Days as at the World Climate Conference
When I worked with 2001 at the world climate conference COP 6, it was still spread over different locations: the Bundestag, the former Wasserwert - and the Maritim Hotel Bonn.
The latter has barely changed since then: there are still 410 rooms, which were used as office space at times, and 16 meeting rooms. In the largest hall with room for up to 2.800 people the events of the COP 6 took place. After all, the hotel will be completely renovated in the coming year.
The World Conference Center
In addition to the former plenary chamber of the Bundestag, 2015 opened the new main building with the participation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - both now form the World Conference Center Bonn with room for events up to 5.000 persons.
While the plenary hall can only be booked as a whole and therefore only suitable for large groups up to 1250 persons, the new main building offers approx. 13 rooms, which can be reduced, combined, separated and adapted as required. The spacious foyers on several levels also offer 1500 to 2500 square meters of exhibition space.
UN conferences and DAXCompany
For Bonn, it is no longer just a location for UN conferences, but for numerous national and international events on topics relating to medicine and sustainability, whose institutions are represented on the spot. 70 percent of Bonn tourists are business travelers and conference guests. In addition, the three DAX companies Telekom, Deutsche Post and Postbank, based in Bonn, regularly use the various conference locations.
Right next to the WCCB, the new Marriott hotel was recently opened with 336 rooms. Its highlight is the restaurant Konrad with a terrace in the 17. Floor and fantastic view over Bonn and the Rhine valley. Other arguments are the excellent food and the good service.
Indoor camping for meetings
But there are also a number of extraordinary locations in Bonn: The BaseCamp Young Hostel, for example, is an indoor vintage campsite. Built in a former warehouse in the south of Bonn, up to 120 people can sleep overnight in retro caravans, US Airstreams, DB sleeping cars, two VW vans, a Trabbi, a Citroen HY, a cable car gondola and many other curios.
The caravans were designed by Marion Seul, a film and stage sculptor, equipped with historical props and a fitting furnished front garden. Rates range between 25 and 75 Euros per night. According to their own data, 20 percent of the guests are business travelers, and the media-effective location of companies is often used for trade fairs and teambuilding events.
For those who find the vintage feel too uncomfortable in their original sleeping arrangements, there are 2 minutes of walking distance and the same operator also offers the Bonnox boarding house and hotel (rooms from 74 Euro, for longer stays from 38 Euro per night).
Hotel and senior residence
The Hotel Collegium Leonium is a completely different, integrated concept in the city center: it combines hotel and conference locations with a senior citizen's residence. In addition to the central location, the historic, neo-gothic building fabric is complemented by modern glass architecture.
The 1903 opened as a Catholic Convention building was used as a priest's seminar until 1998, the hotel was opened to 2004. The 70 rooms (from 92,50 Euro per night) are not separate from the old people's home. For events, 10 rooms are available, including the former refectory or the rebuilt former church for up to 160 persons.
The Drachenburg as a meeting place
Exciting is the castle Drachenburg on the Drachenfels in Königswinter, built between 1882 and 1884 in Neo-gothic style. Originally conceived as the residence of Baron Stephan von Sarter, he was later used for various purposes. Since 1986, it has been protected as a historic monument. From 1995 to 2010, it was restored following the original state of the building and now houses a kind of "Gründerzeitmuseum".
However, various rooms of the castle can also be rented for meetings for up to 100 persons, such as the music hall on the upper floor, the sacred-looking art hall with the pub, the reception hall with elaborate wood ceiling and huge wrought-iron chandeliers View of the imposing castle, the dining room in the former economic level, which offers direct access to the west-facing terrace with a spectacular view of the Rhine, or a little bit away from the house cozy Haus Isolde. Martim-Hotel-Königswinter is responsible for catering, which also offers 248 rooms and 10 meeting rooms for up to 1225 persons.
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Under http://www.bonn-region.de the Bonn region offers a conference planner with which various hotels and event offers can be selected, for example, according to space or number of people. Unfortunately, only the partners of Tourismus und Congress GmbH Region Bonn / Rhein-Sieg / Ahrweiler are listed here, who by no means make up all the locations in the region. Anyone who books via the website http: /bonnhotels.de will also receive a free hotel ticket for free use of the VRS during the stay.
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