Robert Sommer

Robert Sommer, raised in East Berlin, Germany, studied American Literature at Humboldt University of Berlin and the Italian Renaissance at the University of Florence, Italy. He spent a year as a high school exchange student in Santa Cruz, California. Robert has a Masters in Cultural Studies and Anthropology and a PhD, with a dissertation on Germany’s concentration camps. He recently worked as a consultant on a BBC documentary about Auschwitz. Robert is a veteran leader of many WT trips in Europe. “As a Trip Leader, I try to make trip members see the magic of a country and its uniqueness, whether it's a visual image, an artifact, or even the recipe of a local dish–something that stays with you, gives you fond memories, and contributes to your life back home.” When not guiding trips, Robert enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and playing bass guitar. He speaks Russian, Polish, Spanish, and French, and is fluent in English, German, and Italian. He makes his home in both Berlin and Florence.

Upcoming Trips:

Heart of Switzerland, July 2-10, 2015
Heart of Switzerland, July 29-August 6, 2015
Heart of Switzerland, September 2-10, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Robert went out of his way to make the trip enjoyable. He has a good sense of humor, was fun, informative and helpful. Linda Miller, Sacramento, CA
Tuscan Trails
Robert's knowledge of so much of Europe is amazing. He added so much personality and that ‘little something special' to the trip. Dawn Myers, Playa del Rey, CA
Tuscan Hilltowns
Robert was an excellent leader. He was always amusing and energetic. He prepared the picnics with a flair and brought a unique cultural perspective to the trip. Julie Hibben, Lincoln, MA
Tuscan Trails
Charming, organized, thoughtful, and interesting. Robert is very interesting and encouraging. A thoroughly delightful human being to share the trail with...or anywhere really. Marcia Z., Clio, CA
Heart of Switzerland
Robert is beyond fabulous in all categories. His command of trip logistics was complete and precise. His wealth of knowledge and warm, enthusiastic interaction with everyone made this trip truly special.
Suzi & Brian S., Ross, CA
Heart of Switzerland
Robert was outstanding—we assumed he'd be quite good, but he really exceeded our expectations. Miriam S., Stillwater, MN
Bavaria to Berlin
Robert was a terrific trip leader. He clearly communicated what each day would bring, and kept everyone laughing. Greg G., Acton, MA
Heart of Switzerland
Robert was extremely high-energy, friendly, knowledgeable, fun, and wanted to ensure everyone had a good time. Brady and Suzanne M., Friendswood, TX
Heart of Switzerland
Robert is a very thoughtful, considerate, and highly competent leader who has the added bonus of being a very warm and engaging person. Barry S., Belmont, CA
Heart of Switzerland
This was our second trip with Robert as leader. He makes the trips a delight—impeccably well prepared, very knowledgeable about the area, always with interesting stories and good conversation, always concerned for everyone's welfare and enjoyment. John E., Fort Worth, TX
Heart of Switzerland
Don't know how we could have had a better guide than Robert. He was relaxed, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, efficient, kind, and considerate. Just a great guy to spend time on the trail, trains, and boats with! Edward D., Alameda, CA
Heart of Switzerland