Our authors

Our authors in alphabetical order

Sabine Altehage

City guide

My name is Sabine Altehage, I am a city guide and history lover from the Passau region. For more than 15 years, I have been accompanying people from all over the world on their individual journeys of discovery in and around Passau as a self-employed certified tour guide. Since 2017, I have been the managing director of Passau-Tours together with Silke Fritz.

My love of travel has taken me to many parts of the world – from Europe to the USA and South America to Australia and India. As a trained architect, I can combine my passion for discovering new places with my profound knowledge of architectural and art history and at the same time better understand the culture and historical background of my guests.

Because my heart’s desire is not only to inform about history, but to make it tangible. I want to entertain my guests, bring them closer to the beauty of a region, give them a feeling for a region. That’s why I like to combine the special features of a place, its history, with its cuisine: I want to make history tangible – for everyone.

I am very happy to bring you, dear readers, a little closer to my home – and hopefully to be able to welcome you here in person very soon.

Thomas Büser

Author and city guide
In 2005, Thomas Büser left Germany for the south. But instead of Mallorca or Gran Canaria, it had to be Madrid, the hot heart of Spain. In the meantime, the native of Lower Franconia is active in many different fields.

He publishes didactic masterpieces of German-language literature for students of German. But his true passion is the history and present of the Spanish capital.

Several Madrid travel guides have been published by Merian-Verlag, and for almost 15 years, the historian and philologist has also been working as a guide with an official licence in Madrid and the surrounding area. He accompanies travellers from all over the world to art treasures such as the Palacio Real, the Prado Museum, the Toledo Cathedral – or to secret side streets, old-established neighbourhoods and places of political protest.

Monika Bruckmoser

Tour guide

Born in 1961 in Salzburg and raised in this wonderful city, I discovered my passion for foreign languages at a young age. After graduating from high school and training in tourism, I went to France and Italy to study languages.

Back in Austria, I first worked in a travel agency, started a family and later worked as a tour guide and as a tour guide in Salzburg museums.

In 2014, I fulfilled a long-standing dream and passed the exam to become a state-certified Austrian tour guide. Since then, I have been proud to introduce interested people from all over the world and of all ages to the unique art and cultural treasures of my beautiful hometown with all its facets and fascinating stories.

You can read more about this in my book “Glücksorte in Salzburg”, published a few weeks ago by the German publisher Droste Verlag.

Christian Bürger

Historian and administrative economist
I was born in 1993 in the Bach town of Arnstadt. Growing up in Thuringia, with its high density of cultural monuments, my interest in history and culture was already awakened in childhood.

After leaving school, I decided to pursue a career in local government for economic reasons. On the side, I cultivated my passion for history and culture as a city guide in Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia. I am currently completing a part-time degree with a focus on history at the Distance Learning University of Hagen.

When time permits, I publish on various historical topics with a focus on regional history. I am a member of the Association for Thuringian History, the Erfurt History Association, and the Thuringian Association for Folklore.

I have settled in the beautiful city of Erfurt. In addition to my work in local government, my studies and my involvement in regional history, I am a staff councillor and trade unionist (komba gewerkschaft thüringen) who campaigns for employees’ rights.

Oguzhan Büyük

Historian, guide, teacher
I was born and raised in Vienna Donaustadt. After my school years, I completed my teacher training in history and am currently studying for a master’s degree in art history. Since 2014, I have been a teacher for the subjects of history and civic education and a teacher for Islamic religious education at vocational secondary schools.

Since 2020, I have been a state-certified tourist guide in Austria. I have thus been able to turn my passion and hobby of exploring new worlds into my profession. My multicultural background and direct access to cultures form the basis of my professional profile.

Interfaces and points of contact between occidental and oriental cultural and art history form the focus of my contributions.

Giorgia Cadinu

City guide
Giorgia Cadinu is an atypical Italian. She was born in Tuscany, in the heart of Italy, in Prato, a town with a medieval historical centre that houses the largest contemporary art museum and the largest Chinese community in the country.

The daughter of a Sardinian small businessman and craftsman and an artist from the former Czechoslovakia, she studied literature with a focus on cultural history. During her studies and professional work, she had the honour of meeting several world-famous contemporary poets such as Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, African-American writer and music critic Amiri Baraka and Italian playwright and scholar Edoardo Sanguineti. She has lived in several Italian and foreign cities, also thanks to scholarships. After living as an adult in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Austria and Germany, she decided to settle in Rome because she sincerely loves the eternal city. The desire to become an official tourist guide was born.

More years of study and commitment followed to achieve her goal, which today excites her even more: to tell the story of the artistic, historical and cultural heritage of the region. Everything that involves research and creativity fascinates her. She has also written a number of articles on the history of the Polish Jazz School, reviews of theatre and music albums and is preparing an illustrated adventure book for children.

Meike Dahlström

Literary scholar and historian
Meike Christina Dahlström studied literature and history in Karlsruhe and Freiburg on a whim and did her doctorate with distinction on Adalbert Stifter’s pedagogy at the age of 29. Her work was honoured with a scholarship from the Adalbert Stifter Institute in Munich.

Meike has worked, among other things, as the managing director of an authors’ support group and as a consultant for international relations. In the meantime, she appreciates the independence and creativity of freelancing and writes, edits and translates with lots of coffee and good humour in her own office with a view of the countryside.

In 2020, she published a book about the life of her great-grand aunt, who emigrated from Carinthia via Switzerland to England at the beginning of the 20th century, where she worked as a nun for four decades full of historical and political turbulence and promoted the education of young women.

Meike herself is German-Austrian and lives with her Swedish husband and a small animal welfare dog in the Black Forest and occasionally in Gothenburg. Writing and languages are her passion: she loves books, series and films in English and Swedish and is currently trying to get to the bottom of Japanese.

Robert Eichhorn

Tourist guide
Born in Vienna in 1966 and grew up in the 11th district of Vienna. After school and school-leaving exams, I worked for several years at Vienna Airport and for airlines. I still find aeroplanes fascinating, but my passion has always been history. That was certainly also due to my wonderful teacher. Thank you very much, Prof. Weiss.

At that time, studying history didn’t really fit into my life plans. But I knew that one day I would do something with history. Well, it took a while and before I decided in 2018 to turn my interest in the city and its history into a profession, I had already been working – before I knew it – for more than 12 years at the renowned Viennese auction house Dorotheum. So tourism, art and culture have been my daily occupation for more than 30 years.
After two years of training, I successfully passed the state examination to become an Austria Guide in spring 2019. And since then I have taken great pleasure in guiding my guests through Vienna.

Vienna, of course, is the city of the Habsburg emperors and their empresses, of Mozart, the Lipizzaners, the Sacher cake and the Danube waltz. And I am very happy to show my guests this traditional side of my city. But for me, the interesting aspects of this city do not stop there. Quite the opposite. Because what I find particularly exciting is Vienna’s more recent history – what happened after the monarchy? What was it like when Austria disappeared from the map in 1938 and became part of Nazi Germany? Life in the city during the Second World War. And how was the country rebuilt and how does modern Vienna present itself today? Tours on the outskirts of the city are as much a part of this as walks off the beaten track.

As a tourist guide who is not only attached to the “glorious imperial times” of our country, it is important for me to show how history has shaped our modern city.

Barbara Feige

City guide
Born and raised in beautiful Munich, I completed an apprenticeship as a hotel manageress after my school years. I stayed in this profession for 2 years until I took the chance and changed to an international management consultancy.

There I worked as an assistant to the management. After a longer break to have a baby, I had the opportunity to turn my hobby “Munich” into my profession in 2011. After successfully completing the very intensive training as a city guide at Munich’s largest private city guide and event agency, I was able to fulfil my dream and have been working as a self-employed city guide in Munich and the surrounding area ever since. Through extensive training and further education, I am also able to offer various city tours for the Munich Adult Education Centre.

Every day I feel it is a privilege to present my wonderful home city to visitors from Germany and abroad.

Antje Falk

Art historian, tour guide, city and nature guide
My name is Antje Falk, I was born in Chemnitz, the “gateway to the Erzgebirge”.

My many interests led me to study art history and history in Dresden.

I am also interested in nature, theatre, art and music. As a tour guide abroad, I experience the life of people from different cultures. I explore the many facets of being human.

The experiences I make in the process allow me to recognise connections again and again and lead me closer to myself. Authenticity, clarity, love and joy are the result, which expresses itself in all areas of my life and of course in my work.

My concern is not only to impart knowledge, but to open the eye and the feeling for the quality of the places, sites and events presented, to create an awareness of the essence and background of things and to make connections from history to ourselves and our lives in the present. I want to enter into a lively and authentic exchange with people and encourage them to look, to ask and to discover – and through this to experience themselves, to come closer and to take away something lasting for their own lives.

For many years I have been accompanying people individually through beautiful Dresden and its enchanting surroundings. Together with them, I explore the lively connection between culture and nature, past and present. There is plenty of room for open exchange and spontaneous discoveries.

Dear readers, embark on your own personal journey. Discover with me what is open and what is hidden, experience a new perspective on things and dare to look “behind the scenes”.

Johanna Fischer-Wellenborn

Tour guide
Born 1984 in Vienna.

2002 – 2003 Language studies in Rome (Italian), International Language School DILIT, courses on Italian art and culture.

2003 – 2005 Modul – Kolleg für Tourismus und Freizeitwirtschaft in Vienna, graduation as tourism businesswoman.

Afterwards work in various hotels and in a travel agency.

2005 – 2010 Studies in Art History and Romance Studies (Spanish and French) at the University of Vienna: specialisation in art around 1900, Austrian, medieval and recent art.

2009 – 2010 Studies at the Université libre in Brussels: art history and French.

In addition to her studies, she worked as a tour guide in Vienna and the surrounding area, and in the summer months in France, Italy, Greece and Malta.

2011 graduation as Magistra in Art History at the University of Vienna.

2011 – 2012: Training and examination as a state-certified tourist guide.

As a tourist guide I have turned my interests in art, culture, history and culinary arts into my profession. I guide people from all over the world in several languages through my hometown Vienna, but also offer excursions to the Vienna Woods, Burgenland, Wachau, Salzburg, Prague and Budapest. In addition, I write articles that will soon be available on my own blog on my website.

Silke Fritz 

City guide
When I took my city guide exam in 1991, I was Passau’s youngest tour guide at the age of 20. This year it is already 30 years that I have been showing our guests the beauties of the city on the three rivers.

Guiding people through Passau allows me to combine my love of history(s) and languages, because it’s mostly crusaders from English-speaking countries or from Spain or Latin America that I bring Passau closer to.

In 2017, we founded our company Passau-Tours Gmbh&Co KG with the aim of offering special tours in and around Passau that will be remembered and manage to touch people.

Daniela Frey

I was born and grew up in the beautiful Swabian region near Böblingen. After graduating from high school, I moved to Lake Constance and studied history and sociology at the University of Constance. Afterwards I did postgraduate studies in Heidelberg to become a PR consultant. Today I live and work in Constance as a freelance historian, copywriter and sometimes PR consultant.

Already during my studies, I started giving guided tours of the city of Constance on various topics. Originally, I wanted to combat my stage fright during presentations and lectures. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out, but I still love doing city tours.

In 2011, my first (but hopefully not last) book was published: Daniela Frey/Claus Dieter Hirt: French Traces in Constance. A ramble through the centuries.

Since 2018, I have been blogging on www.textdestille.de/blog mainly about history, culture and places worth seeing in the Lake Constance region. You can also find exciting stories about Lake Constance under @textdestille on Instagram and Facebook.

Martina Hahn

City guide
Nach dem Studium der Kunstgeschichte und der Romanistik an der FU Berlin und einer anschließenden Ausbildung zur staatlich anerkannten Übersetzerin für Spanisch und Französisch, begann ich 1995 im Bereich Tourismus zu arbeiten. Berlin, mit seinen unterschiedlichen Bezirken, seinen Kontrasten, seiner wechselvollen Geschichte und seinem ständigen Wandel fasziniert mich täglich aufs Neue. Potsdam, mit seiner Vielzahl an Schlössern und Gärten, seiner barocken Innenstadt, seiner von Seen durchzogenen Kulturlandschaft und all die Geschichten und die Geschichte die diese Stadt zu erzählen hat, übt auf mich immer wieder einen unvergleichlichen Zauber aus. Bei jeder meiner Führungen möchte ich auch die Gäste für das Flair und die Faszination dieser beiden einzigartigen Städte begeistern.

Geprüft und zertifiziert nach der EU-Norm für Gästeführer DIN EN 15565

Verband der Berliner Stadtführer BERLIN GUIDE e.V.
Denk-mal-an-Berlin e.V.


  • Schloss Cecilienhof, Potsdam
  • Neuer Garten, Potsdam
  • Marmorpalais, Potsdam
  • Neue Kammern, Potsdam
  • Bildergalerie Sanssouci Potsdam
  • Orangerieschloss Potsdam
  • Park Sanssouci, Potsdam
  • Schloss Charlottenburg – Altes Schloss, Berlin
  • Schloss Charlottenburg – Neuer Flügel, Berlin
  • Schlossgarten Charlottenburg, Berlin

Pater Stefan Havlik

Military pastor

Father Stefan Havlik OT, born 1980 in Ulm.

Studied agricultural marketing and business administration, finally Catholic theology with a focus on philosophy.

During his studies, he worked at the Chair of Philosophy (Prof. Balmer) in Augsburg, as well as being a choir singer and extra at the Augsburg City Theatre.

Ordained priest in 2012, today military priest in Stetten, Messstetten and Pfullendorf.

Monika Hauleitner

Austria Guide
Here, in brief, are the moments in life that have made me what I am:

After studying at the Institute for Translators and Interpreters at the University of VIENNA (French, Spanish), I ended up in the steel export business, where I dealt with foreign customers and guests for about 7 years.

The time of starting a family then took me out of the pulsating business life and I spent a few years at home, mainly with assignments in the field of technical translations. Since hydroelectric power plants are moderately exciting, I was open to new things.

An “interpreting job” – which wasn’t really an interpreting job – opened my eyes: I was supposed to accompany a South American group in the Wachau for a whole day. “Here is your group, the bus and the programme…” – so much for the work assignment. My question then “and who talks on the bus? I’m just the interpreter!” Conclusion: I told the group for hours about our life in Austria, answered questions about culture and history and everyone went home happy.

As an assignment far more fulfilling than translating a generator operating manual.


It was now only a logical step to take the exam to become a “tourist guide”, a commercial job title, conceivably unwieldy and a marketing nightmare. Thank God the Chamber of Commerce created the AUSTRIA GUIDE brand decades ago.


And here I am: AUSTRIA GUIDE with heart and soul, manager of a 4-man household (3 sons who are theoretically already grown up and my dear husband).

I get to do what I enjoy and I really enjoy everything I do!


I would be very happy to inspire you for the Wachau through this wonderful platform Leiermann. Perhaps I will be allowed to welcome you on site one day. Until then, let my contributions show you the beauties of the region!

Julia Huber

City guide
I was born in 1981 in Linz in Upper Austria and discovered my love for foreign countries and cultures at a young age. It all started as a teenager with language holidays in Cambridge and Torquay, and the school semester abroad in Australia at 17 was followed by exciting internships in Berlin, Frankfurt and Beijing. After studying social economy, which took me to Scotland for a year, I immediately landed in London, where I worked in the marketing team of the Austrian National Tourist Office, making holidays in Austria palatable to numerous Britons.

After the birth of my three children within only 20 months (yes, there are twins 😉 and a short move to Singapore for about a year, I completed the City of London Guide training in 2015. The fire for ‘city guiding’ was lit! The City of Westminster Guide training followed shortly after and in 2020 I put the icing on the cake for my city guiding career: I am now a trained London Blue Badge Guide and with this highest recognised city guide training in the UK, I can take you to the really special places: St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the National Gallery or the British Museum.

My home is in leafy south-west London, where many German-speaking families have settled because of the German School London. There is also a German baker here who regularly sweetens my day with a piece of Sachertorte …

Ulrich Henze

Art historian
  • Studium der KunstgStudied art history, classical archaeology and journalism in Münster and Cologne.
    Doctorate 1988 at the University of Münster with Prof. Anton Legner, former director of the Museum Schnütgen, Cologne
    Research assistant at the Institute for Art History at the University of Münster
    Since 2002 press and public relations work for exhibitions and projects at the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, Potsdam
    Freelance academic activity
    Member of the Association of German Art Historians e.V.eschichte, Klassischen Archäologie und Publizistik in Münster und Köln
  • Promotion 1988 an der Universität Münster bei Prof. Anton Legner, ehem. Direktor des Museums Schnütgen, Köln
  • Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Münster
  • Seit 2002 Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für Ausstellungen und Projekte in der Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, Potsdam
  • Freiberufliche wissenschaftliche Tätigkeit
  • Mitglied im Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V.

Berno Maria Hübinger

City guide and cabaret artist

Berno Maria Hübinger is a city guide and cabaret artist in Cologne. His special interest
is to combine the exciting history of the city with humour and imagination. Thus
the cabaret programme “And then God created the Cologne man”.
And then God created Cologne”.

“When God created the world and realised that there was no Cologne person in it, he immediately knew
immediately knew: I have to improve that. And this reworking has been going on for more than
2000 years”

There is nothing better than talking about it.

Judith Magdalena Kolmeigner

Historian, cultural mediator and podcaster
Antiquity is brittle, boring and dusty? An indomitable cultural mediator from Lake Constance tirelessly proves otherwise.

The comics of Asterix and Obelix accompanied me throughout my childhood and youth, which I spent in Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg. Even during my school years, I was lucky enough to be able to study Latin and Ancient Greek. The desire to deal with these languages and the cultures associated with them led me to study Cultural Studies of the Ancient World in Konstanz.

I love to present Greek and Roman culture, achievements from these bygone times and everyday stories that have been passed down to us in such a way that young and old alike will want to immerse themselves in the world of antiquity.

I am at home in the late Roman fort of Constantia.


Podcast: Kulturglitzern – Your podcast from Lake Constance about art, culture and history.


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Stephanie Knott

Art historian

Born in 1989 in Nuremberg, the city of grilled sausages, gingerbread and the Christkindlesmarkt, I moved to the beer and antiques city of Bamberg in 2013 for my Master’s degree in art history after completing my Bachelor’s degree in art history and philosophy in Erlangen, where I live in a charming old half-timbered house.

Since 2012, I have been working intermittently in art auction houses as a part-time job, which has brought me into contact with art and craft in a completely different way than my studies allowed. I am currently doing my doctorate on contemporary sculpture and am supported by the Hans Seidel Foundation scholarship.

As an art historian, I have turned my passion into my profession and hope to inspire others for art and culture. This also feeds into one of my main research areas, in which I intensively deal with the approach of art for all or the democratisation of art and would like to implement this concept as art history for all, both privately and professionally.

Rita Klement

Historian, author, tourist guide
Even as a child – I was born in Lower Austria in 1973 – I could spend hours writing. When other children were sad because the weather didn’t allow them to play outside, I would blissfully withdraw with a book or make up my own stories.

So what could be more obvious than to also take up a profession related to writing after graduating from high school – I studied journalism, political science and later history and started working part-time at local newspapers, later as a press officer.

But since life paths rarely run in a straight line, after 26 professional years in the media industry, I too decided to finally pursue my second great passion “full-time” – history! In order to be able to put my history studies at the University of Vienna and my lifelong, almost manic reading of historical reference books to professional “use”, and because I like to hole up with my books but also enjoy working with people, I trained as a tourist guide.

Now, since 2019, I have been enthusiastically accompanying guests through Vienna and my far too often underestimated hometown of St. Pölten and have thus achieved that I now never have to work again – because my work doesn’t feel like any “job”, but as if I were just pursuing my favourite hobby all day.

But I have always remained faithful to writing – on the one hand, what used to be political stories have now become tangible crime stories, they too of course very often with a historical background – and on the other hand, with my history blog, just like as a tourist guide, I want to bring people closer to the stories behind the history and impart knowledge with joy and entertainment. Because we understand much of what surrounds us today much better if we understand the roots that often go back centuries. Therefore, it is not the hard facts and dates that concern me, but everyday history, cultural history – in short, the history of the people.

Alexander Maser

Alexander Maser studied history, pre- and early history and ethnology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. In summer 2019, he successfully completed his history studies with a Master of Arts degree. The focus of his final thesis was on political and legal history in the aftermath of the 1848 Revolution and here especially on the so-called Forty-Eight.

For over ten years, he has been working at one of Germany’s largest open-air museums, the Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark. Since 2015, he has been in charge of the museum theatre here, responsible for research, authorship and direction. He also performs on stage himself and is actively involved in the realisation of museum exhibitions.

Maser has been working as a freelance historian, director, author, actor and curator for various projects and clients since 2014.

Julia Meister

I graduated from Freie Universität with a Bachelor of Arts in German and English Philology, followed by a Master of Arts in Modern German Literature. Professionally, I have always combined the languages German and English with the field of history. My research focus is in the field of female social history (17th-20th centuries) as well as female Habsburg studies.

Here are my experiences in detail
since 2009: voluntary work for the Berlin district newspaper Bucher Bote – conducting interviews, writing and editing articles, photography, layout design; chairing the editorial meeting.

2009-2013: Bachelor of Arts German/English Philology, FU Berlin – completed with 1.9 and C1 certificate in English

2013-2016: Master of Arts in Modern German Literature, FU Berlin – completed with 1.5, title of the master’s thesis: “Die Mätresse als literarische Figur im bürgerlichen Trauerspiel und ihre Darstellung im Hinblick auf die sozialhistorische Realität”. Here I worked out the tendency of a positivisation of the mistress figure in the course of various bourgeois tragedies through the increasingly assertive depiction of the socio-historical reality and the political motivation of being a mistress.

2015-2016: Reappraisal of the history of the Marienfließ monastery in the Prignitz region – concept development, writing and recording of an audio guide (German/English) as project manager.

2016-2018: Marketing/public relations employee at Deutsche Eisenbahn Service AG and at Klosterstift Marienfließ – designing customer magazines, press releases, flyers, advertising materials, customer events as well as updating websites and social media, but also historical support of the monastery as a guide for individual tourists and tour groups.

2018-present: foreign language assistant to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Daniela Hacke in the History/Early Modern Times department at the FU Berlin – event management, editorial work on academic texts (German/English), website updates; noteworthy editorial work on: Bernd Roeck, Ausgewählte Aufsätze zur Kulturgeschichte, edited by Jose Cáceres Mardones and Daniela Hacke, with an introduction by Peter Burke, Didymos Verlag, Affalterbach 2019.

September 2019: Residency at the Institute of German Studies at the University of Wroclaw, working with Prof. Dr. Urszula Bonter – final editing of a monograph on the history of publishing in Wroclaw, elaboration of a block seminar concept for the Freiburg University of Education, co-organisation of an international conference on the Weimar Triangle; editing of texts for the series Silesian Scholars’ Republic, edited by Prof. Dr. D.h.c. Marek Halub, head of the Department of Culture of German-speaking Countries and Silesia.

I am currently writing a novel about a daughter of Maria Theresa. More information will be available here soon!

Katharina Mölk



Peter Nething

Peter Nething was born in the Frankfurt district of Sachsenhausen and was, so to speak, baptised with apple wine.

In his more than forty years of professional life as a travel agent in the tourism and airline industry, he has travelled all over the world and visited many places.

He is now looking forward to presenting his city full of contrasts in an entertaining and informative way here in this blog and on personal city tours.

Peter is a tour guide trained and certified by the Tourismus und Congress GmbH of the city of Frankfurt am Main and a member of the Gästeführerverein Frankfurt am Main e. V., as well as a member of the Bundesverband der Gästeführer in Deutschland.

He works as a freelance tour guide and as a freelancer for Tourismus und Congress GmbH Frankfurt.

Christine Piswanger-Richter

In 1972, as a girl of eight, I visited the Volksoper in Vienna for the first time on my father’s hand. That was the beginning of a lifelong passion for opera and operetta. My interest in other forms of classical music gradually developed.

Professionally, I initially took a different path. As a textile chemist, I was in charge of a textile chemistry laboratory as part of an international chemical company. Later I was a company spokeswoman and attended a part-time course in public relations at the University of Vienna’s Institute of Journalism and worked in various PR agencies. So, in addition to musical notes and chemical formulas, I had now added copywriting, writing and publishing for others. Founding my own agency in 2002 was the logical next step.

Besides my passion for music, I am also passionate about literature. I can’t be anywhere in the world without a good read. With a good book, however, I can be anywhere. And that’s where the next love comes in: Writing about books: For several years I have been working on a book project that has all the Nobel Prize winners in literature as its theme. Isn’t it nice to pursue a project that grows every year?

At the age of 55, I decided to go back to university and since 2019 I have been attending the course for Music Education in Context at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz.

This is where the round dance comes to a close: My aim is not only to listen to and experience music, but also to make it more accessible to others. I am enthusiastically continuing on my journey, which began at the age of eight and has led me through musical notes, formulas and words. And I want to pass on this enthusiasm.

Janin Pisarek

Cultural scientist
Janin Pisarek studied Folklore (Empirical Cultural Studies)/Cultural History and Educational Science at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. In her final thesis on the fear of the wolf, she devoted herself to its cultural history, the wolf as a narrative, and examined folk beliefs associated with it in the context of its current return. In her fields of expertise, she is active in publishing in many ways, especially in historical-comparative narrative research.

In addition, Pisarek is an appointed committee member and board member in various folkloristic and cultural organisations, such as the Commission for Narrative Research of the German Folklore Society (dgv), the Kulturrat Thüringen or the Thuringian Association for Folklore.

She is currently coordinating the storytelling and publication project “Handwerk erzählt – Zwischen Tradition und Zukunft” at Rohnstock Biografien as project manager and works as a museum educator at Wespenstein Castle.

With her professional expertise in legend research, Pisarek researches, writes and edits for the folkloristic and artistic project Forgotten Creatures, which is publishing a book on house ghosts this year as well as launching a matching travelling exhibition.

Maria Pussig

Student, organic farmer

My name is Maria Pussig and I was born with interculturalism and a love of travel. My father, an Italian from the Friuli region, and my mother, originally from Nuremberg, met almost halfway in the south of Austria and pitched their tents there. So I grew up in beautiful Carinthia, always close to my German-Italian family background.

When family holidays in Austria’s neighbouring countries were no longer enough, I was drawn to Strasbourg in France for the first time in 2015 at the age of 16 for an internship. Two years later, I spent several months at school in the British metropolis of London. After my A-levels in 2018, I travelled to Portugal to work there again for a few months. As a volunteer on Portugal’s largest organic farm, I was able to pursue my second great passion: Sustainability and environmental protection.

Since 2019, I am now co-owner of an organic farm in the north of Portugal, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the port city of Porto. As a balance to the physically demanding country life, I pursue a distance learning degree in cultural studies at the Fernuniversität Hagen. When the chickens are fed and the vegetables are watered, I like to put my cultural studies theory knowledge into practice and go on forays through Porto’s old town.

In future, I would like to share my discoveries with you, dear readers, in my articles.

Mirko Rechnitzer

Musicologists and musicians
Mirko Rechnitzer was born in 1994 in Herbolzheim (Breisgau). After graduating from high school, he studied musicology and philosophy at the University of Freiburg from 2014-2018. In addition to his completed studies, he also studied theology, psychology and Latin philology at Arden University (Coventry/UK). In 2018, he began a doctoral project that revolves around the indexing of fragments of liturgical hymnals from northern Central Europe. He has gained teaching and professional experience as a tutor, editor, concert presenter, music critic, and lecturer in adult education.

As a semi-professional musician, Mirko Rechnitzer strives for versatility. Over the years, he has taken lessons in drums and percussion, piano, organ, singing, accordion, music theory and composition, as well as on the Turkish flute Ney. From 2013 to 2016 he trained as a part-time church musician, and in September 2019 he began studying the organ with Martin Sander in Basel. He has participated in concert projects with a wide variety of formations. These also include self-conceived discussion concerts.

In addition to music from various epochs and countries, his interests include music psychology, cybernetics, transpersonal psychology, personality development, evolutionary psychology, religious studies, mysticism and physiology. Interdisciplinary research opportunities between musicology and psychology as well as between musicology, liturgical studies and cultural history hold a special attraction for him.

Since 2012, he has occasionally taken part in various psychotherapeutic training courses. He was not only motivated by the idea of working as a coach, but also by the conviction that the formation of one’s own personality and the understanding of human relationships are of great value for a deeper understanding and experience of art and culture.

On his blog, he publishes weekly shorter articles on musical works, topics from music history, philosophy or psychology, or aphorisms on personality development.

When he needs time off from all this work, he likes to go for walks alone or with friends, cook or watch films, work in the garden, or try something completely new.

Bernhard Reichel

Bernhard Reichel’s repertoire includes music from 1550 to 1850 on the corresponding instruments – from Renaissance and Baroque lute, theorbo and arciliuto, to Baroque and Romantic guitar. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and Vietnam, and has participated in world premieres by Christoph Czech and others, as well as in numerous radio, TV and CD recordings for ORF and NDR, among others. In 2016 he recorded solo works for the audio book production “fonte lattaia – Quellen der Milchstraße”, followed in 2019 by a recording of the opera “Jason oder die Eroberung des goldenen Vließes” by G.C. Schürmann with the Barockwerk Hamburg. Bernhard is a founding member of the “Ensemble Urstrom” and has been playing regularly with recorder player Claudius Kamp since 2015. In March 2018, their debut CD was released on the Aurea Vox label. In 2020 he initiated the ensemble “Musica getutscht”. As a basso continuo player, he has cooperated with the Ensemble Schirokko, the Göttingen Baroque Orchestra, the Klangforum Heidelberg under the direction of Walter Nußbaum, the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, the Barockwerk Hamburg under Ira Hochman, Cantus Thuringia, Lux Musicae London, the Svapinga Consort under Robert Selinger and many others. He has played with musicians such as Daniel Sepec, Annegret Siedel, Alessandro Quarta, Manfred Cordes and Detlef Bratschke as part of the Ensemble strumentale FIMA under the direction of Alfredo Bernadini and Rinaldo Alessandrini. He has given concerts at festivals and promoters such as the “Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci”, the “Styriarte Graz”, the “Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht”, “Musica Antiqua Bruges”, the “Residenzwoche München”, “Gröpelinger Barock”, the “Heiligenberger Abendserenaden”, “Alte Musik in Fürstenfeld” and the “Open Recorder Days Amsterdam”. As a lecturer he gave master classes at the Folkshögskola in Framnäs/Sweden, among others. In the course of his occupation with historical performance practice, he published a musicological work in the series Paraphrasen in the volume “Praktische Musiktheorie”, Georg Olms Verlag, Hildesheim on the works for solo violin by J.S. Bach and, as a student assistant to Joachim Held, dealt with historical sources on the basso continuo on the lute. In 2015 he was awarded a scholarship by the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, and in 2017 he received a scholarship from the Dartington Summer School. Bernhard Reichel was born in Vienna /Austria and received his first guitar lessons with Gerhard Löffler at the Vienna Music School, from which he graduated with distinction. He then continued his education as a junior student at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with Susanna Löffler.

In 2009 he began studying guitar at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar in the class of Prof. Thomas Müller- Pering. His diploma concert was awarded the highest grade (1.0). In Weimar he received his first lute lessons with Björn Colell. During his studies, Bernhard Reichel attended numerous master classes, among others regularly with Paul O`Dette, as well as with Jürgen Hübscher, Luciano Contini, Andrea Damiani, Simon Linné, Hopkinson Smith and Luca Pianca. From 2013 to 2016 he studied lute with Prof. Joachim Held at the Akademie für Alte Musik, Bremen.

www.bernhard-reichel.de www.musicagetutscht.de



Susanne Reichelt

City guide
I was born in 1965 in Bischofswerda in the Lausitz region of Saxony, not far from Dresden, the city where I have lived since 1988 and which is also my wonderful, beloved workplace!

In the 1980s, during the GDR era, I completed a degree in foreign languages at the University of Leipzig. After a family break, I started my own business in 1995 as a tour guide in and around Dresden, where I have since taken great pleasure in presenting my city and its precious art treasures, as well as its charming surroundings, to visitors from all over the world in guided tours of various kinds.

It is a matter close to my heart to pass on my enthusiasm for the city and the region and their exciting history and culture in a lively and competent, but also entertaining and creative way. In order to continue this concern even in the all-changing Corona pandemic, I have, in a sense, switched to the written form and find much joy in dealing with Dresden-relevant topics in blog texts, tracking down interesting stories and incorporating my own experiences.

As a Dresden city writer for the Leiermann, I am very much looking forward to also getting you interested in my city and its region and perhaps welcoming you here in person soon!

Georg Rode

Retired teacher of art and French
Born in Cologne in 1956, attended grammar school until 1976, then studied art and French, initially also Catholic theology for the teaching profession, interrupted by military service.

After a detour into the private sector in 1989, I did my traineeship and worked as a teacher of art and French at several schools, mainly in East Westphalia, from 1991 until my retirement due to illness in 2020.

I see myself as a qualified dilettante with the aim of creating connections between the specialised subject areas of my interest, as well as communicating these to an audience that used to consist of pupils and now consists of readers. Curiosity and openness to the new and unfamiliar are my secret curriculum.

Monika Sandberger

Art historian, art guide, tour guide, Tuscany expert
I was born in Stuttgart in 1973 and have a strong interest in art, languages and European history and culture.

After my Abitur, which I completed at the Waldorf School with a focus on art and French, I studied European art history, as well as medieval and modern history, first in Heidelberg and later in Munich, passed the Latin exam and then learned Italian.

As part of the ERASMUS university exchange programme, I spend two semesters at the Università degli studi di Pisa in Italy. This stay strongly influenced my further professional orientation. First, however, I was awarded the academic degree of Magistra Artium by the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg.

During my time at university, I was already involved as an intern at Sotheby’s in Munich and the Art History Institute (Max Planck) in Florence. As a freelancer, I gained my first professional experience at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the Baroque Gallery in Schloss Ludwigsburg, the Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Strachschule Il David in Florence, the adult education centres in Stuttgart and Mannheim; and worked as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen Munich for hiking and study tours in Tuscany, the Cinque Terre and Umbria.

Another freelance assignment leads me to a new field of work: as author and translator first of an internet project on Italian art history and language, then as translator for the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon AKL and for Baudry’s Handbuch der Frühchristlichen Ikonographie.

With my exclusive agency “Kunstführung” for artful travel under the motto “Art & Landscape” in Tuscany, I have been organising art tours and day programmes entirely according to the individual wishes of my travel guests since 2010. Through my experienced and thoughtful organisation, the personal charm of my art-historical tours and the personal tips, my clients’ holidays become an overall experience of Italian art of living.

My first reading book has been on the market since 2012. Under the pseudonym Katja Kirschstein, I write with much humour and eloquence about my life in Italy “From the land where not only the lemons…”, the ups and downs of Italian politics, culture and history, everyday life in Italy and my special very personal experiences.

During the 2020 pandemic, I entertain my clients with “online art tours” of art and history in Tuscany. This involves making films with my own photos and texts on exciting topics such as Michelangelo, episodes from the Second World War and insider tips in Tuscany.

Elisabeth Schinagl

Born 1961 in Munich

Teacher training in Latin and German studies in Eichstätt and Regensburg, then research assistant at the Chair of Medieval Latin Philology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt

1996-2009 secondary school teacher

2009-2017 parliamentary group spokeswoman in the Bavarian State Parliament

since 2018 Freelance author

Christian Schaller

Cultural scientist and historian
Christian Schaller grew up in Bavarian Swabia and studied history and art and cultural history at the University of Augsburg.

He worked at various cultural institutions of the city of Augsburg on a part-time or honorary basis, for example at the Municipal Art Collections and Museums. He was also a research assistant at the former Architekturmuseum Schwaben (branch of the Architekturmuseum der TU München in the Pinakothek der Moderne), at the Chair of European Ethnology / Folklore and at the Chair of European Regional History and Bavarian-Swabian Regional History at the University of Augsburg.

He works part-time as a museum cultural mediator and officially certified city guide. He is also doing a doctorate in the field of cultural studies of cities, authenticity and sustainability.

Stephanie Schoger

Art historian
Stephanie Schoger studied art history/archaeology and history. She is an art historian with a research focus on early modern art and the Netherlands. She received her doctorate with her thesis on Gerard ter Borch and the Peace Congress of Westphalia in 1648 at the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn and worked at the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, among other institutions.

Since 2020, she has been working as a freelance author and is committed to maintaining and preserving the culture and identity of the Transylvanian Saxons.

Ute-Gabriela Schneppat

Ute-Gabriela Schneppat studied at the Dr. Hoch’schen Konservatorium, Frankfurt/Main, at the Musikhochschule Würzburg with Prof. Walter Büchsel (solo flutist at the RSO, Frankfurt/Main).

She also attended international master classes and chamber music courses with Prof. Paul Meisen, Prof. Karlheinz Zoeller, Prof. Günter Ludwig and Prof. Albert Aigner, among others.

After graduating as a musician and state-certified music teacher at the University of Music Würzburg, she was a participant and finalist in various national and international competitions, including the International Vienna Competition and the Young Concert Artists Competition in New York.

Her lessons with Prof. Eckart Haupt, Dresden and Prof. Erich List, Leipzig were particularly formative.

Ute-Gabriela Schneppat is a scholarship holder of the Hessian Cultural Foundation and the German Music Council.

In addition to her studies, she completed a training course in Dispokinesis at the International Institute for Dispokinesis with G.O. van de Klashorst from 2006 to 2008, which she concluded with the instructor’s diploma DIRP (Dispokineto – Instrumental Re – educational Processing). Her further training in the field of musician’s health complements her training as a stress management trainer, in spiraldynamics and in pain therapy according to Liebscher & Bracht.

Ute-Gabriela Schneppat gives concerts with various chamber music partners at home and abroad. In 2021, she produced the CD “La Flûte Femme” with her duo “Flute on Keys”, featuring works by female composers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Her heart’s desire is to make the music of female composers known.

She is voluntarily involved as the second chairperson of the DTKV Hessen and as editor of the DTKV Three Countries page in the Neue Musikzeitung (nmz).

Thomas Siemens

– first guitar lessons at the age of 10, besides violin and piano lessons
– with 13 years change from violin to viola, afterwards regular participation in
in youth orchestras with viola
– at the age of 15 joins the Lower Saxony State Plucked String Orchestra
– Regular participation in competition “Jugend Musiziert”. 1st national prize in the
category plucked string ensemble
– Participation in weekend of special prizes in the category new music, awarded
with Isolde von Müller special prize
– Studies classical guitar with Michael Tröster
– Master classes with Aniello Desiderio, Carlo Marchione, Stephen Goss, Scott Tennant, David
Daily, Andy Vance
– additional lessons with Oliver Kipp (NDR Radiophilharmonie) and Tatjana Prelevic
(HMTM Hanover)
– various performances, among others at the international festival of plucked music “Europfestival
– Founding member of the Bundesjugendzupforchester (Federal Youth Plucked String Orchestra)
– Member of the Bund deutscher Zupfmusiker (BDZ) (Association of German Plucked Musicians)
– Regular collaboration with cantor for popular music, Manuel Schienke. At
Deutschlandfunk radio service, among others

Kassandra Schwämmle

Kassandra Schwämmle was born in the early 1990s in southern Germany, where she still lives today. When the Lord of the Rings trilogy hit the cinemas around the turn of the millennium, she was still too young to go to the cinema for the first film. So the books were read. And that was it for her, she couldn’t get away from fantasy – until today. Her first book presentation at school was about The Little Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Countless other books were read and eventually she also discovered her enthusiasm for writing.

During her studies of an engineering science it became a valuable balance and an integral part of her life. Since then she has attended writing seminars to hone her craft. She has also successfully accompanied several projects as a test reader. Her stories range from many areas and varieties of fantasy to science fiction. In recent years, she has also become more and more involved with the classics and the origins of modern fantasy and science fiction, as well as philosophical works.

She also loves to travel and explore new places, which is why she can always be found at the odd con or book fair.

Luka Sommer


Ines Stadie

Art historian, culture blogger & author
Art historian, culture blogger & author


www.tuerkisgruen.de (art and culture)

Instagram: tuerkisgruenbyines

Podcast “Kulturglitzern – your podcast from Lake Constance about art, culture and history”.

www.gruessevomsee.de (recipes, books, travel and much more)


Growing up on beautiful Lake Constance, my studies led me to Freiburg im Breisgau. While searching for the right subjects to study, I finally chose art history/Scandinavian studies, as they best reflected my interests.

A semester abroad took me to Tromsø in northern Norway. I had already been enchanted by Norway on a holiday when I was 15, and since then my heart has beaten for the north of Germany and for Scandinavia. That’s why I wrote my thesis on “The Vasamoument in Uppsala Cathedral by Willem Boy (1520-92) – Studies in Scandinavian funerary art in the 16th century”. I’ve put my doctoral thesis on the late medieval funerary monuments of Constance Cathedral on hold for the time being – there are too many topics I want to deal with: theatre, art and culture, Scandinavia. But maybe I’ll pick up the thread “doctoral thesis” again sometime…

In my work as an art historian, culture blogger and author, I convey art and culture in an entertaining way in sound, image, text and video.


Art, culture and history(s) from the far north


Scandinavian design, coffee culture, Hugin & Mugin, cinnamon buns. Stave churches, breathtaking scenery, fika, Nordlys and köttbullar, sauna, waffles and dark detective stories. Edvard Munch, Karin Larsson and the Ice Sea Cathedral. Funerary monuments, arts and crafts, trolls, dwarves and elves, Nidaros Cathedral and Hurtigruta, the Vasa, Snorri and the Edda. All this and much more is part of Scandinavian art and culture.

Immerse yourself in exciting and diverse topics full of art, mysticism, design, culinary delights, history and culture from the far north.

Gabriele Stauß

City guide

Thomas Stiegler


Valerie Strassberg

Tour guide
Valerie Strassberg lives in Vienna.

As a commercially self-employed tourist guide, she is a one-person business and practices a regulated trade according to Austrian law.

She studied acting and theatre, film and media studies.

Andrea Strobl

– Studies: Italian language and literature, French philology and modern German literature (M.A.) at the Ludwig-Maxilimian University in Munich.

– Worked for many years as a copywriter and proofreader/editor

Tobias Tietze


Daniel Ungermann

Daniel Ungermann was born on 29. 5. 1962 in Prague, he has lived in Switzerland since 1969; continuously in Rapperswil-Jona.

He was interested in music from a very early age.

At the age of 13 he played the organ for the first time in a church service, at 15 he gave his first solo recital on the piano – with exclusively his own compositions and improvisations.

In 1980 he began his musical studies: first piano at the Zurich Conservatory with a diploma in 1983 and further training in the master class of Vitalij Margulis in Freiburg i. Br., 1984 – 1988 choral conducting at the Basel Music Academy with Hans-Martin Linde with a diploma, 1986 – 1994 organ studies at the Zurich Conservatory and the Zurich Conservatory of Music, first with Rudolf Scheidegger (organist diploma), then in the concert training class with Bernhard Billeter.

1994 – 2007 harpsichord studies with Bernhard Billeter (diploma 2001), then concert training with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher in Basel (lecturer at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) until 2007.

International master classes complemented his training.

From an early age, Daniel Ungermann was interested in music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, and he pursued ever more consistently the path of historical performance practice with the corresponding historical stylistic means and playing techniques. A rich study of sources accompanied his musical development.

Since 1995 Daniel Ungermann has been the full-time organist at St. Martin’s in Meilen (on Lake Zurich), and he also works as a choir director.

He has performed as a harpsichordist, organist and conductor in Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic and has collaborated with renowned soloists and orchestras.

In addition, he has been writing articles for the press since the age of 16 (1978 to 1982 critic of the “Rapperswiler Schlosskonzerte”), as well as various essays for specialist journals.

In addition, he has been studying medieval sacred architecture autodidactically for several decades.

Ulrich Vogel

Historian and Germanist
Ulrich Vogel studied German and is a historian. In addition to his professional activities as a consultant and speaker in information technology, he has worked on several local history projects and published smaller articles. As an author, it is important to him to vividly convey personalities, ideas and events of the past and to place them in their historical context. He retired in 2021 and hopes to find more time for his historical interests in the future.

Anja Weinberger

The German flutist Anja Weinberger studied music, musicology, art history and theatre studies at the universities and conservatories in Munich, Mannheim and Erlangen. Master classes led her to Paul Meisen, Jean-Claude Gérard, Peter Thalheimer, Renate Greiss-Armin, Helmut Rilling and Leonard Bernstein. She works as a freelance musician, mainly making chamber music. With three other flutists, she founded the Japanese-German quartet JaDe.

Since 2011 she has been artistic director of the “Concerts by Candlelight” in Erlangen (Germany) and since 2014 of the “Concerts in the Circle of the Year” in Hof (Germany).

Well over 50 works have been composed for her or for her chamber music ensembles in recent years. Of particular note is “From Heaven on High…” – a project in which composers from all over the world look at Advent and Christmas carols in a new way, vary them or develop them further. The first volume of this collection has been published by “Canticus” in Hamburg, the second will follow soon. A cd of the same name is also available from “Canticus”.

Anja Weinberger lives with her family in Erlangen, Franconia.

Contact: anja.weinberger@yahoo.de

Laura Windisch

Art historian and cultural scientist
As a doctor of art history and cultural studies with studies in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Rome, Berlin and Bern, I am passionate about the art of the Italian Baroque, transcultural image and object history, topics around gender and space, as well as European collection and exhibition history.

I published my doctoral thesis in 2019 under the title “Kunst. Power. Image. Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743) in the Mirror of Her Portraits and Spaces of Domination” published by Böhlau-Verlag. Based on archival sources from the Florentine State Archives, I investigated the German-Italian exchange of art and culture between Florence and Düsseldorf and the beginnings of public museums in the 18th century.

During my time as a research assistant at the Chair of Medieval and Modern Art History at HU Berlin (2010-2016), I was responsible for editing and proofreading monographs and anthologies with essays on various art and cultural studies topics from the Middle Ages to the present. Lectures on Italian Baroque sculpture, the Medici dynasty and female interiors in the 19th century took me to Canada, Italy and Switzerland. I also led excursions to Florence and northern India.

Afterwards, I worked as a research assistant at the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Schloss (2016-2019) for the Founding Directorate. Here I was responsible for writing texts of different genres and collaborated on exhibition concepts and on the organisation of expert meetings and workshops.

In my current research project on the “(Syn-)aesthetics of pictorial pastry”, I am investigating the connection between baked images (especially Springerle, Spekulatius), votive offerings and rituals. The publication of a book is planned – more information will follow soon on this page!

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