Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Goerlitz-Germany by Tour Guide Silvia T. (Guide #2094)


Ronald Stoeck

United States
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Tour: #15508, Meissen -Dresden's fantastic surroundings, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Dec 6/19

Sylvia is very enthusiastic and tried her best to find "bargains" on porcelain for us to buy during our factory tour. She also gave us great ideas for future excursions, including "Saxony Switzerland" which she thought we'd like. Although I learned a lot about the various steps in the making of porcelain, I would have also enjoyed touring the town of Meissen which we did not have time for. I think adding another hour or two to see the town at this same price point would earn this a five star rating.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Ron! Yes,4h incl 2h of transfers is too short to visit porcelain AND historic Meissen.However you chose a short Meissen Tour. My normal Meissen Tour is 8h and means guiding in the porcelain manufacture and in the medieval town. Glad you noticed that Meissen is more than "just the world-famous Porcelain". Let's continue with your next visit in Saxony!

Benjamin Griffith

Mississippi, 38655, United States
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Tour: #9993, Leipzig - Music, Books and Art, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Nov 9/19

Our two hour tour of Leipzig with Silvia was just what we were looking for, and we capped it off with a beautiful service of music at the Thomaskirche following a delicious lunch at Auerbachs Keller, one of the oldest in the city that gained its worldwide reputation thanks to Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Silvia took us to selected locales throughout the old town, quaint alleyways and a memorable view of the city from far above, and introduced us to the beauty of its literature, music and art. A must see city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Ben! I really hope to meet you and Cathy again going on to discover beautiful Saxony.

Ronald Nelson

United States
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Tour: #9991, Dresden - Classical Tour and Muhlberg Prisoner Camp, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Nov 7/19

We took the Back to Roots tour with Sylvia T of Tours by Local. We wanted to visit the site of Stalag IV-B in Muhlberg where my father in law was held after the Battle of the Bulge. Sylvia did a great amount of research with the local Archives in Muhlberg prior to our arrival in Dresden on 11/7/2019. She provided a very professional driver for the trip. The trip was everything we hoped for. Sylvia also showed us the major sites in beautiful Dresden. I highly recommend her services!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind rating, Ron! You see: with ToursByLocals you really get your personal tailored tour according to your spontaneous wishes and also adapted to weather changes. I hope to see you again showing you Leipzig, Goerlitz, Wittenberg...

Benjamin Griffith

Mississippi, 38655, United States
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Tour: #16418, Dresden - Pleasure, Art and Good Food Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Oct 31/19

Our six hour tour with Silvia was superb and enabled us to plunge deeply into both recent and distant history of Dresden, while enjoying the countryside and less hectic pace of smaller communities just beyond the major metropolitan area. Silvia's training and experience has equipped her to provide meaningful explanations of the unusual twists and turns of religious, political, socioeconomic and international forces that have collectively charted the path for this gem of a city on the Elbe.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ben, Dear Cathy, Thank you so much for your detailed Rating! It was a pleasure to blend Classic Dresden with "Dresden-off the beaten tracks": this is exactly the secret of my "Dresden- Pleasure, Art and good Food Tour" you booked! Let me tell how much I'd love to share with you chapter 2 and tour with you through Dresden's fantastic surroundings...

Daniel Farray

United States
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Tour: #9991, Dresden - Classical Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Oct 1/19

Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and with a great personality. I would definitely use her again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Daniel! This gives me wings!

Glenn Gable

United States
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Tour: #9991, Dresden - Classical Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Sep 29/19

Sylvia is personable and extremely knowledgeable. She helped us understand Dresden's glorious past, the tragedies of the 20th century and its revival in recent years. We enjoyed our time with Sylvia and learned a lot.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Glenn and Christine! I really hope to see you again to go on with our discovery of East Germany with its rich treasures yet to discover!

Henrik Holmgren

Göteborg, SWEDEN, Sweden
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Tour: #9991, Dresden Tour with Classic Highlights and a focus on WW II, DDR,"Peaceful Revolution89", Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jul 31/19

I had the pleasure of taking a customized five-hour walking tour with Silvia in late July 2019. I had asked for a tour that would include the historic highlights of the city, but with a focus on the later years (from WW2, through the DDR-era, to the re-unification). Silvia was able to accommodate these requests to full extent. She came prepared with several photos and pictures so that we could compare Dresden of today with the city's past. Her tour is a great way to get to know Dresden! Thank you Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Henrik! I hope to see you again soon and continue with a Leipzig tour, a Gorlitz tour...

Jody T.

Forest, VIRGINIA, United States
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Tour: #9994, Dresden - Tour of Arts (Skip the Lines!), Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jun 8/19

Sylvia was prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable about the Saxony region and Dresden. She was so enthusiastic about her city and it was contagious. We covered a lot of territory and with her help, we were able to return to several places on our own. We had an amazing meal at her recommended restaurant!!! She helped us with our reservations too! Thank you to Sylvia for going the extra step!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Jody! I love it so much to tour with you! Best regards and best memories! Silvia

Corrine Brue

United States
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Tour: #16418, Dresden - Pleasure, Art and Good Food Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: May 1/19

My husband and I have used many tour guides in our travels around the world and I would say Silvia is one of the best. She is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, open-minded, and she quickly assessed what our interests are and adapted the tour around that. I would highly recommend Silvia!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Corrine!

Erich Andersen

United States
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Tour: #15508, Meissen and Moritzburg - Dresden's fantastic surroundings, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Mar 6/19

We loved our tour of Meissen, particularly the tour of the famous porcelain factory and lunch overlooking the Elbe. Silvia is a terrific guide and host.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to be with you.

Erich Andersen

United States
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Tour: #16418, Dresden - Pleasure, Art and Good Food Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Mar 5/19

Silvia was a terrific guide for Dresden. She lives in the area and knows the history, art and culture very well. She has special knowledge of music and religious history. We would not hesitate to choose her again if traveling to the area. Dresden is beautiful and the people of Saxony are wonderful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ann, dear Erich, Thanks so much for your kind rating! With best regards - and expect you soon in Goerlitz... Silvia Troester

Rita Dunker

United States
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Tour: #21844, Saxon Switzerland Day Trip, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jan 4/19

Our walking tour in Dresden was very informative and delightful. Silvia is very passionate and knowledgable about Dresden and its colorful history. Saxon Switzerland was even more exciting. Steffen and Silvia showed us the "Grand Canyon" of Saxony, a famous rock formation, high above the Elbe river and a 30 km ride from Dresden. Even though it was a snowy day the experience was absolutely magical and beyond description. Silvia provided history, Steffen the geological knowledge. A must if in the area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Rita for this highly encouraging review! I hope to see you again soon!

Jennifer Ogle

United States
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Tour: #205962, Dresden - A Winter Fairy Tale!, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Nov 28/18

Silvia is a joy to tour with! Her love and knowledge of her country shine through while she is guiding. We were in Germany for an event and she went above and beyond for us. She brought us the correct train tickets we would need and gave us precise directions for our remaining days in Germany. Silvia was excellent with my kids and left us all looking forward to our next tour with her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, dear Jennifer for your fantastic feedback - I enjoyed it so much with you! Please give my love particularly to your daughter. She is the one who brought us together - thanks to her tap dance festival in Riesa. Thus I hope to see you all again next year for the festival 2019... Kind regards Silvia

Jennifer Ogle

United States
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Tour: Wroclaw/Breslau, Wroclaw, Poland
Date: Nov 27/18

We were so lucky to have Silvia for our tour. I actually changed this tour a few days before due to a schedule change and Silvia happily switched our planned tour of Goerlitz, Germany to an all day tour to Wroclaw, Poland. She arranged a car and driver and we all spent a wonderful day in Wroclaw. I've never commented on a tour review before but we were so happy with Silvia and so appreciate her accommodating our requests I wanted to let everyone know!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, dear Jennifer for your fantastic feedback - I enjoyed it so much with you! Please give my love particularly to your daughter. She is the one who brought us together - thanks to her tap dance festival in Riesa. Thus I hope to see you all again next year for the festival 2019... Kind regards Silvia

John Hemmann

United States
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Tour: #205963, Back To The Roots Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Oct 26/18

Silvia took us to the city that my husband knew his family had migrated from. She found the church where the records of his family were kept, and made arrangements for the past minister to spend time with us reviewing those records looking for family members. The church secretary then took us on a tour of the city and the local church cemetery. A very worthwhile tour resulting in information that the family has long sought.

John Hemmann

United States
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Tour: #9993, Leipzig, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Oct 25/18

A quick unsatisfying tour of the city limited to a couple blocks around the hotel where we were staying, rejecting the requests that we made, made to satisfy Silvia's timetable.

John Hemmann

United States
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Tour: #9994, Dresden -Off the beaten tracks, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

We requested a specialized tour of Dresden showing us "the real Dresden where people lived" for the two of us. Silvia took us to a nice tiled milk/cheese store where we spent way too much time as she insisted that we try the food, then she directed us down dead end streets while we drove around getting lost (she doesn't drive), then we finally arrived at quaint courtyards with stores where she seemed insistent that I buy something. Somehow this was not worth the $400 or so that we paid for it.

Michael Bazdarich

United States
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Tour: #9991, Dresden - Classical Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Oct 15/18

very knowledgable and genial,

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind rating, Dear Michael! It encourages me and gives me wings... Blessings Silvia Troester

Russell Deyo

United States
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Tour: #205963, Back To The Roots Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Oct 9/18

In October, 2018, the Fiedler sisters were on a mission a visit to find the home of our ancestors somewhere in Saxony, Germany. The "Back to Your Roots" tour offered by Sylvia was the perfect choice for us as we were planning to visit Dresden. Silvia was knowledgeable and fun. Throughout the trip, she filled in with local history and dealt easily with minor setbacks and new opportunities. She turned out to be our guide, interpreter and friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Russell! It is a pleasure to remember you and the Fiedler sisters. Good wishes to all of you Silvia

Hong An

United States
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Tour: #23022, Eisenach,Leipzig, Weimar , Dresden - 4 culture highlights, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jul 26/18

Having Silvia as our group guide for multiple times in Germany has been very satisfying. Silvia is highly professional, with rich knowledge of historic landmarks and fluent in English. What makes Silvia outstanding is her warm personality, excellent presentation skills. A walk through Weimar historic landmarks, up close introduction of the world famous paintings in Zwinger Museums Dresden, and many other interesting historic sights in Eisenach, Leipzig, enriched our knowledge, and curiosity of Germany.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Hong! Guiding your young musicians was such a pleasure for me! It left me sad to part from you after those great 4 day tours. I really look forward to meeting you again!

Julie Finnicum

United States
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Tour: #16418, Dresden - Pleasure, Art and Good Food Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jul 25/18

This was a great tour of the major historical areas of Dresden. Silvia met us at the train station and spent the next 5 hours introducing us to Dresden's historic buildings and their histories. She showed us pictures of the buildings before the WWII bombings and during the rebuilding phases which was very interesting. She suggested a place for lunch which was fantastic (Alte Meister near the Semper Opera) and gave us some wonderful insight into Dresden today. Very good tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Julie!

Christine Kofler

Canada
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Tour: #9994, Dresden - Tour of Arts (Skip the Lines!), Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jul 24/18

If I could chose 10 stars for my tour in Dresden with Silvia I would. I asked her for a personal family history discovery tour and she went above and beyond my expectations. She took a genuine interest and ensured that I found all I was looking for and then some. She even brought me to a music store along the way so I could locate a specific and very meaningful piece of music I wanted. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I highly recommend Silvia to guide you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Christine! I will remember you. Please give my love to your mum who spent her childhood in Dresden.

Christine Kofler

Canada
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Tour: #16418, Dresden - Pleasure, Art and Good Food Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jul 23/18

Silvia gave us an excellent 5 hour walking tour in Dresden. She is very professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to giving a top notch tour. She went out of her way to ensure we were satisfied and that the tour had met our expectations. I was very interested in finding some reading material on the history of the city and she suggested specific books that might interest me and we went into a book shop together to buy them. She showed a true interest in making the tour a personal experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Christine!

Mary F.

United States
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Tour: #9994, Dresden - Tour of Arts (Skip the Lines!), Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

Silvia is a knowledgeable guide who worked with us to organize a tour to visit the most important sites in Dresden and maximize our experience in the city. In addition, she went out of her way to help with concert tickets, train schedules, and shopping for Christmas ornaments. She loves her city and had a real passion for sharing it with us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your rating. I am looking forward to meeting your sister soon!

Eric Rosenkranz

Singapore
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Tour: #9993, Leipzig, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jun 24/18

Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. Fabulous city tour. Highly recommended. Took us to out of the way places we would not have found on our own.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Eric!

Marlene Bankwitz

United States
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Tour: #205963, Back To The Roots Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jun 22/18

Silvia was a tremendous tour guide and helped me secure a meeting with the Mayor of Schmolln, the home of my ancestors since 1440. I presented the Mayor with a Certificate from the Mayor of Dearborn, MI. In fact, Basilius Bankwitz was the Mayor of Schmolln in the 1500's. Our 10:00 am meeting was much more than I ever thought possible. This tour was terrific. A local genealogist had 6 inches of materials about my family at our meeting. I walked in the streets of my ancestors!!! Keith Bankwitz

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith, I cannot express in words what a highlight it was to me to organise this tour and getting such an overwhelming return! Thank you so much! Blessings to you and your family. Silvia

Marlene Bankwitz

United States
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Tour: #9991, Dresden - Classical Tour and Langhennersdorf, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Jun 21/18

Silvia was timely and very kind. She took me to all these places-Zwinger Palace, Resdential castle, Hofkirche church, Semper Opera, Procession of the Princes, Frauenkirche church, Bruehl Balcony, Old Market with Kreuzkirche church, Zittauer Strasse 25, and Langhennersdorf and the Erbgericht. She explained each site and took my pictures. Zittauer Strasse 25 was the site of Jurgen's fire bombed home. Langhennersdorf was where Jurgen and his mother went after the bombing. Wonderful tour. Keith Bankwitz

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Keith! For me the most moving moment was our meeting with the mayor I arranged, and receiving copies of handwritten records of 17th century about your family! This was my Favoriten "BACK TO THE ROOTS TOUR" EVER!

Sebastian Schmidt

United States
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Tour: #9991, Dresden - Classical Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: May 29/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sebastian! I hope my hint to visit Gorlitz crowned your tour. GORLITZ- still a secret OPEN AIR MUSEUM - will become the new Rothenburg -well known to most Americans!

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Lawrence Pritchard

United States
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Tour: #16418, Dresden - Pleasure, Art and Good Food Tour, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Dec 21/17

We had a wonderful visit to Dresden thanks to Silvia. She was spot on at Dresden Hbf to meet us as we began our time with her. She was most friendly & has an unbelievable amount of information & history to share. We left the day to her to show us her city. You will not be disappointed in booking a tour with her. We took a leisurely lunch at her choice where we throughly enjoyed the restaurant & learned even more with her!'

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, dear Larry! I hope we will soon continue by exploring Leipzig, Goerlitz, Meissen...

Kevin Roche

United States
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Tour: #15508, Dresden's fantastic surroundings, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany    view tour
Date: Dec 15/17

The six of us really enjoyed our time with Silvia. We valued the time in the porcelain factory and hunting palace but we really valued her knowledge of all of the sights and history of Dresden. Her sense of humor and willingness to accommodate our needs and wishes made our time together very enjoyable. We recommend her highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kevin! Your kind feedback gives me wings... With heartfelt regards and thoughts Silvia


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