On your way to a very special experience
A wealth of supporting programmes, incentive packages and team-building ideas
However intensive the convention programme, there must always be some time for recreation, and Bremen makes it particularly easy to combine conferences and other events with attractive supporting programmes. There are also a number of incentive packages that companies and institutions can use to reward their most deserving employees or group experiences and activities that can help encourage that sense of belonging.
The future - made in Bremen
The Hanseatic city of Bremen is one of Europe's leading locations for space research and the aerospace industry. For an impressive insight, visitors can take a guided tour of the Astrium site where the space lab for the international space station (ISS) was built and where technicians and engineers are currently building unmanned resupply spacecraft for the ISS.
At the Mercedes-Benz plant, on the other hand, you can witness how the individual components of the C-Class saloon and SLK roadster come together. Visitors also get the chance to take to the wheel themselves and put their driving skills to the test on the all-terrain training course. From 70 per cent ascents to 80 per cent descents, even the most experienced drivers are put through their paces here. For a very special challenge, you can even try landing a jumbo jet with the flight simulator at the Lufthansa flight school at Bremen Airport.
Making science fun
Bremen is a place of great innovation in the field of science and commerce – and there are plenty of good reasons why it was named Germany's first 'City of Science' in 2005. However, acquiring knowledge does not have to be an entirely serious matter. Bremen is home to two science centres that take a wonderful hands-on approach to science. During a break from the conference, why not explore the wonderful world of plants at the 'botanika' garden with its magnificent rhododendrons or take your seat on the earthquake sofa at Universum Bremen? Universum Bremen also hosts a range of events such as the Science Dinner, an experience for all the senses that brings science to the kitchen and offers insights into molecular cuisine, for example.
Dinner in the Dark, on the other hand, gives groups an insight into what everyday life is like for the blind. Alternatively, you can gain an understanding of human and social needs on a 'Day of Caring'. Working together as volunteers, participants help those in need – whether it's putting together play equipment for a nursery or going out for the day with the residents of an old people's home.
Revisiting the past
Despite offering pioneering services in a number of areas, Bremen is also a city full of great history and tradition. UNESCO has preserved its medieval town hall and Roland statue for future generations by designating them world heritage sites. Even visitors with little time to spare can discover historical Bremen on a number of sightseeing tours and guided tours. More environmentally-conscious visitors may prefer to explore the city by Segway (electric scooter).
The city is also renowned for its culinary highlights: on the 'Taste of Bremen' tour, for example, visitors get to sample some traditional local specialities such as kluten, babbeler, klaben and labskaus. The Walking Dinner offers a mix of sightseeing, food and drink, as each of the three courses is enjoyed at a different restaurant.
From sea dogs to urban redevelopment
In contrast to all this history, Bremen showcases its ultra-modern side in the Überseestadt district, where the former docklands are being developed in one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe. For a number of years, a dynamic mix of residential complexes, workshops, services, shops and restaurants has been flourishing in the area, in converted old warehouse buildings and striking contemporary buildings for the ultimate in city living. This most unusual spot on the west side of Bremen is changing on a near-daily basis.
The Überseestadt is still home to a number of traditional port industries as well. Seafaring romanticism from days gone by can also be experienced in the north of Bremen, in particular in the Vegesack district. Here, anchored along the Maritime Mile – which at 1,852 metres long is exactly the length of a maritime mile – you'll find the last remaining fully-rigged sailing ship in Germany: the training ship Deutschland. A number of ships captains' houses serve as a reminder of times long past when Germany's first man-made harbour was built in Vegesack in 1623.
Visitors can travel back in time to the days of the pirate Klaus Störtebeker with a pirate banquet on board a historical frigate. Or they can even try their hand at rigging — with a sailing trip on the tall ship 'Mercedes', a brig commissioned in 2005 that has 900 square metres of sails. Alternatively, they can visit the ship handling simulator at Bremen University's seafaring department to discover what it's like at the captain's helm.
Target wall shoot-out and watching Shakespeare
Bremen also has a whole host of non-maritime attractions. Football fans can visit the stadium where Werder Bremen play and have a go at the target wall shoot-out, while keen golfers can compete with much smaller balls on a number of golf courses in and around Bremen. In the evening, there are a number of shows and variety performances on offer at the musical theatre or the 'Fritz' – both of which are just a short walk from the main train station.
Alternatively, visitors can spend the evening at the Bremen Shakespeare company whose repertoire is quite unique among German theatres. Naturally, the BTZ tour guides are happy to acquaint groups with the many pubs in the buzzing streets of this Hanseatic city. There are even tours of Bremen by night in a stretch limousine – with optional mobile caipirinha bar and bartender.
The new conference planner from the BTZ Bremen Convention Bureau offers a helpful overview of the wide range of events available. If you would like a copy, please call +49 (0)421 308 0016, fax +49 (0)421 308 0089 or send an email to email@example.com. The electronic version can be read and downloaded on the website at www.kongress-bremen.de.
The BTZ is also happy to advise on the selection of suitable events and activities. For more detailed information about all our products and services, please contact the Bremen Convention Bureau at the BTZ on Tel.: +49 (0)421 308 0016, Fax: +49 (0)421 308 0089, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more online: www.kongress-bremen.de. BTZ is a member of the German Convention Bureau (GCB) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).