Eleven meetings planners from across the globe were shown the highlights of Potsdam and the neighbouring capital Berlin last month. The planners from corporates, associations and agencies enjoyed venue and hotel visits, an overview of the key industry and scientific sectors, tourist highlights and fun teambuilding sessions.“Both cities impressed me so much and I can really recommend both destinations” (Lieve Notré, KU Leuven) – this is just some of the great feedback following the recent Educational Trip hosted by the GCB, in cooperation with Kongresshotel Potsdam am Templiner See, visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office and Camonsite.
Eleven meetings planners from across the globe were shown the highlights of Potsdam and the neighbouring capital Berlin last month. The planners from corporates, associations and agencies enjoyed venue and hotel visits, an overview of the key industry and scientific sectors, tourist highlights and fun teambuilding sessions.
First stop was the historical, royal city of Potsdam where guests visited the impressive New Palace followed by an archery team building activity. The group stayed at the Kongresshotel, the largest conference hotel in the state of Brandenburg, located on the shores of Lake Templiner, surrounded by a forest and lake.
The venue has a long history of congresses and events in the field of science and Dr. Matthias Arlt from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology provided guests with an exclusive insight into industry related events and details of the scientific institutions and expertise in the region.
The planners kicked off their arrival in Berlin with an eTukTuk and solar boat tour taking in the city’s highlights such as City West, Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Victory Column, Museum Island, and the Berlin Wall. Staying in the centrally located, award-winning Hotel Palace Berlin, the group visited some architecturally striking venues including AXICA, created by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry.
Next stop was the Charité, the oldest and most prominent hospital and medical school in Berlin which ranks as one of the largest university hospitals in Europe today. The Museum of Medical History and an old lecture hall can be used as a meeting place for formal events, social get-togethers and scientific exchanges.
The visit to the capital was rounded off with an exciting art tour around the theme: East meets West. A particularly topical activity given the 25 year commemorations in November, the guests explored art on one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall, ending up in a west-Berlin art house.
Lia Rosenbrand, from the Atlantic & Pacific Exchange Program in the Netherlands, explains: “Berlin is such a lovely, vibrant city! Potsdam is beautiful and so close to Berlin, it can easily be combined. The interesting fact about this trip was that it was a combination of traditional site inspections and information about the local key industry sectors and both are very important for me.”
Another guest, Natasha De Caiado Castro from Wish International Events Management in France, adds: “Thank you so much for bringing me to this amazing destination and showing me how to offer our events there! It was a very creative learning experience ... useful and fun!”
As part of their commitment to supporting local communities, the GCB in cooperation with the Grand Hyatt Berlin, gave a donation to the city’s food bank “Berliner Tafel”, providing 55kg of fresh food to needy people.