Travelling became my early passion (which it still is), so my professional career had to be related to discovering the world. This dream became true! In the 2000s, after my tourism studies and first travel experiences in the US and in Canada, I established a media office and started as a freelance journalist specialized in travel and tourism. To date I have been travelling to more than 45 countries worldwide, always learning about and from great people while listening to their stories, about their cultural backrounds and about the places they live.
Although many of my travel reports take place in foreign countries, Germany and Rhine Valley where I was born have always been more than a homebase. For me this region is home! Not only the city of Bonn that was Germanys capital city from 1949 on and remained the center of German policy until 1999. Bonn, the place I am living, has always been a place of history. . . It is the birthplace of the iconic composer Ludwig van Beethoven whose 250th anniversary we will celebrate in 2020. It was the place, where German chancellor Konrad Adenauer and French president Charles de Gaulle laid the foundation for modern European Union. And still today Bonn is a place for international and intercultural exchange being Germanys United Nations capital. But Bonn offers much more than that: Beautiful surroundings like Rhine river and our neighbouring cities Cologne and Düsseldorf with their local brewing traditions. The low mountain ranges of Siebengebirge and Eifel that are amazing places for hiking and biking. Ahr valley, the northernmost red wine growing area within Europe. The famous Nürburgring Formula 1 motor circuit that British Formula 1 World Champion Jackie Stewart once called "The Green Hell". Only a few places that are worth being discovered by you.
So why did I decide to offer my service as a local tour guide in my home region to you? Well, there is one particular thing that unites us: It's our passion, our passion for travelling. Travel journalism is about the passion for travelling. It is about finding great people, great places, great stories all around the world, making them public and sharing them with readers. Tour guiding in my home region again is exactly the same, but right the opposite as well: It's about finding great people, great places, great stories and making them public. To passionate travellers - to you - who come and show your passion for travelling when visiting my home region. This is what I am inviting you to do.
I can offer you as follows:
- pre-tour support (route planning, hotel reservations, transfer arrangements e. g)
- on-tour guiding services (active tour guiding, food arrangements/table reservations, meeting arrangements with locals/historians, sight seeing ticket providing e. g)
- German-English translation in case there is no English speaking service available
- 24h assistance - personally or by mobile phone
In case you want me to create a whole tour itinerary including all route planning, hotel reservations, active tour guiding, meeting arrangements and sight seeing options it would be easiest to provide me your idea of a daily budget for all of this and - as soon as you know - the exact arrival and departure dates in the area. With this information I could start working out a personal tour offer for you.
I hope to see you soon on one of my guided tours.
Best from Bonn
A Recent Review of this guide
Thorsten understood precisely what we were looking for in a cologne City tour. His knowledge of the history of the city and its landmarks was interesting and entertaining. He also delivered on our request to visit a few of the traditional Kolsch Brauhauser in the Aldstadt and shared the history and culture of Cologne's beer. I would highly recommend him as a tour guide in Cologne or any of the surrounding cities. Tom Z
Licenced passenger transportation driver up to 8 guests/passengers according to German Road Traffic Regulations (StVO)