Our fam trip to the stronghold of Currywurst
As a motivator to encourage our team’s hard work and of course as means of useful staff development, we organised a fam trip for our Mondial Destination Management team. This year’s fam trip led us to the German capital and stronghold of the Currywurst: Berlin.
Thanks to our loyal partner, Blaguss Reisen, we were picked up right in front of our office-doors on Friday afternoon, and chauffeured by bus to Vienna airport. After one hour of flying time, we reached Berlin Tegel airport. Upon arrival, we were already welcomed with a warm “Juten Tach” (Berlin-German for hello/good day). The Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt was our home for the next two days and with its perfect location – right next to the main railway station and the administrative district – was the ideal starting point for extensive sightseeing tours.
Before we enjoyed a typical Berlin-style dinner, we met our colleagues form the Mondial office in Berlin. For a few of us, it was the first meeting – finally one could get a face to the voice on the daily telephone conversations. Together with our Berlin-colleagues, we touched glasses to a successful weekend and then went on to the culinary part – of course with Currywurst (curry-sausage), Bulette (rissoles) and Königsberger Klopse. Quite hearty, but incredibly delicious, the Berlin-cuisine!
Whomever thinks we had gone to bed right after dinner and did not check out one of Berlin’s hippest bars is mistaken. The night owls amongst us went to the famous “Monkey Bar“ located at the 10th floor of the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. The “Monkey Bar” offers a truly breath-taking view over the city and the adjoining Berlin Zoo, particularly over the monkey compound. The cocktail menu is endless and besides international drinks, the “Monkey Bar” offers a great selection of wines. A DJ takes care of the musical well-being and matches finest beats to a cool ambiance and delicious drinks. After one or the other gin tonic, it was still time for us to go to bed – we had a long day behind us and on Saturday, a tightly packed sightseeing programme was waiting for us.
The next morning, Berlin greeted us with sunshine and clear blue skies. After an extensive breakfast, we went on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Our first stop was the East Side Gallery on the longest preserved part of the Berlin Wall. From there we walked towards the food market “Markthalle Neun”. “Markthalle Neun” is one of the few preserved historical market halls of the 19th century and offers primarily fair, ecological and regionally produced food. We strolled around cool pop-up food trucks and took a short coffee break before heading towards “Alex” (Berlin dialect for Alexanderplatz).
Lunch time! We enjoyed lunch on top of the highest building of Germany – the 368 meters high TV tower. Thanks to the perfect weather conditions – sunshine and blue skies – we enjoyed magnificent views over Berlin while having typical German delicacies for lunch. Could have been worse...
In the afternoon, we spent an interesting tour through the DDR (GDR) museum. The interactively designed museum shows life during the times of the GDR with all its facets. One can sit down in a living room during the GDR times, or take a virtual tour on a Trabi. After receiving interesting facts about the GDR, we had some free time before the evening program started. With the performance of “Scotch & Soda” at the Chamäleon theatre, top-class artistry and reckless stunts surrounded by live jazz music were waiting for us. What a performance!
Sunday was our departure day already. Before heading off to the airport, we tried to make the most of the time left and used the Sunday morning for a visit to the administrative district, including the Reichstag. We got an insight into the Reichstags-building – the place where Angela Merkel & CO are doing world politics. Lastly, we took a group picture in front of the Brandenburger Gate, and then it was time to say “Berlin, mach et jut” (farewell salutation in Berlin-dialect).
Big thanks to our loyal partners, which we would like to mention here once more: Blaguss Reisen, Air Berlin, Deutsche Hospitality, 25hours Hotels and Visit Berlin!