More and more companies are making sure that their conferences, workshops, and seminars are planned and held environmentally conscious and sustainable. This is a very good thing because events cause emissions and consume plenty of resources. But what makes hotels and their conference venues sustainable? It’s a mix of many factors.
At the top of this list is the carbon footprint. Many hotels have managed to become completely climate-neutral in recent years. Through renewable energy sources, the use of organic, regional and seasonal food and the conscious use of resources. Fair cooperation with staff and service providers or possibilities to travel in a climate-friendly way also play a large part.
These are the number of sustainable conference hotels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
Wartegg Castle: Following in the footsteps of royalty on Lake Constance
The perfect combination of tradition, culture and modern architectural design awaits you at Wartegg Castle, the first Swiss Historic Hotel in Eastern Switzerland. The three seminar rooms and the large concert hall are well suited for larger meetings, conferences, workshops, training or retreats. The impressive castle and spacious grounds provide an inspiring atmosphere.
The seminar rooms are equipped with breathable, natural materials, warm light and low-radiation seminar technology and – like the operation of the entire hotel – are sustainable and ecologically oriented. For example, from pencils to toilet paper, all products are Ecolabelled , and the electricity is 100% green, partly from the hotel’s own small river power plant.
Hotel Milano Scala: Downtown Milan
Milan’s first carbon-neutral hotel, the Milano Scala, is located in the centre of the metropolis just a few steps from Montenapoleone, Duomo and Piazza della Scala. Housed in a historic Milanese palazzo, the hotel offers three different meeting rooms for a maximum capacity of 80 guests in the largest room. A stage can also be installed on request. Technical equipment includes a large retractable screen, a projector and an audio system with hand-held microphones.
The Milano Scala has a sophisticated energy-saving system with water heat pumps for heating and air-conditioning, an automated system to regulate relative power consumption and magnetic room cards that stop the air-conditioning from running when the windows are opened. Eco-chic, classical music, organic green cooking and a terrace with herb garden overlooking the city: An experience that stimulates the senses around the conference agenda.
Green City Hotel Vauban: Green meetings in Breisgau
The Green City Hotel Vauban is a shining example of aesthetic inspiration and energy efficiency, right in the heart of the green city of Freiburg. What is special about this green city hotel is its integration concept. People with and without disabilities work together on an equal footing and with enthusiasm. Of course, the hotel also hosts a number of accessible rooms.
The hotel offers a meeting room equipped with the latest technology for 60 people with functional quality, responsible philosophy, and green design. For sustainable conferences and seminars Complementing the normal conference equipment, the hotel has an induction loop for hearing-impaired guests. An added plus is the proximity to the city centre, the main railway station and the exhibition centre grounds.
Naturresort Schindelbruch: Sustainable, digital, intuitive
The Naturresort Schindelbruch in the southern Harz region offers five professionally equipped conference rooms for up to 100 people, optionally with their terraces. All rooms of the ecological hotel provide daylight and can be completely darkened. The meeting point in the heart of Central Germany also scores for conference guests with versatile leisure possibilities like restaurants, a wine bar, the hotel bar androht to forget the spa area.)
Sometimes, a smaller venue with an exclusive and personal atmosphere is best for a seminar or workshop. Look no further than the Naturhotel Aufatmen in Leutasch for the option of studying and teaching against the magnificent backdrop of the Alps. Spaces include the yoga room and the winter garden. A refreshing dip in the organic bathing pond and a healthy snack is the best way for participants to refill their energy stores during the break.
Okelmann’s in Warpe, Lower Saxony, also offers a friendly and inspiring conference setting. For workshops, yoga retreats or family celebrations, there is a large function room, a yoga room, along with an outdoor terrace, the Okelmann’s restaurant and the Room of Silence. A small, individual wellness area with a ‘tiny sauna’ and hot tub awaits guests in the hotel garden.
For events in the two family-run hotels, the same applies to the hotel business as a whole: wherever possible, the offer is sustainable and in harmony with nature.