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GCB Educational Trip Munich & Cologne

July 2017 marked yet another edition of the German Convention Bureau Education Trip! This year’s trip was going to be a little different, as we had decided to forego the traditional meeting spaces and blow expectations of Germany, focusing instead on the out of the norm – extraordinary meeting spaces. Wanting to showcase the different sides of Germany we decided to highlight Munich and Cologne while targeting a broad spectrum of meeting planners. Our group consisted of owners, buyers, planners, decision makers and entry-level individuals all looking to leave their mark on the industry.

In short the trip was a massive success and a format we are looking to repeat in 2018 and beyond as welcoming meeting planners to Germany is one of our greatest pleasures.

Check out some images below on what it was that made this trip so special.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

After arriving, our participants took part in an art workshop at the MUCA Museum creating one of a kind graffiti keepsakes. MUCA Gallery is a gallery for Urban, Street and Contemporary Art.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

Dinner at the Seehaus in the English Gardens while meeting the team from DMC Compass Tours Incoming and enjoying some evening sunshine.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

The Hilton Park in Munich by the English Gardens. The hotel is located on the edge of the famous English gardens with sweeping views from meeting spaces and their rooftop deck perfect for taking in the scenery.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

The magnificent Allianz Arena is home to Bayern Munich, a household name around the world. An exclusive business meeting, a presentation or simply a private party – the most modern football stadium in the world is the ideal venue for an extra special setting.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

BMW World with a michelin star restaurant and various meeting options is steeped in innovation and technology making it a perfect event location for all types of meetings.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

Walkable Munich, a quick stroll from the BMW World and we arrived at our next destination. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

In order to fuse our group together and practice some team mentality, we scaled to new heights on top of the Olympic Stadium Roof which offered a spectacular view of the city and the nearby Alps. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

A well deserved dinner after a site visit to the Bayerischer Hof where many laughs were shared. Situated in the heart of Munich’s historic centre, this family-owned hotel boasts 340 luxurious rooms and suites, five restaurants and six bars, 40 function rooms, a health and beauty oasis and top-notch entertainment. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

As part of a well rounded program, a trip to the south of Munich is a fantastic way to get your participants moving! Welcome Destination Travel Management Company provided the group with a guide so we were prepared to tour King Ludwig's Castle, Neuschwanstein. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

To round out an already active day, we visited the newly build Jochen Schweizer Arena with DAPP AG. We were lucky enough to be in the middle of a 200 person meeting as they were beginning their evening function of surfing, body flying and a BBQ.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

After a fast and comfortable train ride, our participants arrived in Cologne ready to see the sight! First stop, ToertchenToertchen via e-TukTuks to experience the culinary scene while participating in a workshop that can be booked for participants.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

The Marriott Hotel Cologne and its central location provided the perfect base for our meeting planners while visiting various locations all over the city. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

Baloni is a very non-traditional meeting location that is attached to the store of the same name which specializes in the sale of balloons. The meeting space is an urban chic blank space that will work for most any event.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

The Steigenberger Hotel offerend our guests a delicious lunch option before conducting a site visit of their new Cologne property.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

Guerzenich – Germany’s oldest conference venue dates back to 1441 and was originally designed as a dance hall located in the historic part of cologne. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

A must for anyone visiting Cologne is to see the world famous Cologne Cathedral. Home to the relics of the three kings this is a must-do – and a great photo opp. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

After touring its extensive meeting portfolio, the Hotel Pullman invited our eventprofs to join them on the top floor which hosts Colognes highest bar, Lab 22 for some Hors’ devours and a specialty cocktail. The view from the hotel overlooks the city and cathedral making this a very special event location. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

Visiting the European Austronaut Center and being allowed to access the training area was a top highlight for the event profs. The EAC is also available for meetings and as you see, great group pictues. 

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© GCB Linda Nuss

The Flora which is located adjacent to the botanical garden was first built in 1863 and has since been completely rebuilt to include state of the art technology while keeping all of its original charm. A stunning location for evening receptions as well as meetings.

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© GCB Linda Nuss

On the last evening of our Education Trip, the group was thrilled to be with a lot of the suppliers we had met while in cologne to enjoy the Cologne Lights festival in the 689 KM Beach Club with front row seats to the stunning fireworks. Truly a special moment which will stay with our participants for many years to come.