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Katrin does not lead any tours but she is responsible for everything running smoothly. In the office she’s the contact person for our customers, staff and partners. She has been in Berlin for two years, is already familiar with much of the city and feels at home here. When she’s not in the eat-the-world office, she enjoys photography and seeking out Berlin’s culinary delights. One of her favorite dishes is her mother’s homemade wedding soup.

Katrin does not lead any tours but she is responsible for everything running smoothly. In the office she’s the contact person for our customers, staff and partners. She has been in Berlin for two years, is already familiar with much of the city and feels at home here. When she’s not in the eat-the-world office, she enjoys photography and seeking out Berlin’s culinary delights. One of her favorite dishes is her mother’s homemade wedding soup.

Berlin Headquarters

Elke has lived in Berlin for nine years, with time out in Paris, New York and Malaysia. She learned to cook the old-fashioned way from her grandmother, and while she was a student worked in a small Paris restaurant, where she gained an insight into fine French cuisine. She loves to cook but also enjoys eating out and is always on the lookout for good food. She strikes a balance through sport and playing the piano.

Katrin does not lead any tours but she is responsible for everything running smoothly. In the office she’s the contact person for our customers, staff and partners. She has been in Berlin for two years, is already familiar with much of the city and feels at home here. When she’s not in the eat-the-world office, she enjoys photography and seeking out Berlin’s culinary delights. One of her favorite dishes is her mother’s homemade wedding soup.

Karin was born in Berlin and loves “her” city. She is a product manager with us and manages everything that has to do with Berlin: she develops new tours and is the contact person for customers, culinary partners and tour guides. She also supports our franchisers. After studying transport management and logistics, Karin spent a year as an au pair in Paris and a semester at an internship in Chicago. At the end of her studies, she worked for an airline in Berlin, and then an account manager at an advertising agency. Karin loves to travel and likes all kinds of food, from hearty home cooking (like Königsberger Klopse meatballs) to sweet treats (like apple pancakes or Donauwelle, a type of cake) and international food – she’s up for anything, loves to go out to eat and experiments on her own stove.

Daniela has never met a food she didn’t like. Her parents’ pizzeria meant our product manager has been wrapped up with food and gastronomy since she was born. Hailing from Holzminder, Daniela used to be a hotel manager at a well-known location in Hamburg. This was followed by tourism studies on the coast at Wilhelmshaven. Eating and traveling are her biggest hobbies. Complementing a semester abroad in France, Daniela has also left her footprints in many locations around the world, from Israel to India. What a stroke of luck that eat-the-world lets her combine both of her greatest passions! Daniela makes sure everything goes off without a hitch in Hamburg, Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, and Essen, and is ready with an open ear for anything else that comes her way.

Tina was born in Berlin and loves the many facets of her home town. As a qualified travel agent, she enjoys discovering othe countries and their various cuisines. She loves pasta and soups, and enjoys cooking for her family and friends. She is a passionate collecter of recipes! After completing her diploma, Tina worked for many years as a rental car broker, both in practice and in an office. In February 2014 she joined our team as a product manager, taking control of Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Wiesbaden. Because of her extensive experience in tourism, she also takes care of the business to business area. In her free time, she likes to spend time in nature with her children and experience the world through their eyes.

Anja is what you might call a bit of a nomad, having moved to the outskirts of Berlin from first Braunschweig, and then Hanover. After completing vocational training at a travel agency, earning a degree in business, and working for a tour operator for many years, Anja has now been a member of the eat-the-world team since April 2015, where she is responsible for the smooth operation of our tours in Braunschweig, Hanover, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart. In her spare time, Anja likes to explore the many beautiful corners of both Berlin and Brandenburg—her new home—and she especially loves cooking and traveling, with her favorite travel destination being South Africa. Anja’s favorite food is any kind of potato dish, or whatever her boyfriend manages to whip up in the kitchen.

Eva was born in Austria and grew up in beautiful Berlin. As a child, she learned how to prepare delicious Austrian dishes such as Knödel and Sachertorte from her mother. In her free time, Eva likes to travel the world experiencing foreign cultures and cheer on the Berlin basketball teams with her friends; she’s even been known to throw a few baskets herself every now and then! During her studies in tourism and event management, she gained experience in cultural marketing and project and event management. Eva has supported us as a Junior Product Manager since March 2016 and is responsible for everything running smoothly in Saarbrücken.

Nina feels at home wherever the food is good! She moved from her Bavarian homeland and beyond the edge of the Alps to see the whole wide world; she arrived in Berlin after first spending time in Konstanz, Lisbon, and Cologne. For several years the biologist was also the manager and confectioner of a café in Cologne, which explains both her affinity for food and her knack for customer service. Together with Karin, Nina is responsible for the Berlin Team, which means coordinating everything tour-related, including culinary partners, guides, and customers in Neukölln, Kreuzberg, and Friedrichshain. Her personal passion is the wild coast (and cuisine) of Portugal, which she prefers to explore in her camping bus. Whether she’s at the camp stove or in her own home, Nina’s kitchen always smells delicious and nothing beats her mom’s special recipe for plum dumplings rolled in butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

Vanessa was born and raised in Hanover, but has lived in her adopted hometown of Berlin for nearly nine years now. Following a traditional hotelier traineeship and studies in hotel management, she was drawn to the sea and spent nearly four years working for different cruise lines within the Shore Operations division. This opportunity allowed her to see the world, exploring every nook and cranny from Norway to Israel to India. However, Vanessa began to miss solid ground beneath her feet and eventually made the transition back to land; she joined the eat-the-world team in September 2016 as a Junior Product Manager. When it comes to food, Vanessa loves trying new things, but her favorite dish would have to be her mother’s homemade rouladen.

Petra comes from Frankfurt am Main, but has lived in Berlin for about 25 years. After getting a bachelor's in geography and an MA in human resources development, she spent several years working in adult education and as a tour guide, visiting lots of countries. Now her fondness for city tours and good food has led Petra to eat-the-world. Here the IHK-certified tour guide is the HR manager and deals with selecting and training our tour guides.
When the work day is over, Petra likes to stroll through diverse Berlin and be inspired by its culinary highlights or international cooking courses. To balance it out she often takes bike rides outside the city!

Roland was born and raised directly on the French border in Saarbrücken, and eventually landed in Berlin followings stays in Trier and the Ruhr region. The motto of his homeland, "Hauptsach´gut gess," (which basically means “we are fine as long as we have some good food”) is still firmly anchored in him. In addition to his many years as a project manager for European educational projects, Roland has worked in a bar and has long been a firm sustainability advocate. He prefers to undertake his city explorations via train- whether it be though Moscow or Milan. A perfect combination of professional and personal interests naturally led Roland to eat-the-world, where he is responsible for human resources and personnel development.

Marco, who grew up in the beautiful Taunus mountain range near Frankfurt am Main, joins Petra as our second Hessian in the group. His studies in tourism and work in the hotel industry led him from Hesse to Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg before finally landing him in Berlin, where he was immediately captivated by the city’s diversity. Marco works in our team assistance division where he takes care of all your reservations and inquiries, in addition to all team affairs. Culinary preferences of Marco’s include everything from hearty to light, extravagant to classic, and domestic to international: the main thing is that it ends up on the table!

Jessica is a true Berliner who loves to explore her neighborhood. She has worked in the hotel industry for 10 years and her studies focused on sustainable tourism management. Now Jessica works together with Marco in the team assistance department where she is responsible for everything customer and colleague related. Her interests include distant lands and soccer.

Phanny was born and raised in Berlin while her roots are in Vietnam. After successfully completing her studies in the Tourism & Event Management, her passion for gastronomy brought her to eat-the-world, whose concept she was immediately sold on. In her free time, Phanny likes to try out Berlin restaurants, cafés and markets but also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen herself. Everyone in the office raves about her summer rolls! In addition, she loves to travel and discover new cultures. Grilled skewers with sticky rice found on the streets of Thailand make her heart beat faster! At eat-the-world, Phanny works in online marketing and takes care of our website, online projects, and collaborations.

Juri hails from Cádiz in southern Spain, and eventually ended up in Berlin after spending some time in Madrid. The experienced Feel-Good Manager discovered his passion for the culinary arts very early on and has true knack for sniffing out as many colleagues as possible. Juri likes long walks on the beach and was a fan of street food long before it was hip – he finds the trend to be quite conducive to his height, especially when your loss is his gain. He enjoys dining out, but isn’t too picky when it comes to choosing a spot; typically the first thing he finds suits him just fine. Juri is a true jack of all trades here at eat-the-world and his years of experience have cultivated a fine nose to know at any time in which office his support is most needed.

Team Augsburg

Christine is a Rhinelander by birth, and moved to Bavaria in the 80s for professional reasons. After working in the Kaiserstuhl in Hesse and Cologne, she moved about to Bavaria a few years ago. Already having worked in the catering world for many years, she was inspired by the idea of a Augsburg as a culinary center for locals and guests. Her favorite place in Augsburg is the Stadtmarkt, where she regularly buys fresh products from the region. She also enjoys trips to the nearby mountains, hiking, and skiing as leisurely activities. 

Anna initially moved to Augsburg to study, but stayed after she realized that the city had a lot to offer! She constantly finds herself dragging visitors into new restaurants, including the famous Augsburg Fuggerei. Anna herself prefers to maintain an organic vegetarian lifestyle and is interested in vegan alternatives after discovering Ethiopian cuisine. Absolute favorite food: chocolate! Anna is always planning her next big trip, one of the most memorable of which was managing tourist groups at a sanctuary for smuggled jungle animals.

Elisabeth who was born in Ostwestfalen moved to Augsburg 32 years ago as she started a new job here. During the time she worked and raised her kids, Augsburg became second home town. Besides her job as a nurse at the hospital, she also works as a massage-therapist. One of her hobbies is acting: She turns the whole world into a stage when she is with her group of actors. She also loves the weekly culinary tours she offers in Augsburg and enjoys every moment. She loves to stroll through the old town and have a look at small and individual stores that can be find here. Elisabeth's best way to unwind is a boat tour through the city, drinking a nice cup of coffee, and having a piece of cake. New York is one of her favorite cities and always worth a visit. She loves to spend the evenings with family and friends and pamper them with delicious food.

Giulia is half-Italian and was always interested in foreign languages and cultures, which is why she decided to study the Italian and Ibero-Romance languages, thus prompting her to move from the Bavarian Chiemsee area to Augsburg. What Gulia particularly likes about Augsburg is that the city is neither too big, nor too small, and it has a totally unique charm of its own. In addition to traveling, she lists cooking, sports, sewing, and crafts as her top hobbies. When Gulia leads an eat-the-world tour, she especially enjoys that she is bound to come into contact with nice, new people and that she can show them her new adopted hometown.

Jessica is a proud born-and-bred Allgäuerin, having been born in the oldest city in Bavaria and now living in the second oldest. She moved to Augsburg for her studies and immediately fell in love with the city. For her, Augsburg is just perfect- not too big, even for country bumpkins, but also not too small. She says that the city never feels boring because there is always something exciting happening and you can still discover new corners and secrets. Jessica enjoys walking through the Lech neighborhood because of its countless small bridges that give the old town its special charm. Her curiosity for new culinary adventures was awakened during her time in Peru, where she lived for six months after graduating.

Jessica, who is also called by her nickname Jessi, has lived in Augsburg since 2010. Fortunately, Augsburg has won against Bamberg as a city of study! She thinks it is just perfect to live here. It is small enough to meet interesting people again and again, yet it is big enough to enjoy a wide range of cultural and culinary offers. Whether it is about strolling through town, going out to dance, or to the theatre – in Augsburg everything is possible. What Jessi loves most is that so many residents of this town engage in social institutions, for example the “Grand Hotel Cosmopolis”. When it comes to food she is easy to satisfy. It just needs to be delicious and diverse. She loves Indian food, but is also open to every other international cuisine. She loves to indulge her sweet tooth, so she would never say no to sweets. She isn’t the best cook and instead of standing in the kitchen she likes to try new restaurants. In her leisure time she loves to read and play soccer.

Pia is a born and bred native of Munich, but eventually left the big city for Augsburg to undertake her studies. After the first cold season had passed, when the flowers began to blossom and the trees began to bloom, and the Lech Quarter once again sprang to life, it all became clear to Pia: she had fallen in love with Augsburg and felt right at home in her new city, and because she likes nothing more than to eat and show off her city, it only made sense to become a culinary tour guide with eat-the-world. Pia’s favorite spot in Augsburg has to be her home balcony which has the most beautiful view of the city walls around the Red Gate.

Team Bamberg

Maren, who studied art history and heritage preservation studies, has been in Bamberg for over 20 years now. Despite a few stays in Munich, Stuttgart, Paris, and southern France, she is happy to be back in Bamberg and has found the city to hold a special place as the center of her universe. She has several years of professional experience in the art trade and as a tour guide. In everyday life, she likes to take on any culinary challenge and enjoys cooking vegetarian—and sometimes vegan—cuisine, and of course anything with an international flare! But above all, Maren has a sweet tooth, with a special penchant for cakes and candies of every variety.

Anna came to Bamberg for her studies 7 years ago. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Geography, she decided to go in a whole new direction and is now studying Psychology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; she doesn’t even mind the daily commute since it means she can keep on living in Bamberg! Anna loves everything Bamberg has to offer, especially during the summer when you can visit the many beer cellars, swim in the floating river pool, and of course attend the big “Sandkerwa” festival. In addition to her studies, Anna is very active in the community and frequently volunteers her services; for example, she opened Bamberg’s free store, “Mosaic,” together with her friends. Anna prefers to either buy her vegetables from the neighborhood nurseries, or in the summer she will even plant her own on the balcony—whatever she can do to cook with seasonal and local products!

Elfi, a native of Hamburg, is now a retired teacher who has once again found herself back in her beautiful hometown. She mainly cooks vegetarian, and has a particular penchant for Ayurvedic cooking due to its variety of oriental spices. What she loves best about her Franconian birthplace is the unbeatable price-performance ratio, the concentration of breweries in and around Bamberg, and the short distance to the renowned Franconian wine region. Elfi finds long walks through the diverse cultural landscape, followed by refreshments, to be relaxing, and was instantly drawn to the idea of combining culinary aspects with culture within the framework of walking city tours.

Monika hails from a small town in the Hallertau. After many years in Munich and New Zealand, she spent five years as a traveling tour guide in almost all European countries before heading back to Bamberg to continue her studies. Monika’s university majors included the study of the Islamic Orient, European Ethnology, and History- subjects as diverse as her general interests! When she's not brushing up on Arabic vocab or studying the daily life of European nations, Monika likes to spend her time cooking, especially using ingredients which are organic, healthy, international, and ideally from her own garden—her window sills are currently crammed full of herbs, leafy greens, and vegetables. Monika fell in love with Bamberg on her first day in the city: the Old Town, the Hain park, all the cultural offerings…she loves it all! She thinks Bamberg is the perfect city to fit to her personal motto: “A smile costs nothing, but it’s worth a lot!”

Team Berlin

Amelie has lived in Berlin since 2008, technically making her a learned Berliner (but an enthusiastic one!). As an IHK certified tour guide, she is constantly searching for the happy medium between old and new. When she’s not off with guests exploring the ever-changing city, Amelie’s main job is as a harpsichordist, which keeps her quite busy with solo concerts and structured musical readings. Amelie especially loves bringing friends together around her dining table to cook new recipes.

Andre is Spandau born and bred and also a qualified estate agent, who is often drawn to the ‘city’ to experience the changes this multicultural metropolis has undergone up close, both in terms of culture and development, and urban regeneration. Whilst on the tram or tube, Andre enjoys watching how tourists from around the world encounter the Berlin dialect. To balance things out, Andre likes running, going on hiking trips in Scandinavia, or enjoying weekend breaks in Tel-Aviv. Together with friends, Andre likes to try out small cafés, bars and restaurants away from the tourist trail and is always open to new and untried delicacies. He also enjoys a culinary challenge and loves cooking for friends and family, as well as trying out new recipes. His favorite dishes are pasta with various combinations of vegetables, and original Wiener schnitzel. He also has a soft spot for his mother’s homemade roulade.

Andrea is an art historian and novelist who has lived all over the world, including places such as Spain and Brazil. Traveling is her passion and her favorite destinations are those where you can enjoy tasty food, because in her opinion, cooking and eating go hand in hand with a happy life. Andrea loves Berlin as the base for all her adventures around the globe. The versatility of the city and the mixture of the cultures are fascinating to her. Beyond that, the city’s offers of cultural activities provide something for every taste. In the summer she enjoys the lakes and her boat. 

Angelika has been in Berlin for 30 years and feels very comfortable here. She loves the diversity and openness of the city’s people and visitors. She likes to roam through the city which is always changing and moving. That’s how she’s gotten to know and love so many of Berlin’s different corners, its museums, squares and bars. She’s especially interested in everything that has to do with good food, because cooking comes as second nature to her. She likes to surprise her friends with several-course menus that are often composed of unusual combinations. Her motto is: good ingredients, freshly prepared, always taste good. The kitchen is her stage, for cooking as well as for her whole life.

Anna was born in Berlin but had the pleasure of spending her childhood in various locations, including some years in Lesotho in southern Africa. She later caught the travel bug and has since been able to achieve the ambitious goal of entering every continent (except Antarctica) before the age of 20. Culinary experimentation is an obvious side effect of travel fever, so she always likes to try foods she is unfamiliar with- even fried insects in Thailand. With an exception of bugs, her favorite food is Asian cuisine, especially from Vietnam and China. She also loves to try out new things in the kitchen. For her, cooking is about the artistic composition as a whole in which every ingredient counts. 

Bärbel is a born and bred Berliner, growing up in Tempelhof and staying faithful to the southwest area of the city. Mother to three grown-up children, and now a grandmother too, she also holds a degree in Public Administration. In her spare time, Bärbel likes to read. Otherwise, you'll find her Nordic walking or out on her bike. Her favorite pastimes, however, are travel and handicrafts. She is continually amazed at how her home city has changed, but also at how many beautiful corners are still waiting to be discovered.  

Beate originally comes from the small town of Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia, although her family has its roots in Poland, whose cuisine she knows inside out.  Beate also lived in the even smaller town of Dinslaken for a year to help in the preparations of the Ruhr region’s designation as the European Capital of Culture in 2010.  Finally, she made the leap to the big city: Beate is studying Cultural Studies in Berlin and, since the capital is such a chocolate box for culture fans, when she’s not attending  her lectures you’ll find her in theatres, cinemas, museums, concerts and in restaurants –  isn’t food culture the best of all?

Carolin has seen a lot of the world, but has always remained true to Berlin. After graduating high school in Frohnau, she moved to Florence, Italy to study art history and restoration, which is where she learned how to cook and concurrently discovered a passion for the Mediterranean cuisine that remains to this day. Once back in Berlin, Carolin lived in several different neighborhoods and currently calls Schöneberg home. She has been inspired by Berlin’s transition and its diverse history, which is what encouraged her to become a tour guide several years ago: so that she might share this enthusiasm with the world. Carolin’s work as a painting restorer is rather reclusive in nature and therefore the possibility to work as a city tour guide is a welcome change for her. The exciting job gives her the opportunity to show her interactive and communicative side, and brings her in contact with interesting people. 

Castillo is half-Mexican and half-Swiss, and grew up in Switzerland before moving to Berlin in 2001, although he moved back to his homeland for a short time during this period to attend jazz school. Castillo has been back in Berlin since 2012 and is constantly on the lookout for new, spicy flavors and delicious food in Germany’s capital city. When his friends come to visit, he likes to invite them to a jam session and dinner in an unknown and exquisite restaurant.

Dieter has lived in Berlin for 27 years, with breaks in Sydney and Paris. His grandmother and mother come from Luxembourg and Lorraine respectively, so he loves French cooking and champagne. He is a passionate hobby cook and also enjoys Australian, Asian and German cuisine. Dieter is very open to new culinary experiences.  From roasted insects in the Australian Outback, bull’s testicles in Spain to raw fish in Tokyo long before the sushi craze, he’ll try anything rather than say no.

Dietmar was born in southern Berlin and grew up in the northern part of the city. Thanks to his work at the theater, he became familiar with many different cities in western and southern Germany, but nothing could beat his home town. Dietmar has lived in many different neighborhoods in Berlin which has given him the opportunity to discover whole new parts of the city – to say he knows the city inside and out would be an understatement! He has a substantial passion for cooking and soon developed his palate from that of a “glutton” to a connoisseur. What Dietmar loves most about Berlin is that the city is constantly changing and is full of endless, culinary discoveries.

Engelbert comes from a small town in southern Hesse called Lampertheim. Growing up in the border-triangle of Hesse, Baden Württemberg, and Rhineland-Platz led him to love and eventually work in Berlin-Friedrichshain. In addition to his work as a consultant in digital media, he likes to spend his free time looking for peace in nature or around the infamous Boxhagener Platz. He also enjoys visiting Treptower Park, Müritz, or just an espresso bar around the corner. Berlin and especially Friedrichshain have inspired him to discover culinary diversity by trying new dishes from around the world, especially the wide range of Vietnamese cuisine.

Hansgeorg—an art and culture enthusiast—is a professional actor and coach who moved to Berlin 25 years ago when he could no longer resist the inspiring charm and cultural and culinary diversity of the “city of change.” Living the motto that “detours enhance your knowledge of a place,” he moved from his hometown of Münster to Hamburg, Bochum, and Schwedt before he finally landed in his adopted home of Berlin. Hansgeorg lives together with his wife and two kids, and is still amazed by the cultural and culinary variety this city has to offer.

Haşim hails from Istanbul and moved to Berlin together with his parents following the German recruitment agreements in the 1960s. Since then he has lived mostly here in the city, with only a few interruptions in his stay. He began tour guiding as a university student in Izmir where he would show people around places such as Pergamon and Troy. After finishing his studies, Haşim worked for a Turkish travel business in Austria and then a Swedish travel agency where he responsible for guiding high school kids all over Europe. Following his training as an educational tour guide, Haşim began giving guided tours in Turkey. He enjoys playing soccer and sometimes coaches the local youth league where his two great sons play. Haşim believes that food is a major part of a culture, and culinary tours are therefore a special way of getting to know a culture. As such, he especially enjoys leading tours through Kreuzberg, where he and the world cuisine are right at home. 

Iris is from Vienna but grew up on a ship on the Danube between the Black Forest and the Black Sea. She has also lived in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Maastricht. She studied literature in Berlin in 2002 and still cannot get enough of the city. Her favorite places to travel are mostly in the East, where she especially loves the sincerity of the Japanese sushi chef and the mysterious spices of the Orient.

Julia is a born and bred Berliner who prefers eating to cooking. As the daughter of an Austrian and the wife of an Italian, she especially relishes the Austrian and Italian cuisine. In addition to the impressive castles, Julia particularly likes to show visitors, as well as Berliners, the culinary highlights of her home city. For Julia, Berlin is the perfect place to be, because here she can almost always eat and drink whatever she is in the mood for. If she doesn´t spent her vacation in Italy or Austria, Julia can be found exploring the cultural highlights of Berlin together with her family.

Jürgen has been working as a freelance tour guide for about eight years now after finishing his studies in art history. He joined eat-the-world in 2016 as he was very interested in the concept of combining a stroll through the city with culinary highlights. Jürgen likes to personalize his tours by integrating his personal knowledge of topics such as architecture and city development into the excursions. The interesting interactions with new people is what Jürgen enjoys most about his job, and finds that the concept of culinary city tours is the most effective way to get people intermingling. 

Katharina grew up in bilingual Oberlausitz, and has recently lived in Leipzig and Oldenbourg. As an anthropologist, wanderlust is her constant companion. She loves the wild and vast landscapes of the north, as well as the spices of the East, especially those in Indian cuisine. Whether at the farmers market, in a whisky distillery or at a cheese Workshop, Katherina is a textbook Allesesserin as we would say in German (or someone who is always open to new tastes and culinary experiences). She loves to cook in for her loved ones, but she also enjoys discovering all the restaurants that Berlin has to offer.

Laura was born in Neukölln and returned to her home roots in 2008, where she had mixed emotions concerning the mostly positive (although a few negative) developments in her home neighborhood: curiosity, joy, and perhaps a touch of melancholy. As a geographer and conflict researcher, Laura has been traveling to sub-Saharan Africa for years now, but returns to Berlin time and time again, at which point she’s always surprised by the enormous tolerance coupled with the unbelievable coldness of the people of Berlin. In terms of culinary preferences, Laura is highly adventurous and especially enjoys the Ethiopian cuisine. To create her own Ethiopian dishes would be a tad complicated, which is why she is beyond thrilled that Berlin offers such a large variety of exquisite African restaurants. 

Lena loves everything international, and has lived in Paris, London, Zurich, and Malmö. In her free time, she likes to travel, preferably to China or Vietnam which are also the bases of her favorite cuisines. Lena has accumulated a wide knowledge of different foods and dishes over the years and likes to cook as much as possible. Her first culinary love was quite traditional: while studying in Paris, and regardless of whether she was as the weekly market, the bakery next door, or enjoying some duck confit in the evening, she truly embraced the French cuisine and way of life. The way Lena sees it, nothing makes you happier than good food with good friends!  

Mariam always has a suitcase in Berlin. The city has been her adopted home for twenty years and she loves it like no other. Her other big love is travelling, closely followed by food. That's the reason she enthusiastically tasted her way through the food of the world. While travelling, she went to Bombay’s magnificent Café Leopold, where she sipped on an old Monk and finally began to record her culinary discoveries in her short stories.

Norbert was born in Berlin and grew up in the neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. After he moved from the west side of Berlin to the east, he went to school and university in western Germany. Following his studies, Norbert’s work led him to Belgium and Austria before returning him back to Berlin where he enjoys discovering his home city by bike. If he’s not biking through the city, Norbert likes to spend his time testing new recipes and seeking out small shops where he can find exquisite ingredients. Besides a good coffee, he also relishes the taste of the French and Austrian cuisines. 

Regine originally hails from Hanover, which is where she also studied, although she lived two years in Munich, and one year in Biaritz, France. She has now lived in Berlin together with her family for more than 20 years. As an architect, Regine is especially interested in everything to do with architecture. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the kitchen, especially if her friends are there to help her prepare the food, make her laugh, and share a good glass of wine.

Sonja was born and raised in the beautiful city of Barcelona. When she was 18, she moved to Paris and then to London before she started studying political science in Madrid and Berlin. Originally planning to spend only her last semester in Venice, her stay turned into a four-year tasty stopover in Italy. Sonja has now lived in Berlin’s Schöneberg neighborhood, where her chatty father grew up, since 2011, and enjoys exploring new areas, markets, and restaurants in and around her hometown. 

Although born in Spain, Sylvia has lived in Berlin for many years now. She loves to travel and has already been to every continent! She finds it particularly exciting to discover new cultures and cuisines. As an added bonus, Sylvia uses the influences gathered during her travels as inspiration for her work as a designer. Additional interests include art and history, which she has carried with her since her school days. Sylvia especially loves working as a tour guide, which allows her to combine all of her passions while hopefully inspiring others.

Wiebke was born in Jever in northern Germany, and grew up with a garden full of fruits and vegetables which spawned her passion for fresh, regional food. She has lived in Berlin for some time now, particularly in Kreuzberg, which she loves given the coexistence of different cultures. Wiebke loves to travel, and whether she’s in Spain, Turkey, Morocco, Sri Lanka, or Zanzibar, she’s always up to explore the cuisine in distant countries. She previously worked in the Berlin store of a confectionary shop offering international sweets, and even after all that time, she still can’t decide whether she prefers Italian nougat or French chocolate. Another passion of Wiebke’s is storytelling, which makes her a natural at tour guiding! 

Team Bochum

Gudrun is a child of the Ruhr region, but moved away at an early age. She oversaw the guests of a German tour operator in many countries around the world, and later, as a Destination Manager, ensured that everything went according to plan at the resorts where she was employed. Her favorite destinations were Africa, Asia, and especially Greece, where she worked and lived for many years during the summers. Gudrun has now come back to her roots with eat-the-world, and after all these years abroad, it’s very special for her to conduct guided tours in her own city. When it comes to food, she keeps it simple: she goes to the market on the weekends and buys just what her basket can hold, with the exception of meat. Gudrun loves having guests over for dinner and starts getting things ready several hours in advance; the food is always freshly prepared and usually consists of stuffed wine leaves, eggplant cream, tzatziki, skordalia, and several other Greek appetizers. Mmmm, delicious!

Regina is a native of Bochum who loves her hometown and the diversity of the Ruhr area. What she particularly likes about Bochum is that it has a big city feel and infrastructure, yet hasn’t lost its pastoral charm. The trained real estate clerk is especially interested in the compatibility of comfortable modern living in old buildings and is committed to ecological and natural living. In addition to traveling, working with her hands, and being outdoors, Regina also enjoys cooking, trying new recipes, and whipping up seasonal, healthy meals. She likes to discover new cities by foot and loves showing other people what makes Bochum so special.

Team Bonn

Kerstin, who was born in Cologne, has now lived in Bonn for the past 30 years, with her love for the city and its topographical aspects stemming from her studies in Geography. As a student, she worked as a waitress in various locations and mainly worked with data in her professional life. Kerstin loves discovering new countries on her own, and believes hours spent poring over maps is time well spent. She enjoys cooking for and dining with family and friends (Italian cuisine is her favorite!), and considers horseback riding to be her most relaxing hobby. Likewise, Kerstin’s two children are also travel and adventure junkies, and are constantly on the go!

Team Braunschweig

Dirk, AKA Lord Schadt, is a Braunschweig native and writer. As a former gastronome, employee of the Jolly Joker night club, and raft conductor on the Oker River, he has plenty of exciting anecdotes and insight into the city’s history, a lot of which is even often unknown to long-time residents of Braunschweig. When it comes to the world of food, Dirk already has a world record under his belt; he was responsible for organizing the record for the pizza cooked with the highest number of ingredients. As he holds cultural and culinary diversity dear to his heart, Dirk looks forward to both introducing his guests to the city’s traditional artisanal gems and discovering a few for himself!

Team Bremen

Christina is a Bremen native with Norwegian roots. She loves her city because it combines big city life with the comfort of a smaller town, all with a unique Hanseatic flair. Nevertheless, she has left her a few times to live in Hamburg, Berlin, Wiesbaden, Seville, Buenos Aires and most recently in the tropical north of Australia. From there, she also brought home two border collies, with whom she now is a member of the Bremer Rettungshundestaffel (the local chapter of an emergency rescue dog group). Christina loves the outdoors, cooking and trying recipes from across all over the world.

Annika is a Göttinger native who came to Bremen to study four years ago. Since then, she has loved her adopted home of Bremen because it’s a cozy city that has everything one needs yet is down-to-earth, allowing one to live anonymously. She loves to travel by bike on the Werdersee or stroll along the side streets of the district. As a world traveler, she has traveled to Thailand, backpacked through Sumatra, Java and Bali and embarked on a road trip through the national parks of the American West and along the coast of California. She has just lived in New York for half a year where she tried food from almost everywhere, from Indian street vendors to star-rated American restaurants. Annika eats almost always and everywhere and has hardly found anything she doesn’t like apart from licorice and deep-fried grasshoppers. She loves to cook and sometimes lets off steam through making her own Thai food, tacos and other exotic delicacies.

Laila was born in the north of Bremen and moved to the city center to study fine arts. The nearby railway station is important to her because from here, she starts many of her trips. She has had longer stays in New Zealand and Australia, but for shorter trips she is drawn more to Eastern Europe, especially neighboring Czech Republic with its rich cuisine, beautiful landscapes and complex language which fascinates her. In her spare time, she loves to visit the city library to discover new books or stroll through the city park to the small animal zoo to watch out for the alpacas.

Team Dortmund

Heike, who was born in Hamm/Westphalia, has worked as a writer and literature teacher in her adopted home of Dortmund since 1995. Heike never has a chance to be bored as she also works as a freelance editor, publisher, and event manager. A large number of her pieces have even been published in anthologies. Heike published her first crime book in 2011, entitled: “Am Abgrund ist die Aussicht schöner” (“The View is More Beautiful from the Abyss”).

Team Dresden

Falk is a genuine Saxon and native of Dresden. During his professional development, he continually came into contact with fine food and culinary art. As a qualified wine-grower, Falk has experienced everything from growing grapes to the aromatic wine in the glass. Later, he began tasting teas from around the world and selecting them for the market. A few years ago, under his guidance, he breathed new life into a Dresden gourmet exhibition. In his spare time, Falk loves to reinvigorate himself by going on extended walks together with his wife. Whenever time allows, he likes to cook and chat with friends over ‘literary appetizers’ or on ‘Friday evenings around the kitchen table’.

Björn was born in 1977 in the Hilden/North Rhine-Westphalia region and was lucky enough to travel often during his childhood. To satiate his interests in travel and culture, he decided to focus on geography, sociology and ethnology during his studies in Bonn. Björn spent a year completing his studies at Santiago de Compostela and afterwards remained in Spain for almost ten more years working as a German and English teacher, translator, and interpreter. He also led trips along the pilgrims' routes in the Canary Islands and in Portugal. Since 2013, Björn has lived in beautiful Dresden, and is looking forward to showing eat-the-world-guests a different side of Dresden by spoiling them with local and exotic culinary specialties.

Cindy is a genuine "Nordlicht." Born in Mecklenburg she has lived in Schleswig Holstein, Niedersachsen and London (the most northern place so far). She studied in Dresden several years ago. In culinary matters she feels at home all over the world: from Brundviger in the far north, to Borschtsch or Sushi. Her only requirement is that it has to be vegetarian, then everything's alright. Constantly searching for new dishes and tastes, she loves discovering new restaurants, trying unknown with her friends or attempting unconventional food preparation on her own. As she feels very strongly about sustainability and saving regional cultural scenes, she loves working with eat-the-world. With these tours she is able to present traditional production methods and little known culinary treasures to the public.

Janine was born in Upper Lusatia, spent many years in the multicultural neighborhoods of Berlin, and was then swept back to her homeland where she has now enjoyed over 10 years in the familiar atmosphere of Dresden’s colorful Neustadt. Following extended stays in Saigon and Rome, Janine especially enjoys cooking fresh Vietnamese and Italian concoctions. Travels to the American East Coast allowed her to explore the culinary backdrop which instilled a passion for the regional hops and malts of the brewing landscape. When it comes to being outdoorsy, Janine likes to unwind by jogging laps or taking long strolls. She is also a passionate improvisation actress who is always open to new encounters, discoveries, and experiences.

Karoline, who was born and raised in Bautzen, stays at Dresden at the moment. Living there since seven years – except a longer period of time living in Great Britain – she calls this city her home. Her grandfather owned his own wine store and taught her to appreciate a good wine. She loves food in general and is especially in love with the italian cuisine. She isn’t afraid trying to cook interesting pasta dishes and is always on the hunt for nice Restaurants and culinary experiences in Dresden. In her leisure time she loves acting at the theatre or relaxing with a bit of Qigong.

Susanne was born in Berlin, studied drama in Leipzig, and just arrived in Dresden after many professional years spent in the East and West. In addition to her son, who is a student in Dresden Neustadt, her greatest love is still mainly the theater, although she’s curious about everything that makes life worth living. It was during her world travels that Susanne discovered a passion for trying new food, which is why she now enjoys being in Dresden where she feels she can really draw on its unlimited resources in this respect.

Thomas was born and raised in the Vogtland region and moved to Dresden in 2010. After training as a chef, he gained experience in gastronomy to eventually begin a teaching degree for vocational schools. In addition to an interest in all things culinary and a related curiosity for new shops and restaurants, Thomas also enjoy artistic and musical endeavors. In his spare time you can find him hiking in Saxon Switzerland, longboarding, or riding his bike. Thomas is eager to share his passion for the culinary arts, a love of outdoor activities, and a desire for new cultural experiences with his eat-the-world tour guests.

Team Düsseldorf

Elke – a native of beautiful Swabia (Filderstadt) - can still make spätzle from hand! Her Swabian potato salad is not too shabby either. Since 2006 she has lived in Dusseldorf with her family, where she is self-employed as a glass artist. When she is not firing up in the “Perlenkeller in Eller”, the gas burning bead maker, she takes our culinary guests through the districts of Duesseldorf.

Team Düsseldorf

Elke – a native of beautiful Swabia (Filderstadt) - can still make spätzle from hand! Her Swabian potato salad is not too shabby either. Since 2006 she has lived in Dusseldorf with her family, where she is self-employed as a glass artist. When she is not firing up in the “Perlenkeller in Eller”, the gas burning bead maker, she takes our culinary guests through the districts of Duesseldorf.

Beate was born and raised in Düsseldorf and has known every nook and cranny of the Bilk neighborhood since she was a kid. She currently resides in the south of Düsseldorf, but spent several years outside of the city, particularly in Cologne. Professionally speaking, she’s as far away from the field of travel as you can get: in fact, Beate is a certified educator and works in the youth welfare office. After years of family vacations, she is now once again finding herself drawn to adventure and wishes to expand her travels to all corners of the world. The Mediterranean cuisine is currently Beate’s favorite, but she can’t wait to add more to that last. She likes to try out a variety of dishes for her loved ones, including everything from Bohemian dumplings (grandma’s recipe) and Italian peperonata, to red kuri squash and delicious cakes.

Christine, who grew up on the border of the Ruhr area and Münsterland, arrived to Dusseldorf in 2006 to study but stayed because of her love for the city! While Dusseldorf has a bit of a reputation for being pretentious, Christine makes sure to refute this false stereotype every chance she gets. Regardless, Christine loves discovering new places in the state capital and knows that the list of restaurants and cafes that people must visit keeps getting longer and longer! She’s become very savvy at creating a must-make food list, so much so that a simple meal with her roommates often turns into a three-course menu- but there have been no complaints yet!

Christoph was born in Essen and grew up just outside of Düsseldorf in the District of Mettmann, where he has lived and worked since 2000. His training as a hotel clerk and more than ten years of work in the hospitality industry—most recently as a restaurant and banquet manager—gave him a taste for culinary diversity. Following his studies in business administration and time spent abroad in Asia and Oceania, Christoph now works as an event manager. He likes to play basketball in his free time and is constantly on the go in his city, especially when it comes to eat-the-world and all things culinary!

Claudia’s job took her from Munich to Düsseldorf, and she has called Bilk home since 2008. She is completely at home wherever, although Germany will always be her true home. Claudia has traveled all over the world, visited all of the continents, and has brought the many different impressions of people and nature back home with her. She works in the personnel department of an international company in Düsseldorf and loves connecting with people, which is why she always looks forward to introducing her neighborhood on the Düsseldorf Bilk culinary tour.

David is a Düsseldorfer in both heart and soul! Born in Mettmann, he first lived in Dusseldorf and now lives in Meerbusch, a suburb of Dusseldorf. As a Düsseldorfer, David wants to show visitors more than just the famed Kö, as he believes that Dusseldorf has so much more to offer! Despite his relatively young age, he has found that guided tours give him a lot of pleasure and a good complement to his full-time job as an event manager. Next to sports and hanging out with his friends, David is left with a tight schedule, but knows there are other places in the world – and in Dusseldorf – that he still plans to discover.

Dieter has worked as a freelance skipper on sailing yachts since his retirement. Originally hailing from The Sauerland, he moved from the Lower Rhine region to Cologne, where he studied economics and social sciences, before moving to Aachen and then Düsseldorf three years ago. He now lives here with his girlfriend who is originally from Düsseldorf and knows everything about the city. In order to strike a balance, Dieter studied up on the history, architecture, and culture of the city, and because they both loved eating out, he also began to discover Düsseldorf’s culinary gems. When he’s not working on boats, Dieter likes to pass on his knowledge to eat-the-world tour guests.

Joanna is a born and bred native of Düsseldorf and has remained true to her homeland despite fascinating stays in the USA, Great Britain, and Argentina. After successfully completing her studies in business administration, Joanna worked several years in the commercial field before making her dreams a reality by opening her own cooking school five years ago. As a connoisseur of all things culinary, pâtisseries and confectionaries are of particular interest to her and she loves taking gourmet trips both within and outside of Germany. Joana has worked as a tour guide since August 2016 wherein she passes on her experiences in her home town. She enjoys high-quality food and takes great pleasure in cooking.

Thomas is a true Salzburger lad and discovered his passion for traveling and good food early on in life. After stays in Russia, Mongolia, Ecuador, and Mexico, he made it a habit to incorporate dishes from all of these places into his daily food regimen. After studying in Vienna, Thomas moved closer to Düsseldorf to be with his wife and the two now live in the countryside where they enjoy preparing these international dishes together. Together with his wife, Thomas enjoys discovering all the culinary diversity that Düsseldorf has to offer. They also enjoy taking bicycle tours through the beautiful Rhineland and lower Rhine, which naturally helps to balance out any added weight from their love of cooking!  

Team Essen

Melanie is a true child of the Ruhr region. Born and raised in Essen she also did her academic studies and founded her own agency here. So leaving her home town is not an option and never will be. Boredom? There isn’t any because there is always something new to explore in this ever changing city and region. Favorite places? The list is just too long! From lake Baldeneysee to Zollverein, Melanie knows all the places that  are worth seeing. You can find her in the Unperfekthaus, on the shopping street “Rü”, or on the former train trails, that are now used for biking and hiking. Hiking is a very good catchword: Melanie loves to put on her alpine boots and climb the highest mountains. She also loves to bake small delicacies if it is rainy outside.

Elmar loves diversity and contrast, not only as it applies to his adopted hometown of Essen and the whole Ruhr area, but also with regards to his travels around the world. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but thankfully it has had the opposite effect on Elmar, for his inquisitive nature has taken him all over the world and led him to countries such as Sweden, Thailand, and France. When visiting such places, he’s most interested in the culture, the people, and of course the food, and takes whatever inspires him back to the Ruhr area and his kitchen. When he’s not on the go, Elmar can be found on a yoga mat or playing host at the stove where he likes to whip up creative menus for friends.

Uschi is a tried and true native of the Ruhr area: she was born and raised in Bottrop, and has now lived in Essen for many years. It may have been work that led her to many different cities around the world, but it was her enthusiasm for travel that made her get out and explore. As an avid reader of the newspaper, Uschi likes to keep herself up-to-date on current developments—not only as it pertains to the local region, but also on a larger scale—and enjoys passing on the information to her guests. To her, the history of the Ruhr is as fascinating as its future, and she hopes that her enthusiasm is contagious. Uschi loves typical “Ruhrpott” dishes and although she prefers to stick to traditional, hearty dishes, she likes to spice things up a bit with a modern twist.

Team Frankfurt

Sascha moved to the Frankfurt area about 20 years ago and has spent most of that time involved in high-end catering and hospitality. He is a consummate host and it’s easy to see he loves bringing others closer to the most beautiful sides of his chosen home. When he’s not leading a tour on the weekends, he loves to visit Frankfurt’s various weekly markets and the Kleinmarkthalle (small market hall), because there is always new food from all over the world to discover. Apart from good food, Sascha has a deep love of history, so he is especially excited to see Frankfurt’s Old Town being restored.

Alexander is a Frankfurter by birth and naturally grew up with “Apfelwein” and “Handkäs.” After moving several times for work, he eventually returned to Frankfurt and nowadays lives in the Sachsenhausen district. What Alexander likes best about Frankfurt is the beautiful skyline, the open-minded people, and the cultural offerings of his city. He’s also fascinated by the many small and big tales of the city. When he’s not showing off the city as a tour guide, Alexander works as psychological advisor and coach, where he accompanies people. In his free time, he likes to travel the world and is open to all culinary specialties of the different countries, although he always looks forward to stopping by his local Apfelwein shop upon his return to Frankfurt. 

Christina is born in Frankfurt and loves to live here because there is always something wonderful to experience. Growing up with her extended family means she learned to cook at her grandmothers stove. The culinary highlights of Frankfurt are as special to her as the cuisine of her favourite countries, France and Ireland. Fish dishes especially strike her fancy since she commuted between Dublin and Frankfurt for many years. The tours through "her" city with its diversity - so much green, as well as the canals, and the different architectural styles - are an oasis for the self-employed financial expert. She believes they are the perfect introduction for people who have chosen to live in Frankfurt or are interested in the city and getting to understand her hometown.

Claudia is the true definition of a "Frankfurter Mädsche" and has, apart from two semesters abroad, always lived in Frankfurt. When this art historian is not found in galleries or museums, she is likely to be outside enjoying the fresh air. She also loves good food - what could be better than a culinary tour through "her" city? Claudia is always discovering new places in Frankfurt, and is especially taken by Berger Street and its side streets with small shops and traditional family businesses.

Dörthe moved to Frankfurt from Paris more than twenty years ago. What she appreciates most about Frankfurt is that as a large city, it is still manageable and has so much to offer, not to mention the great connections it has due to the international airport. Dörthe is a full-time tour guide with her whole heart and soul, which lends itself to a lot of time spent abroad, but she’s excited to return to her adopted home and explore Frankfurt’s vast culinary offerings by foot. It goes without saying, when it comes to the personal stories and anecdotes portion of the tour, Dörte has plenty to share! Personal interests include literature, art history, movies, politics, and of course good food, especially the Mediterranean cuisine!

Mira grew up in Frankfurt, and spent a few years in the North Sea before moving back to “Mainhatten,” where she now works with expats, specifically specialized personnel sent abroad by international companies who need assistance with the bureaucracy and housing market in Frankfurt. In the summer, you’ll still find the trained geographer and travel consultant off the North Sea coast, where she is a national park mudflat hiking guide on the island of Föhr. Oddly enough, when it comes to culinary preferences, Mira sticks to the internationally diverse dishes of the big city rather than the seafood. The culinary variety can be discovered quite well by foot on the eat-the-world tours!

Radu is originally from Romania, but has lived in Germany for nearly four years now, three of which have been in Cologne. As a half-nephew of Dracula, he normally prefers rare steaks and Bloody Marys, but has come to appreciate the regional specialties of Germany, including “Himmel un Äd,” “Frankfurter Rippchen,” and “grüne Soße,” since moving here. Radu enjoys cooking with—and for—friends, and is always on the lookout for great culinary experiences. When it comes to eat-the world tours, he particularly enjoys meeting new people, sharing interesting stories, and having exciting conversations.

After high school Samira found herself attracted to the "big" city, and as quite a few of her friends also did, she moved to Frankfurt am Main for her studies, although it was not the big city flair and familiar atmosphere that drew the Eschborn native in, but rather the Wilhelminian-style architecture. When she’s not nibbling on chocolate, Samira can be found along the Rhine or wandering the various flea markets on warm summer days; the art teacher is most at ease in Frankfurt’s Sommerhoffpark, which she considers to be the ideal place to relax. Samira loves exotic dishes, especially anything Indian or Lebanese!

Steffen was born in Hesse and his heart belongs to the Rhine-Main area, although his work as an actor took him all over Germany before becoming he became self-employed in 2016 and settled down in Frankfurt Sachsenhausen in 2016. In his opinion, the Frankfurt am Main metropolis—with its international flair, yet traditional corner—is one of the prettiest cities in Germany. As a child, Steffen already showed an interest in the variety, culture, and residents of different cities, and he always loved to eat, which he believes are the top requirements for anyone wanting to become a tour guide of culinary city tours. When he’s not on stage or guiding people through the city, Steffen likes to spend his time on the river bank which has the most impressive view of the skyline, and is just the right spot to recharge your batteries after a long, stressful day. 

Suzanne came to Frankfurt to work as a flight attendant with Lufthansa. Born in Aachen, she has also spent time living in Hamburg, Cologne, Karlsruhe, London and Paris. She loves to travel and is always curious about other countries with their unfamiliar cultures and different cuisines. During her time in the air she studied sports and also completed the vocational training to be a travel agent. Her two favorite hobbies, tourism and sports, shape her working life. When she’s not on the road as a tour guide with guests in Frankfurt, she trains with her clients as a personal trainer. She’s an instructor for courses and published a Pilates book in June 2013. Her idea of good food is: it has to taste good but also be healthy and worth eating.

Team Hamburg

Rebecca was born in Hamburg-Altona and is still enthusiastic about her hometown. She lives with her husband and two teens in the "Karoviertel" and is very interested in all matters of urban development and their effect on certain districts of the city. The passionate hobby-chef is convinced, that it's best to experience cities and countries by their respective regional specialties. Therefore she is very open to regional dishes and unknown food when she travels herself. She basically tries everything that's edible. And at home, she often delights her friends and family with her homemade "Labskaus."

Anja grew up in the suburbs of Hamburg and developed a love for her city at a young age. In fact, she spent the majority of her childhood in a pair of rain boots, which she found came in quite handy when she was jumping through the many meadows and nurseries. Following a three year stint in London, the self-employed entrepreneur is now back in the Hanseatic city which she especially enjoys for its “relative” straightforwardness, easy accessibility, and the fact that it is surrounded by nature, thus offering the ability to escape from the urban scene every now and then and recharge in beautiful places. When she’s not at an exhibition, the theater, or on the Elbe River, you can typically find Anja performing a concert with her big band ensemble, or having just polished off some seafaring delicacies in a true Nordish fashion.

Anne-Kathrin was born in Hamburg, and has a chronic wanderlust. She lived in southern England, Vienna, and has worked for several years on the oceans, from Greenland to Cape Horn. And of course she has eaten through all of these locations! Unfortunately, there is no Franzbrötchen across the world… From the many green spaces to the fresh breeze and adventure at the Harbor, the sprawling Alster, the hustle and bustle in Schanzenviertel, and the sensual Argentine tango, Anne Kathrin loves the diversity of Hamburg. This “seute Deern” is so please to bring this passion to eat-the-world, and convince the non-Hamburger that he hanseatic city is far from stiff and reserved.

Beatrice was born in Spain and traveled frequently as a child, so she is quite comfortable with foreign cultures and cuisines. It also gave her the chance to discover many delicious, local delicacies, so it is no surprise that her two major loves as an adult are cooking and traveling. From Mediterranean food to Indian dishes – she loves it all, enjoys every type of food, and can never say no to chocolate. After moving an innumerable number of times both within and outside of the country, Beatrice has now lived in Hamburg, where she had some family roots, since 2015. She enjoys showing her guests her part of Hamburg and likes to make it a tangible experience for them by introducing them to different culinary highlights, because after all, Beatrice believes the best way to get to know a city is by trying all the different dishes typical of the area.

Berthold says: "Hamburg? I love it!" After travelling often and far, he has found the world’s most beautiful city in Hamburg. And there are many reasons for this: so much nature, all the water, the multi-cultural atmosphere, the openness of the culture. So many theaters and concert halls, as well as the great river through the city, and the harbor and the people ... not to mention the weather!

Claudia finally settled in Hamburg after many stop-offs along the way, including the Canary Islands.  The atmosphere found in the cosmopolitan port city well suits her passion for foreign countries, people and food.  Africa, with its great diversity, has left a particular impression on her.  Claudia’s huge passion for hospitality and indulgence led her to eat-the-world.  She loves trying out new things, as well as sharing her culinary discoveries with others. 

Joachim grew up in Koblenz and discovered a passion for varied and delicious cuisine in the home garden of his parents at a young age. After completing his German Civilian Service and dance studies in Essen, Joachim attended drama school in Hamburg and became actively involved in the St. Pauli Theater, where he has worked both in front of and behind the stage for more than 20 years. His profession has carried him across Europe and has given him the opportunity to work in everything from state theaters to stage backyards. In his free time, Joachim enjoys spending time with friends in the city, where you will be sure to find him in cafés, theaters, or the cinema. When it comes to culinary delights, Joachim's heart is set on good home cooking, Italian cuisine, and especially pho and bánh mì—classic Vietnamese dishes which he first encountered on our Grindel quarter tour.

Marlene, a communication trainer, came to Hamburg 14 years ago and immediately knew it was the city she would call home. The maritime atmosphere in particular is what drew this Rhinelander to the city. Because of this, she also sails a traditional historic ship. She has previously lived in various cities, and traveled through a few countries. She is fascinated by the coexistence of opposites in Hamburg, and enjoys the diversity, vibrancy, and variety next to that traditional in this hanseatic city. Together with friends she likes to try out new restaurants and explore the diverse cultural offerings in the city. Most exciting for her though, is to continue meeting new people.

Peter Johann is a native from Hostein with Danish roots. He has lived in Hamburg since 1976, loves the Alstertal and recommends canal trips to see the most beautiful parts of his city. He has explored Hamburg by running and cycling, but there is still more to discover - no wonder, with an area that extends 52 km from east to west. He cherishes original Italian pasta dishes and the incredible diversity of Chinese cuisine. His favorite is cooking risotto with the best ingredients of stir fried vegetables on udon noodles with shrimp. His favorite holiday spot is Menorca in September, where he likes to enjoy tapas in the picturesque port of Ciutadella.

Ulli has lived in Hamburg Ottensen since 1996 and enjoys the many options his part of the city has to offer. In addition to the multiple little shops and restaurants, he also enjoys the different nightlife options on the weekends. Ulli also appreciates the proximity of the city to the Elbe River, which has motivated him time and time again to just get outside for some long walks or bike rides. Especially interesting to Ulli, is the multilayered history of this part of the city which can still be seen and experienced today.   

Team Hanover

Elke moved to Nordstadt in 1976, but grew up in California, so it’s no wonder that her favorite foods are still homemade hamburgers and avocado dip. As a trained industrial management assistant and foreign language correspondent, she has held various jobs in the business sector, including working for an airline at the Frankfurt airport, which she used as a jumping-off point to explore the world. In the meantime, Elke has lived in Südstadt and has been an official Hanover guide since the Expo 2000; she knows all the city’s hot spots and loves to show guests Hanover’s most interesting sights. When she’s not busy leading a tour, Elke is sure to be found enjoying a meal in one of eat-the-world’s other featured Hanover neighborhoods!

In 1994, Barbara moved from Wuppertal into the underrated (and that's a good thing!!!) Hanover-Linden (specifically the north): with an anonymous/big city feeling but still familiar; lots of green space and parks but still great public transportation connections; a Mediterranean lifestyle - especially in Linden: temperamental, enjoying life, uncomplicated and outdoors. The daughter of a "guest worker" from Grenada and a German mother, she has a particular love of Spanish as well as Italian food, which she adapts to mostly vegetarian versions at home. She regularly runs from her house along the Leine river so she can earn herself a piece of mascarpone-raspberry torte. Yes, please!

Barbara came to Hanover from Berlin via Munich and is now eagerly working to disprove the stereotype that Hanover is a dull and indistinguishable city; she personally enjoys the candor of the locals, as well as the fact that one constantly meets acquaintances in the city. Barbara enjoys traveling and loves to cook, especially Indian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine or a mixture of her favorites which she refers to as "à la Barbara". Barbara likes to shop at the wide array of farmers’ markets throughout the city and one of her favorite Hanover foods is Gersterbrot, a sourdough rye bread. The highlight of Barbara’s weekends is relaxing in the Lindener marketplace with a cappuccino on Saturdays.

Corinna was born and raised in Göttingen and first came to Hanover in 2003 following her studies in Hildesheim. Having previously lived in Linden-Mitte and the Calenberger Neustadt, she now lives in Mitte and especially loves Hanover for its particularly good mix of both urban culture and green, almost pastoral, areas, which are seemingly endless! Corinna can be found biking along the Ihmeauen or in the rustic beer garden at Lindener Berg. Discovering new things and sharing this with others is very important to Corinna, although she finds she still has so much more to discover about Hanover! Corinna is a big fan of Turkish and Indian cuisine, although she is generally a fan of all international dishes; rice pudding with cinnamon and apple compote is her own personal remedy for a bad mood!

Ina, a true northerner,—or “Fischkopp,” as the Germans would say—hails from the Hanseatic town of Stralsund, but it was the love for her husband Rolf, a native of Hanover, that brought her south. The freelance journalist loves people, stories, and history. She lives in List, enjoys jogging through the Eilenriede, has become a passionate cyclist during her time in Hanover, and discovers new attractions every day with her camera. The district of Linden, through which she repeatedly leads her guests in amazement and joy, reminds her of Berlin’s iconic and vibrant Kreuzberg neighborhood where her 26-year-old daughter lives. Ina’s vision is an apartment with a roof terrace in the battered Ihme-Zentrum–this eat-the-world tour guide sees great potential there!

Jan has known Hanover from an early age and has lived in both List and Linden. For a long time he was a journalist in the culinary world, where he followed tips and trends on a regular basis. He is most interested in seasonal and local food, especially when loosened by exotic elements. His passion for food also arises when he cookes himself.

Jürgen was born in 1953, and has a lot of experience with Hannover. “Hannover is often beautiful only at second glance, but it is worth a closer look.” Growing up in the castle village 25km away as a child, he liked to bike down to Hannover-Linden to see the neighborhood. On his walks around town he likes to discover new details about the city, which he is of course happy to share with others. During his countless trips to other countries he has smelled many cooking pots, and his curiosity has led him to try everything he comes upon with no prejudice. This has even included fried grasshoppers in Thailand! When he is home he prefers to cook traditional dishes himself. He is close to nature but feels he spends too little time in his own garden, which is a bit wild. But Jürgen finds that even that has its own appeal!

Jutta moved from Münster to Berlin to Braunschweig before settling in Hanover. It was actually love at second sight, which must have been for the best considering that it has already lasted more than 20 years! She likes the variety of the city and its different areas, appreciates the cultural offerings, and likes to enjoy the nature in and around Hanover by foot or by bike. She first became acquainted with eat-the-world quite some years ago when she first took a Kreuzberg tour in Berlin, and then subsequent tours in Bremen and Hamburg. Jutta is fascinated by the eat-the-world idea and concept, enjoys cooking, and likes good food and drinks, so naturally it made sense for her to become a tour guide herself. 

Kaja grew up in and around Hanover as her grandparents owned a garden in Hainholz and she completed her vocational training in Nordstadt. She then lived for a while in both Australia and Costa Rica before beginning her studies in International Tourism in Bremen. She is now back studying and living in the Nordstadt district of the beautiful city of Hanover, and is more than pleased with her “adopted” home. For this reason, she wants to share the highlights of Nordstadt and the culinary partners featured on our tours. Kaja is vegan, and thus very mindful of food and its origin, which is how her passion for good food, combined with history, culture, and architecture, led her to eat-the-world.

The native Hannoverin Karin has lived in many corners of Lower Saxony’s capital. She has already called Nordstadt, Oststadt and now Hannover Linden her home. The much-traveled Karin has visited India, South Africa, the USA, Russia and Portugal. After all this travelling, she fell head over heels in love with Indian cuisine. Then again, she would never refuse a Portuguese seafood dish. In her free time she paints and cooks, while her ultimate relaxation is yoga.

Kerstin grew up on the outskirts of Hannover, but has found herself in the List neighborhood more and more frequently since completing her studies. As an art historian, she has explored many other cities around the world, yet her hometown still manages to surprise and amaze her. She loves strolling through the streets of Hanover with other people and enjoys putting them in touch with the city’s hidden beauties. Kerstin’s hobbies include cooking, relaxing with a good book, and listening to good music; she also tries to fit in long hikes through nature as often as possible.

Kristine was born in Celle and therefore is a real Heidekartoffel. She has lived almost half her life in Hannover, in Mitte, List, and Linden-Süd. She inherited a love of cuisine from her great grandmother, including mashed potatoes with fried egg and brown butter, her favorite comfort food. She loves all food made with care and anything delicious, and there are still so many things for her to discover in Hannover. If she can tell some good stories about her neighborhood of Linden, then it is a perfect day for her.

Larissa grew up on the outskirts of Hanover, but spent a lot of time in the big city, as she found village life to be a bit drab. After graduating from high school, Larissa longed to discover the world and decided to travel to Australia and New Zeeland for six months. In addition to her job as an event manager, Larissa has worked in gastronomy for several years, which is how she discovered her passion for good food. In her free time, she enjoys downtime with a good cup of cappuccino, spending time in the kitchen and making tasty pralines, and exploring the Eilenriede Park together with her dog Layla.

Lukas left his home in beautiful South Thuringia in 2012 and has been living in Hanover Linden ever since. The countless wonderful places that he has discovered time and time again have inspired the student to get out and explore the state capital and get involved as a tour guide. The hobby musician likes to spend his free time outdoors, especially in the summer, and can usually be found in one of Hanover’s numerous green spots. Otherwise, Lukas is probably traveling or off eating something delicious – in his opinion, only one thing is better than the regional cuisine, and that’s the original Thüringer Bratwurst.

Meike was drawn to the beautiful city of Hanover from Vienna in 1991. What she really loves about Hanover is how close it is to the countryside, yet how the city still has such a wide array of both cultural and culinary offerings. As a learned historian, Meike is especially fascinated with the history of Hanover. In her spare time she cooks a lot, particularly traditional Austrian dishes, but she’s also a big fan of the Mediterranean cuisine.

Sabine was born and raised in a small town in North Rhine-Westphalia. She discovered Hanover through her uncle—who lived in Hanover Nordstadt—at the age of ten and eventually moved to the beautiful city in 1988. Sabine traveled the world as a travel attendant for a French tourist company and then trained as a foreign language correspondent before professionally venturing out on her own. She is still actively involved in her hobbies, which include learning more about foreign countries, people, cultures, and eating habits, and has even passed her interests along to her children. Sabine currently lives on the outskirts of the city and enjoys the tranquility of nature with her family, dog, cat, and horse, but regularly commutes back to the Lower Saxon capital to regale her eat-the-world guests with amusing anecdotes, inside tips, and interesting tidbits about her delightful neighborhood.

Tanja was born and raised in Hanover, and despite a brief flirtation with Berlin during her studies, she returned back to her true love and is happy as a clam in Linden. When her passion for travel inevitably flares up again, Tanja satisfies her wanderlust working as a tour guide on a river cruise ship. To her, the most beautiful thing is when life takes place on the go, regardless of whether it’s in Budapest, List Mile, the Linden Market Square, or on Engelbosteler Damm. In terms of food, there’s always something new to discover: from frozen yogurt to Hungarian lángos to sushi! Basically everything is delicious, except for maybe cucumbers ;)

Tim is a native of Linden and expresses his love for the "most beautiful neighborhood in the world" through his engagement with eat-the-world, as well as several other endeavors, including cooking with refugees once a week and volunteer work as a rugby coach for the children and youth of the local social club. Despite extended stays in Bordeaux, South Tyrol, Berlin, and Hamburg, Tim is always drawn back to his hometown. He only leaves his neighborhood on occasion, as he believes that Linden has everything one could ever need! In addition to tours in Linden, Tim also leads tours through the adjacent Nordstadt.

Team Cologne

Anike was born in Cologne, and has lived in other German cities for several years. Eventually she found herself returning again and again. When she is abroad, she always appreciates the cuisine of each country and enjoys eating it and talking about it. Anike likes variety and an abundance of variation, which led her to her new career as a naturopath for psychotherapy after being a professional photographer. She enjoys the eat-the-world model, because historical appetizers mixed with cultural appetizers are exactly the right combination.

Jens has lived in Cologne for 16 years now. The communication scientist and journalist comes originally from Lower Saxony, has studied in Italy, Kiel and Munster, and initially wanted only a short stay in Cologne. Now, however, he is an unofficial native of the city.  He loves the carnival, the famous Rheinish nature, and the special Kölsch Veedel. In his spare time he likes visiting art exhibitions, poetry slams, and cooking Italian dishes. He is always looking for something new and exciting in the Domstadt.

Before the Cologne native Karl-Heinz joined eat-the-world, he operated different toy and specialty stores specializing in Halloween & Carnival costumes and products. He is still operates a costume shop; however he also has a lot of fun working tourism.  As a tour guide, he enjoys discovering the culinary side of Cologne with tourists and locals.

Leoni has lived in Berlin since 1996. She is now studying nursing administration after spending several years as a nurse. She discovered her deep passion for food very early, as her favorite food was snails as a child. Always looking for new experiences, she enjoys traveling, especially in the Middle East where she fell in love with Asian cuisine. However, even with this passion for travel, Leoni still thinks that Berlin has much more to offer that needs to be explored.

Udo was born and grew up in Essen, but later moved to Eifel and then studied art history and business administration in Trier. After many years as a pantomime and lecturer on body language, he now works as an event manager in a Cologne-based agency for brand communication. He has lived with his partner and two sons in the southern part of Essen for 16 years, and is particularly fond of the diversity of people, small shops, and cuisine in his neighborhood.

Verena was born and raised in Cologne, although on the “Schääl Sick” (wrong side of the Rhine River). She discovered a passion for cooking early on, which continued to grow throughout her travels; when she returns from a trip, she always brings home new recipes and cooks them for her friends and family. In her daily life, however, she mainly cooks Mediterranean and vegetarian food. Verena loves to tell interesting stories about her famous hometown, especially the culinary scene in Südstadt, which has fascinated her for many years. The many different anecdotes also come in quite handy during her volunteer work at the hospice, as they often put a smile on the people´s faces. 

Team Leipzig

Ina is a 1975 vintage, born-and-bred, liberal-minded Saxony girl who loves travelling around her home turf - with hiking shoes and rucksack, motorbike and tent, that’s how she likes it best. She first became involved with eat-the-world last year, an experience that so infected her that she decided to bring eat-the-world to Leipzig. This actually has nothing at all to do with her previous line of work, but very much to do with her lifestyle and love of culinary treats, which have to be homemade and lovingly-prepared. This philosophy she took from her grandmother, and has been practiced in her family since time immemorial.  Ina particularly likes her sports, whether it’s in her climbing boots or beach volleyball, in running shoes or on the yoga mat, nowadays often accompanied by her six year old daughter. 

Beate is not only a star in the tourism world, but also in real life where she is an actress and singer! Originally from Thuringia, Beate moved to Leipzig in the ‘90s and in those first early wild years, she lived in various districts and intensively studied up on the city by experiencing as much of it as she could. In 1997 she found an old villa in Plagwitz in desperate need of renovation, but the intact cozy charm of the household drew her in, and she was soon able to carry out her creative artistic projects alongside her studies. It wasn’t long before Beate knew Plagwitz like the back of her hand, and was even around to witness the transformation of the district’s significant industrial architecture. Urban development and the local cultural scene are close to her heart, as are traveling and getting to know other cultures. It makes Beate especially happy that her work with eat-the-world enables her to pass on a piece of Leipzig’s history and experience it firsthand.

Daniel has been with eat-the-world since April 2015 and has happily selected his hometown of Leipzig to settle down in. After studying in Australia for the last few years, he returned to Leipzig and explored his city on both foot and bike. He loves Italian and Thai food and enjoys cooking creative, handmade cuisine for himself. His enthusiasm for Leipzig comes from its thumping heartbeat of a courageous, open-minded, and nature-loving generation.

Kathrin moved to Leipzig in 2003 to complete her education in Museum Studies and instantly fell in love with the atmosphere of the city. As a museum educator, she delights in getting children, teenagers, and adults excited about Heidecksburg Palace, the baroque palace of Thuringia. What she likes most about Leipzig is the mixture of subcultures, the alternative art scene in the newly occupied industrial heritage buildings, and the fact that the city is full of rivers and plenty of green spaces. In her free time, Kathrin enjoys touring the city by bike or on foot, and is especially fond of planning excursions through the Leipzig Riverside Forest and the New Lakeland. Following a stay in Asia, she has come to appreciate the authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Leipzig. Kathrin loves to cook and bake, and is especially passionate about whipping up her own vegan concoctions. She also enjoys exploring the expanding vegetarian/vegan scene in Leipzig.

Rocco is a future teacher and comes from Riesa in Saxony. About eight years ago he moved to Leipzig and has learned to love the city intensely since then. For his studies he changed from Leipzig to Dresden, but kept his residence in the east of Leipzig. "Leipzig is a refreshing and diverse city. The people are friendly and open-minded. It’s also easy to be constantly surprised as far as the culinary scene goes," he says. When travelling on his own, culinary pleasures are a top priority. Regional specialties are of especially great importance to him. He cooks almost daily at home: vegetarian, but always different.

Zita is an art and cultural historian—in body and spirit—who loves discovering new cities and exploring their interesting histories beyond the façade. She worked for many years in various research institutions both domestically and abroad, which led her to the places of a lifetime: Vienna, Budapest, Rome, and Heidelberg. Zita has now lived in Leipzig for ten years and has made the city her home away from home. She quickly discovered the rich culinary diversity of the trade city, although she has a preferred penchant for oriental cuisine. Zita writes for magazines, associations, and business customers and increases readership for historical, cultural, and entrepreneurial publications, in addition to researching exclusive construction histories for developers and the real estate industry. She also spends her time leading specially created tours of the city for both individuals and businesses. Zita packs up and heads on a road trip to various locations once a year so that she can enjoy the country, culture, and cuisine of a new country all in one go; she normally heads to Eastern and Southern Europe, as well the Middle East.

Team Munich

Ernst is a genuine Municher (or more precisely Sendlinger). Although he has spent a year backpacking across Asia, he would never permanently leave his district in Munich. The histories of Munich and Bavaria have inspired him for a long time. He works in the world of finance, but this is not enough for Ernst; he is also a certified guide as well as a teacher of puppetry. Good food and wine inspire him just as much as good people.

Barbara studied art history in Munich and soon discovered the city area herself before giving guided tours, which she finds delightful as every day, every tour, and every stroll through the city and her quarter brings something new and exciting. Every tour is a unique experience, regardless of the age, size, background, or nature of the tour group, and she enjoys them all equally. Barbara especially likes that she gets to work with all of her senses and highlight a different perspective of the city, far from the typical tourist traps. She finds that the eat-the-world approach of combining delicious food with background information on the historic surroundings gives the guests a greater insight into the individual city districts and furthermore allows her to grow as a tour guide. In her free time, Barbara is a passionate citizen of the city, both at home and abroad, and has experienced, seen, and heard quite a bit! But her hometown of Munich has always been and will always remain her one true love.

Barbara is a native of Munich and turned her passion for history in general, and Munich in particular, into a side job in 2013. She explains the history and stories of Munich and its different areas to her guests with a lot of enthusiasm, and every tour is unique and interesting given the exchange with the different participants. Barbara has come into contact with many different people and cultures around the world, given her numerous travels and collaborations, and as such, has developed quite a taste for various international cuisines. Therefore, it’s only natural for her to explore the different parts of Munich together with her guests, both historically and in a culinary sense. 

Bente was born in Norway and grew up on a fjord in a white wooden house with her Norwegian Elkhounds Passopp and Pan. She has lived in Munich for over 25 years and has worked as a first foreign language correspondent, a shipping clerk, and an actress. Because of her numerous world travels, Bente speaks 7 languages fluently! She also fell in love with the international cuisine and likes to cook Asian and Italian dishes, and is having fun experimenting with vegan recipes. She loves to explore foreign cities by foot and thinks it’s a lot of fun to show other people the beautiful corners of Munich.

Birgit, was born in Bottrop, “where there’s always something going on, the most breath-taking region of the world,” she says smiling, but seriously. Now an art history teacher, Birgit has traveled all over the world and visited every continent during her time as a flight attendant, and also crossed the Alps together with her son. She speaks from her heart and sees things in a different way: “to never lose my sense of humor and to make the best out of everything - this is what my upbringing taught me, and I’m thankful for that.” After living in Bottrop, Rome, and London, Birgit moved to Munich in 1991 and has felt right at home ever since. She found what truly makes her happy in Munich, which is: friends, art, culture, jazz music, salsa, delicious cuisine, mountains, and the lakes. But feeling at home and being settled doesn’t mean standing still to her; Birgit continues to take detours—which she believes to be the best way to broaden one’s knowledge of a place—as a city tour guide for adults and kids on a local voyage of discovery.

Harald is a native Tyrolean and after traveling the world for 20 years, he finally settled down in Munich in 2007, which he loves for its cross between a big city with international flair and a small town with countless recreational possibilities. Munich’s variety also plays an important role in culinary city tours, with the tour being an ideal mix between cultural and culinary delights. Harald goes through the city with open eyes and an open mind and always discovers new details which can then be further explored.

Irmgard is a native of Munich and has lived in Schwabing for many years now. She studied modern foreign languages and is enthusiastic about all components of other cultures, including: literature, philosophy, history, art, music, and last but not least, the cuisine. As a philologist, she has traveled extensively—especially in the French-speaking countries—and has taken the opportunity to not only devote herself to becoming a gourmet cook, but also to fully immerse herself in the cultural and historical dimensions of each respective country. As a city guide at eat-the-world, Irmgard is able to combine her diverse interests in an ideal way, and when she’s not leading guests through Munich, she works as a trainer for executives. Dealing with people from different countries and cultures makes Irmgard very happy and she loves showing her guests one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Katja was born in Karlsruhe. After finishing her traineeship, she applied to an advertising agency in Munich, where she had her job interview on the Wiesen, and knew right away that this was the city for her. She got the job, and has now lived the famous Oktoberfest city for more than 20 years. Katja thinks Munich’s small big-city feel, as well as its greenery, interesting culture, and beer garden flair, is what it makes it the most beautiful city in all of Germany. Today Katja works as a trainer and coach and likes to inspire people. During her tours, she hopes to fascinate the guests with her love of Munich, its culinary variety, the history, and most of all, ttales of the city and what it has to offer.

Initially Marian had planned on living in South America for a year after graduating from high school in the Lower Bavarian district of Kelheim, but instead she moved to southern Munich to pursue a degree in medicine. She has now been a proud citizen of the Bavarian capital for nearly 10 years, and like a true native, she would never dare eat a Weißwurst past 12:00 (according to Munich tradition and legend, the city’s famous white sausages should never be eaten after the noon chime of the church bells). Thanks to jobs in the notorious Hofbräuhaus and Olympic Stadium, Marian can call herself a true tourism veteran; she’s even led foreign tour groups as large as 50 people! Because Marian is a huge history buff, and is just as happy talking as she is eating, she found her dream job here at eat-the-world. When she’s not guiding a tour through Schwabing, you can find Marian either behind a piano or radio microphone.

Team Münster

As a native Rhinelander, Maren ended up studying at Münster, where she has lived for more than 30 years and gotten to know and love Münster, including its people. She has been a tour guide since 2005, and was immediately taken by the idea of showing tourists and visitors, and even the Münsteraners, another side to the city. In her spare time, Maren enjoys cookery, socializing, meeting up with her friends to cook together, and reading. Her favorite food is Mediterranean, especially Italian, although there is very little she doesn’t like and she loves trying something new. Maren also enjoys cycling - a must for any Münsteraner - and likes to spend her free time on the North Sea island of Juist. 

Eva grew up in a small village in Münsterland and studied Art History in Münster.  After time spent living in Düsseldorf, Paris and Bremen, she found her way back to Münster eight years ago.  Raised on authentic Westphalian food and with a passion for cooking, today Eva is particularly fond of simple French country cooking, along with Asian foods and spices.  She regularly tries out new and traditional dishes with friends, while a good glass of wine tends to make the time fly. Today, Eva works as a fashion designer, and likes going to the cinema and visiting museums, as well as enjoying Münster’s culinary and cultural diversity.

Gunhild hails from Davensberg, went to high school in Münster, and then also completed her studies in political science and history in Münster. The journalist is convinced that the Westphalians are not as stubborn as they’re perceived to be – it’s all in how you approach them! What Gunhild loves most about Münster is the proximity to nature and the seemingly small town vibe, but also the versatile cultural offerings of the city. Not to mention, everything can be reached by bike! Gunhild especially loves riding her bike on vacation, as she has done when visiting the Rhine River, Baltic Sea, and the Danube River. Once a year, she and her husband are also drawn to the Mediterranean or the Atlantic coast in southern Europe. In her spare time, Gunhild enjoys swimming, working out, and going to the movies and the theater. She’s also a passionate member of the choir, and if there’s any time left over, she’s an avid card player, with Doppelkopf being her game of choice.

Although Ingrid has been familiar with the city of Münster for more than 10 years now, she took the final plunge 2 years ago when she moved to the city from the quaint, lower Saxon town of Nienburg/Weser, a step which she has not regretted. Ingrid loves residing in what she considers to be the most livable city in the world and especially appreciates its diversity. Besides traveling within Europe, as well as more distant countries, Ingrid enjoys exploring the surroundings of Münster on walks with new friends. Starting this year, Ingrid became the proud co-owner of an organic garden which allows her to create varied and creative meals for her family and friends. 

Jutta is a child of the Ruhr whose family business in Bochum was a large gourmet food store featuring delicacies of the meat, fresh fish, fruit, vegetable, grocery, and baked goods variety. Even as a young girl, she enjoyed working behind the counter and interacting with customers. As the company also included a catering company, Jutta became quite skilled at preparing delicious meals from an early age. In addition to a passion for good, healthy food, she also enjoys athletics, so of course it came as no surprise when she decided to study Sports and Food Science. Jutta moved to Münster 20 years ago, during the supposed middle years of her life, and has made the beautiful city, with its many cultural and culinary specialties and which is surrounded by the lovely countryside, her beloved home. When she is not busy traveling with her husband, children, and grandchildren, Jutta likes to take in the wide variety of culture and cuisine of the city’s delicious districts, and especially likes to spread her great love and enthusiasm for her hometown with other people.

Klaus was born in Münster, and as a result will always have one foot firmly planted in his home city. His other, however, pulls him as often as it can out into the wider world through his job as a travel agent, preferably to America and Asia, where he takes an interest in the land, the people and, above all else, the food. He loves to combine cooking ideas from around the world at home for a culinarily hot evening grill with friends. Along with music (Klaus plays guitar and drums), he enjoys spending time on the golf course, as he is largely responsible for the golf travel section of one of Germany’s largest travel agencies. As a typical native of Münster, he is usually out and about on his ‘leeze’ (bike), always discovering something new in his home city. As a lover of fun, Klaus loves the market, the Aasee lake, and Münster’s diverse pubs and restaurants – an enthusiasm he is more than happy to share. 

Following a trek through Germany, Sören docked in Münster five years and has no desire to leave, and although a native of Heide, he loves both the hearty regional fare of his adopted home, as well its young exotic cuisine, which is becoming more and more prevalent in Münster. Apart from his culinary interests, Sören has a particular passion for art and culture which he is currently incorporating into his thesis in Film Studies, and he loves to explore Münster either on foot or by bike!

Team Nuremberg

Following her studies in archaeology and history, Claudia moved back to her old home two years ago, at which point she began working on her PhD in Franconia. If she is not with her horses, she loves showing off her hometown to guests, but not without a comprehensive insight into the history of Nuremberg of course. During her many travels, she found that the best way to get acquainted with a place and get to know the people is through their tastes and their way of eating and drinking. So naturally Claudia has a great time enlightening her guests on the architectural and historical highlights—not to mention the culinary delights—of her city.

Bettina made her way down to Franconia from the far north, and feels right at home in Nuremberg with the world’s best Rostbratwürste and unbeatable Lebkuchen! In addition to all the amazing things in the city, Franconian Switzerland lies right outside the city limits, and boasts the best beers with the highest density of breweries in the world. Bettina loves to get her visiting gusts as excited about her adopted hometown as she is. Even longtime Nurembergers get their money's worth on these tours, and Bettina believes there is still so much more to be discovered in this often underrated city, such as: stories from Nuremberg's past, architectural features, and most importantly, all the culinary delights from Nuremberg, Franconia, and beyond!

Team Oldenburg

Although not native to Oldenburg, Rita has been living in this lovely town for decades and says she is a "learned" Oldenburger. Her first professional life was spent in law and management of a human resources department in the food industry. For several years she toured all over the world as an escort for travel groups and is still curious about foreign cultures and different cuisines. Being a tour guide at eat-the-world has given her the opportunity to bring visitors and locals closer to the city and its culinary specialties in the best possible way. In addition to being a guide in Oldenburg, she also volunteers in the social field.

Team Potsdam

Monika moved to Potsdam Babelsberg with her husband and daughter almost ten years ago, after living for 20 years in Berlin. They wanted to move to Potsdam because it is a city of great stories and favorite places. Monika especially loves that Potsdam’s markets and small shops provide fresh and delicious food from the region for her to cook at home. Her current favorites are cakes, both sweet and savory. As a trained tour guide she has made her enthusiasm for the city a profession. Her expeditions in to Potsdam stay true to the ideas of eat-the-world, and concoct a charming mix of urban and food culture.

For 10 years now Frauke has lived with her husband, three children, and dog in the countryside on the outskirts of Potsdam, which she finds to be a perfect mixture of pastoral and urban elements given the dynamics of the city and the tranquility of the Brandenburg forests. Frauke is an IHK-certified Tour Guide and has been working freelance for the eat-the-world team since 2014. The rich history of Potsdam, coupled with its ever-expanding sources of inspiration, has encouraged Frauke to pass on her love and enthusiasm for the city to other people, especially through the use of educational and amusing anecdotes. She also enjoys taking culinary and cultural tours with her family and friends in order to discover the charm and diversity of a city’s historic downtown region.

Sybille is a born and bred native of Potsdam who loves architecture and photography. As a certified tour guide, she is therefore able to apply her interests to both her personal and professional life–talk about leading a charmed life! The passionate globetrotter is always curious about foreign cultures, especially the local cuisine of the countries visited. A previous long-term stay in Central America particularly influenced her life, with the impressions and experiences of this period still having an effect today. But through and through, Potsdam remains her hometown and first love, and regardless of whether she’s roaming the city on foot or by bike, Sybille always has her camera handy in order to capture the city’s beauty. Without fail, she continues to discover new details about Potsdam’s cityscape on a constant basis, which she does to the delight of her guests. But above all, Sybille’s greatest passion is her city, and there’s no greater pleasure for her than showing her guests the multifaceted treasure that is Potsdam.

Team Regensburg

Barbara, a native of Hungary, has lived in Regensburg for 20 years now. As a certified tour guide, she passionately shows off her favorite city to tourists. She finds the greatest pleasure in the moments when she manages to surprise even the locals with new information or locations, which actually isn’t always the most difficult thing to do considering just how much the only preserved medieval city in Germany has to offer! In addition to architecture, history, and culture, the density and diversity of Regensburg’s culinary scene is remarkable. Barbara worked in several restaurants during her studies, and as a lover of fine foods, she was able to stay up-to-date on the latest gastronomic offerings in her new city. In addition to a love for Italian and Asian cuisine, she most enjoys cooking traditional Hungarian recipes passed down from her mother. In her free time, Barbara can be found on a yoga mat or directing stress management seminars, which she leads with great devotion.

Klara is a Czech native, but has lived in Germany for 15 years now; she currently resides in Regensburg, where she has lived since beginning her studies in Art History. Ordering out from town is a guilty pleasure of Klara’s, but she also enjoys cooking fresh and varied homemade meals. Asian, Italian, Greek, and whatever else kind of cuisine you can dream up: Klara loves it all, is open to new culinary experiences, and experiments with new dishes as much as possible. So naturally she loves welcoming new guests on the city tours who she can introduce to the refined and lovingly prepared meals made by the various culinary partners. In addition to gastronomy, Klara’s interests include sports and traveling. Whether she spends her time hiking in the mountains, meditation, yoga, visiting another country, or a short city trip, Klara uses these opportunities to balance out her studies and meet new people. Working for eat-the-world has proved to be a perfect fit for Klara as the work combines her academic knowledge, a passion for food, and an interest in people together in one exciting job!

Team Rostock

Johanna hails from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and after nearly 20 years of professional “wandering,” she moved back to the Baltic Sea. After living in Heidelberg, Hamburg, Cottbus, Stuttgart, and Berlin, and visiting the Balkans, Belarus, and California, Johanna came to find that the old saying is true: there’s no place like home. Whenever she was visiting a new city, she always found herself asking the same question: what do I have to see here and where can I eat well? Naturally it was only a matter of time before she would ask the same question of her hometown. Now as a coordinator and tour guide of the Rostock tours, Johanna shares her passion for history, architecture, and delicious food with the local and foreign visitors of the Hanseatic city.

Team Saarbrücken

Julian has lived in the Saarland state capital for five years by now.  He rediscovered the home of his mother through his studies in tourism, and now feels right at home here. Together with his guests, he learns more and more about the small Nauwiesen Quarter and its culinary treats on every tour and gets to know the area even better. Julian really enjoys cooking, but enjoys eating even more, and believes that being a vegan is enriching, rather than restricting. Julian’s wanderlust is as big as his appetite, and he likes to travel to faraway places as often as his student budget will allow.

Sonja was born and raised in the Saarland, and currently studies social work in the area. She prefers to spend her free time in the beautiful Nauwiesen Quarter, which she believes to be a smaller version of her second adopted home of Berlin Friedrichshain. Sonja is 21 and has been vegan for nearly four years. One of her greatest passions in life is the consumption of good food and drinks together with inspiring people; she counts these as the most valuable moments in life. Such precious moments, coupled together with the sustainable and valuable concepts of the local store owners, is what Sonja hopes to pass along to her guests as a tour guide, as well as the motivation to form conscious eating and living habits in everyday life. 

Team Stuttgart

Gero may not have been born in Stuttgart, but his 50+ years of residency has certainly earned him the right to call Baden-Württemberg’s capital city home. He grew up in Stuttgart West, and went to school, studied, and has worked in the area for quite some time. He loves the variety of Stuttgart, and believes everyone should experience the city, especially as it has so much to offer; Gero himself has experienced and seen a lot of the world. In addition to being an author, Gero previously worked as a Michelin star restaurateur and general manager of hotels. As such, a high quality of life is of the upmost importance to Gero, which he has found to be easily attainable in Stuttgart West.

Bianca was born in Stuttgart, and although she now lives in the southern part of the city, she grew up near the state capital, in the chocolate town of Waldenbuch. That visitors get a delicious sample is just a given for her. On her own travels, she prefers to discover cities off the beaten track, best guided by a local. To experience how and where the locals eat, not to mention what and to taste it for herself, is absolutely essential to Bianca. Sustainable tourism is particularly important to her, and thanks to the innovative, sustainable, and tasty concept of eat-the-world, Bianca has discovered many new things in her own city, which she is always excited to share with her tour guests.

Petra is actually a “Münchner Kindl” (Munich child) and also lived in Kiel for a long time. She moved to Stuttgart in 2008 for a traineeship at the Württemberg State Museum and has worked as a freelance artist for several museums for many years, including the future Stuttgart City Museum. As a result, she is extremely well-versed in the history of Stuttgart. What Petra especially loves about the city is its beautiful surrounding countryside full of vineyards and forests where she often takes walks. The many small shops and restaurants, as well as the variety of the many different districts, have also made for an unforgettable experience for her. Petra likes to spice up tours with anecdotes of her museum work or her life as a Stuttgarter not so skilled in the Schwäbisch language.

Rainer has always lived in Stuttgart, even when he was frequently on tour with his cello. He loves to explore the special corners, people, and specialties of his environment with his fellow musicians and puts the newly discovered hot tips to good use in his own agency with cultural events and private parties. Rainer is truly in his element in the kitchen with his huge iron cast pan and the smell of Mediterranean herbs, wine, and fresh garlic wafting through the air! Working with eat-the-world allows Rainer to bring his experience and passion to the table, while also giving him the pleasure to work as a tour guide and spread the word about his great hometown. 

Steffen has lived in Stuttgart for more than 10 years, and although a native of the County Palatine of the Rhine, he now feels right at home in Swabia. He is fascinated by the state capital, especially how it is spread across a variety of hills, vineyards, valleys, and parks, which is quite unusual for a German city! Steffen enjoys taking strolls through the city, as well as crisp nature walks out in the country, and isn’t too picky when it comes to food; he loves it all and just as happy eating a homemade meal as he is eating takeout. Professionally, Stefan switches between cultural studies, adult education, and coaching, so his work with eat-the-world comes quite naturally to him.

Team Wiesbaden

Tanja, as a real "Wissbadener Mädche," shows off her hometown to visitors with great gusto. The art historian has spent many years informing herself of the history and culture of Wiesbaden, which she has put to good use as member of the eat-the-world team since 2017. Her studies have led her all over the world, including Sweden and Poland, but these days she calls the Hessian capital home. As an art detective, Tanja investigates the historical origin and disposition of stolen artwork. In her free time, Tanja engages in ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing, and enjoys discovering the culinary offerings of her city in order to find new tasty spots for additional tours. 

Resi found her calling on a trip to Thailand in February 2016. Following the motto “Don’t live to work, work to live,” she trained to become an international tour guide as a way of combining her career and her lifetime dream. As a true Bavarian girl, she discovered and learned to love her adopted home of Wiesbaden as beautiful cultural place, and is now always up to show off parts of the unique charm of Hessen’s capital to visitors during the culinary tours. Of all the culinary delicacies in the whole wide world, Resi wouldn’t say no to any, but she nevertheless has a penchant for spicy food over sweet treats. 

Team Wuppertal

Andreas was born in Wuppertal and loves his hometown. As a travel agent and author of soccer and sales books, he has traveled the world but is always happy to be back home. Andreas believes you can really only appreciate a town’s charm once you’re back in the heart of it, which is why he is always thrilled to show off the beautiful and fascinating nooks and crannies of his city. He especially enjoys sharing new and interesting information about the Bergisches Land metropolis with the local old-timers. In addition to his love of tourism, Andreas is an avid supporter of the Wuppertaler SV soccer team and is currently writing a book about the club.

Team Würzburg

Katrin is a true Würzburger in mind, body, and spirit. After a detour in her geography studies, she answered her provisional calling as a landscape gardener because she wanted to be creative with her hands. She has been doing yoga for many years and teaches yoga twice a week. Several trips around the globe and professional residencies in Australia, Asia, and the USA afforded Karin the opportunity to savor the kitchens of the world. In her capacity as a tour guide, Karin would like to show off the charming flair of Würzburg and pass along her enthusiasm for special shops and unique ideas to the locals and tourists alike; this has become her newest passion, and she loves that it allows her to fully express her communicative side.

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