Meetings in the auditorium
The most beautiful is the Aula of the Faculty of Philosophy: three Nobel Prize winners teach at the University of Strasbourg, and it is one of the top five universities in France and one of the best in the world.
15.000 Euro therefore costs the Aula for an evening, for a maximum of 500 people is space. As the seminar rooms are around the auditorium, they can not be rented at any time.
Tips for the historic old town
A traditional ambience for smaller meetings, however, offers the historic old town with its winding half-timbered architecture. Representative here is the Hotel Bouclier d'Or called, which was renown and rebuilt for two years in accordance with monument protection. Even the extremely stylish interior was meticulously collected.
The hotel has 22 rooms, a very nice, small meeting room in the courtyard for up to 20 people - and a very high quality breakfast. Above all, it impresses with an outstanding service at five-star level. This is reflected in room prices of 200 Euro per night.
Culinary and the oldest wine in the world
Overall, Strasbourg and the surrounding area offer 10.000 hotel rooms - in small private hotels and large chains. Of course, you can not miss the culinary delights: good and typical Alsatian-hearty food is eaten at Le Tire Bouchon, which also offers space for meetings. Also very good and with a picturesque terrace view directly on the Ill is the Maison des Tanneurs. One of the most famous restaurants in Strasbourg is the Maison Kammerzell, right next to the cathedral, which convinced me neither in terms of culinary nor service.
If you want to organize wine tasting, you should do so in the historic cellar "Cave des civils de Strasbourg": 1395 was originally owned by the hospital above, but now privately owned and home to the world's oldest wine, 1472. Up to 90 people can take place here for a wine tasting between the historic barrels. You can no longer try the old wine, which still has 400 liters, as it is clearly too acidic with a PH value of 2,28%.
The creator of the Statue of Liberty
Even more wine-typical activities can be enjoyed in the Colmar, about 30 minutes away, and in the somewhat out-of-the-way wine village of Egisheim. In Colmar, 1834 was born to the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, the creator of the statue of liberty.
But the city is also famous for its half-timbered architecture, its canals, which gave it the name "Little Venice" - and the Isenheim Altar, which was created by Niklaus von Haguenau and Matthias Grünwald between 1512 and 1516 and is usually located in the Unterlinden Museum , one of the most famous French art museums, which is currently being extensively expanded and rebuilt.
Historic meeting locations
As a starting point for all activities, the centrally located Hotel Mercure Champ de Mars is located right next to the historic old town.
It is a straightforward, but well-maintained 3 star hotel with surprisingly good breakfast and three meeting rooms, which can be combined on request. As a historical conference center Colmar offers the Koifhus from the year 1480, whose rooms I unfortunately did not see.
Fresh Tatar and an Alsatian pope
For me, the true discovery of Colmar is the culinary: The restaurant Bartholdi offers original Alsatian-hearty cuisine - the Tatar is here freshly stirred before the guests by hand. Also very good is the brasserie L'Auberge right at the train station.
The 6 KM outside Eguisheim is one of the most famous wine villages on the Alsace Wine Route - birthplace of the only Alsatian pope Leo IX and known for its colorfully colored houses. Here you can do all sorts of win activities and rides through the vineyards.
Teambuilding activities of all kinds, which I could not try, is that Company Trace Verte from Mutzig, offering everything from indoor activities, wine and gourmet events to geocaching and snow activities such as biathlon in the nearby Vosges and Black Forest. Customers were Hager, Adidas, Appel or Merk.
Sticking point with Strasbourg is the journey. There are no direct flights from Germany to Strasbourg. Airberlin and German Wings fly to Baden Baden, about half an hour away, from where there is a bus transfer.
The TGV runs once a day from Frankfurt directly to Strasbourg, this rate is to be increased from April 2016. The nearest ICE station is Offenburg, from here you can take a regional train half an hour to Strasbourg. However, as this train is getting crowded for larger groups and with a lot of luggage, the very well-organized Strasbourg Convention Center recommends that you organize a transfer by bus or car.
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