Customer Testimonials

Dear Walter and Monika,

I'm writing on behalf of Gerry, Peter and Linton.
We would like to thank you for making our trip to the Rhine valley the most enjoyable and special holiday for us.
From the moment we got off the plane in Frankfurt it was fantastic to be picked up and rendezvous with Peter and Linton at a different terminal.
This meeting would have been a nightmare and so difficult without you guys, as tele communications weren't working as we imagined.
We really appreciated the tours and Walter, your knowledge and attention to detail was sensational!
We also thank you for your patience, walking around all the beautiful Schlosse's and environs, because we got the feeling you have done this many times.
We are still quoting your story about the late pick Riesling and how Spaetlese came to being.
Wow, the special visit to the cellars and tasting of the fine wine. We can't look at Riesling in the same light again with the knowledge we gained through you Walter!
The Rheingau Music Festival concerts were another highlight of the tour.
Thank you for organising the tickets and our transport. We enjoyed them all, so special, the weather excellent and Walter you must have connections with the weather Gods too.
Many thanks again for your warm reception and kindness to us.

Graham Fettling
Gerry McKechnie
Peter T. Reilly
and Linton
Melbourne /Australia

We experienced two fantastic days in the Rheingau, full to the brim with great food, fun and culture
Thanks to Walter Schönleber- SCHÖNLEBER 1848 - the organization was absolutely perfect.
. Schönleber led our group of five through the beautiful Rheingau for two days, providing us with plenty of interesting facts, amusing anecdotes and good laughs.
We are already looking forward to our next visit to the Rheingau and our next tour with SCHÖNLEBER 1848 – There’s no better way to see this picturesque region.

Dr.h.c. Thomas Faustmann
Chairman of the Board
Audi Hungaria Motor Kft.

"Our time with Walter in Germany's picturesque wine region was one of my most memorable experiences in Germany. He was so knowledgeable about each location, regaling us with stories and history. Walter was also a very generous host, taking his time to show us the best places for photos and even surprising us with a relaxing picnic in the vineyards. There's really no better way to see the Rheingau region than with Walter as a guide."

Rachelle Lucas, Florida
Founder & Editor As seen in PEOPLE Magazine!

The Rheingau is absolutely breathtaking and so romantic.
What a treat to experience a two-day adventure through the Rheingau wine country with two of my fellow travelers from the Social Media Travel Summit. Thank you to Walter Schönleber, our wonderful wine guide. Not only was he full of information about the wine, he also surprised us with a picnic lunch by the vineyard. Such a charming and genuinely passionate gentlemen - it’s the little things that make a day into a lovely memory. Hope to be back very soon.

Thank you Walter

Ann Tran
Nr.1 on the women’s list and Nr.2 of the overall Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers 2013 Forbes Magazine

Walter Schönleber loves the region he calls home and it shows. He took me and my travel mates on a tour of the Rheingau region and we had an unforgettable day exploring historic monasteries, castles and wineries. Walter is very knowledgeable about the history and wines of the Rheingau region, and I particularly enjoyed the many anecdotes about the history, people and culture that he includes in his commentary. What made the day so special was his natural easy-going manner that made us feel very welcome and so at home. The sun shone, the Rieslings were sublime and Walter's terrific company made for a perfect day in the Rheingau. If you're looking for a guide in the Rheingau region, you've come to the right place!

Keith Jenkins
Founder & Publisher-Velvet Escape

I would strongly recommend the little cultural tour company Schönleber 1848. If you wish to have the full benefit of a stay in the wonderful Rheingau, it is a great advantage to ally with a skilled and knowledgeable guide.
We - a family of four - found a good understanding of our interests and our wishes were fulfilled. We were on a hike through the vineyards, where all of our questions were answered and our guide, Walter Schönleber, in a very interesting and vivid way explained about the historical places we passed. Nature, culture, past and present was woven together in an exciting and relevant way.
Also worth a visit - with the same guide - the monastery Eberbach, was a great experience. During a tour of the beautiful surroundings we got insight into monastic life, the abbey 's history and the more recent report on how the monastery was the setting for much of the filming of the movie "Name of the Rose". Entertaining, informative and with respect to our various interests.

Birgitte Bjerregaard, Otterup, Denmark

Dear Mr. Schönleber,
the mixture of history – Disibodenberg – with literature – Brentanohaus – and historical engineering – old crane at the riverbank in Oestrich – with superb food & wine in selected Restaurants has been outstanding brilliant.
This sundrenched September-Saturday in the Rheingau and Rheinhessen with eruditeness, humor, dialog and the best of care we will bear in best of remembrance for a long time.
Thank you!

Prof. Dr. Jörg Becker, Solingen

Dear Mr. Schönleber,

You organized the social program for the EBS alumni’s 25th reunion.

Under your professional and dedicated care during the vineyard walking tour, all twenty-three participants learned so many interesting facts about the culture, wine and the history that connects it all to this beautiful region.

The perfect organization and your passionate, entertaining and humorous style of presenting these interesting tidbits will surely be a long-lasting memory for everyone.

Thank you so much. We’re looking forward to the next prime event with you.

Stefan Eishold
Executive member of ARCUS Capital AG

Baker and McKenzie vineyard walking tour

Dear Mr. Schönleber,

I’d like to take this opportunity – also on behalf of our group -- to thank you and your family for the lovely walking tour through the vineyards last weekend. Not only were the wines excellent, the organization was perfect. Indeed you managed to hold the undivided attention of twenty lawyers for several hours. My own experience has taught me that this is no easy task and not many people succeed! We all learned a lot about winegrowing and the Rheingau region. It was very entertaining and pleasantly spiced with your many anecdotes. We could tell how deeply connected you are to the Rheingau. In a nutshell: You turned our day in the Rheingau into something very special.

Dr. H.-Jürgen Schramke
Baker & McKenzie
Partnership of Lawyers,

Auditors, Tax Consultants
and Solicitors
Bethmannstraße 50-54
60311 Frankfurt/Main

At the end of May, we (a group of winegrowers and connoisseurs from the beautiful Burgenland in Austria, where good wines also grow) set off on a trip to the Rheingau to see how the wines there taste. With Walter Schönleber at our side, it was an easy task. Not only did the wines taste delicious, but over the course of four days, perfectly organized by Walter, we learned a lot about the Rhine wines and the cultural highlights of the area. We were surprised at how closely interwoven the wines and culture of the Rheingau are and how excellently Walter was able to make this all clear to us. We enjoyed our stay to the hilt, and at the end we all agreed: We’ll be back!

Thank you so much, Walter!!!

Inge and Franz Hess, Neusiedel am See / Austria

Thank you so much for your professional advice and support in organizing the social entertainment program both before and during our conference in the Rheingau. All participants were thrilled with the extra activities. The women were particularly taken by the exciting tour you took them on through Wiesbaden. We happily recommend Schönleber 1848 to all companies looking for a sophisticated and enriching visit to the beautiful Rheingau.

Mineralwoll GmbH & Co.OHG
D-45966 Gladbeck
Christian Rolke
Director of HR
p.p. Birgitt Brenken

Dear Walter,

We have all returned happily to our destinations.

The two days of tours helped all 16 members of our extended family - ages 10 to 66 - to bond and appreciate how blessed we are and enjoyed a wonderful holiday.
Much of that has to do with your excellent planning, deep knowledge about the Rheingau area and the special trips we could make to the treasures that only you could help us discover - not to forget the perfect feasts you organized. My sister-in-law, wrote on return that she enjoyed the entire trip so much that she is still in a daze and has to remind herself she is now back.Rest assured that all of us will speak of this trip for a very long time to come and I have no hesitation to recommend your company to anyone wanting to visit Vater Rhein in the future.

Best wishes
Haamid Jaffer
London, England

We spent three days in the beautiful Rheingau to celebrate our 50th high school reunion. On June 11, 2010, we took a CulTour with Schönleber 1848, a trip which will surely stay with us in our hearts for a long time. The professional and informative tour through the Rheingau was a true joy for all the participants. Mr. Schönleber’s knowledge and his transportation of that knowledge to his guests are unrivalled! There were eleven women and one man on the trip whose sentiments ranged from “excellent” to “genius” to “fantastic.”

Ursula Mueller
on behalf of the alumni of Class 13b, Kippenberg High School, Bremen

Dear Mr.Schönleber,

".... We would very much like to thank you for the well-planned and informative tour through the Rheingau. The trip was beautifully organized. At every moment of our tour we felt our group was in the best of hands."

Lebensversicherung von 1871 a. G. München (LV 1871)
(life insurance from 1871, München)
Marketing and Communications Department
Maximiliansplatz 5
80333 München

Dear Mr.Schönleber,

Thank you so much for the professional moderation during our boat trip on the Rhine for our CSC Board of Directors Meeting in Wiesbaden. You enhanced our evening entertainment program beautifully with your profound knowledge and friendly, authentic nature. Our colleagues on the board and the international executives were completely enthused.

We are already looking forward to our next event together with you.

Kind regards,
Julia Jüngst
Business Partner Marketing
CSC Deutschland Solutions GmbH
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