ESMT Berlin Campus Schloss Gracht

Schloss Gracht, located in the center of the Rhineland, is one of the oldest castles in North Rhine-Westphalia and the second campus of the international business school. The castle was built in the Middle Ages as a moated castle, and for many centuries the Wolff- Metternich family had their ancestral seat here. In 1976 the building became the headquarters of the “Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft (USW),“ now integrated into ESMT Berlin.

In a traditional setting equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, participants find time for reflection and are able to learn and pursue their ideas individually or in small groups with other executives with similar motivations. They have the opportunity to generate new ideas and combine past experiences with stimulating and rewarding new learning perspectives, while at the same time learning to master new and complex challenges.

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Schloss Gracht Luftaufnahme

Schloss Gracht, located in the center of the Rhineland, is one of the oldest castles in North Rhine-Westphalia and the second campus of the international business school ESMT Berlin.

Schloss Gracht

The castle was built in the Middle Ages as a moated castle, and for many centuries the Wolff- Metternich family had their ancestral seat here. In 1976 the building became the headquarters of the “Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft (USW),“ now integrated into ESMT.

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Schloss Gracht: Schloss Gracht, located in the heart of the Rhineland, is one of the oldest castles in North Rhine-Westphalia and the second campus of the international business school. The castle was built in the Middle Ages as a moated castle, and for many centuries the Wolff-Metternich family had their ancestral seat here. In 1976 the building became the headquarters of the “Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft (USW),“ now integrated into ESMT Berlin.

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Crest Wolff-Metternich: Before Schloss Gracht became a location for management education, it was home of the well-known Wolff-Metternich family, who lived there for over 400 years. Each building shows historical characteristics of each generation. Throughout the different generations, the wolf remains their family’s heraldic animal, which consistently appears in every crest.

Heron at Schloss Gracht

Heron at Schloss Gracht: As a moated castle, Schloss Gracht is surrounded by water. Many different birds have found a home at the lake next to the castle, including migrating herons, ducks, and geese. For participants, the pond is a place of leisure and relaxation. Schloss Gracht is located in the Rhineland Nature Park.

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Wolf at Schloss Gracht: A symbolic wolf may be found in and around Schloss Gracht. It is on doorknobs or window handles, within the stonework or on weather vanes. Schloss Gracht is the former ancestral seat of the Wolff-Metternich family, and the wolf was included in the crest in 1440. In the past, the wolf was often used in coat of arms or family crests, especially in hunting areas.

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Drawbridge: In the 13th century, Schloss Gracht was built as a moated castle. A drawbridge was constructed in 1717 to protect the castle‘s residents from enemies. Behind Schloss Gracht, a large park offers participants a place where they can relax and rejuvenate.

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Castle library: The castle library at Schloss Gracht is a place for literature and education. Seminar participants find a quiet and inspiring room to concentrate on complex questions. The library’s foundation was laid by the noble family of the Earls Wolff-Metternich, who had a distinct interest in literature and therefore stocked the library well throughout the centuries.

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Cologne Cathedral: Cologne’s most famous landmark is its cathedral, Germany‘s most popular tourist attraction. During its construction from 1248-1880, the cathedral was beleaguered with lack of funds that resulted to interruptions in the construction. The church took approximately 630 years to complete, but the beautiful edifice was well worth the perseverance. Today, more than six million visitors visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site each year. The gothic cathedral shelters the shrine of the Three Wise Men. © Tino Bahr / pixelio.de

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Frederick William III: In memory of the Prussian reign, the citizens of Cologne erected an Equestrian statue for their former King Frederick William III. The statue was destroyed several times by war and removal but was completely restored in 2007. Considered to be one of the most distinguished equestrian statues of the Rhineland in the 19th century, it is located at the Cologne “Heumarkt.” © Christoph Kämper

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Roman Tower: In 55 B.C. Caesar conquered German areas up to the river Rhine and set an important foundation stone for the history of Cologne. The Roman Tower is an excellent example of the Roman fortifications that were constructed. It formed the northwest corner of the Roman Cologne. Built in the 2nd or 3rd century, it is famous for its well-preserved mosaic decoration. © VollwertBIT

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Cologne Carnival: The “fifth season of the year,” as carnival is called, begins on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. and is a time when the carnival clubs “rule” the city of Cologne. Highlight of the season are the parades on Carnival Monday. © Herbert Walter Krick / pixelio.de

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Rhine: The second longest German river, the Rhine, flows at the edge of the beautiful Rhineland Nature Park close to Schloss Gracht. Starting in Switzerland, the Rhine is 1,324 km long and flows into the North Sea. The river divides Cologne into two parts. Especially in summer, the banks of the Rhine are often used for soccer games and camping. © Günter Hommes / pixelio.de