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 16:02

Liebe Familie Wächter Mein herzliches Beileid Ich erinnere mich an unsere erste Begegnung als ich mit meiner Firma Knopf Motorradreisen angefangen habe 1990 Werner war ein Pionier der Branche möge er in friede ruhen .Er hat sehr viele Leute Glücklich gemacht und ihnen ihre träume erfüllt .stefan Knopf heidelberg
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 09:53

Herr Knopf, danke vielmals für ihre Anteilnahme! Viele dieser ersten Begegnungen mit Werner haben einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen.
Karl Freudenthaler
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 14:16

Entschuldige das Versehen lieber Tobias
Karl
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 09:50

Servus Karl, danke vielmals für deine Anteilnahme!
Karl Freudenthaler
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 14:09

Lieber Thomas,
Sehr geehrte Familie Wachter,
Liebe Mitarbeiter,
ich entbiete Ihnen mein aufrichtiges Beileid zum Tod von Herrn Werner Wachter.
Leider hatte ich keine Gelegenheit ihn persönlich kennen zu lernen, konnte jedoch in vielen Gesprächen feststellen, dass er eine besondere Persönlichkeit war .
Ihr
Karl Freudenthaler
Wallimann Bruno
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 12:45

Lieber Tobias
Lieber Rainer
Liebe Edelweiss-Familie

Traurig nehmen wir Kenntnis vom Tode von Edelweissgründer Werner Wachter.Wir kondolieren von Herzen.
Wir hatte das Vegüngen Werner persönlich kennen zu lernen.Seine Einstellung zum Leben (Motorrad fahren)habe wir in diesen kurzen Begegnungen rasch begriffen.
Nehmen wir Werner als Beispiel und treten wir der Zukunft mit Mut,Abenteuerlust und Vertrauen entgegen.
Herzliche Grüsse aus der Schweiz
Bruno Wallimann
Martin Häni
(Worldtour Teilnehmer Asientour 2019)
Tobias Wachter
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 09:49

Danke Bruno und Martin für eure Anteilnahme!

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