Traveling was my passion for many years. I spent my first 4 years in Europe traveling as a Busker. I then made playing music my profession. I owned a studio and produced music for Film and Television, was the band leader of a German Late Night TV talk show, and played countless live shows throughout Europe. I spent 6 months in Scandinavia, and 6 months in Greece, and then lived a year in Berchtesgaden (near Salzburg on the border to Austria) and eventually settled in Munich, where I met my wife. We have 2 lovely children.
A number of years ago, I began doing tours to help out a friend who was overbooked, and I found that I was still very passionate about the things that inspired me to travel all those years ago. Like history, culture, food and drink and, of course, meeting new people. I have always been interested in different cultures and the history behind them. When I did my first tour as a guide, I realized that I also have a sincere passion to show others the incredible sights of Bavaria, as well as the different places, cultures and background of this beautiful city that I now call home.
I offer tours that take you through the city of Munich, and experience the history, sights, sounds and tastes of Bavarian culture, but also travel by car/van to the castles and beautiful small townships and cities of Bavaria, among other places. We can plan the "must see and do" things, but I also know some more out of the way areas that you will not find in a standard tour book. On our journey, I will answer questions you may have, give information on areas we drive by, as well as history and facts about our destination. I also can entertain you with many stories of my past. From my experience in Late Night TV, and all the people I was able to personally meet, to road and studio stories, as well as my many travel adventures.
All of my tours are a framework of what I think is interesting to the average traveler, but I am happy to sculpt the tour to your personal taste and interests. I will also be happy to communicate with you, and help put a "custom" tour together. As a father of 2 children, and having founded an English speaking playgroup for toddlers for 3 years (I stopped when my daughter went to elementary school, but the group is still running in Munich), as well as having given guitar lessons to kids aged 6-18 for many years, I get along well with children, and am very family oriented. I would be happy to plan tours around your family, and their interests.
I love Bavaria, and I would be happy to inspire you and your fellow travelers to experience the same passion and excitement for Bavaria that I have.
***If I am unavailable for the day you want, please send me a message, as it can happen that I have a day blocked on the request of another guest, who is unsure which day they are travelling on, and the day may be available. This is not often the case, but I would be happy to try to accommodate your date request.
A Recent Review of this guide
Our guide Jay was punctual and was a wealth of information. He was very flexible with our itinerary before and after the castle tour. He also brought a camera to take photos of the sites and the participants (to email to us). He took us through a quaint town called Füssen which has beautiful scenery with a lovely bridge entering this 700 year old town. We would recommend Jay highly and without reservation!
I have traveled the world, Europe, and especially Bavaria, extensively over the last 30 years.
I have a commercial driver's licence to transport tour groups.
I have been doing tours since 2013.
I have worked professionally on stage as an entertainer for 30 years.
I am not allowed to guide in certain museums due to local regulations.