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Beurs van Berlage

Do you want to organize a congress or event that will be remembered for a long time? In that case, the Beurs van Berlage is the perfect place! Because of our long-time experience with events and congresses, we know how to achieve the highest quality. Time after time and in the middle of the characteristic historical centre of Amsterdam. Would you like to see what the rooms look like, or rather have some to-the-point information about the capacity of the rooms? Click below to discover de Beurs van Berlage.

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The international game community continues to feel the need to meet in real life, now and in the future. Why is Amsterdam the place to be for Game Events? You can read it in this blog.

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The need to meet is strong in the game community. They are unique as a group, since they are virtually the only group worldwide that first met each other online and only later offline. Online gaming is of course still possible during the corona crisis, and it is also possible to organize online competitions. However, events offer the game community the unique opportunity to see star players in real life, meet other gamers, and the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of their favourite game.

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Obviously, the security requirements surrounding events have greatly increased due to the corona crisis. It is therefore even more important that events are organized safely and professionally. The events sector is strongly represented in the city of Amsterdam. Various partnerships ensure that a lot of knowledge is exchanged. Event locations, DMCs and event agencies have therefore strongly focused on innovative techniques for organizing hybrid events. In addition, various scenarios have been drawn up that make it possible to safely organize events in the various event locations in the city.

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Game Events are often far ahead in terms of technical developments. We always look at the latest technological developments and creative ways to apply. This means that the location where such an event takes place must offer excellent technical and internet facilities. Also, internet connections need to be optimally secured. The city of Amsterdam is a modern city that focuses on education and innovation, which means that the city is technically at the forefront. In addition, there are many event locations with state-of-the-art internet connections.

Spectacular

Game events attract a young, creative and open-minded audience. An audience that is naturally attracted to the tolerant, innovative and free-spirited character of the city of Amsterdam. The images of the Amsterdam canals and canal houses are known worldwide, and international events such as ADE and the many festivals and concerts in the city have for years given the city an enormous appeal towards younger audiences. Amsterdam has a lively historic city centre, a vibrant nightlife, good public transport, and affordable hotel rooms. The city of Amsterdam is therefore, in short, ready to host gamers from all over the world.

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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Events.nl spoke to our Managing Director Marcel Schonenberg. They talked about the future of the events business and the ways in which the Beurs van Berlage anticipates on the current changes and possibilities.

News Interview with Managing Director Marcel Schonenberg of the Beurs van Berlage.

Managing Director Marcel Schonenberg spoke with Events.nl about the impact of the coronacrisis on the events business. He also tells about the changes the Beurs van Berlage made in its strategy and the ways in which the business has anticipated on the current changes and the new possibilities it is investigating and creating.

Do you want to read the full interview? You can find it here on the website of events.nl (the interview is in Dutch).

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Hotspot since 1903

Al sinds het jaar 1903 is de Beurs van Berlage een internationale hotspot met charme. Een gebouw met grandeur. Maar ook ‘the place to be’ in de ziel van Amsterdam waar elke dag bijzondere dingen gebeuren. Evenementen, beurzen, exposities en congressen van wereldformaat.

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The corona crisis in Amsterdam

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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We spoke to Benedikt van Loo. He is a nurse anaesthetist and sedation practice specialist in the AMC and ambassador for the Beurs van Berlage. He talks about how he experiences the current situation, both at work and at home.

Blog How an Amsterdam healthcare worker experiences the corona crisis

The Netherlands is in the grip of the corona crisis. It has an impact on almost every aspect of daily life. We can no longer meet each other in person and social interaction is limited to online messages and meetings. The situation creates a lot of uncertainty and at the same time it shows just how much we are prepared to care for one another. This solidarity is reflected in statements of support. There is a lot of gratitude for everyone who has to continue working. Those who keep on doing the work that needs to be done and those who experience the consequences of the disease. Healthcare workers are struggling, and many people and organizations are trying to help. We spoke to Benedikt van Loo. He is a nurse anaesthetist and sedation practice specialist in the AMC and ambassador for the Beurs van Berlage. He talks about how he experiences the current situation, both at work and at home.

Benedikt van Loo: “As an anaesthesia assistant and sedation practice specialist, I normally work in operating rooms and other locations in the hospital where anaesthesia and sedation are administered. Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Care all categorised as Critical Care Units. As a result of the corona crisis, a large number of COVID-19 patients were expected, and adjustments were needed. Changes had to be made on critical care units such as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency Care (SEH). The Emergency Room had to be prepared to make sure we could provide safe care to corona patients, both safe for patients and caregivers. Extra beds were needed at the ICU to accommodate the patients. Therefore, the normal operation program had to be scaled down.

These changes happened very quickly. All healthcare workers were aware of the need to realise the adjustments as soon as possible. There was great unanimity among health care providers to achieve this. That cooperation was the greatest strength to get this done quickly. I do not remember exactly when the crisis started in Brabant / the Netherlands, but I do remember that the Prime Minister gave the first major press conference about the coronavirus on Thursday March 12. The following Sunday I was on duty again and the necessary units were already equipped to receive COVID-19 patients. That the units could be prepared so quickly was also because the developments of the epidemic had been anticipated. I myself was not involved in the organization of the preparation, but I noticed that plans that had already been prepared in the months prior to the press conference were put into practice within two weeks.

An important part of these preparations was the retraining of staff members. Anaesthesiologists were, for example, trained to obtain specific knowledge about the care that is given to patients on the Intensive Care Units. We are therefore fully deployed at the ICU to assist colleagues. In addition to the regular Intensive Care Unit there are also Mobile Intensive Care Units. I am working on those units myself. Together with an anaesthetist, I pick up (Corona) patients in hospitals in Brabant and together we transfer them to hospitals with more IC capacity. At the ICU we take care of the patient together with our ICU colleagues. The advantage of this is that it allows you to get to know and appreciate each other's specific work fields better. Anaesthesia learns a lot from the ICU and vice versa. We complement each other.

Since I do not work in the regular wards, I have no experience with long-term care for patients, but I do know that nurses in the ward do everything they can to provide the best possible care and to ease the feelings of loneliness that many patients have. However, this is a task that should not be underestimated. The ordinary care for these people is already complicated and difficult. What is typical of COVID-19 cases is that in half an hour, the condition of someone with respiratory distress can worsen to someone who can die any minute if they are not put on a ventilator. It is horrifying to see that happening before your eyes. In addition, due to the shortage of personnel, the caregivers are under a lot of workload and experience high time pressure. It is therefore difficult to give all patients the attention you want to give them. To be honest, that's impossible, and that's something that really upsets many nurses.

As colleagues, we support each other in dealing with difficult situations when necessary. In addition, there is also a project called “Care 4 our own”. This is a group of colleagues who are trained to help colleagues who have had a traumatic experience in the workplace. I have very recently experienced how valuable such support can be. I came home from a difficult evening shift and received a text from one of those colleagues. They had heard what had happened and inquired whether I was doing well. Gestures like that are much appreciated.

Of course, we also read many statements of support. In the AMC location there is a glass connecting corridor between the parking garage and the hospital. It is full of cards, letters and drawings. That is heart-warming and is highly appreciated by us. I recently left the hospital after my shift, and someone stood there giving us a bouquet of flowers for our hard work, and a shop manager was handing out boxes of fruit to us. Those are beautiful and sweet gestures. I sincerely hope that this appreciation will remain after this crisis and that we will not continue to see videos of ambulance nurses or other healthcare personnel who are attacked while trying to help someone as soon as possible. Because in the end we are currently not doing anything different than usual; our job.

My wife has exactly the same profession as me. In that respect I am a privileged person because we only need a few words to understand each other (that is professionally, other subjects are often a bit trickier ;-)). We know that pressure is always present in our profession and notice it immediately if one of us has experienced a difficult situation. Our 12-year-old daughter is now taking school lessons via the internet, which I think is going wonderfully well. What I especially miss is meeting my friends in person. On these beautiful spring days we would normally enjoy each other's company and drink a glass of wine together. I really hope that such encounters will soon be possible again.”

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Hotspot since 1903

Since the year 1903 the Beurs van Berlage has been a charming international hotspot. A building with grandeur and the place to be in the soul of Amsterdam where special things happen every day. Events, fairs, exhibitions and prestigious conferences.

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Your event in the very heart of Amsterdam? Yes, you can!

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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Looking for a location for your event? Amsterdam is one of the best-known cities of Europe. We would love to tell you more about its scenery, accessibility, venues and the innovative ideas it has to offer.

Why Amsterdam offers everything you need for you event

Your event in the very heart of Amsterdam? Yes, you can!

Amsterdam is one of the best-known cities of Europe. The city has everything international events are looking for: great infrastructure, digital security, history, culture and a multilingual population. The city is famous for its picturesque scenery of 17th-century canals aligned with the widely-known brick canal houses. This poetic image is nowadays complemented with a fast growing economy, internationally renowned universities and high-level hospitality services. Amsterdam is a city many want to explore.

Accessibility
The city’s infrastructure is one of its strongest assets. Schiphol is one of the 4 biggest European hub airports and offers multiple direct airport connections. Furthermore, there is less than 15 minutes travel time between the airport and the city centre. Visitors continue to praise the city’s accessibility and this will increase even further as from the 30th of April 2020. From that day on, Eurostar will offer a direct return train from Amsterdam to London. Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage is located at a 5-minute walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station and is therefore an appealing venue for international events.

Venues
Amsterdam has unique venues, many of which have an exceptional architecture and history. There are many professional event organizers who deliver high-standard event services. Good hotels that are near the venue where your event takes places are preferable. At Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage we therefore offer our own Conference Services to help you out and reserve rooms for the attendees of your event in advance.

Innovation
Amsterdam is the ultimate place to test and discuss new ideas. The city’s excellent internet connections and venues make sure that these collaborations can take place. Due to the fact that there are so many key-players of many disciplines based in the Dutch capital these projects often reach new, and unexpected, outcomes. The lively energy in the city continues to inspire.
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Amsterdam: the hub for Esports tournaments!

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De Beurs van Berlage is een niet te missen hotspot tijdens jouw bezoek aan Amsterdam. Dé bruisende ontmoetingsplek in het hart van de stad. Eén ding staat vast; er valt altijd wat te beleven in het unieke historische gebouw! Ga je een prachtige tentoonstelling bekijken, heb je zin in een smaakvolle lunch tijdens het citytrippen of zoek je liever het avontuur op? Je vindt het allemaal in de Beurs van Berlage.

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Blog Beurs van Berlage: a unique Esports venue

The Beurs van Berlage is a full-service venue with experience in organising Esports tournaments. Our professionals take care of everything down to the last detail. The event manager calls a few weeks in advance to discuss the wishes and sets things in motion. He or she ensures that everything runs smoothly on the day itself, so that you are not confronted with surprises. You can put all your attention and energy into the content of your event!

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Must-see exhibitions in Amsterdam

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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Don’t hesitate, and let yourself be completely immersed in the vibrant cultural life of the city.
We selected the most inspiring exhibitions in the city of Amsterdam for you to visit. 

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World – City in the Amsterdam Museum

The World – City exhibition in the Amsterdam Museum examines the role of the city of Amsterdam as a metropole through six themes. The themes focus on the development of the city, role of religion and its citizens. As the name of the exhibition suggests, globalization and migration are also included. A recurring theme in the exhibition is the Dam. This square is still the central square of the Dutch capital and plays a constantly changing role in Amsterdam society.

Amsterdam Museum, Kalverstraat 92, amsterdammuseum.nl

Amsterdam, City of Bicycles in NEMO

NEMO is known as the museum of science. The museum is located in a unique building that stands out from afar. In addition to the exhibitions in the museum itself, there is currently also an exhibition on view in the restaurant of the museum. It is located on the roof of the building, and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Amsterdam. The city is also the subject of the exhibition. The photo exhibition is called “Amsterdam, City of Bicycles” and can be visited free of charge.

NEMO Science Museum, Oosterdok 2, nemosciencemuseum.nl

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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In the city of Amsterdam you can always visit interesting and inspiring exhibitions! We have made a small selection. You will learn more about the history of the city, visit historic buildings and see inspiring pictures and videos. The exhibitions can all be found in the centre of Amsterdam, so don’t hesitate, and let yourself be completely immersed in the vibrant cultural life of the city.

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Don’t hesitate, and let yourself be completely immersed in the vibrant cultural life of the city! Download the map and discover the most inspiring exhibitions in Amsterdam.

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Partnership with Ovation Holland DMC

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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Amsterdam – September 19, 2019. After years of successful cooperation, Amsterdam Conference Centre Beurs van Berlage and Ovation Holland DMC have intensified their collaboration by formalising a partnership. The Beurs van Berlage and Ovation Holland DMC, the DMC brand of MCI, will continue to invest in expanding the services for its customers in the upcoming years, not only on-site, but off-site as well. These services will be offered under the new name “Beurs van Berlage DMC services, powered by Ovation Holland”.

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Exceeding expectations

The building – designed by H.P. Berlage – was opened as a stock exchange and trade center of the Netherlands in 1903. It has a long history of trade, craftsmanship and mercantilism. In recent years, the monument has developed into a unique, inspiring, first-class conference location. The mission of the Amsterdam Conference Centre is to offer all visitors a unique, high-level experience and to exceed the expectations of its customers and guests. Above all, the Beurs van Berlage wants to think in terms of solutions in order to make the events and the experience around them unforgettable.

Full-service venue

The partnership with Ovation Holland DMC ensures that all future meetings held in the Beurs van Berlage and are in need of a DMC, are offered a high-standard off-site event service. As a Destination Management Company, Ovation Holland DMC is the expert of Amsterdam and its surrounding area. With this expertise, Ovation Holland DMC will complement Beurs van Berlage’s proposition, which will ultimately make the Amsterdam Conference Centre known as the full-service venue in the heart of Amsterdam.

“It is important for us that we can offer our customers the widest possible range of services,” said Beurs van Berlage's Managing Director Marcel Schonenberg, “with this collaboration we can continue to focus on what we are good at – providing a 5-star service during the on-site event – and we can leave all off-site services of an event to the experts in that field. ”

To reinforce the new cooperation and to realise the best possible communication, Ovation Holland DMC will also be physically present in the Beurs van Berlage. “By being close to our colleagues at the Beurs, we can make sure that our event plans are aligned. This means that we can improve the customer support,” says Peter-Willem Burgmans, Managing Director of Ovation Holland DMC / MCI The Netherlands. “Through this collaboration, we are convinced that the Beurs van Berlage can offer its national and international customers the very best service.”

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Evelien van Kessel
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Business Relations Manager
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Group outings in Amsterdam

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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Get to know each other better ánd explore the city of Amsterdam at the same time! We found the best group outings for the city for you.

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Escape room Sherlocked

Aren't you afraid of some extra adrenaline? And has the time come to test how well you can actually work together? Then definitely visit the Sherlocked escape room! As a participant, it feels like you are playing the lead role in an action movie. Not only the setting of this escape room, in the Beurs van Berlage, is breath-taking. The experiences are so well thought out that you lose yourself completely. Can you unravel the architect's secrets or steal something from the vault without setting off the alarm? Take on the challenge together!

Escape Room Sherlocked, Damrak 247, sherlocked.nl

Stromma Pizza Cruise

Is on the other hand your intention to relax together and catch up? Then choose one of the most relaxed ways to see the city: a boat tour. Stromma is one of the best known and reputable organisations that provide these tours. Drinks are included in the price of this cruise, and the pizza is delivered on board. Let the city pass you by. It is almost impossible to find a better setting to enjoy your pizza.

Stromma Cruises, Damrak pier, stromma.nl

VR Gamehouse

Do you all love gaming? Then the VR Gamehouse is a good place to visit together. Virtual Reality is one of the most interesting developments in technology. Go to the Warmoestraat with your friends and discover this new trend! At the VR Gamehouse you can choose from different game experiences, such as “VR Racing”, “VR Adventure”, and “VR Flying”. This will definitely be a trip to remember!

VR Gamehouse, Warmoestraat 155, vrgamehouse.nl

TON TON Club

Playing games together is of course always a good idea. At the hip TON TON Club, the original games are not forgotten. Here you will find the retro arcade games from the 20th century. There are also plenty of board games to play and enough beers on the menu. Imagine yourself back in the last century in the middle of the increasingly hip red-light district.

TON TON Club, Sint Annendwarsstraat 6, tontonclub.nl

Artis

Have you visited all the cafés and played all the games in the city? Then go to Artis! Alternate animal watching with an ice cream, beer or fries on one of the many terraces. Maybe young animals have just been born. In addition, the Artis Zoomer evenings are organised every Saturday from 3 pm during the summer months. Multiple performances and activities take place; definitely something to keep an eye on!

Artis, Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, artis.nl

Mooie Boules

The time when jeu de boule was only played in remote French villages is over! Mooie Boules in Amsterdam East made sure of that. This is both a food hall and jeu de boules hall in one. This makes it the perfect place to spend a day or evening together. You will find this cosy place at Zeeburgerpad 3. The price of the tracks are better than expected. You only pay 12.50 euros per 45 minutes. Mooie Boules offers its own rules and tournament schedules, so you don't have to worry about that either. In other words; here you will have a wonderfully relaxing day together!

Karaoke bar ‘Duke of Tokyo’

Where do you get to know each other best? Indeed. In a karaoke bar! Here, everyone's true nature emerges. In this relatively new karaoke bar in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, Duke of Tokyo, it seems like you are in Japan for a while. There are various Japanese drinks and snacks on the menu. Do you want to go completely crazy, but would you rather not have a large audience watching on? Duke of Tokyo offers the perfect solution. You can rent private karaoke booths at this karaoke bar. The size of the booths varies, and they are suitable for groups between 4 and 25 people.

Duke of Tokyo, Reguliersdwarsstraat 37, dukeoftokyo.com

Swing on the Amsterdam tower

During Dutch ‘ontgroeningen’ it is already a tried and tested concept: endure a difficult test together and the group feeling is automatically strengthened. If you and your friends are afraid of heights, we have found the perfect test for you. No fear of heights? Then this is the best playground Amsterdam has to offer for you. If you look closely, you'll already see it in the distance when you enter Amsterdam Central Station: the “Over the Edge” swings on the Amsterdam tower. These are the highest swings in Europe and they undoubtedly offer a unique experience.

A’dam toren, Overhoeksplein 1, adamtoren.nl

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The Best Group Outings of Amsterdam

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The Beurs van Berlage is a hotspot that cannot be missed during your visit to Amsterdam. It is the vibrant meeting point in the heart of the city. One thing is certain, there is always something to do in the unique historical building! Are you going to a beautiful exhibition, fancy a tasteful lunch in between shopping or rather check out something adventurous? You will find it all at the Beurs van Berlage.

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Are you going to explore the Dutch capital for a day with your friends? Would you like to do something together but preferably avoid the busy Kalverstraat? We have listed a number of activities for you to get to know the city ánd each other a lot better.

 

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Get together, enjoy and get to know each other! From high adrenaline activities to some that are a bit more slow-paced. Download the map and find out where to go!

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