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Events Guide Amsterdam
Before we begin, watch out for the bikes! Now, on to the exciting stuff… If you want a location geared towards letting you work and letting you play, you should seriously consider Amsterdam for your next corporate event. Amsterdam and the Netherlands are just different. It’s a young place by European standards. Their neighbours had been established kingdoms for centuries while the Netherlands was still a huge swamp. This guide will show you it’s no longer a swamp hidden away in the North West of Europe. Amsterdam is a world leader in business and a great place to get to know!
BusinessAmsterdam is popular with international business because the country has a robust infrastructure, access to the European market, economic stability, and wow, is their English impressive! The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) lures business to the country. And they’re clearly doing a good job. Business leaders have faith in Amsterdam. In 2019, a record of 397 companies moved their operations to Amsterdam.78 of these firms said they had moved because of Brexit. So expect more companies following suit in 2021. The government has also been proactive in safeguarding the economy and cultural sector against COVID-19. So far, the government has spent €738 million in support packages. The Dutch are also versatile and evolve with the times. You can now visit Amsterdam virtually. You might want to take a leaf out their book and boost your next event with these hybrid event tools.
PlayThe Dutch love to share drinks and snacks with their colleagues after work. In fact, they love it so much they even have a word for it, a Borrel. It’s a diverse city. There’s De Wallen, Amsterdam’s fabled and notorious Red-light District. It’s a spectacle that must be seen to be believed. The nightlife in hot spots Rembrandtplien and Leidesplien are too much fun! If you feel like you want to get out onto the many canals, you have two options. You can go on the tour boats, and relax, learn, eat or enjoy a refreshment. Or you can hire a boat and be the captain on your voyage! Just remember, the canals aren’t for swimming in! The canals have been known to freeze over in the dead of winter. The locals are brave enough to walk on them, but it’s not for the fainthearted. If you have a taste for culture, you will need to extend your trip, because there’s too much to do. There are the big three: The Rijks, The Stedelijk, and the Van Gogh museum. After that, you have over 490 museums still to go. A museum card is an essential item. The city is home to a staggering 16 Michelin-starred restaurants and also specialises in Indonesian and Moroccan food. After that, you could go Dutch; Amsterdam grew off the back of its ability to fish herring. Pickled herring has fallen out of fashion, but it’s an experience you won’t forget. How about the bar snack that nobody likes until they try it? Ladies and gentlemen, Bitterballen. Just trust us!
What type of eventsAmsterdam is prime for meetings, conferences, and workshops. The options for private dining and hotels are also out of this world. In other words, it’s ideal for Work, Play, and Stay We believe that event spaces don’t have to be lifeless. Our experts strive to find the most exciting and inspiring spaces in each city. And in Amsterdam, they’ve really found some beauties. If there’s one thing Amsterdam excels in, it’s repurposing old and forgotten spaces. It’s a city that respects and celebrates its past but doesn’t forget to embrace the future. We’re so excited by the uniqueness of our spaces. In Amsterdam, we have everything from penthouses to attics to brewery rooms to a refurbished gas factory. Workshops spaces are from €57 per hour. Check out these handpicked workshop spaces to see what is possible. Meeting rooms start from €39 per hour. Check out these 5 creative meeting rooms in Amsterdam we love. Conferences start from €163 per hour. If you want to hold something massive, Amsterdam can host conferences with up to 5,000 people! Private dining starts from €50 per hour and could be the perfect way to cap off a successful corporate event.
AreasWithin the city, you have distinct neighbourhoods with their own identity and charms. The Centrum is a tourist’s playground. Expect bright lights and busy streets. You’ll never be bored here. Don’t worry, though; there are plenty of peaceful rooms to come back to in the Centrum. If you’re looking for perfection, go to the Jordaan. It’s popular with tourists, and you’ll see why. The houses are stunning, the cafes are quaint, and the shops are unparalleled. De Pijp is hard to leave. Everything you could need or want is on this residential island. There’s a phenomenal park in the middle and good transport links to anywhere you need to go. If you enjoy dining out and great bars, you won’t be disappointed. Oost is where you can experience living like a true Amsterdamer. But that’s not to say it’s not exciting! You’ll see a brewery that’s a windmill, another perfect city park and a huge outdoor market. If you imagine Oud Zuid, think grandeur and then some! The neighbourhood’s leafy streets are home to Amsterdam’s high-end shopping. Those with nostalgic tastes won’t be disappointed either. Don’t just take our word for it; check out this elegant theatre for performance and conferences. As a bonus, the three most prominent museums plus the Royal Concert Hall are in Oud Zuid and are all in plain sight of each other. Close to both the city and the airport, Zuid is the perfect choice for those who mean business. With towering, impressive buildings, Zuid is home to some big corporations. You’ll also find some of the best street food you can get. Noord is for those searching for a mixture of nature and urban renewal. You can get there for free on the ferry. They’re direct from Central Station, and the journey lasts the length of a pop song! If you get there on a Sunday, you can visit the Ij-Hallen, the biggest flea market in Europe. For good views and contemporary venues, this chic space hits the spot. It’s a difficult choice. But we can help. Our team has been hard at work, finding the most wonderful accommodation for you. Check out our selection of hotels, apartments and B&B’s. Historical, modern, quirky, luxury – we’ve got it all!
Public transport optionsGetting to the city from Schipol airport is cheap and easy. The train station is in the main hall and will take you to the city in 16 minutes. Once there, you can get around Amsterdam with metro, trams, trains, busses and ferries. Purchase an OV chipcard and top it up as you go. Or, opt for an hour or day pass (1-7 days). Ferries across the Ij-Meer to the Noord are regular, and journeys take minutes. Best of all, they’re free! And don’t forget, you can always rent a bike. Unlike other places, cyclists rule the road here (they’re built especially for bikes). It might be hard to believe, but it’s sometimes quicker than public transport or car.
FAQ for Event Venues in Amsterdam
The possibilities are endless. But basically; “whatever you want, as long as you respect the rules” (safety standards, noise pollution, social distancing, etc.). If you’re not sure, it’s best to align with your location expert. They can provide you with the answers and solutions when hunting for the right location, e.g. permits, licenses, etc.
Usually, yes. Most venues (especially the larger ones) tend to have standard AV equipment available. It can come at an extra cost, but this may also be cheaper than using a third-party service provider.
For catering, it’s common to source an external provider. However, the venue will likely have a list of preferred vendors. We recommend choosing a caterer from this list to avoid corkage fees or unpleasant surprises on the day.