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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Anna ist auch eine gelernte MFA bei uns im Team. Sie kam über ihren Einsatz im Testzentrum zu uns und ist nun als Werkstudentin auf dem Weg ins Lehramt „Sonderpädagogik“. Unser Chef sagt, mehr praktische Erfahrung - auch in diesem Fach - als bei uns geht gar nicht! Anna ist überzeugte Anhängerin des Ökonomischen-Prinzips und argumentativ unschlagbar. Am schönsten ist es, wenn sie sich mit dem Chef anlegt und ihre Mutter sie wieder im Hintergrund ermahnt, doch bitte nicht so mit ihrem Chef zu reden. Schön ist auch immer wieder, wenn sie irgendwelche wichtigen Teamschlüssel mit nach Haus genommen hat. Aber wir lieben sie trotzdem .
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.
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.
Einen jungen Menschen mit genau der richtigen Arbeitseinstellung zu finden, ist heutzutage nicht immer leicht. Als Carina mitten im Hochpunkt der Coronapandemie bei uns als gelernte Hotelfachfrau aufschlug, konnten wir es kaum glauben. Aufgrund der schwierigen Bedingungen in der Gastronomiebranche war sie in einem Krankenhaus aktiv. Es hat lange gebraucht bis der Chef sie dann wieder in ihre eigentliche Lieblingsbranche zurück holen konnte, aber jetzt ist sie Vollzeit bei uns. Und nach einem Start im Housekeeping macht sie jetzt die Tagungsgäste und Hochzeitspaare glücklich.
Caro kam auch über das Testzentrum zu uns. Was wir für ein Glück mit vielen dieser jungen Menschen haben, kann man gar nicht in Worte fassen. Auch Caro ist überall einsetzbar. Sie hilft uns im Service in allen Bereichen und gelegentlich im Housekeeping aus. Ebenso unterstütz sie uns seit kurzem bei unseren Marketing-Aufgaben. Sie hat ein großes künstlerisches Talent und wird irgendwann sicherlich im Bereich Medien & Design erfolgreich und glücklich werden. Bis dahin sind wir sehr froh, dass sie bei uns ist. Für die Osterferien 2022 organisierte Caro z.B. für alle Firmenkinder und die Kinder „unserer“ geflüchteten Ukrainerinnen einen Kunstworkshop.
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 ;-)
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-at-heart – 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 then 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 has her place of honor safe in our Hall of Fame.
Fatima ist ein absoluter Schatz. Ihre Kinder sind aus dem Gröbsten raus und sie wollte eine neue Herausforderung. Auch sie kam in Mitten der Coronakrise zu uns und der Chef wollte einfach weiter optimistisch in die Zukunft blicken und holte sie sofort an Bord. Los ging es bei uns in der Küche, aber schnell wurde klar, dass sie bei unseren Tagungsgästen noch besser aufgehoben ist. Dort ist sie jetzt meistens zu finden und macht unsere Gäste durch ihr liebevolle, zurückhaltende Art glücklich.
Fekrije--otherwise known as Vicky--came to us in autumn 2017 on the recommendation of a team member and immediately strengthened the housekeeping team enormously. She has such power that we can only be happy she is with us. Presumably, her power comes from the sugar-doping in her coffee – preferably six cubes per cup, please. Since joining, Fekrije has migrated to the service team, for which the team is ever grateful. Nighttime is her time, and everything about our delicious food and drink Fekrije soaks up like a sponge. We are extremely happy to have her on the team.
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. Gülsum is usually to be found working in the Coach House for our lunch guests, as well as helping with weddings and housekeeping. 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!
Hasan lebt den Geist der Marienburg wie kein anderer und kann diesen - als Hobby-Philosoph - wie kein anderer verbalisieren. Der Chef hat ihn als einen der Teilnehmer im 2. jMS-Jahrgang in Düsseldorf rekrutiert und kennen gelernt. Danach haben sie in unterschiedlichen Funktionen, Lebensphasen und Aufgaben alle Höhen und Tiefen der letzten 14 Jahre gemeinsam erlebt. Sie waren nicht immer gleicher Meinung, blieben jedoch immer in Kontakt und schätzen sich sehr. Hasan hat immer wieder Aufgaben und Rollen in den verschiedenen unternehmerischen Tätigkeiten rund um die Marienburg wahrgenommen: vom Praktikanten, über studentische Aushilfe bis hin zum Einsatz im Testzentrum, hoch geschätzter Glücksbringer im Serviceteam und nun mit Niklas Trebels im Vertriebsbüro für alle Geschäftskunden zuständig. Ein teilweise unglaubliche Geschichte, die jetzt erstmal ein Happy End gefunden hat - und Papa Zimmer ist sehr stolz auf seinen „Adoptivsohn".
By a stroke of luck Janina – we lovingly call her Janka – was sent to us by an associate, and we couldn't be happier they did. Janka is 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 ton of fun into our housekeeping team in her first years, she now is in charge of our business and conference guests, and helps out at the wedding celebrations. Janka is our irreplaceable all-rounder, enchanting our guests as well as her colleagues.
Jason - unser kanadischer Neuzugang aus dem Jahr 2021 - ein unglaublich guter Koch und Griller, ein fantastischer Mensch und Hobbybierbrauer, ein Traumkollege und Teamplayer, ein kreativer Künstler… einfach ein Geschenk. Durch Zufall traf Jason in einem Kölner Restaurant nach einer Radtour einen ehemaligen Arbeitskollegen von Alex, der die Marienburg und unser Team sehr gut kennt. Als sie ins Gespräch kamen, stellte sich schnell heraus, dass Jason eine neue, besondere Herausforderung sucht. Der ehemalige Arbeitskollege und inzwischen langjähriger Gast, Kunde und Freund der Marienburg berichtete dann von Michael´s plötzlichem Tod und wie verzweifelt wir einen neuen Koch/Griller suchten. Keiner konnte auch nur ansatzweise ahnen, wie gut das passen würde. Alex hat letztens zu Jason am Feuer gesagt: „I want to get old with you!“ und Jason meinte, er wäre endlich nach seiner langen Reise durch die Gastronomie angekommen - an einem Platz, den er beschützten und mit seinen Fähigkeiten bereichern will. Mehr braucht man nicht zu wissen.
Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame Since January 2012, Joanna has been entrusted with ever-changing tasks on either a part-time or full-time basis – mostly on the creative or culinary side of the business. Thanks to her decisive commitment in the early years, we greatly developed in the culinary and wedding event areas towards where we are today. As a sommeliere, Joanna 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, is very passionate about cooking, and at the moment only works with us at the barbecue seminars.
Jordan is one of our hotel management trainees. Always polite and helpful, Jordan is very capable of thinking for himself. Although quiet, he is very hardworking and when he comes out of his shell, it is easy to understand what a great guy he is. His best friend in the team is Nicky, and rumour has it that they always have lunch together. We are happy to help him develop his professional and personal self here, and give him every chance to achieve greatness. We hope that, after the difficult years he has been through, his fate has changed for the better.
Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame Jozef has worked for us since November 2012 as the loyal caretaker of Marienburg Monheim. Married, with three successful children, he is always up for a joke, keeps all his colleagues in a good mood with his humor, and there is nothing he hasn't done with us in the meantime--including reaching retirement age. We do not know when we will be able to instate him again after and during Covid-19. Therefore, he already has his place of honor safe in our Hall of Fame.
Jutta found her way to us from the aviation industry, when she spontaneously asked for a job at our reception. Other colleagues would probably describe her as a team player and very independent; we describe her as absolutely awesome! She can be used anywhere, and if the duty roster isn't varied enough, she very kindly lets the boss know--usually with a kick up the backside. A dream as a colleague and a person, Jutta likes to do yoga in her free time, she radiates its relaxed atmosphere to our customers as she whirls around in the Lucky Charm Team (our name for our service team). We can only be thankful that she had the courage to simply walk in to Marienburg that day.
Klaudia ist eine unserer medizinischen Fachangestellten (MFA), die aber in der Hotelbranche jetzt so richtig aufgeblüht ist. Beim Testen und vor allem beim Impfen war sie natürlich extrem wichtig, aber ihre Rolle im Housekeeping- und Kutscherhausteam ist noch wichtiger. 1000% zuverlässig, ohne irgendwelche Marotten, ein Herz von einem Menschen, tanzt wie eine Wilde und man will sie einfach in seinem Team haben. Wunderbar solche Menschen in einer großen Krise ins Team „gespült“ zu bekommen.
Lena ist eine unserer Werkstudentinnen. 100% verlässlich, genießt sie mit ihrer ruhigen Art den Trubel in unserer „Anstalt“. Meistens aufgrund des Studiums im Housekeeping oder Testzentrum im Einsatz. Wer Glück hat, auch mal im Service als Glücksbringerin auf einer Hochzeit.
As Silvi always says: Lilloooooo! Lillino has been one of the most popular men in the castle since day one - whether that is because Lillino is the guy who gets everything fixed, or another reason, depends on who you ask. He is a fixer-upper, an all-rounder, an IT specialist, and even knows how to bypass electrical sockets. At the end of 2017 he came from Italy to Germany, and by now speaks German so well that many think he has spoken it all his life. In short, we can no longer imagine the castle without him. And to all the ladies: Lillino is already in firm hands ;-)
Lisa war die 1. Werkstudentin, die wir im Testzentrum eingestellt haben. Angehende Juristin, sehr genau und gewissenhaft, aber genau so lebensfroh. Mit Musik von RIN macht man sie glücklich und meistens bekommt sie auch alle zum mitsingen. Neben dem Testzentrum war sie auch schon im Service bei Hochzeiten im Einsatz und unterstützt den Chef inzwischen bei allen juristischen und arbeitsrechtlichen Themen. Was für ein Gewinn für unser Team. Hoffentlich bleibt sie noch lange.
Marie hat ihren Weg auch über unser Testzentrum zu uns gefunden. Noch eine Alleskönnerin. Trotz ihres sehr jungen Alters, verliert Marie nie den Überblick und kann sich in jedes Thema reindenken. Reflektierend, charmant, lebensfroh und mit dem richtigen Fokus im Leben. Sie probiert sich bei uns in verschiedenen Positionen und Aufgaben aus, um bei nächster Gelegenheit ihr Psychologie-Studium zu beginnen. Unser „Anstaltsleiter“ wird sich aber auch dann noch über fachkompetente Betreuung freuen.
Mario and Alex got to know each other in 2007, at Marienburg, during a deep philosophical chat on the topic of steak, and meat quality around the world. The conversation ended with Mario and Alex smiling broadly and each declaring that the other was *a complete a*hole. Two months later Mario came to the Marienburg, slapped six finely-aged T-bone steaks down on Alex’s desk and with a few choice words demanded he try them. With that, a grand friendship was born, and the rest as they say, is history.
In 2016 we convinced Mario to leave his own successful butchery and catering business and join our team. As head butcher, cook, and barbecue master, Mario brings generations of family tradition in the butchering business, heaps of energy, and a tremendous depth of knowledge to our team. Besides cooking and butchering he takes great care of his hobby – hunting – as well as his lovely wife and his faithful hound.
Meike joined us in August 2020, and is one of our students specializing in both tourism and event management. She is always lively, and everywhere she is put to work she quickly develops into a main foundation of support for that position. She likes to edit our video files, showing a natural talent for it.
Meike came to us from another hotel which, due to the Corona crisis, no longer saw any opportunities to continue employing students and trainees. However, our philosophy is clear: we think that especially after "Corona" we need committed young people in the team, and are therefore happy to invest in them in advance. So far we have been rewarded for this, and Meike is a prime example.
She is also co-responsible for the online shop, so maybe you'll get the opportunity to know a bit her when you come to Marienburg to pick up your goodies.
Member of the Marienburg Monheim - Hall of Fame: We have said goodbye, but will forever be immensely sad. On Saturday evening, 28.08.21, our dear colleague and grill master Michael Tursies passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. We lost an always cheerful and unique colleague, as well as a friend who enchanted so many of our guests with his culinary skills, and inspired so many others at the grill.
Michael had turned his hobby into a profession more than 25 years ago, developing his own cooking courses, writing recipe booklets and being certified up and down by Weber as a grill master. Then, in August 2017, his path miraculously led to us. He was always up for a joke - even at his own expense. He enjoyed entertaining our guests, cooking and grilling with a passion so great you could taste it. He was always bubbling over with new ideas--which was positively a joy. A healthy love-hate relationship developed with Mario (which is often the case among artists), but even so he invigorated and energized our team.
Michael's death has torn not only a big hole in our kitchen, but in the hearts of all of his colleagues at Marienburg, which we cannot so easily fill again.
Since we're kind of a big extended family here anyway, it's not surprising that our Milena was also recruited directly from an immediate family circle, this time from Janka's family.
Milena came to us as a Christmas gift in 2018, and she has truly been a gift. Alongside Janka, she has the castle under control like no other. The castle isn't the only place she's in action, however. You can also be lucky enough to experience her at weddings, barbecue seminars or evening events. Don't disagree with her, though--even the boss is afraid of her when she wants to talk to him about the working time accounts. Otherwise she is always polite, always 100% correct, and above all is always in a good mood (unless she talks to the boss about the working time accounts).
What the boss calls her when she's done with him is not allowed to be written here..... ;-)
Mirka is Janka's best friend, and rivals her in the areas of work dedication and having fun at work. Since this past summer, she has (unfortunately for us) returned to her skilled job as an art teacher in Monheim.
She has an incredible sense of aesthetics, which is easily recognizable when she is in the kitchen. Her cake creations are unbeatable, and so we are thankful that we can still have her with us in the castle or the kitchen for a few hours every now and then!
What is there to say about Nicky? A beloved dog with enough Spanish machismo and charisma to fill a football stadium, concentrated in a body the size of a large guniea pig. He has enough cuteness to bend steel.
He came to us at the age of seven, from Andalusia. And from that first day, he has acted like he's always been with us. His cute face and demeanor makes everyone's heart melt, which is exactly how he manages to get enough treats. Every loud noise around Marienburg makes him nervous, so he starts barking--hopefully one day we'll break him of the habit.
He follows--or more often precedes-- our Boss wherever he goes. In other words: if you see Nicky, Alex can't be far.
Today, we can't imagine Marienburg without our Nicky.
Niklas joined us in the summer of 2014 after successfully completing his master's degree in economics. After a long trial phase, he simply stayed with us. And sometimes it's not the why or how people find each other that is important, it is the fact that they have. Niklas was versatile right from the start, and his work behind the bar at weddings remains unforgotten. With the departure of Tim Berg, Niklas has had full responsibility for the business customers since the beginning of 2021, and we trust him to master this great task with his calm and balanced manner.
In addition, Niklas is by far the most popular colleague at Marienburg.... but we can't reveal why.
Nina haben wir kennen gelernt, als sie plötzlich im ersten Corona Lockdown als Nachbarin am Kutscherhaus klingelte und uns durch den Kauf von hausgemachten Grillwürsten unterstützen wollte. Als freie Fotografin und Designerin wurde sie dann erstmal nur sporadisch für uns tätig. Als der Chef dann eine neue Assistenz der Geschäftsführung suchte, kam ihre einzigartige und überzeugende Bewerbung Minuten nachdem die Anfrage online stand. Beim Chef war sie „unterfordert“ und übernahm Ende 2021 die Betreuung der Privatkunden und vor allem aller Hochzeiten. Außerdem bleiben Marketing und Social Media in ihrer Hand. Ein Riesengewinn für unser Team und eine große Entlastung für den Chef.
Patrick grew up in beautiful Monheim, and joined our team in July 2015. Originally trained as a retail salesman, he always strives for customer contact and personal service. The boss got to know him while buying gardening supplies, and was immediately taken by his friendliness, reliability and commitment. Since that purchase, Patrick has found his permanent place with us--and as with most of us--he also gets to wear various hats. Often you can meet him at the reception as the Manager on Duty, and in the background he takes care of many areas of purchasing. But most often you will find him in the evenings at one of the different events, or as a bartender at weddings.
Patrycia kommt aus dem Einzelhandel und wurde uns von Milena dringend ans Herz gelegt. Sie ist eine Alleskönnerin, immer ruhig und bedacht, sowie gut organisiert. Sie war sofort in allen Bereichen begehrt und konnte im Testzentrum auch ihr medizinisches Organisationstalent ausleben. Wir können sie tatsächlich überall einsetzen. Meistens ist sie aber in der Burg bei den Tagungsgästen oder im Housekeeping im Einsatz.
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Renate has been on board since the start of the grill academy in 2012 - at that time she was a representative and technical expert for our cooperating 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 familial atmosphere in our team. In her free time she loves to read, spend time with her grandchildren, and with her neighbours. We do not know when we will be able to instate her again after and during Corona. Therefore, she already has her place of honor safe in our Hall of Fame.
Silvia has been with us since 2011. She is an experienced service staff member, a true lucky charm, and other than the boss, is the only other person that has been at Marienburg from the beginning, building everything from the get-go.
Whoever has had breakfast with her never wants to have it any other way, because Silvia is the good soul and sunshine of the house, a hot-blooded Italian, has the ability to communicate in all languages--even with her hands and feet if need be-- and loves to sing and dance at any opportunity. One simply has to experience Silvia!
It's also great to see her bickering with Lillino or Alex. It is a spectacle...and even if the boss claims that no one costs him so many nerves as Silvia, they are very fond of each other.
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Sir Ashley was the only one with us who had a formal title, Senior Vice President of Security and Social Activities. Some customers apparently only came to us to have a proper cuddle with him.
*Unfortunately, we had to let Ashley pass away on 28 January 2018. We will always miss him, but he will also always be a team member! That's why we're not removing his photo.
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From 2009 to 2020, Tim successfully helped to establish both the Junior Management School and Marienburg Monheim as a conference and event location. Without him, we certainly wouldn't have come so far. But nevertheless, there comes a time to break new ground - here: PitchYou - and to go new ways.
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 is one of our trainees, and is studying "Tourism Management" at a private university. He came to us through his mother Jutta (as is mentioned elsewhere, we are also partly a genetic family) and after he had worked with us for a while as a temp, it was clear that he would be a good fit. On 1 October 2019, he officially joined the team and started his studies--unfortunately that leaves him little time to pursue his great passion: water skiing. Even so, we keep him quite busy, whether in the office or sales, service, shuttle service or completing special projects from the boss; he always fights his way through, and is happy to lend a hand wherever he can.
And just FYI, ladies: as a single guy, he is happy to hear from interested callers: 0151 72913991
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His time with us began in April 2013. Tomek is a qualified hotelier, and a 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 the moment we tasted it during his memorable job interview, we wanted him on the team, and we have never regretted it. His motto: Sexy! Sexier! Tomek! Which kind of says it all...
The changes that the year 2020/2021 brought almost cost us our Tomek, so we will not let it go unsaid: we are all the happier that he has stayed with us.
Yvonne has more experience in the hotel business than the rest of us put together.
When she applied for a job between Christmas and New Years in 2018, we weren't sure whether we would be able to offer her a job. A few weeks later that changed, and the rest is history.
There has never been a colleague so appreciated by all team members. Hard-working, always on the ball, and just simply a great person, it is impossible to imagine the guest house and coach house without her. How brilliant that we were lucky enough to catch her.
With long-term catering experience, Zeynep joined us in 2016, and helps Mario prepare a delicious feast for our guests every day, making the most delicious Turkish salads and specialties. She is not only very reliable and hardworking, she works wonders not only in the kitchen but in her housekeeping duties as well. Zeynep also always speaks her mind, so sometimes when she is talking to the boss and they have a disagreement, it can get quite funny--for everyone not involved. So much so that we like to pass around popcorn and drinks when it happens.
That said, the boss appreciates her very much. In her free time, Zeynep likes to go shopping, and has been known to knit from time to time, as a balance to work.
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.
Hubertus Tzschirner – the creative mind behind Esskunst – is always a welcome mentor and source of ideas. He has also set the bar for cookbooks with his own publication Burger Unser.
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If you have never slept on a Schramm bed, you should – and you can have that experience with us. Schramm's handcrafted quality and design convinced us these were the beds we needed for our guesthouse. In fact, we loved their beds so much we became a dealer for them, and can now help our guests bring a piece of their Marienburg stay, home.
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