On Friday, September 25, we celebrated part two of our company’s 16th birthday, this time in Berlin. A group of more than 40 employees from our offices in Berlin and Cologne spent a fantastic, sunny late September day together in Berlin. The cultural highlight was visiting a Second World War bunker in the middle of Kreuzberg.
In the morning, we started with a delicious breakfast in our offices. After that, we took the tram and walked a short distance to “Gasometerbunker Fichtestrasse.” The bunker visit started shortly thereafter and consisted of a 90-minute guided tour into its heart. We learned a lot about the life of people in the bombed cities during the WWII and the many uses of the still-intact building in the time since the war. The most unexpected thing we saw during our tour was a completely functioning ship motor from Deutz Werke in Cologne, which was set up in the bunker as an emergency backup generator in the early 1940s. According to one of the guides, this is the last one of its kind existing in Germany.
After the bunker tour, we took a little walk toward our next stop, a nice café and lounge in Görlitzer Park. We enjoyed a few drinks while relaxing and chatting with each other before we headed on to the last part of the day, a nice Italian dinner. Later that evening, 1. FC Köln soccer fans watched the Bundesliga match that pitted their favorite team against Ingolstadt while enjoying pasta, pizza and wine. Considering the pleasant atmosphere in the restaurant and the wide variety of drinks it offered, it was no wonder that the party continued until the early morning hours. The last seven party people ended the night with a nice burger and a final beer in the vibrant Kreuzberg district.
We can’t thank enough the team that planned the well-organized events for our company’s anniversary and made it an unforgettable day!