Hotel Sofitel Munich Bayerpost hosted
Domainerwiesn September 27-29, 2011
Berkens of TheDomains.com
was among those who were in Munich. While he
was there Michael mentioned to lead organizer Stefan
Wiegard that I would love to get some photos
and highlights from the event. Stefan came
through in a big way allowing me to share
the Domainerwiesn experience with you.
attendees began arriving Tuesday morning,
Sept. 27, they were outfitted in traditional Bavarian
clothing (dirndl for the girls and lederhosen
for the boys) and gathered at the hotel for an
opening round of networking and catching
up on industry gossip. In the afternoon, the
entire group departed for their first visit to Theresienwiese
where Crown Prince Ludwig I married Princess
Therese of Saxe-Hidlburghausen in
1810 – a wedding that is commemorated every
year with Oktoberfest.
party then got started at
Schützenfesthalle, a tent located
directly underneath the Bavaria statue
that seats more than 5,300 people, where
guests enjoyed traditional Bavarian dishes
and world-famous Löwenbräu beer.
The tent even features its own private shooting
range! With all of the beer being consumed
I'm not sure how good an idea that is but no one
seemed to mind.
Domainerwiesn attendees under the Bavaria
View of the Oktoberfest grounds with the Schützenfesthalle
on the left.
seven hours at Schützenfesthalle the
action moved to Munich's famous P1 Club
where the group was greeted by a 9-liter bottle
of Salmanazar Champagne to end the first
day in style!
Ali from InternetX.com decided the
best way to wash down beer is with champagne!
Wednesday morning (Sept. 28) it was back
to business with attendees
gathering at Hotel Bayrischer Hof's Blue Spa
to network one-on-one in a relaxed setting that
also provided an opportunity to recover from the
night before. In between meetings attendees
could get various spa treatments, take a
swim, enjoy sunny Munich from one of the best
rooftops in town and eat some healthier food
than the heavy Bavarian dishes that went so well
with beer the day before.
evening at 7:30 attendees met at the highly
rated Restaurant 181 where they were were
joined by industry veterans Michael and Judi
Berkens and Michael's partner in RightOfTheDot.com,
Monte Cahn, who were in town for a New
gTLD Conference. The restaurant, which sits
atop Munich's Olympic Tower, provided a
birds eye view of the Oktoberfest grounds that
illuminated the night sky.
of Oktoberfest from Restuarant 181 on top of
Munich's Olympic tower.
highlight of the night at Restaurant 181
was an appearance by Melissa
Payne who gave attendees an update
on the great work being done by the Water
School to provide clean
drinking water in those parts of the
world where it is needed most.
hearing Melissa's inspiring account of
Water School projects and enjoying a
great dinner, along with the best
possible view of Munich, Domainwerwiesn
guests headed back to the Sofitel Munich
Bayerpost Hotel to help Michael Berkens
celebrate his birthday as soon as
it arrived shortly after midnight.
Payne from The Water School
final day of Domainerwiesn, Thursday (Sept. 29),
got started with guests boarding a double decker
bus for a sightseeing tour that would
give them a much closer look at Munich. The trip
was made even more enjoyable by generous
servings of Bavarian beer and pork knuckles (I'm
going to have to take their word for it on the
pork knuckles)! This also turned out to be a
good environment for discussing business deals.
of the Domainerwiesn guests who got
off to a great start with a morning of
sightseeing and networking.
the tour it was time for a farewell visit to
Oktoberfest. This time the fancy Hippodrom
tent was the setting for an unforgettable
afternoon. In this case it is probably best to
let the pictures do the talking:
Wiegard from ParkingCrew.com and Martin
Andersson from RookMedia.net
show the world that true friendship can exist
Sekiewicz from NameDrive.com (looking lovely
in her red hat) says Prost! (Toast!)
tray of tasty Bavarian food arrives for
appreciative Domainerwiesn guests!
said, "The final day at Domainerwiesn
2011 concluded with one of those legendary
champagne nights at 089 Bar that only
domainers can throw (enough said)." He
added that ParkingCrew.com is
already looking forward to hosting another
Domainerwiesn next year. After seeing
these photos I bet a lot of you are already counting
the days to September 2012!