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Irish Agents on DB Fam to Berlin

Irish Agents on DB Fam to Berlin

Believe it or not, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, so it was most appropriate that DB-Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) hosted a most informative educational trip for Irish agents to the capital city of the Federal Republic. The trip was in association with visitBerlin and Aer Lingus and was organised and led by Catherine Grennell-Whyte of RailShop, who are the general sales agent for DB in Ireland.

Paula Dolan GTI,JUlrich Teitz,DB-BAHN,Jenny Twomey,Premier Travel,Gordan Pullan,GPS Travel,Grainne Quinn,The SchoolTour Company,Berie Burke,Travel centres,Catherine grennell Whyte,RailShop andnvnvnvnvvn

Paula Dolan, GTI; Ulrich Teitz, DB Bahn; Jenny Twomey, Premier Travel; Gordon Pullen, GPS Travel; Grainne Quinn, The SchoolTour Company; Bernie Burke, Travel Centres; Catherine Grennell-Whyte, RailShop; and Berlin guide Markus Muller-Tenckhoff

 

DB Bahn is one of the largest providers in the European passenger transportation market, with more than 12 million passengers daily, on 30,000 trains. It offers high quality rail travel on ICE (Inter City Express) trains between all of the principal German cities. It is a most viable transport mode for transfers between cities.

Rail travel is a growing market, and it provides yet another commissionable product for Irish travel agents to sell to their customers.

Catherine Grennell-Whyte.RailShop aho are the GSA for DB_BAHN in Ireland.

Catherine Grennell-Whyte of RailShop, the GSA for DB Bahn in Ireland

Berlin has become the third most visited city in Europe, after London and Paris, and attracted more than 11.3 million visitors last year, of which more than 32,500 were Irish.

The agents had a packed itinerary that kicked off with a visit to the TV tower, one of the better attractions inherited from the former GDR, followed by lunch in the revolving restaurant, complete with stunning views over this magnificent city.

The Berlin Wall Museum

Berlin Wall Memorial

Then it was off on a four-hour sightseeing tour that compared and contrasted the best of Berlin and the city of today, 25 years later. Then it was back to the hotel for a quick change and off to dinner in a typical Berlin restaurant, fleischerei (www.fleischerei-berlin.com).

One of the many guard towers built by the German Democratic Republic to keep East and West Berlin divided.

One of the many guard towers built by the German Democratic Republic to keep East and West Berlin divided

One of the highlights of the trip, of which there were many, was the ‘Raw Berlin Exposed eBike Tour’. This is a perfect orientation tour of this exciting city on battery-assisted pedal cycles. This is run by Fat Tire Bike Tours, and is really suitable for all age groups (www.FatTireBikeTours.com).

On yer bike with Jenny Twomey,gordan Pullen,Julia Vorobjova,Catherine Grennell-Whyte and Paula Dolan with FatTire Bike Tours.

On yer bike with Jenny Twomey, Gordon Pullen, Julia Vorobjova, Catherine Grennell-Whyte, and Paula Dolan on FatTire Bike Tours

Next stop was the GDR Museum, the only museum that deals with life in the former German Democratic Republic and which offers an interesting look back on the various aspects of life during that period.

That evening it was theatre time and in particular a visit to see the musical ‘Hinterm Horizion’ – and there are English sub-titles, which certainly added to the enjoyment! This is a musical about a girl from East Berlin, with hits by Udo Llindenberg.

This is a sensational show, combined with historic video clips, and adds in a fantastic rock concert for good measure in a show that is worth going all the way to Berlin to experience.

The following day the group boarded a DB Bahn ICE train bound for Frankfurt and soon discovered that everything in the promotional literature was, indeed, true.

Gordan Pulle,GPS Travel and Paula Dolan,GTI travel,experience the DB-ICE first Class product.

Gordon Pullen, GPS Travel, and Paula Dolan, GTI Travel, experience the DB ICE train First Class product

Comfort personified with excellent food options and great scenery, the train took five hours from city centre to city centre (www.railshop.ie).

Julia Vorobjova,Railshop relaxes  on the DB train .

Julia Vorobjova, Railshop, relaxes on the DB train

There is just so much to see and do in Berlin – so much so that many of the  group are already planning to return in the not too distant future.

JennyTwomey,Premier Travel in Cork on the DB train to Frankfurt.

Jenny Twomey, Premier Travel, Cork, on the DB train to Frankfurt

In summary, a great fam trip to an even greater city.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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