Thursday, April 29, 2010

3 Days!

Hard to believe after almost a year of planning we are at the t-3 day point. The flights have been booked, hotels secured, dinner reservations made. We have partners at Frie Universitaet Berlin and Uni Paderborn lined up and ready to go. VW world headquarters will be welcoming us and the Georg Breuer Vineyard is setting the table for our arrival. All very cool stuff. But what is going to make this trip special are those small moments when assumptions are challenged, new ideas of what is normal are discovered, and horizons are broadened. These moments will happen at any time and it will be those that will make the 15 students (and the two faculty) better business people and better global citizens. Get your final packing done (LIGHT!) and drink your final glasses of non-carbonated tap water; we are headed for Deutschland in 3 days for an amazing experience! I can't wait!

Dr. E.

Monday, April 26, 2010

German Business & Culture - Itinerary

Sunday, May 2: Leave USA

Monday, May 3: Arrive in Berlin

Hotel: Alex Hotel

Greifswalder Strasse 3

10405 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 4172 4172

Fax: +49 30 4172 4140

Group Dinner @ around 6pm … Likely location: Der Alte Fritz

Tuesday, May 4: Culture Day

Fat Tire Bike Tour of Berlin 10am – 3pm.

Optional Group Dinner @ ZilleMarkt (German Specialties)

Wednesday, May 5: Green Germany

Lecture by Dr. Klaus Jacob

Environmental Policy Research Centre

Frei Universität Berlin

Group Lunch in the Mensa at the UNI (

Afternoon open (time for laundry & sightseeing)

Dinner on Own

Thursday, May 6: Volkswagen World Headquarters

Travel to Wolfsburg (10am – Noon)

Plant Tour and Brand Marketing Presentation at VW

Travel to Hamburg (6-8:30pm)

Hotel : Hotel Brennerhof gARTen

Brennerstr. 70-72, St. Georg
Hamburg , 20099
+49 (0) 40 28 08 880

Fax +494028088888

Friday, May 7: German Media Industry

TBD – Working with Professor @ Hamburg Uni

Group Dinner in Hamburg

Likely location: Groeninger Privatbraueri

Saturday, May 8: Harbor Day

Morning for laundry & relaxing

821st Hafengeburtstag Hamburg

The Largest Harbor Festival in the World (and the harbor’s 821st birthday!)

May 9: Travel Day

Train to Paderborn (11am – 3pm)

Hotel: Campus Lounge

Mersinweg 2
33100 Paderborn, Germany
+49 5251 89207-0

Fax: +49 5251 89207-800

Group Dinner in City Center at Paderborn’s Fruhlingsfest (Spring Festival!)

Monday, May 10: Paderborn + Negotiation

Tour of Paderborn: City Center, Cathedral & Shopping

Negotiation Lecture by Dr. Eckert @ Uni Paderborn

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, May 11: Uni Paderborn Day

Customer Value Lecture – Dr. Andreas Eggert, Uni Paderborn

“Case Competition” - Teams of US & German Students

Group Dinner @ The Brauhaus

Wednesday, May 12: Köln (Cologne)

Train from Paderborn to Köln (10am – 1pm)

Hotel: Hotel Müller Köln

Brandenburger Str. 20

50668 Köln

Tel: +49 (0) 221 / 912 835-0

Fax: : +49 (0) 221 / 912 835-17



Köln Cathedral & Allstadt tour

Group Dinner

Thursday, May 13: The Romantic Rhein

Train to Koblenz

Visit Deutsches Ecke & Board KD Boat for trip down Rhein

Hotel: St. Goar Youth Hostel

Jugendgästehaus St. Goar

Bismarckweg 17

56329 St. Goar

Telefon 0 67 41 / 3 88

Telefax 0 67 41 / 28 69

Group Dinner @ Youth Hostel

Friday, May 14: The Weingau

Train to Rudesheim

Vineyard Tour and lunch @ Georg Breuer Vineyards

Visit Neiderwald Denkmal (German “Statue of Liberty”)

Quick tour of Assmanshausen

KD Boat back to St. Goar (past the famous Lorelei Rock!)

Dinner on Own

Saturday, May 15: Frankfurt

Train to Frankfurt (10am – Noon)

Hotel: IBIS Frankfurt City Center

Speicherstraße 4
60327 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 0049 (0) 69 27 30 30
Fax: 0049 (0) 69 23 70 24

City Tour

Group Dinner

Sunday, May 16: Departure Day

Depart for home, elsewhere or Paderborn ……

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This is the blog for the German Business & Culture study abroad trip through Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. We will be posting our thoughts, our experiences and some photos for those that would like to follow along. The trip is May 2-23, so check back often to check it out.