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The 7 Best Hotels for Activities Nature Events with Great Food {Review}

Due to the corona crisis, rural locations with a wide range of options for conferences, activities and culinary delights are more in demand than ever. An overview.

1. Exclusive meetings and activity programs in the countryside: Parkhotel Adler in Hinterzarten

If you are looking for an exclusive, luxurious location in the grounds, this is the right place: The very beautiful, historic boutique resort hotel Adler on the outskirts of Hinterzarten has been family-owned since 1446 and has a total of 64 rooms and suites.

Own park for events and activities

The furnishings of the traditional house and the rooms are classy to cozy. The excellent service for guests includes, for example, pick-up from the train station or afternoon tea time. Together with the extremely friendly staff, this creates a pleasant, cozy, exquisite atmosphere.

The property of 70.000 square meters has its own park with woods, an adventure playground and a small lake. Here, all-round glazed Pavilion Diva, which is reminiscent of the charm of an old cafe house, can hold conferences and events for up to 130 or 50 people directly in nature on an area of ​​70 square meters with a terrace. State-of-the-art conference technology is available for this.

Other locations such as the Adler Stuben in the historic Black Forest house from 1639 with their different, thematically different rooms such as the cozy parlor, the inn or the noble, all-white Bergkristall room can be used for events for up to 60 people. The former horse stable can also be booked for smaller, rustic events for up to 30 people.

Porsche rally and ski jumping tours with the Olympic winner

With its large parking area, however, the Adler also enables numerous activities right in front of the door and according to customer requirements: All kinds of team building measures are conceivable, even a raft building course or a sensory course, and mountain bike tours, car rallies or golf courses are also possible. The Adler is also a cooperation partner of Porsche and a contact point for their annual Porsche rally.

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Directly behind the hotel is the Adler ski stadium, which used to be part of the hotel, with four ski jumping hills. These are not only Olympic training bases for ski jumpers and combiners in the Black Forest. Since 1982, the Rothaus-Schanze K95 has also been the venue for an annual summer ski jumping event, at which the entire world ski jumping elite have always been represented. Olympic champion Georg Thoma offers guided tours to the ski jump.

Culinary included

The kitchen director and spice sommelier Bernhard König is responsible for the culinary delights. Up to 60 people can be catered for here at events. Whenever possible, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and dairy products are sourced from the region Company who pay attention to sustainability and quality. The game comes from hunters in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park, but there is also a wide range for vegetarians and vegans.

Accordingly, health and well-being are also taken care of: Hinterzarten is a climatic health resort and the hotel has a 1.800 square meter wellness pavilion with a heated indoor and outdoor pool, a bright sauna area, fitness room and a wide range of treatments.

2. Making chocolate in the jungle: Design Hotel Chocolat

The Hotel Chocolat, which was founded in 2004 by the British chocolatier Angus Thirlwell and his business partner Peter Harris on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, also offers its own gastronomic note:

The food only comes with chocolate

Here, all food, be it salad or meat, is garnished with a splash of chocolate. Overall, the hotel, built directly into the jungle, is very ethical and ecological, but is only partially powered by solar power.

The six lodges and eight luxury lodges impress with their simple, one could almost say spartan furnishings, and the overall design is modern and cool.

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Making chocolate as an offer for groups and teams

Although there is no original meeting room, the covered restaurant can be used as a location for this purpose. In any case, groups have to book the entire hotel and stay for at least five days.

A special highlight for groups: you can takeCourses here to learn how to process cocoa beans from the hotel's own plantation into chocolate.

3. Meetings and culinary delights in the Ore Mountains: Logis-Hotel Auberge Mistral

Dresden's immediate surroundings also impress with their extraordinary locations. Take the Erzgebirge as an example: There are numerous outdoor activities for groups such as hiking, climbing, water sports and winter sports. But not only.

Freiberg's French gourmet restaurant

The city of Freiberg is thrilled with its cathedral, historic old town and university - the latter also requires numerous international conferences. Highly recommended here, especially because of the excellent French gourmet restaurant, belonging to the hotel cooperation Logis Auberge Mistral on the edge of the city center.

The small hotel, which is not only in the name of France, has 9 very individually decorated rooms with prices ranging from 89 to 135 Euro. The three modern seminar and meeting rooms with room for up to 60 people are located in the neighboring house. In addition, the fireplace room can be rented for up to 15 persons.

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Modern seminar location

Numerous company presentations, training courses, conferences and product launches have already taken place here - for example from Allianz. Laptop, beamer, flipchart and screen are available, further technical equipment can be obtained.

Wine seminars and tastings or cosmetic treatments can also be organized for groups. The French gourmet restaurant Le Bambou, which has already organized seven-course menus, takes care of the catering for events of all kinds. Unfortunately, the WiFi only works in certain places in the house.

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4. Fitness in the sports village with world champions: Marriott Hotel Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco

The Marriott Hotel Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco is located in Italy between the Apuan Alps and the Apennines, not far from the town of Barga.

For large events in an exclusive location

The hotel has 169 guest rooms and 11 suites as well as 10.000 square meters of meeting space with twelve meeting rooms of various sizes. The 787 square meter Salon Pascoli can be seated and partitioned as required and can accommodate up to 900 people.

The eleven smaller rooms are each suitable for 30-50 people. In comparison, the hotel offers the largest room for on-site meetings with the most extensive technical equipment already on site, including not only audio, video and presentation technology, but also a lighting system, stage technology, and translator boxes.

Off-road trip with world champions

Shortcoming of the otherwise perfect equipment: The two elevators are unfortunately very slow, so if you are in a hurry, you should use the stairs in a sporty way. Professional athletes have already trained in the complex's sports village, which has a wide range of options. Possible activities include horse riding, mountain biking, walking, volleyball or basketball, tennis, hiking or Nordic walking.

On an off-road trip across the terrain, for example, a teacher from the world champion RalliArt Off Road Team Italy shows beginners how best to drive. The downside: the indoor and outdoor pools don't open before 10 a.m. and close again at 18 p.m. A swim before or after the meeting is out of the question. The food is good and regional, but breakfast, for example, is a little too oriented towards American taste.

5. Be inexpensive to be active in Bavaria: Oberaudorf

The Bavarian Luftkorort Oberaudorf proves that healthy meetings with a successful activity program such as igloo building, skiing or rafting do not have to be expensive.

Equipment: Small but great!

There are not only numerous sports and team building locations, a monastery for seminars in silence - and the Flair Hotel Bayrischer Hof.

It is the smallest and cheapest hotel in our comparison, with 3 stars and only 14 rooms. These are quite simply furnished, and there is no extra meeting room either.

Flexible menu between Bavarian and vegetarian

However, groups can use one of the two dining rooms. Projector and screen are available, other necessary technology such as flipchart or laptop can be obtained by the host Bernhard Wolf - at an additional cost, of course. Wolf also provides the room free of charge if consumed accordingly.

In general, the food is surprisingly good: In addition to hearty Bavarian, rather unhealthy food, there are also salads and a vitality menu. Wolf once cooked on the dream ship, the MS-Berlin, and now focuses primarily on regional dishes made from fresh ingredients such as self-picked fruit and herbs.

6. Rural meetings between culinary art and team building: Brisighella, Emilia Romagna

The concept of the Italian town of Brisighella is just as close to nature: it is located on the Faenza - Florence railway line and, in contrast to Tuscany, which is only 40 km away, still looks pristine, even sleepy.

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Famous for its olive oil

Highlights of the town of Brisighella are an archway from the 12th century and the view of the surrounding Lamone Valley, which is characterized by vineyards and olive groves.

The place is famous for its olive oil. Visits to regional wine and olive oil farmers with corresponding tastings and cooking courses are therefore also typical group activities in the region.

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Lots of space for activities

In addition, there are also possible group activities, for example, guided cave tours, Nordic walking courses, yoga, meditation, horse riding, golf, tennis, mountain biking, climbing or hiking tours.

Here, however, it becomes noticeable that this is not a typical tourist region: You need a little advance notice to organize appropriate activities, especially for groups.

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Accommodation options

The accommodations also have a shortcoming: In addition to many smaller pensions and agriturismi such as the Ca 'Pirota or the newer Ca di Mezzo not far from the center of Brisighella, the only larger hotel in town is the Meridian with 54 double rooms, which at first glance is a little bit looks run down.

A good alternative is therefore the Istituto Emiliani delle Suore Domenicane del SS, a little further away, a Dominican convent with 180 beds, which can also be booked for events. How to get there: From Bologna airport by train to Faenza.

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7. Weimar - Meetings between classic and golf

Back to Germany, to Weimar, the city of classical music. References to Goethe and Schiller can be found here on every street corner, and if not, white signs such as “Here was Goethe” indicate this. You can even rent a Goethe Seagway here. The "classic Weimar" was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1998.

Gropius, Goethe and Weimarer Land

In addition, 1919 was founded here by Walter Gropius the state Bauhaus as an art school. Directly at the Goethe-Haus is the 1826 built by Clemens Wenzeslaus Coudray Amalienhof with historic furniture in the rooms and corridors and Bauhaus furniture in the meeting room. Nice ambience and good service, the hotel also organizes original activities for groups, eg driving safety training.

Unfortunately, there is no restaurant and the WiFi only worked near the reception in my test. The SPA & Golfresort Weimarer Land, 15 km south of Weimar, is better equipped, but significantly more expensive. Golf is on the agenda here, but there are many other activities such as swimming and sauna in the spa, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing in winter. Successful concept, you could only expect more from the food given the price and ambience. Getting there is also a bit complicated: Jena, just under 30 km away, is on the ICE route Berlin Munich and Dresden Frankfurt.

Alternatives in Thuringia

The nearest airport is Leipzig. After all, there is a shuttle service between the hotel and the center of Weimar, which costs extra. If you want to stay in the area, but want to meet extravagantly, we recommend the SCALA-Hotel in the Jentower in Jena: Hotel and meeting rooms are located in the 27. or 29. Floor with imposing all-round view. With 12 rooms at significantly larger meeting facilities, this hotel is quite small and not cheap either.

A really inexpensive alternative can be found in the Logis Hotel Stadt Neustadt in the nearby Neustadt an der Orla. The rather unknown place has more to offer than its first glance with its gothic town hall with stepped gables and medieval meatbanks. Apart from that, the hotel and town are a bit lacking in charm.

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