The Palatin in Wiesloch is one of Germany’s top conference hotels, a location for special events and also a training workplace which reimagines the hotel business. Together with its team, the Palatin collects awards like other people collect fine wines.
Jana is a football player, training every day with TSG Hoffenheim’s women’s team. She sprints, dribbles and grinds with a single goal: to play in Germany’s Bundesliga. And her chances are good. Four years ago, she came to the Kraichgau region to pursue her football dream here. But in contrast to male football players, women players cannot survive from their passion alone. “This would be much too boring for me, anyway,” Jana Beuschlein says, since she has yet another passion: concerts and events.
But what employer likes his employee training professionally on the side and enjoying concerts and cultural events with the same passion? The 22-year-old found one. Through Anpfiff ins Leben (“Opening whistle to life”), the training programme of the Dietmar Hopp foundation, Jana came to the Palatin Hotel in Wiesloch, where she met Klaus Michael Schindlmeier. He has been managing director of the conference hotel and cultural centre for eleven years—and likes to call himself stage director or a “talent on the look-out for talents”—such as Jana.
The talent Klaus Michael Schindlmeier is himself a trained cook, management expert, head chef and certified hotel manager. He was 19 when he became head chef for the first time—in the Schlosshotel Bad Neuhaus. Later, he ran his own restaurant, was manager of the five-star hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and of the four-star hotel Marc Aurel in Bad Gögging, after that he became managing director of the golf resort Golf- und Vitalpark Bad Waldsee. Since 2007, he has vividly demonstrated in Wiesloch how a city-owned event location can be turned into a conference hotel, which is one of the top training workplaces in Germany. Excellent training workplace, one of the best conference hotels in Germany, special event location, top employer—the Palatin collects awards like other people collect fine wines. Most recently, the Palatin was certified for its sustainability. “We heat with three co-generation units, the rooms are painted with ecological paint and we also take the data privacy of our employees very seriously,” Klaus Michael Schindlmeier says—and you can hear the devotion put into every detail of this large-scale project.