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Heidelberg Christmas Market

I hope that everyone is enjoying their holiday season! I am spending Christmas in Germany and here we are enjoying quite a warm weather which allows spending lots of time outside and visiting Christmas Markets.

Germany is famous for its Christmas Markets. Almost in every city and village you can find one and try Glühwein (mulled wine), potato fritters, sweet or salty crêpes, buy small souvenirs such as woodcrafts, candles and much more. Personally I can’t resist all the tempting smells of flavoured teas and nicely packed sweets.

This year I had the chance to visit Heidelberg Christmas Market. Located in the old city on a historic ground, it offers a warm, unique and beautiful atmosphere due to all the wooden huts and Christmas decorations. I even tried a Feuerzangenbowle (red wine punch) for the first time, which was very delicious.

Christmas Markets are great occasions for get together team building events. Being officially planned with reserved seating area or spontaneous after work, they are the ultimate small incentive events.

Here are some impressions from the beautiful Heidelberg Christmas Market.






Heidelberg for Connaisseurs


I had the pleasure to join Susanne Fiek on one of the tours called “Culinary Ramble”. On the day it was a group of 20 young professionals from top consultancy firm who did the tour as an after work activity. The Culinary Ramble is a three hours experience, combining a city tour and a 3 course menu. The tour started at the Old Bridge where the “Ape” (more about it later in the inteview with Susanne) was waiting with chilled sparkling wine and snacks. While the guests were having their after work drink Susanne told about the history of Heidelberg and the castle, combining personal stories and making it entertaining. From there the tour followed into the old town, stopping by one building or another to tell the story, until we got to the first restaurant at the Hip hotel for the starter. Seated on three tables it gave the participants the opportunity for calm discussions and relaxation from the long day at work.

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The tour continued to the Universitätsplatz where Susanne provided us with further interesting history facts and was attentive to answer all questions. Later the tour went along the beautiful narrow streets, accompanied with personal stories and recommendation for the time we want to come to Heidelberg again.

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The tour ended at Marktplatz, just in front of the restaurant Roter Ochsen where we were to have the main course and dessert. Suddenly Susanne told us to look at the castle. At that moment the castle was lighted and that was one of the WOW moments to remember from Heidelberg.

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I even couldn’t notice that the three hours were over. I don’t want to ruin you the experience, so I just say that there is an additional surprise on the way 😉

Interview with Susanne Fiek:

1. Can you tell about your company, how long it exists and

what brought you to start it?

I started out in 2002 when I have been a tour guide for two years. Every

guided tour, even when it was “just a regular” tour of the old town or the

castle should be special for the guests: an event, even small tour can be

one, so I named may company event & event..chen Heidelberg”– “event..chen”

for the fine and small ones… J Individual, informative and – most important:

it should not be a lecture but humorous and entertaining as well!

2. Why do you think Heidelberg is attractive for business travel

(e.g. incentives) and which of your tours would you recommend

for corporate groups?

Heidelberg is attractive for all kind of travels… ;-), but especially for

business travels because the city and its very close by surroundings offer

almost every possibility which make incentives good ones.

event..chen´s “highlight” is the “Culinary Ramble” through the Old Town of

Heidelberg. The idea came more than ten years ago when I met a group, guests

of one the big companies of the region, who had been working all day in a

seminar. They were scheduled for dinner in town but before the organizers

wanted to present them with a guided tour of the city. Even though

interested in Heidelberg they were first of all interested to relax the

first time after work. My idea was: greet them, welcome them and offer them

a drink – simple but just perfect. Water, a regional Secco, salty snacks

plus talk about regional food specialities, the fame of Heidelberg and

anecdotes. Choice of the courses take place along the way (we also account

for vegetarians, vegans and food intolerances!), further surprises follow

along the way.

3. First time I’ve seen your tour I noticed that a mini- van

accompanied the tour. Can you tell more about the concept?

The little van is an “Ape” from Piaggio (means bee in Italian). We

acquired it to more flexible on our tours: we have water, champagne, glasses

and all you need for a unique special surprise reception in the trunk.

Because the Ape is so small we can go almost everywhere and hold the

receptions where our guests want to be.

4. In your opinion, what are the two or three places someone must

visit when in Heidelberg on a short trip?

Definitely the castle!!! A must! A stroll through the old town and its

picturesque alleys. The historic “Studentenkarzer” and the Old University

Building as well as the University Library´s first floor exhibitions.

And: if you feel like taking a little hike: climb up to the Philosophers




Heidelberg for Business Travellers

Heidelberg is a vibrant tourism destination. One of the reasons is that the headquarters of the most valuable German software company SAP are in Walldorf, located just about 16 km from Heidelberg. Having more than 65,000 employees and international clients and business partners who frequently travel there for business, the region has lots to offer for business and leisure travellers.

Here I gathered several recommendations for you if you happen to be in the region for business and want to combine it with several leisure activities.

SAP headquarters is Walldorf


Great place for after work dinner with colleagues, German cuisine at the Sickinger Hof in Walldorf



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The best ice-cream place in Heidelberg

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Lufthansa magazine July 2013 issue recommends Vetter – German cuisine and the famous brewed on the premises Vetter beer

Last minute souvenirs shopping? Check out Käthe Wohlfahrt for high-end souvenirs

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Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Sankt Leon-Rot, about 20 km from Heidelberg. The place is suitable for corporate events, incentives and leisure