Marienburg Monheim Location for seminars, conferences & events between Düsseldorf and Cologne

The Business & Conference Centre

The Business & Conference Centre

The spacious, well-appointed rooms of the Business and Conference Centre, full of natural light, promote the perfect atmosphere for creative discussion and effective meetings.

Explore more

Special Events, Weddings and Celebrations

Special Events, Weddings and Celebrations

The unique location and picturesque setting of the Marienburg estate is ideal for weddings, company events, birthday parties and anniversaries.

Explore more

Barbecue Seminars in the Coach House

Barbecue Seminars in the Coach House

Our barbecue seminars are ideal for team building, celebrations or simply as a casual get-together.

Explore more

The State-of-the-Art Guest House

The State-of-the-Art Guest House

Overnight in our stylish, modern Guest House and you’ll enjoy the optimum in home- comforts (or possibly even better!)

Explore more

concept Modern conference & event location in a historic atmosphere

Business & Conference Center

Early in 2011 we started renovating and redeveloping the Marienburg manor house and its extensive grounds on the banks of the Rhine at Monheim. Our dream was to create a first-class business conference and special events center in this unique location. Looking back, it is hard to believe how quickly we have grown from our initial set-up, restricted as we were to the first floor of the complex, hiring out rooms for small meetings.

Barbecue Academy

As our conference center continued to expand over the intervening years we also completed our Barbecue Academy in the old coach house which sits alongside the Manor. The Academy has been a labour of love, and since the summer of 2012 we have continuously striven to further develop the academy as an innovative dining experience.

Wine & Whisky Lounge

Our cosy Wine & Whisky Lounge opened its doors in October 2015, inviting our guests to spend a relaxing evening by the fireplace with its stylish interior and comfortable armchairs.

TapasBar

To accompany the Wine & Whisky Lounge, in January 2018 we opened our TapasBar in the cosy castle cellar, providing a more informal atmosphere for relaxed after-work drinks and snacks.

Guesthouse

Our guesthouse, opened in 2015, comprises 20 guest rooms with comfortable and modern appointments for relaxing overnight stays that leave nothing to be desired. And for very special occasions we can offer a unique suite in the tower of the Manor House.

Weddings & Special Events

As well as for business meetings, Marienburg Manor is also the ideal place to celebrate special events – such as weddings, anniversaries, family or business milestones – indeed any occasion where groups wish to come together and enjoy each other’s company in an exclusive and idyllic setting. Our enthusiastic team will pull out all the stops to make sure you have an unforgettable experience!

Clients All around happy guests

Alpha Headhunter
AXA
Bayer
BNP PARIBAS
Bobst

Philosophy With heart, mind & a love for detail

Our philosophy is a simple one, and very easy to explain: we want the best decisions to come out of your meeting, the optimum creativity to arise during your workshop, your special event to be an absolutely unique experience and that – if you stay here overnight – when you awake you won’t feel like leaving here. Ever!

This simple philosophy becomes reality in the hands of the efficient but relaxed team of people here at Marienburg Monheim. We will work with you to understand your aims and make every effort to bring them to fruition – from the most important aspect down to the smallest detail.

We are proud that, working painstakingly with the manor’s owner and with the expert assistance of some great partners, we have instilled new life into -- and re-captured the unique atmosphere of -- this marvelous old manor house, which dates from the late-1800s. Today Marienburg Monheim has been revitalized, and rewarded us all by living up to every promise we envisioned for this beautiful estate.

Our firm belief is that this successful cooperation with our partners--in which we achieved extraordinary goals by working with an extraordinary network of individuals and companies--is proof that exceptional results come from working with exceptional people. Let us carry that belief forward, and become the high-achieving, effective and dependable partner who helps to create an unforgettable experience for your private or business events.

Team We are waiting for you

Alexander Zimmer

Alexander Zimmer

Alex – the boss – worked with the multi-national pharmaceutical company, Bayer, primarily in the Animal Health Division, in key financial and administrative roles for over a decade, both in Germany and the USA. In 2005 he founded the Junior Management School, and in 2011 he started to conceptualize all the ideas that would become Marienburg Monheim--and his signature can be found in many of it's details.

Alex was born in 1974 and is currently seeking the title of World’s Best Dad to Henri and Mimi. Mad about basketball since he was six years old, he loves animals, nature, and enjoys nothing better than cooking or barbecuing up a storm for his friends, family, office colleagues, and clients. Alex is also a dedicated gardener and an entrepreneur, heart, body and soul, which you can see here.

Anja Siemieniec

Anja Siemieniec

Anja was recommended to us in 2015, and has since exceeded all expectations. Our first impressions of her were of someone very hard-working, helpful, a quick learner, and an all-around treasure. The development she has made since then is breathtaking: it's hard to imagine our service team without her. She knows all the details of all buffets, menus, and seminars; she knows where everything is, even in the nooks and crannies of the wine cellar; she always knows what the guests have requested and agreed on; and she does everything with charm and grace. Every one of our barbecue chefs want to work with her because with Anja everything always works out.

Bianca Bailo

Bianca Bailo

It took many years for Bianca and our boss to work out; she first applied to Marienburg Monheim in 2013. But it was only on January 1st, 2021 that Bianca started keeping the boss's back as his managerial assistant, as well as taking on the role of HR for the company. With her experience as a trained event manager in a large company, and then in the consulting industry, she is a perfect fit for our business, and our customers.

Bianca organizes everything office-related, and somehow keeps an order in the whirlwind that is Marienburg. She is not to be envied for that...yet she manages it brilliantly. Bianca is extremely reliable, and always 100% correct; she also always has food with her, and is so quick-witted that it's always fun--and yummy--to work with her.

Chernoh Jalloh

Chernoh Jalloh

Chernoh came to us through a recommendation from an acquaintance of our boss. As one of our hotel management trainees, Chernoh has experienced almost all areas of Marienburg Monheim, always wanting to take full responsibility--and preferably do everything completely on his own. This youthful courage is good for us, not only because it always makes us smile.

Chernoh is definitely extroverted, and we hope to be able to give him as many independent tasks as possible soon after Corona, so that he can then prove himself completely. It is always funny when Nicky scolds him because Chernoh is mowing the lawn or doing something else loud. We'll only tell you this much: Nicky wins ;-)

Christel Vetter

Christel Vetter

Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame: Christel has been part of the team since 2012. She’s the quiet achiever, the all-rounder, forever young – there simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe what she brings to our business. With her straight-forward, honest approach she enriches the working life of the whole group. Christel constantly looks for ways we can improve and helps us getting there. We do not know when we will be able to instate her again after and during Covid-19. Therefore, she already have her place of honor safe.

Fekrije Muslija

Fekrije Muslija

Fekrije came to us in autumn 2017 on the recommendation of a team member and has enormously strengthened the housekeeping team. She has such a power that we can only be happy that she is with us. Presumably, the power comes from her sugar-doping in coffee – preferably six cubes per cup. And she also begins to take on additional tasks in the service team.

Gülsum Can

Gülsum Can

Gülsum came to us virtually out of nowhere - and we are over the moon that she did. She has been on board since March 2015. Gülsum brings with her more than a decade of high-level catering experience and has been a tremendous benefit. She has an easy smile and it feels like we’ve known her forever. And when you see her turn up very early every morning on her bike, you can be sure she's the fittest member of our team!

Janina Dobek

Janina Dobek

By a stroke of luck Janina – we call her Janka – was sent to us by an associate. We can’t be happier. A Wonder Woman that handles every challenge. When we gather each day Janka is guaranteed to raise a chuckle with her irreverent take on the world. After she brought a lot of fun into our housekeeping teaming her first years, she now is in charge of our business guests and helps at weddings. Janka is our irreplaceable allrounder.

Joanna Lachnit

Joanna Lachnit

Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame Since January 2012, entrusted with ever-changing tasks on a part-time or full-time basis – most important for her is that it is creative or culinary. Thanks to her decisive commitment in the early years, we have developed in the culinary area and wedding events to where we are today. As a sommelier, she still takes care of the wine cellar of the Marienburg Monheim with great passion. Born in Krosno, Poland, love brought her to Germany in 2000. She has two sons and is really passionate about cooking. At the moment she only works with us at the barbecue seminars.

Jordan Jalloh

Jordan Jalloh

Jordan ist einer unserer Azubis zum Hotelfachmann. Immer höflich, hilfsbereit, denkt mit, sehr schüchtern, sehr fleißig und wenn er aus sich rauskommt, merkt man was für ein toller Kerl in ihm steckt. Sein bester Freund im Team ist Nicky. Gerüchten zur Folge essen sie immer "zusammen" mittag. Wir freuen uns ihn hier zu entwickeln und eine Chance geben zu können. Nach schweren Jahren dreht sich dann hier hoffentlich sein Schicksal zum Guten.

Jozef Piega

Jozef Piega

Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame Working for us since November 2012, loyal caretaker of the Marienburg Monheim, married, three successful children. He is always up for a joke, keeps all colleagues in a good mood with his humor and there is nothing he hasn't done with us in the meantime. We do not know when we will be able to instate him again after and during Covid-19. Therefore, he already have his place of honor safe.

Jutta Vanhauer

Jutta Vanhauer

Spontaneously, she found her way to us when she asked for a job at our reception. Unfortunately, only as a half-time worker. Other describe her as a team player and independent, we just describe her as awesome! Jutta loves to do Yoga in her free time, where she transfers the relaxed atmosphere directly to our guests in the service.

Lillino Cieri

Lillino Cieri

As Silvi always says: Lilloooooo! One of the most popular men in the castle since day one - is that because Lillino just got everything fixed ? He is an all-rounder, an IT specialist and even bypasses sockets. At the end of 2017, he came to Germany from Italy and already speaks German so well that many others can cut themselves off. We can no longer imagine the castle without him. And to all the ladies who are already looking forward to it: Lillino is already in firm hands with our Manuela Di Ninni ;)

Mario Nießen

Mario Nießen

Mario and Alex got to know each other in 2007 during a philosophical chat at the Manor about the topic of steak in general – and meat quality world-wide. The conversation ended with Mario and Alex each declaring that the other was *a complete a**hole with both sporting huge grins. Two months later Mario came to the Manor, slapped six finely aged T-bone steaks down on Alex’s desk and with a few choice words demanded he try them. The rest – as they say – is history: this was the beginning of a great friendship. We have since convinced Mario to leave his own successful business and join our organisation as of June 1st 2016. As head butcher, cook and barbeque master Mario brings with him generations of family tradition in the butchering business, heaps of energy and a tremendous depth of knowledge to our team. Besides his cooking and butchering he takes great care of his hobby – hunting – as well as his lovely wife and his faithful hound.

Meike Schumacher

Meike Schumacher

Meike ist im August 2020 zu uns gestoßen und ist eine unserer dualen Studenten mit Schwerpunkt Tourismus- und Eventmanagement. Meike ist immer quirlig, wird überall eingesetzt und entwickelt sich dann schnell zu einer Stütze. Zusätzlich bearbeitet sie gerne unser Videodateien und ist dabei sehr talentiert. Sie kam aus einem anderen Hotel zu uns, welches durch die Coronakrise keine Möglichkeiten mehr sah, die Studenten und Azubis weiter zu beschäftigen. Unsere Philosophie ist klar: Wir denken, dass wir gerade nach "Corona" engagierte junge Menschen im Team brauchen und investieren daher gerne vorab. Bisher wurden wir dafür belohnt. Meike ist auch für den Online-Shop mitverantwortlich, vielleicht lernt ihr sie beim Abholen eurer Leckereien kennen.

Michael Tursies

Michael Tursies

Michael turned his hobby into a profession more than 25 years ago, recently developed his own cooking classes, wrote recipe books and is certified by Weber as Grillmeister up and down. In August 2017, his path miraculously led to us. At the right time. Now he prefers to work practically directly on the grill or stove and learns from us that sometimes you just have to feel with the pliers and you do not need a core temperature gauge. Always having fun - even at his own expense, he enjoys entertaining our guests and cooks and gratifies them with great passion that you can taste. He is bubbling with new ideas and that makes us happy. With Mario he has already developed a healthy hate love, which must be under artists probably like that. Has an infinite espresso consumption and has revived our team. In addition to his fighting dachshund Tyson, Michael also loves skiing, motorsport and his mountain bike.

Milena Grulkowska

Milena Grulkowska

Since we are one big family, it's not a surprsise that Milena was already part of Jankas family.
Milena was our Christmas present 2018. She is just a gem! Janke and Milena call themselves the "tandem". They are absolutely on top of everything.
Milena is not just part of our business and conference center team, she helps at weddings, our barbecue academy or special events.
Our Boss get's scared of her when she wants to talk about working time accounts.
But she's always friendly, 100% correct and most of all, always in a good mood.

Mirka Kaczmarek

Mirka Kaczmarek

As Janka’s best friend, Mirka stands her in no way behind when it comes to combining working hard and having fun at the workplace. While making Mario happy with her work in the kitchen, she is a true blessing for our team. With her former experience as an art teacher, she will make use of her creative mind more intensively for our fingerfood. No one else ever so successfully integrated herself into our company as she did.

Nicky

Nicky

Nicky...ego of a spanish macho, size of a guniea pig.
With the age of 7 he came to us from Andalusia. From the first day, he acts like he's always been with us.
His cute face makes everyones heart melt, that's how he manages to get enough treats. Every loud noise makes him nervous, so he starts barking. One day we'll break him loose of it.
He follows our Boss wherever he goes. In other words: if you see Nicky, Alex can't be far.
Today we can't imagine our team with our Nicky.

Niklas Trebels

Niklas Trebels

After successfully completing his masters in Macroeconomics in the summer of 2014, Niklas came straight to us. Every morning he struggles up the traffic-choked A1 to work. Born in 1987, Niklas is still in that great phase of life where one can enjoy every experience without worrying too much about things. However he has thought sufficiently deeply about his role at Marienburg that, after checking us out for quite some time, he’s decided to hang in there. Anyway, it’s not always about getting into the nuts and bolts of everyone’s existence: the fact is Niklas is here and fits in well with the Marienburg team.

Patrick Volpe

Patrick Volpe

Born and raised in beautiful Monheim, Patrick joined the team in July 2015. A qualified salesman who has worked in the retail industry, he is always keen to work with clients and to be of service. Alex got to know Patrick when purchasing gardening supplies and was struck by Patrick’s friendly, reliable and engaging manner. Patrick’s a cool dude, always involved in sports in his spare time.

Renate Meurer

Renate Meurer

Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame
She has been on board since the start of the grill academy in 2012 - at that time as a representative and technical expert for our cooperation partner Camping Meier. In 2017 she joined us permanently. With decades of experience in retail and as a barbecue expert, she helps out in the service team, with the conference guests, and of course during all barbecue seminars. She is also happy to be with us, calls Alex the best boss ever and loves the familiar atmosphere in our team. In her free time she loves to read, spend time with her grandchildren and her neighbors. We do not know when we will be able to instate her again after and during Corona. Therefore, she already have her place of honor safe.

Silvia Galanti

Silvia Galanti

Silvia, with us since 2011, has a high level of experience in the service industry, a great personality and is the sunshine of the organisation. She’s a hot-blooded Italian, fluent in many languages and absolutely indispensable when the pressure’s on. Above all else she adores Ashley the Wonder Dog – our four legged friend, Alex’s manager and the mascot of Marienburg Manor – and loves nothing better than singing and dancing.

Sir Ashley

Sir Ashley

Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame The only one with a formal job title as Senior Vice President of Security and Social Activities. Some clients apparently only came by, in order to cuddle up probably with him.

Unfortunately we had to let him go on January 28, 2018. He will always be missing, but always remain a team member! Therefore, we do not remove his photo.

Tim Berg

Tim Berg

Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame From 2009 to 2020, Tim successfully helped build up the jMS and as well as the Marienburg Monheim as conference and event location. Without him, we certainly wouldn't have come this far. But nevertheless, there comes a time to break new ground - here: PitchYou. We wish him all the luck in the world and the success he deserves. And it's with us, as the Eagles sang in "Hotel California": "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. "

Tom Vanhauer

Tom Vanhauer

Tom is one of our Trainees, who studies Tourism management at a private university.
First he got a temporary Job via his mother Mutter, who works for us as well. Within a short time we realized that he fits in very well. On 1. Oktober. 2019 he officially started his studies.
Tom has a big passion for water skiing. But we also keep him quite busy with office work, service, shuttle service or special tasks from the boss.
And last but not least...Dear Ladys, listen carefully, bacause he's still single, so shoot you shot:
0151 72913991

Tomek Kuniewicz

Tomek Kuniewicz

Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame His time with us began in April 2013. He is a qualified hotelier and passionate bartender. In his job interview Tomek immediately impressed with what it is – in the humble opinion of all who have tried it – The World’s Best Whiskey Sour. Since that moment we wanted him in the team. We have never regretted it. His motto: Sexy! Sexier! Tomek! You really don't want to know any more...
But the years 2020/2021 brought many changes. Tomek will dare to take the step into self-employment in the near future. We will definitely report when the time comes. The good news is: He will stay with us for special assignments as a bartender.

Yvonne Lange

Yvonne Lange

Yvonne has more experience in the hotel business than all of us together.
When she applied for a job between Christmas and New Years 2018, we weren't sure whether we could offer her a job. Then.. a couple weeks later we did! We rarely had someone held in such great esteem from everyone, but Yvonne. She is a hard worker, always into it and basically just awesome. We can't imagine her not being here in our team. It's a blessing to have Yvonne on board.

Zeynep Kilic

Zeynep Kilic

With many years of experience in the gastronomy, Zeynep came to us in 2016. She helps Mario and Mirka to prepare delicious meals for our guests on a daily basis. Her Turkish salads are just incredible! She is not only reliable, but also stating her opinion whenever it is valuable. In her free time, she likes to go shopping or to knit as a balance to her work.

History The Story behind the Marienburg

Around 1879, Eugen von Kesseler commissioned the Cologne architect August Carl Lange, to construct a brick manor house in Monheim. Von Kesseler wanted it to be reminiscent of a 13th century, fortified monastery of the Teutonic Order of Knights, located in what was then the town of Marienburg, West Prussia. Now a part of modern-day Poland, Marienburg--now named Malbork--is an official twin-city of Monheim.

The red brick facade, the stepped gables and the view from the raised entrance – from where on a clear day one has sweeping views down to the famous Cologne Cathedral – Marienburg Monheim impresses everyone who visits. Despite the passage of time, Marienburg Monheim, set in 1.7 hectares of tended parkland, is a reminder of the influence Prussia had on the Rhineland.

This is due in great part to the undertaking from Eugen von Kesseler to build his manor house as faithful to the original plans of the castle in West Prussia as possible. Utilizing a large band of farm hands and labourers from the nearby village of Monheim, architect August Carl Lange was able to create the manor true to the original castle. Despite wars and time the original vision of Von Kesseler--for the design of manor house to remain true to the original castle of Marienburg--has not changed.

Von Kesseler originally created Marienburg Monheim to be the stately family seat; Eugen and his wife Franziska went on to raise at least thirteen children at Marienburg. The family owned a large parcel of land that stretched to Hofstrasse, one of Monheim’s main streets. Eugen was a member of the Royal Prussian Court, representing the constituency of Bonn-Rheinbach in the Prussian House of Representatives from 1870 to 1874, and again from 1882 to 1885. He was the co-founder of the conservative Center Party and was a member of the Reichstag (Parliament) from 1871 to 1884.

While he led a very busy life, in many ways he was a family man with a great desire to build a quiet retreat. From the very start von Kesseler wanted to avoid creating envy among the townsfolk, and tried to make as little an impression as possible. However reports quickly spread from those who worked on the construction that the manor house had built-in wardrobes in every room, flush toilets, and running water--definitely not a modest holiday home. By its completion, Marienburg cost the von Kesselers 75,000 Reichmarks to build--approximately €570,000 today.

During the Second World War an anti-aircraft gun was set up on the tower of Marienburg. In February 1945, the top of the tower was blown apart during a bombing raid by the Royal Air Force. The current owner, Paul Vogel, had the tower restored to its former state.

Up until 1982 the Manor was still owned by the von Kesseler family. However, in that year the last descendant of the Royal Prussian Court, Elisabeth von Kesseler, died.

Just two years later, in 1984, the Marienburg estate made juicy headlines in the tabloid press. The tenants at the time, known simply as "Heidi and Jurgen" were discovered to be operating an erotic club within the manor house. Although not illegal, the Monheim city council was able to close the club due to the owners serving alcohol without a liquor license.

Marienburg still remains in private hands to this day. Monheim City Council purchased the surrounding parkland together with the "Landesgartenschau Europa 2000 Plus" organisation, restored it, and opened it to the public. A memorial to the von Kesseler family has been erected in the park.

The current leaseholder, Alexander Zimmer, runs Marienburg Monheim as a seminar and conference center. A modern guesthouse containing twenty well-appointed rooms has been constructed beside the manor. A novel Barbecue Academy is located in the former coach house and the fully renovated cellar of Marienburg Monheim now houses the Wine & Whiskey Lounge, as well as the TapasBar.

Source: RP

Partners For maximum quality

Esskunst

Esskunst

Hubertus Tzschirner – the creative mind behind Esskunst – who has set a memorial with the book Burger Unser, is always a welcome mentor and source of ideas.

Melarima

Melarima

Whether weddings, company parties or a party with your best friends: it is the one song that makes an event an unforgettable experience. Melanie Locher and Amir Nasr are an incredibly good duo with a soulful musical repertoire in their luggage.

Nesmuk

Nesmuk

For a long time we were looking for a knife manufacturer that we can recommend without any reservations. With Nesmuk we have found this partner. We never want to work with anything else. In addition, we are proud to have been selected as a dealer. Thus, we can offer our guests these tools of the extra class also for sale.

Nina Buschenhofen

Nina Buschenhofen

Paula Dietrich Photography

Paula Dietrich Photography

We also do not want to deprive the dear Paula Dietrich from our immediate neighborhood. An eye for something special and know-how – Paula, knows what she is doing - and you can see that!

Schramm Werkstätten

Schramm Werkstätten

If you have never slept on a Schramm Bett bed, you should do it this time – maybe even with us. Schramm's handcrafted quality and convincing design convinced us for our guesthouse. Also for Schramm we are dealers and help our guests to bring a piece of Marienburg home with them.

Teamio

Teamio

Our boys for all team building and fun activities that are not related to food and drink. Whether archery, team Olympiads, quiz shows, treasure hunts or raft building. The possibilities are immeasurable. It is a pleasure to have onboard partners who are as passionate about your job as we are.

Tim Kögler

Tim Kögler

Txogitxu

Txogitxu

Our soulmates from San Sebastian. Where gastronomy is lived as a religion, you will find an incredible love for quality and enjoyment that meets our standards and passion. Our favorite meat supplier.

Winogrono

Winogrono

Our friend and reliable partner Dave Kressin, who always delights our palate with the finest drops and makes our hearts beat faster.

For gourmets & connoisseurs

Onlineshop