This page is dedicated to all of the people in Germany who welcomed the GGCA tour groups into their homes and business’ and made our visits more enjoyable. We thank them for their hospitality.

   The first hosts that I would like to introduce you to are Rainer and Elisabeth Rockenstein of Suhl. They have always been very supportive of the German Gun Collectors Association and are very gracious hosts. When the GGCA tours came to Suhl they took time off from their busy schedules to be tour guides and also feed and entertained us  at their home. I will always be thankful for their hospitality.

Rainer and Elisabeth’s lovely home in Suhl
Elisabeth bringing out food for the tour group
Rainer, the always gracious host, seeing that everyone has they’re needs fulfilled
The tour group enjoying a fine repast in the Rockenstein’s back yard
The Rockenstein’s Garage,Pavilion and back yard where they entertained the GGCA members on several occasions.
Diners inside the garden pavilion

 

Rainer and his friend Wolfgang Werner entertain us with hunting horn music. Click Here to hear some of their hunting horn music.

   The second couple I would like to introduce you to are Max and Evelyn Ern from Leverkusen on the outskirts of Cologne. Max is one of the finest gun makers in Germany today and Evelyn is an engraver of the highest order. They not only welcomed us into their shops and store but took us to see the famous Altenberg Cathedral and on the way pointed out the Castle that is the home of Hubertus Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg. Then they took us up into the hills to the beautiful home of the forester Dieter Artz and his wife Karen where we enjoyed a lunch truly fit for a king. We dined on a variety of wild game meats, cheeses, senfgerkins, and hard boiled quals eggs from birds they raise specifically for that purpose. And of course for liquid refreshment there were the fine German beers. Dieter is the Forester on the estate of the Prince and after our meal he took us to an area where we could watch Fallow Deer, Mouflon and wild boar feeding on chestnuts in their natural setting. I give a most heart felt Thank You to Max and Evelyn for a wonderful day spent in their company.

     To read more about Max and Evelyn and their work and to see more pictures click Here.

 

Max on the left coaches John Spencer on barrel straightening while John Laborde watches.
Evelyn at work at her engraving bench.
A view of the Altenberg Cathedral as we approached it.

The front doors of the Cathedral
An interior view of the Cathedral

 

The home of Dieter and Karen Artz
A view of the dining area in the seperate building where the Artz’ prepare food and serve meals for special occasions.
Another view of the dining area

Fredrik Franzén of Ugglekull, Sweden is another gentlman who I would like to recognize. He writes for several Swedish gun magazines and for the Double Gun Journal in the United States. He has long been a great supporter of the German Gun Collectors Association and since I took over this site from my friend Dietrich he has given me encouragement and contributed many great photographs and a lot of material which you will find throughout this site. He has a substantial orchard and is shown with part of last years apple harvest. 

Fredrik with part of his Apple harvest