Now for Something Completely Different…
Want to give your delegates or incentive groups an adventure they will be hard-pressed to forget?
How about hitting the funky St. Pauli City District of Hamburg to visit the infamous Reeperbahn Street?
Once solely the red light district of Hamburg, St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn are now the places to be – to visit, to party, and to live. This hopping area offers music and professional theatre productions. Hip restaurants, swanky bars, and happening clubs.
Sure, there is still an edginess and sexiness here, but it’s being used to the advantage of an increasing number of meeting and business groups to provide a truly unique experience for visitors. Your attendees are going to want to check out this area anyway (it is one of the most visited places in Hamburg today infact), so why not make it an official part of your program?
Happily for your planning purposes, this was also the thinking of organizing company “Nordic Broadway.” They manage a number of restaurants and theatres in the area and have created a variety of unique conference and event spaces on the Reeperbahn, as well as one of a kind tour packages for St. Pauli & the Hamburg Port.
On the meeting space front, they can arrange for you to have your conference or a conference break out session at the St. Pauli Theatre. Home to plays, readings, music and comedy shows for 170 years (making it one of the oldest theatres in Germany,) The St. Pauli stage and audience seating can provide a historic yet technologically advanced place to host unique sessions or receptions.
For second and third options for “dramatic” meetings, parties and presentations go just a few doors down to the Schmidt Theatre and Schmidt’s Tivoli too.
Right beside these unique venues you can enjoy yummy and inventive Sushi from sushi master Kubaki at Dips ‘n Stix (think jalapenos for “out of the bento-box” taste,) then try U.S. funny-man Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka at Angie’s, a bar with live music and a dance vibe.
In addition to offering meeting spaces and dining & entertainment options for your clients, Nordic Broadway can also take your group on a variety of creative and fun tours around the Reeperbahn & Hamburg Port. They can also custom build a program for you -- but with proven crowd pleasers like the i-Pad Tour (starring a wired scavenger hunt), the Hangover Tour (which includes poker training in the Casino Suite of the Hamburg Casino), or the Explorer (offering local favorite curried sausage at the outdoor Heisse Ecke snack bar), you might want to let someone else do the work for a change.
When it comes to the perfect hotel to complement this uniquely Hamburg experience, there is no better place to stay than the 25hours Hotel HafenCity, not far from St. Pauli and part of the urban, design-rich community of HafenCity. The hotel mixes a retro maritime vibe -- typical for the city -- with a chic and clever ambiance to create super unique rooms and spaces. Elevators look like loading docks, shipping containers have been repurposed as meeting rooms (how cool is that!) and bed pillows beckon “Let’s Spend the Night Together” with a surprising embroidered message. As another unexpected touch a vinyl record library -- complete with an “old school” record player of course -- draws in music hipsters of all ages.
Another interesting option is the uber-cosmopolitan East Hotel Hamburg. This property also manages the brand new Clouds conference space and restaurant overlooking the rooftops of Hamburg and a panoramic view of the Harbor with three meeting rooms, state of the art tech equipment, and a professional kitchen space.
Finally, no tour to Hamburg would be complete without a visit to the green haven of the Alster. The Alster is a peaceful and pretty river and lake spot that is surrounded by lovely parks and wide, flat walking trails that lead down to restaurants & small docks where you can take a 1.5 hour spin on sailboats run by Hamburg City Sailing. Perfect for a small group, or a few small groups that can create a “regatta,” Hamburg City Sailing’s crew provides informative and interesting facts about the history of Hamburg’s Port and the religious order that one grazed their dairy cows in the area. It is a relaxing and charming way to spend a bit of an afternoon or evening in Hamburg.
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