Two Hanseatic cities with flair: this was the GCB Educational Trip to Bremen and Hamburg
Olde worlde atmosphere in Bremen
After arriving on a Lufthansa flight and being welcomed by the Bremen Convention Bureau at Bremen Airport, we checked into the Atlantik Grand Hotel and started our Educational Trip with a guided tour of the city’s historic part. We soon realised that Bremen has a lot more to offer than the world-famous Town Musicians! And so we explored the centre of the Hanseatic city on foot and by Segway. We took a glimpse at the impressive vaults of the event location mentioned earlier – Bremen’s Ratskeller (basement restaurant below the City Hall) – and we also walked around the wonderful maze of narrow streets in the Schnoor district, looked at the highly versatile Bibelgarten (Bible Garden), which forms part of St. Peter’s Cathedral, and went on board the hotel ship Alexander von Humboldt. Finally, we concluded the day with a barbecue in the midst of a spacious park that forms part of the Dorint Park Hotel.
A highly varied programme: space, safari and 007
On the following day we ventured out into something more unusual, and it got quite technical. At Airbus Defence & Space we received an introduction to the fascinating world of space travel and learned a few exciting facts about outer space: e.g. what’s the weight of a litre of milk on the Moon and on Jupiter? Neither did we know beforehand that every astronaut takes their own toilet seat with them on board. Next, at the Universum Bremen we were given a hands-on opportunity to try things out for ourselves, as this was by no means a run-of-the-mill museum, but a science centre. We could have spent all day at the various experimenting points, each with its own focus on engineering, nature and humans. It is clearly also a great place to plan an event, as it offers a guaranteed creative environment.
This was followed by a brief site inspection of the Congress Centrum at the Maritim Hotel and then about an hour by rail to Hamburg. After a very warm welcome at the Hamburg Convention Bureau we checked in at the Le Méridien Hotel. The evening featured a further highlight on our programme: a site inspection in the form of a dinner safari through the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski. The tour would have been incomplete without a viewing of the mysterious Phantom Room and the roof terrace with its famous globe. And of course we also traced the footsteps of 007 in this highly historic building, as the hotel served as the location for Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997.
360° – event locations with panoramic views
On Saturday morning we ascended to a high point were we enjoyed some fantastic views from the two event locations Elbe Panorama and Panorama Deck. An interesting keynote talk gave us some insights into HCB’s “smart city” and cluster strategies which can be of benefit to event planners. A wide range of sectors have their homes in this metropolitan region, including renewable energies, logistics, the creative industry and life science, so that Hamburg offers ideal conditions for meetings, conventions and accompanying programmes. Lunch was served at the Sofitel Alter Wall, with a view of the river, the Kleine Alster. In the afternoon we were free to explore the city on our own, e.g. a round-trip along the Alster or a visit to the Ballinstadt Emigration Museum, before enjoying the evening programme. Our tour of Hamburg wouldn’t have been complete without the city’s legendary nightlife in the Kiez district which we sampled together with an expert guide. Finally we concluded the evening with curried sausage and Astra beer.
Last day: A tour around Speicherstadt!
There was a certain sleepiness about Hamburg’s historic warehouse district – Speicherstadt – when we arrived. But it’s only ever so peaceful on a Sunday morning. We started the day with a relaxed breakfast at the Teekontor (Tea Warehouse) of the Wasserschloss (Water Palace). It’s a place with over 250 different kinds of tea to choose from – and also ideal for organising smaller events. Another special event location is the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, only a few minutes’ walk down the road. This is a great place for conferences in style, high above the roofs of Hamburg, with a panoramic view of the harbour and the sound of seagulls.
After nearly four days – was it really no more than that? – and many new impressions our trip was gradually coming to an end. Our final stop was directly next to the airport where we took a look at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel. But then it was unfortunately time to say goodbye – though not without leaving our permanent marks on the digital Touch Wall.
We would like to thank all our guests for taking part and joining in and all our partners for working with us so well.
As part of the Educational Trip, GCB donated a small sum of money to the Hamburg football education and cardiac disorder initiative Kicken mit Herz, earmarked for the children’s cardiac department of the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital (UKE).
Would you perhaps like to take part in a GCB Educational Trip yourself sometime? Or are you interested in further details of Bremen or Hamburg or contacts in the two cities? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Just drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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