Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) will conduct its 17th Annual General Meeting from September 18-20, 2021 at the Parkhotel in Bremen.
Right ahead of our GPLN meeting you will have an excellent opportunity to combine this event with our Heavy Lift Maritime and Transport Seminar on September 17, 2021 at the Parkhotel.
GPLN brings together project cargo experts and independent project logistics specialist companies from around the world, all of whom have an expert focus on project logistics. This global meeting will allow GPLN members the face-to-face contact with GPLN partners to efficiently build professional relationships in the most lasting and cost-effective manner.
GPLN delegates are afforded the opportunity to meet a multitude of partner companies to discuss past, current and future business, exchange sales leads, and develop a range of business possibilities within the GPLN Network.
Above agenda is tentative and subject to be adjusted without prior notice. The time and location for our group photo session on September 19 will be announced during our meeting.
Cancellation Charges (based on the
day of the first service and the total
amount of all charges for
conference- and all other
Until June 15, 2021 administration fee at USD 100 per person (no
cancelation charges, full refund less admin fee)
From June 16 to July 15, 2021: 80% (20% refund only)
From July 16 to August 15, 2021: 90% (10% refund only)
From August 16 to September 17, 2021: 100% (no refund at all)
No shows (September 17, 2021 onwards): 100% and no refund, plus additional
administration fee at USD 100 per person
Im Buergerpark, 28209 Bremen, Germany
Tel: +49 421 3408-0 / Fax: +49 421 3408-602
The prominent 5-star Parkhotel Bremen is now part of the brand “HOMMAGE” which is the new luxury brand of Dorint Hotel Group.
The hotel is located in the middle of the city in the green heart – the public park “Am Buergerpark”. 175 stylish and comfortable rooms and suites have a beautiful view into the countryside.
You can also relax in the 1,200 m² large Vitality Spa area, which is a true paradise for spa lovers. Whether it is the heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, saunas and steam baths – everything is waiting for your relaxation.
Standard Single for 1 person (21 sqm) Standard Double for 2 persons (24 sqm)
Comfort Single for 1 person (22 sqm) Comfort Double for 2 persons (28 sqm)
Superior Single or Double for 1-2 persons (33 sqm)
Each room offers a desk, minibar, safe, cable-TV and other amenities, as well complimentary Wi-Fi and free use of the Spa area.
Room Rates and Conditions of Parkhotel Bremen (EUR)
|Room Rates (Valid from September 17-21, 2021)|
|Room Category: Standard||per room/night in EUR|
|Single Room with breakfast for 1 Person (21 sqm)||161|
|Double Room with breakfast for 2 Persons (24 sqm)||191|
|Room Rates (Valid from September 17-21, 2021)|
|Room Category: Comfort||per room/night in EUR|
|Single Room with breakfast for 1 Person (22 sqm)||181|
|Double Room with breakfast for 2 Persons (28 sqm)||211|
|Room Rates (Valid from September 17-21, 2021)|
|Room Category: Superior||per room/night in EUR|
|Room with breakfast for 1 Person (33 sqm)||211|
|Room with breakfast for 2 Persons (33 sqm)||241|
Inclusive: Above rates are per night and room including breakfast, free WIFI, wellness center, VAT and service charge. They are subject to be adjusted without prior notice if the Government is adjusting the VAT.
City tax: The state of Bremen has introduced a tourism city tax. The city tax of EUR 3.21 per person per night (not included in above rates) is just to pay for accommodation for private reasons. To be exempted from this charge the hotel has to print your company name on your invoice, therefore please make sure that you submit all necessary details to the hotel.
Booking & Payment Policy:
Please fill-in the application form for hotel reservation of the Parkhotel and submit it directly to them. (click on this link to download the form)
Payment has also to be arranged directly with the hotel and booking and cancellation conditions of the hotel apply (presently free cancellation until 30 days before arrival, subject to be adjusted by the hotel!)
Despite having secured a respectable amount of rooms at special group rates on behalf of our delegates, rooms are confirmed by the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis and we therefore highly recommend you to book your rooms now as space is limited. If you leave your booking late you may have to stay outside Bremen and may then have to commute either by taxi or train into town for our AGM
Early Check in or Late Check out
The rooms will be available from 3pm on the day of arrival and have to be vacated by 12:00 noon on the day of departure. Guests arriving before 3pm will be accommodated as soon as rooms become available. To guarantee a room for an earlier arrival prior to 3pm, the night prior to the reserved date will be charged according to the special room rates. Late check-out until 6pm is on request and will be usually charged at 50% of the room rates. After 6pm the full room charge will be applied (one additional night), but this is subject to availability of the rooms.
Optional River Cruise and Walking Tour Bremen
13:00 to 16:30
From / To Parkhotel Bremen
After a short bus transfer, you enjoy a relaxing boat trip to the harbor of Bremen along the Schlachte Embankment. Drinks and snacks are available on board (on your own expenses).
The guided walking tour takes you to the highlights of Bremen's historical city center. Many of these are concentrated on the market square, the focal point of the city and undoubtedly one of the prettiest squares in Germany. Of particular note are the magnificent town hall and the stone statue of Roland, which were jointly accorded UNESCO World Heritage status in June 2004, and the sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairytale.
Your will see the famous Böttcherstrasse, a pedestrian alleyway bursting with tradition where the böttcher (coopers) used to make their barrels and the tour also takes you in the picturesque Schnoor quarter, the oldest part of Bremen that is still intact today.
for a minimum of 30
Entry formalities to Germany
After the signing of the Schengen Convention in Luxembourg in 1990, among the 22 European Union member states and the 4 EFTA member states, the concept of free movement started being implemented just 5 years after, allowing the population of the certain member countries to travel freely and start a life in any of them countries.
Schengen Area nowadays covers most of the European Countries with an exception made for the United Kingdom and the countries that are soon to be part of this agreement. Although not members of the European Union, countries like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein are also part of the Schengen zone enjoying the same freedom of movement policy as the others.
Who needs a Schengen Visa?
Nationals of most third countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are under an obligation to hold a visa for a proposed stay of a maximum duration of 3 months on the territory of the SCHENGEN States.
To find out more, consult the list of third countries whose nationals are placed under the obligation to hold a visa to cross the external borders of the SCHENGEN States and/or the list of third countries whose nationals are exempt from that obligation:
We recommend our GPLN members to apply for a tourist visa as this is easier to obtain.
Where to lodge your visa application?
As a general rule, you lodge your visa application with the German consulate with territorial competence for the country in which you legally reside. You present yourself in person, at the earliest 3 months before the planned start of your journey.
Go first to the consulate’s website for any information on the practical arrangements on the lodging of your visa application. The point is that it is possible that you might need to make an appointment. It is also possible that the consulate might cooperate with an external service provider entrusted with sundry tasks (information, making an appointment, receiving files, etc.). In that case, additional service fees will be charged. Bear also in mind that the consulate might invite you for an interview or ask for additional documents. Finally, look at when you will be traveling, because the period for the issue of an appointment and the time taken to process your visa application will inevitably be longer at certain times of the year.
In short, make sure you lodge your visa application in good time (but at the earliest 3 months before the planned start of your journey) to avoid any disappointment and unnecessary costs. If there is no German consulate in the country where you reside, contact the German consulate competent for that country. This is usually in a neighboring country. They will tell you whether Germany is represented by another SCHENGEN State in the country where you reside.
The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe and is a cosmopolitan, democratic country with a great tradition and a lively present. Germany has one of the world’s strongest economies and offers an innovative research and education landscape. At the same time it has a strong dynamic cultural scene. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with 82 million inhabitants.
Germany is surrounded by nine neighboring countries. Its territory encompasses roughly 357,000 square kilometers. It stretches from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in the north to the Alps in the south. Some of the largest European rivers – the Rhine, the Danube and the Elbe – flow through Germany. German landscapes are extraordinarily varied and attractive: low and high mountain ranges, extensive lake lands, forests and roughly 2,390 kilometers of coastline.
History of Bremen
Bremen is known for its role in maritime trade, represented by Hanseatic buildings on the Market Square. The picturesque city is located along both sides of the river Weser. The world famous Beck’s Beer is also brewed in Bremen.
Bremen looks back on 1,200 years of history. Although the grand old buildings around the market square betray its roots as an ancient trading center, Bremen has the feel of a thriving city on the up. Besides its cosmopolitan appeal, Bremen offers a journey back through the centuries, full of monuments to a distinguished history and bristling with enthralling stories. There are pretty little houses lined up like pearls on a string, donkeys that shake hands and a cathedral under close observation.
Two of Bremen’s most famous landmarks are the magnificent Weser Renaissance town hall and the grand old statue of Roland on the historical market square. They have been an emblem of independence since 1404. The town hall and Roland enjoy UNESCO World Heritage protection, while Bremen Cathedral, the Schnoor (Bremen’s oldest quarter) and Boettcherstrasse with its unusual red-brick architecture are all unparalleled in their historical charm. A tour of the most notable sights does not even require a map, as 2,000 brass and steel studs guide visitors from Liebfrauenkirchhof to Boettcherstrasse via the market square and the Schnoor quarter.
Also on the western side of the town hall, just a stone’s throw from the Bremen Town Musicians, is the entrance to the oldest wine cellar in Germany – the Ratskeller, where people have enjoyed fine wine and good food since 1409. It is the largest repository of German wines, with 650 exquisite varieties. This huge vaulted hall with its columns and ornate wine barrels has welcomed plenty of famous characters, including the poet Heinrich Heine, who was inspired to put it into verse and Wilhelm Hauff who based his novella Phantasien im Bremer Ratskeller here.
The 600-year-old town hall is Bremen’s pride and joy. Its special status was confirmed in 2004 when it became a UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO’s justification for its inscription praised Bremen town hall and the Roland statue as “an outstanding ensemble which bears an exceptional testimony to civic autonomy and sovereignty, as these developed in the Holy Roman Empire.” The report also expressly acknowledged the town hall as an “outstanding example of the Weser Renaissance architectural style in northern Germany”. The building’s architectural splendor makes it the jewel in the crown of Bremen’s historical market square.
The Upper Hall, where the city council used to convene, is the most magnificent ceremonial venue in Bremen. The model ships that hang from the ceiling bear witness to the importance of commerce and maritime trade. Their miniature cannons can even be fired if the occasion demands. In the early 20th century an extension was added to the town hall to create much-needed extra space. Designed by architect Gabriel von Seidel, the modern building blends seamlessly with the medieval section to form a harmonious whole.
The Roland statue, which stands a few meters in front of the town hall, is no less impressive. Its wooden predecessor fell victim to an arson attack by the archbishop’s men. This emblem of the powerful merchants’ guild and symbol of the Hanseatic city’s freedom had always been a great annoyance to the church. And so the statue’s eyes are deliberately directed at the episcopal cathedral, to reinforce the claim of Bremen’s merchants to sovereignty of the city. Carved from stone, the statue has been standing on Bremen’s historical market square for more than 600 years, “the most representative and one of the oldest Roland statues erected as a symbol of market rights and freedom”, according to the UNESCO inscription.
To the east of the town hall, under the watchful eye of the Roland statue, stands St. Peter’s Cathedral which, with its spires, reaches a height of 99 meters. It is an unwritten rule that no structure in Bremen is allowed to be taller than the cathedral. Built primarily from sandstone, its architecture contains Romanesque and Gothic elements. The twin-towered facade is dominated by a rose window from the 13th century. The rococo pulpit dates from 1653 and was a present from Queen Christina of Sweden.
Despite the preeminent position of Bremen’s guilds, St. Peter’s Cathedral retains some links with the secular powers in the Hansatic city. According to the Gospel of St. Matthew, the cathedral’s patron saint holds the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Bremen’s secular rulers appropriated one of them for the city’s coat of arms back in medieval times.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the cathedral lays a chance to step back in time. Pretty little half-timbered houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries line the narrow lanes of Bremen’s oldest quarter, the Schnoor. One interpretation of the name is that this part of the old fishermen’s quarter was where the rope makers used to live, Schnoor being Low German for Schnur (string). The Schnoor quarter is right by the Weser river, and the lanes between the rows of buildings are often very narrow. Visitors can browse for arts and crafts and handmade gold, rest their legs in one of the many cafés and restaurants or buy a souvenir to take home.
For more information on Bremen and its many attractions, visit their website at: http://www.bremen-tourism.de/bremen-at-a-glance.
When to go
Any time is a good time to be in Germany. Most people arrive between May and September. This time is fabulous because skies are more likely to be sunny, much of life moves outdoors, beer gardens are in full swing, and festivals and outdoor events enliven cities and villages.
The Euro has been Germany’s official currency since 2002. Euros come in seven notes (five, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros) and eight coins (one- and two-euro coins and one-, two-, five-, 10-, 20- and 50-cent coins). At the time of writing, the euro was a strong and stable currency, although some minor fluctuations are common. For current rates, check with your bank or online.
You can exchange money at many banks and post offices as well as foreign-exchange offices. Rates are quite good and service swift at Reisebank offices at large train stations. American Express and Thomas Cook/Travelex offices are also reliable stand-bys. ATMs are the easiest way of getting cash in big cities and are common.
You can use credit cards for many purchases and also to make cash withdrawals from ATMs and banks. Look for the stickers on the machines that say American Express, Visa, Master Card or whatever system your card uses.
Prices for goods and services include a value-added tax (VAT) which is 19% for regular goods and 7% for food and books. If your permanent residence is outside the European Union, you can have a large portion of the VAT refunded, provided you shop at a store displaying the ‘Tax-Free for Tourists’ sign and obtain a tax-free form for your purchase from the sales clerk. At the airport, show this form, unused goods and your receipt to a custom official before checking your luggage. The customs official will stamp the form, which you can then take straight to the cash refund office at the airport.
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