The Teutoburg Forest had long been interested in me - on the one hand for hiking and for other outdoor activities, on the other hand, because here are such historic, unique monuments as the Externsteine and the Marta Herford.
When the opportunity to visit the region as part of a paid press tour and become part of the seven-headed Teutoblogger-WG, I was equally enthusiastic. My expectations for the region were clearly exceeded.
Outdoor seminars in the green
For example, with the outdoor seminar concept of RioNegro canoe and outdoor events in Bad Salzuflen, whose corporate clients include Bertelsmann, Dr. Oetker counting Telecom, Pro 7 or UPS. But the offer is of course also aimed at families, groups of friends, clubs and school classes from the 4. Class.
RioNegro offers not only canoe trips for up to 350 people (per boat maximum 4 persons and from 25 Euro per person and distance from April to the end of September) or outdoor and teambuilding like archery or orientation tours, but also the rare opportunity seminars in green surroundings and in the truest sense of the word. The participants can use an outdoor display wall and an outdoor flipchart and even move around in groups during the creative phases.
Raft building and canoeing
Experiential educational offerings such as joint raft building are also on the program, managing director Stephanie Isenberg is a qualified pedagogue, and some of the employees are trained trainers or coaches. At the same time, Managing Director Guido Schmidt looks closely to see whether the planned teambuilding can even be meaningfully carried out in the time available and even refuses potential customers if he does not see a certain level of quality. In addition to seminars and teambuilding, pure fun and incentive events are also possible.
Our planned canoe tour started unpleasantly for the time being: it literally fell into the water because of rain and high water levels. It turns out that the RioNegro is also prepared for bad weather: For archery, raft building or the outdoor seminar, tarpaulins and tents or yurts are set up in the garden when needed, in each of which 30-50 people are around the campfire Have space. This way, events can take place outside the year, but in addition, RioNegro also offers a seminar house where up to 30 people can stay overnight in shared rooms and dormitories - cost 1115 Euro for four days. Seminars can accommodate up to 50 people.
Exciting exchange preprogrammed
While the house is always rented to a group, it is quite a concept that there are very different groups on the site, which can sometimes mix - and so meet trainees on executives or the local sports club on the international sales representatives one Group - exciting encounters and exchanges pre-programmed.
Also catering is provided: for example, there is a kitchen, barbecues and campfire for the dinner, the food is delivered by a local catering company - on request including breakfast and packed lunches. In general, cooperations with regional bus companies, campsites or the H2O, a very nice, municipal water park with a large sauna area in nearby Herford, important for RioNegro:
Company itself employs up to 70 season employees in the summer and has a large network of partner companies, so it can respond flexibly to requests in the short term: Under certain circumstances, the company can still get things done the same day, but even small groups should at least request a week in advance, for companies and multi-day canoe tours, however, a lead of one year is recommended. Important for international groups: In case of an appropriate preparation time, eg even instructions in French, Spanish, Polish or Russian can be given.
Historic salt pearl Bad Salzuflen
Bad Salzuflen convinced me as a city very much. Already in the middle of the 11. The town of Uflon and also the salt works were mentioned for the first time in a century, 1322 was granted municipal rights. 1767, the first graduation works were built, 1818 the princely-Lippische Solbad Salzuflen was founded, since 1914 the thermal spa has been called Bad. 2015 was awarded the city as an allergy-friendly commune.
The beautiful inner city has fascinated me with an original architecture still preserved, such as the old vicarage - it is the oldest still existing house from the year 1520. The city is, however, very special thanks to the graduation work, the most modern in Europe, which was completely renovated a few years ago and 2013 was reopened:
Here you can breathe in the middle of East Westphalia during a walk quasi sea air. Deep breath is especially recommended in the lying in the graduation mill chamber - here is the salty air in highly concentrated form, so a stay only for a maximum of 20 minute is advised.
Around the graduation mill, various spa facilities have been established, including the vital center, which offers various treatments - such as water aerobics, massages, respiratory therapy or mud packs. In the latter, one is virtually wrapped in fresh mud, afterwards the sludge is recycled and returned to nature - a very ecological health endeavor. The trend theme Corporate Health sends its regards. The spa park is being completely rebuilt and was therefore not accessible, in the middle of the beautiful park but the restaurant Seeterassen is located in a beautiful location right on the park lake with outdoor area and conservatory and also convinces with culinary German-Italian dishes.
Business-City Bad Salzuflen
But Bad Salzuflen is not only a spa but also a trade fair city and therefore also interesting for business travelers and conference guests. For example, the world's largest custom bike fair, the Horsica or the ZOW take place here.
And the hotels are also geared toward a corresponding business clientele: our Hotel Arminius, for example, is a merger of six historic half-timbered houses of the 16. Century, which was lovingly restored between 1990 and 1992 and supplemented by two new houses. The 71 rooms and suites, for example, are all designed differently and still breathe some historical flair with old beams and romantic furniture. The breakfast is taken in the very beautiful, light-filled conservatory. For meetings, the Knight's Hall is available for up to 60 persons and the fireplace room for up to 20 persons.
Overall, you should not expect a luxurious or hip ambience in Bad Salzuflen: The city impresses with seminars and conferences as well as in the health sector through a down-to-earth offer and a outstanding price-performance ratio - ideal for companies from North Rhine-Westphalia, Northern Germany or Berlin, the looking for cheap accommodation with good quality and short access routes.
But for more exclusive demands, the region has to offer venues with a vengeance - for more information, see the second part of my article.
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