Early in 2011 we commenced re-development of the Marienburg Manor House and its extensive grounds on the banks of the Rhine at Monheim. Our dream was to create, over time, a Business Conference and Special Events Center of very high quality in this unique location. Looking back, it is hard to believe the pace of expansion 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 beside the Manor. This concept has been a labour of love and since the summer of 2012 much effort has been put into further developing the Academy as an innovative catering experience.
Our cosy Wine & Whisky Lounge opened its doors in October 2015, inviting you to spend a relaxing evening by the fireplace with its stylish interior and comfortable armchairs.
In addition to the Wine & Whisky Lounge, since January 2018 we have also opened our TapasBar in the cosy castle cellar, providing a more informal atmosphere for relaxed afterwork drinks and snacks.
Our guesthouse, opened in 2015, comprises 20 guest rooms with comfortable and modern equipment for relaxing overnight stays that leave nothing to be missed. And for very special occassions we can offer a unique suite arrangement in the tower of the Manor House.
As well as business meetings Marienburg Manor is also the ideal place to celebrate special events – such as weddings, anniversaries, family or organisational 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 – if you stay here overnight – that 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 Manor. We will work with you to understand your aims and make every effort to bring them to fruition – from the most important aspects 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 marvellous old Manor House which dates from the late-1800s. Now Marienburg Manor has awoken and rewarded us all by living up to every promise we envisioned for this handsome estate.
Our firm belief is that this successful cooperation with our partners in which we achieved extraordinary goals by working within a competent and reliable network - is proof (and a convincing argument for any prospective client) that the Marienburg Manor team is a high-achieving, effective and dependable partner which can add value to your organisation’s event.
Alex – our 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, in 2011 he started to conceptionally create all offers in the Marienburg Monheim and his signature can be found in many 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 and the natural environment and enjoys nothing better than cooking or barbecueing up a storm for his friends, family, office colleagues and clients. A dedicated gardener and an entrepreneur with his whole body and soul.
Anna, born in Bielefeld and living in beautiful Düsseldorf, has been working with passion in the Marienburg team since May 2015. She enjoys planning and organising weddings, birthday parties and events of any kind. After completing her dual studies, she has become an indispensable pillar in our team and masters all facets of a wedding planner in perfection. She has also contributed significantly to the success of our online shop, which we have further developed during the Corona period. But beware: without coffee before 9 o'clock, she is "almost inedible" and mushrooms should be missing from the meal, but cucumbers should ALWAYS be there. Surely she will move on at some point, but for now she remains with us and all the wedding couples and we can be glad.
Anja was recommended to us by associates and has surpassed all our expectations. She’s a treasure – a quick learner, keen to help and extremely diligent. Whether it’s working with our conference/seminar/workshop groups, being involved in the special events in the evenings or assisting in the increasing number of wedding receptions on site, her work is of a high order. Anja can always be put in the game.
A real lucky find for trainees! Only started as a temporary worker with us, Alex didn't want to let him go anymore. Arsim was also looking for a varied apprenticeship where he could learn and see a lot. The apprenticeship as a hotel specialist came as a call. Arsim is always helpful and open to learn new things. In his free time he likes to play on his acoustic guitar - not professional, according to him, but melodies can be recognized. Maybe we’ll get him to give us a taste.
It took Bianca and our boss many years until it worked out. She had already submitted her first application in 2013. With experience as trained event manager in a large company and then in the consulting industry, she is a perfect fit for our business and our customers. Since 1 January 2021, Bianca keeps the boss's back free as assistant to the management and with all HR work. She organises and somehow tries to keep order in the whirlwind. She is not to be envied for that.... But the two of them are like yin and yang in terms of work. Let's hope so for the boss, he deserves it.
Bianca is extremely reliable, always 100% correct, always has food with her and is so quick-witted that it's a real pleasure to work with her.
Chernoh kam über eine Empfehlung einer Bekannten unseres Chefs zu uns. Er ist einer unserer Azubis zum Hotelfachmann. Inzwischen hat er fast alle Bereiche bei uns gesehen und möchte immer volle Verantwortung übernehmen und am liebsten alles komplett selbstständig machen. Dieser jugendliche Mut tut uns gut und bringt uns auch oft zum Lächeln. Chernoh hat viel Temperament und wir hoffen ihm bald nach Corona so viel selbstverantwortliche Aufgaben geben zu können, wie irgendwie möglich. So das er sich dann komplett beweisen kann. Lustig wird es immer wenn Nicky ihn anschimpft, weil Chernoh Rasen mäht oder sonst irgendwas Lautes macht. Wir verraten nur soviel: Nicky gewinnt. ;-)
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.
Delo macht bei uns die Ausbildung zum Hotelfachmann und hat mit seinen syrischen Wurzeln viele kulinarischen Impulse in unsere Küche gebracht. Er ist sehr hilfsbereit, immer auf Zack und liebt im Service oder in der Küche unsere Gäste glücklich zu machen. Er organisiert sich immer gut, hat ein tolle Lebenseinstellung und immer neue Ideen. Und auch wenn er ein Sturkopf ist, werden wir ihn nach der Ausbildung vermissen. Denn nach schweren Jahren baut er sich dann eine neue Zukunft mit neuer Familie in Bochum auf. Wir sind froh, dass wir ihm bei uns diese Startmöglichkeit anbieten konnten.
Emma hat im Oktober 2020 bei uns angefangen und ist eine unserer dualen Studenten mit Schwerpunkt Tourismus- und Eventmanagement. Emma sieht sich als Nachfolgerin von Anna und wir haben keinen Zweifel daran, dass Sie das auch schafft. Immer charmant, freundlich, schnelle Auffassungsgabe und flexibel. Ihre Liebe zur Hotel- und Gastronomie kommt aus einem Neuseelandaufenthalt und wir konnten gar nicht glauben, dass ihre anderen Bewerbungen nicht erfolgreich waren. Denn wir denken, dass wir gerade nach "Corona" engagierte junge Menschen im Team brauchen. Bisher wurden wir dafür belohnt, denn auch Emma hat sich ganz schnell im Team eingefunden und betreut mit den anderen dualen Studenten auch noch den Online-Shop.
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 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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...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 noice 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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:
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 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.
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.
Around 1879/80 Eugen von Kesseler commissioned the Cologne architect, August Carl Lange, to construct a Manor House of brick, reminiscent of the 13th century fortified monastery of the Teutonic Order of Knights in what was then Marienburg, West Prussia – now Malbork, in modern Poland. Malbork has become an official twin-city of Monheim. The red brick facade, the staircase-shaped Gabel and the view from the raised entrance – from where on a clear day one has sweeping views down to the famous Cologne Cathedral – Marienburg Manor impresses every visitor. Despite the passage of time Marienburg, set in 1.7 hectares of tended parklands, is a reminder of the Prussian influence in the Rhineland.
This is due to the undertaking from Eugen von Kesseler as he, the architect August Carl Lange with a large band of farm hands and labourers from the nearby village of Monheim erected the Manor, that the new family residence should be faithful to the original plans of the castle in West Prussia. This promise has been kept through wars and across the centuries.
The building was designed as a stately family seat. Eugen and Fanziska von Kesseler went on to raise at least thirteen children here. Eugen owned a large parcel of land which stretched to where one of Monheim’s main streets, Hofstrasse now runs. He served on the Royal Prussian Court and represented 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 or 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 the townsfolk becoming envious and tried to make as little impression as possible. However reports soon spread from those who worked on the construction that there were built-in wardrobes in every room as well as flush toilets with running water. It definitely wasn’t a modest holiday home. Marienburg cost the von Kesselers 75,000 Reichmarks to build.
In the Second World War an anti-aircraft gunnery was set up on the tower of the Marienburg. During a battle in February 1945 the top of the tower was blown away. The current owner, Paul Vogel had the tower restored to its former state. Up until 1982 the Manor was still owned by the family. In that year the last descendant of the Royal Prussian Court, Elisabeth von Kesseler, died. Just two years later the estate made juicy headlines in the tabloid press. "Heidi and Jurgen" used the Prussian building for a "Super Party" – but this was no country dance. The two tenants of the Manor operated a swingers club though it wasn’t openly promoted as a wife swopping set up.
However the Monheim Council were not stupid. They observed that alcohol was being served at the parties and that was the end of the risqué operation. The headlines read: "Monheim Pleasure Castle to Close". "Heidi and Jurgen" had unfortunately failed to obtain a liquor license! Marienburg remains in private hands to this day. Monheim 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 original owners, the von Kesseler family has been erected in the park.
The current leaseholder, Alexander Zimmer, runs Marienburg Manor as a seminar and conference center. A modern Guesthouse containing twenty well-appointed rooms has been constructed beside the Manor. A novel Barbeque Academy is located in the former Coach House and the fully renovated cellar of the Manor now houses a Wine & Whiskey Lounge.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.