Meet Our Team

Get to know the people behind Art of Touring

Nadia Dadgostar

Founder & Managing Director

Born in Teheran in 1976, Nadia was raised in Isfahan (Iran), and Florence (Italy). She has resided in Germany since 1991. Throughout the years, these three cultures exerted a massive impact on Nadia’s mentality and business philosophy, combining the best of all three worlds: the hospitality of the Iranian people, the versatility of the Italians, and the efficiency of the Germans. A seasoned travel professional, her personal background is as international and diverse as her company’s client portfolio.

Nadia attended FHDW Business School where she received her MBA, followed by various international internships in Asia and Europe. Since 2004, Nadia Dadgostar has been working as a tour guide and destination expert with a passion for sharing the unique scenic beauty and cultural wealth of the Cologne region.

“I believe our approach to guided tours is unique but actually quite simple. In a nutshell, our philosophy at Art of Touring is to treat every single one of our clients’ tours and events as if we were planning them for ourselves.”

Hobbies and recreational activities: Nadia of course loves travelling. Active holidays are her passion: a 1.500km bike ride in the Alps, discovering remote countries on her motorbike or traveling through Australia with a camper Van are just a few of her adventures. Nadia speaks 4 languages, including German, English, Italian, Farsi.

Megan Arzbaecher

Marketing Manager

Originally from the United States, Megan is a passionate travel & food expert now living in Cologne. Travel has been a major part of Megan’s life, shaping her career path and personal ambitions throughout young adulthood. She recently completed an MBA in sustainable tourism management at CBS International Business School in Cologne. She has eight years experience working in the travel industry, specifically in content marketing, travel writing and web design. Megan has traveled to 60 different countries on all 7 continents.

“My favorite thing about Cologne is the people. When I first moved to Germany, I was worried I would feel like an outsider not knowing the language or culture. But the people of Cologne immediately felt open and warm. It is a nice feeling when people smile at you on the street or start chatting with you while waiting in line. It makes Cologne feel like home now.”  

Hobbies and recreational activities: Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, taking care of her 50+ houseplants, riding bicycles, and cooking vegan food.

Narella Schnabel

Tour Guide Supervisor

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Narella has brought the enthusiastic spirit of the city of Tango across the ocean to her favorite place in the world: Cologne, Germany. Narella studied tourism in Barcelona and languages are her passion. She is fluent in Spanish, German, English and Catalan. With more than 7 years of experience as a tour guide, Narella has never lost the passion she felt on her first tour. She loves having the possibility to learn new things and meet new people every day. Narella brings significant experience training colleagues and leading teams. If you ask her, she can picture herself doing this job for the rest of her life.

“If you do not believe in magic, it is because you have not visited Cologne yet. One day in Cologne is enough to understand the typical phrase that locals say on repeat: <Home is where the Dom is>.”

Hobbies and recreational activities: During her free time, you can find Narella reading books or writing poems on the banks of the Rhein River.

Iclal Cebi

Operations Assistant

Born and raised in Cologne, Iclal is a true local. She grew up in a bilingual Turkish-German household, and she has always excelled with languages. Iclal is currently trying to learn additional European languages, including Italian. Iclal graduated high school in 2021, and has been working with Art of Touring ever since. In fall of 2022, Iclal began her bachelor’s degree study. She is enrolled in the International Business program at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

“Cologne feels like home to me. Even though it’s a big city, there are certain parts, especially all the parks, that make Cologne feel really cozy and calm. I love being able to see water on the Rhine everyday. It is soothing.”

Hobbies and recreational activities: During her free time, Iclal’s hobbies include reading, cooking, and exercising at the gym.

Mia Dadgostar

Operations Assistant

Growing up in a multi-cultural family with lots of different nationalities, Mia always had different cultures and languages surrounding her. From a young age, she developed a passion for travel, discovering the world before she could even walk. Tourism is certainly in her genes! Mia is the daughter of Nadia, a single mom and Art of Touring’s founder, so Mia really grew up seeing the business grow and change over time. She is proud to work alongside her mom today, and has been working at Art of Touring since 2021. Following her high school graduation, Mia took a gap year adventure for 6 months backpacking and traveling through Southeast Asia. 

What I love about Cologne: “Being born and raised in Cologne, I always had a strong connection to this city. The diversity and open mindedness of Cologne surprises me positively every day. The city is a home for people from all over the world and welcomes them all with open arms.” 

Hobbies and recreational activities: Mia is a very active person and loves to ride her motorcycle in the summer, or to do challenging work-outs to stay fit. Afterwards, she rewards herself with a healthy self cooked menu.

Our Expert Tour Guides

Meet a handful of the tour guides on the Art of Touring team. These are the folks walking the streets of Cologne each and every day, showing off this amazing city!