Hosting Your Corporate Event in Berlin
Located right in the heart of Europe, Berlin has successfully positioned itself as one of the leading global destinations for events. Since 2004 Berlin has ranked among the top five in the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) rankings, hosting 178 international conventions and meetings in 2013. Growing year on year, there is no doubt that Berlin is an international hub for corporate events and has a lot to offer both international and national delegates in the form of quirky hotels, extravagant convention centres, inspiring entertainment and a vibrant culture that takes elements from the historic and the modern.
Boasting two established international airports - with a third due to open in 2016 to keep up with the rise in passenger numbers - getting in and out of Berlin is no problem even for the most hapless of travellers. Moving around the city itself is even easier; Berlin has a high-tech infrastructure and is equipped with 15 elevated railway lines, 11 subway lines, 22 tramlines, 150 bus and ferry lines, 7,000 taxi’s and the option of renting a bike and cycling. Whether you want to get quickly from A to B or take your time leisurely exploring all the sights that the city has to offer, navigating your way round Germany’s capital has never been easier. For downloadable information on the city’s multiple transport networks visit: http://www.visitberlin.de/en/article/line-network
When it comes to beautiful and affordable accommodation Berlin is ahead of the game, with no compromise on quality, the city offers an average room rate of 84€, 20€ less than the rest of Europe. Of course Berlin also has its fair share of stunning high-end luxury accommodation that will make you never want to leave your room. With over 780 hotels and 125,000 rooms finding a place to rest your head in Germany’s busy capital is easy.
Right in the heart of the city, the Sofitel hotel offers 5 star luxury encased in a stunning art deco building built by Jan Kleihues, with a magnificent ballroom, 311 rooms and 44 suites. It overlooks the luxury shopping street in Charlottenburg which is full of designer boutiques, and is within walking distance of cultural attractions such as the theatre and opera.
Combining extravagance and retro charm, the 5 star boutique hotel Soho House Berlin is incredibly impressive set over 8 floors with 65 rooms, 20 apartments and 4 spacious lofts. Originally opened as a department store in 1928 and occupied by the post-war Communist regime until 1956 it has its fair share of cultural history. Despite being a members club, visitors booking a room can still enjoy all the same luxuries; a heated rooftop pool, panoramic views of the city, in-house cinema, gym, library and retro rooms featuring vintage record players with a vinyl record collection.
For those that want an authentic and unique business stay the OSTEL Hotel offers an unusual way to experience historic German culture. A former East German Plattenbauwohnung (cement tower block), this hotel is a throwback to communist Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall and takes retro chic to the next level with authentic decoration and furniture. Located within walking distance of the main tramline this hotel is both convenient and fun.
Where to meet
When it comes to stunning modern conference centres, spacious function rooms and easily accessible venues in Berlin, corporate event hosts are spoilt for choice.
The CityCube Berlin is one of the Capital’s newly completed building projects, and is a multifunctional venue for trade fairs, conferences and corporate events. With a floor area of 33,000 square metres, it boasts eight conference halls which can house between 400 and 5,00 delegates, a further 8 conference rooms for 50 to 330 delegates, and 30 offices and suites for smaller meetings. Opened in May 2014 as necessitated by the refurbishment and consequent closure of the ICC Berlin, it has become one of Berlin’s most highly coveted corporate event venues.
The Estrel Convention Centre is another premiere corporate event location in Berlin with 60 conference rooms of varying sizes and a convention hall with capacity for up to 6,000 attendees. Incredibly multi-functional, this stunning corporate venue is also conveniently located next to the beautiful Estrel Hotel.
The Kalkscheune is a dramatic listed building located right in the heart of Berlin within walking distance of the Brandenburg gate. A former factory in the former Barn District, it is a unique venue showcasing beautiful masonry walls, large factory-style windows, timber flooring and an inner courtyard.
For smaller meetings and events The Adagio is one of Berlin’s most exclusive venues where baroque stone arches and colonnades meet striking modern interior design. A club by night, it is also a stunning location for corporate get-togethers, gala events and award ceremonies. Visited by the likes of Will Smith, George Clooney and Claudia Schiffer, it boasts 4 bars, 3 lounge areas, gallery and capacity for up to 700 guests.
Take in the Sights
With such a vibrant and cosmopolitan scene, Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to culturally interesting monuments, activities and team building opportunities.
Soak up some culture with fellow attendees by visiting one of the most well known landmarks in Germany.The Brandbenburg gate marked the entrance to the road that linked Western and Eastern Berlin – a physical and metaphorical political divide under the Communist regime. Modelled on the Propylaeum of Athens, this architecturally stunning 18th century monument has now come to represent unity and freedom to the people of Berlin and marks an iconic point in Berlin’s history.
A visit to Germany’ s oldest zoo, opened in 1844, is a great way to relax outside of a formal setting. Berlin zoo holds nearly 1,600 species and more than 16,00 animals including an aquarium and the beautiful sandstone elephant gate that was built in 1899.
As the seat of the German federal government, the Reichstag building stands prominently as one of the most striking features of the Berlin skyline. Rebuilt in the 1960’s, its unique glass dome is accessible to visitors and offers a breath-taking 360-degrees view over the city.
It is a little known fact that Berlin actually has five times as many bridges as Venice. Take in the city in style with a cruise along one of Berlin’s canals and rivers that crisscross over the city offering spectacular views of the Capital’s attractions. Alternatively you could get out of the city for a day and take a cruise through some of the many idyllic lakes to the North East of Berlin. Sit back and relax whilst taking in the tranquillity of your surroundings and enjoying the delicious catering on offer. For more information on boat cruises around Berlin take a look at: http://www.sternundkreis.de/en/Cruises/City-of-Berlin/K257.htm
Berlin has a whole host of unique and creative entertainment that will wow guests at your corporate event. From an eye-catching interactive light painting show that can incorporate brands and logos, to fascinating futuristic living dolls that can meet and greet guests. Berlin also offers a diverse range of musical entertainment; our 1920’s style jazz band are perfect for relaxed after dinner entertainment while our LED percussion show will provide a spectacular beginning or finale to award ceremonies and corporate parties. For exhibitions and gala events an elegant aerial loop artist and cyr wheel acrobats provide a stunning visual spectacle.
Useful info & links
Language German is the language of Berlin and although many German’s speak English it is still useful to know the odd phrase or two: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/quickfix/
The currency in Germany is Euros and there are numerous currency exchanges and banks across the city where money can be exchanged for Euros, many of which are situated around train station and airports and open until 9pm. It is important to note that although major debit and credit cards are accepted throughout the city, many smaller shops and cafes may only accept cash. Therefore visitors should always carry some bills and loose change.
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