Discover the convenience of our conference services
Discover the convenience of our conference services We organise your five-star conference with international appeal, in a top location and with top facilities. Let’s create an unforgettable experience together! We give you peace of mind by taking a lot of work off your hands, with services for events from 200 people. Download our infographic “Conference as a Service"!
Conference as a Service
Download the infographic "Conference as a Service"
Discover the convenience of our conference services
We organise your five-star conference with international appeal, in a top location and with top facilities.
Let’s create an unforgettable experience together! We give you peace of mind by taking a lot of work off your hands, with services for events from 200 people.
Download our infographic “Conference as a Service"!
Green initiatives of the Beurs van Berlage
Willemijn de Vet explains why the Beurs van Berlage believes in sustainability: “We mainly organise multi-day, international conferences. The flights and trash of these events alone result in a large carbon footprint. Pre-covid, we already looked into ways to improve our sustainability – where did we stand as far as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) went? Several taskforces were set up and our employees were actively engaged in the subject, which resulted in many ideas and plans. These initiatives ground to a halt when covid broke out, but we picked it up afterwards.
Do you want to read more about the sustainability efforts of the Beurs van Berlage? Download the free infographic Five-star quality and sustainable.
It's finally possible again: conferences on location! This is a great opportunity to get to know Amsterdam (again). One of the most famous cities in Europe.
What can you expect when you visit the Dutch capital? The atmosphere there is, as is well known, very open-minded. This way of thinking is shared by a large portion of the inhabitants and is reflected in every fiber of the city. Because Amsterdam is so open to multiple opinions, it is the perfect location for events that encourage collaboration and provide room for new ideas.
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During the pandemic, Dutch people yearned for on-site events. Also on a professional level. No less than 94% wanted to be able to physically visit a business event again. So now is the time to get serious about physical conferences and other events.
Want to know more about the advantages of your conference on location? Download the infographic.
More than 100 managed WiFi 6 access points provide the wireless network within the Beurs van Berlage. These MultiGig are connected in all event rooms, which means that each Access points can process at least 2.5 Gbit/s of data.
This ultra-modern infrastructure is duplicated, equipped with professional active components (router, firewall, switches) and connected to two fiber optic networks, ensuring a high level of speed and reliability. Switches and Routers are the backbone of the network. They are continuously monitored and configurations can be made remotely or locally.
Would you like to know more about hybrid events in the Beurs van Berlage? Read more on this page.
How have the various players in the market experienced the COVID-19 period? And what are their expectations for the future?
This report presents main conclusions from a survey among people working at event agencies, venues, organisations and companies.
The spring of 2020 produced one of the greatest changes ever for the events industry. Now that the world is slowly opening up again, the Beurs van Berlage was wondering what the market looks like.
In order to provide answers and attain the best possible impression of the industry's sentiment, in early 2021 the Beurs van Berlage conducted a survey among people working at events agencies, venues, organisations and companies.
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Want to read the main conclusions of this survey? Download the report about the 'Event of the future'.
Since 1648, this imposing building has been watching over Amsterdam’s city centre like an elegant bodyguard.Here’s the instant tour.
Take a walk anywhere near Dam Square, and you’ll notice it: the Royal Palace. Since 1648, this imposing building has been watching over Amsterdam’s city centre like an elegant bodyguard.
Here’s the instant tour. The palace was built in the 17th century as the city’s new town hall. Its purpose? An all-in-one administration centre, meeting venue, court of justice…and prison.
In the early 19th century—Napoleonic times—French King of the Netherlands Napoleon III resided in the palace. During the Second World War, the palace’s Dutch caretaker prevented the palace from becoming an enemy headquarters. How? By warning occupiers of the cold, saying anyone who lived there would freeze their boots off!
In 2002, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima married—and posed for their now-famous wedding scene on the Royal Palace’s balcony. (Their civil wedding ceremony took place at the Beurs van Berlage.)
Recently, Amsterdam restored the palace to its original grandeur. You can visit the palace when it is not in use for official purposes. What will you see? Impressive architecture, inspired by the Romans and the Renaissance.
© Photograph: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam
We’ve put together 3 of Amsterdam’s “funnest” street markets. Hunt for bargains. Grab some street food. Or simply people-watch.
Hunt for bargains. Grab some street food. Or simply people-watch. This is what markets—open markets—are really meant for. We’ve put together 3 of Amsterdam’s “funnest” street markets. Go forth. Explore them. And remember to bring small change, for cash transactions, and a couple of expandable shopping bags!
Open Mon. – Sat., 9:00 – 5:00.
Open Mondays, 9:00 – 1:00 and Saturdays, 9:00 – 5:00.
Open Mon. – Sat., 9:00 – 5:00.
Our definition of a tasting menu: a slew of little dishes that deliver astonishingly big flavours. Here you can find a tasting menu in and around Amsterdam.
We’re living in a cultural moment in which diversity is valued. Diverse voices. Diverse races. Diverse genders. So why not diverse menus!?
That’s our definition of a tasting menu: a slew of little dishes—at one sitting—that deliver astonishingly big flavours.
Think of a twelve-course meal that includes an astonishing fish soup. And a salad of asparagus and barley, with “lacquered” lobster. And Dutch beef with crispy wine leaf. And, and, and, and, and. The whole experience topped off by a tiny chocolate-covered caramel-and-sea-salt bonbon, compliments of the chef.
This is one version of a tasting menu. But, like the eternal chicken dish served at a wedding, the tasting menu can take many forms.
In fact, the modern tasting menus has been around since the 1980s. But boy, are they hip right now—especially in Amsterdam. That’s what we learned by talking with our friend, food professional Rex Enderman, a graduate of the Food Academy Amsterdam and Chef de partie at a local restaurant called Meneer Nieges (Westerdoksdijk 40H). On a recent afternoon, Rex told us there are tons of restaurants and cafés with tasting menus opening in Amsterdam now—and plenty that have been around for a while.
The Dutch version of the tasting menu includes “four to infinity dishes,” according to Rex. And before you order yours, here’s a key word you’ll need to know: “amuse”—a French word (pronounced ah- MOOZE), short for amuse bouche (ah-mooze BO-O-OSH), meaning a bite-sized appetizer. These days, it’s trendy to serve an amuse bouche—say, a shot-glass filled with a delicate cucumber foam that tastes exactly like the sea—and not charge you for it. Two amuses—one to start the meal and one as a coda—is in vogue right now. Rex adds, “Those two amuses add a couple of courses—and a flavour explosion!”
Where can you find a tasting menu in and around Amsterdam, beside at Meneer Nieges? Consider the restaurant called Sinne (Ceintuurbaan 342), where the stellar food quality has earned the place a Michelin star. And then there’s Aan de Poel, the two-star Michelin establishment in neighboring Amstelveen. This month, they’re serving yellowfin tuna and an oyster with miso, watermelon and a spicy vinaigrette….
So, what’s stopping you from indulging in this fancy fare? If you’re worried it’s too pricey for you, consider this: while a Michelin-starred chef’s dinner can fetch sky-high prices, an equally elaborate lunch costs far less. Creative chefs want you to try their tasting menus: it’s an opportunity to show you the magic they can do.
You can also explore restaurants before they earn their stars. Who knows which eateries are destined to be worthy? We asked Anne Zoutendijk, the Head of Catering at the historic Beurs van Berlage Conference Centre. Anne earned her chops at the Amsterdam Hotel School (now the ROC), and at the Cordon Bleu in London, where she specialized in pastry. Her pick for one of the best restaurants for tasting menus in the city: restaurant Envy (Prinsengracht 381-IV). Anne loves the way a menu with imagination can make her feel “inspired, motivated, surprised.” And Restaurant Envy was her top choice for achieving that altered state while eating.
Not everyone is inclined to order an expansive range of dishes, though. Another foodie friend of ours, Ann Cassano, confessed to us that tasting menus aren’t even on her radar, despite having a restauranteur for a father. Ann told us, “I’m not a risk-taker,” referring to her distaste for the surprise element of the tasting experience. When pressed, however, Ann told us she’d had a wonderful dinner during Amsterdam’s Restaurant Week at The French Connection (Singel 460). Turns out she and her husband ordered the four-course option. “Did you by any chance have the Codfish in Onion Broth with Vadouvan [a blend of French spices—super-trendy now] and Celeriac?” we asked her. “I did,” she said, amazed we knew. “And the cheese plate?” we asked. She’d had that, too, and it included not one, not two, but five adventurous cheeses. Which just goes to show that even if you order “just” the four-course meal, you’re likely to be rewarded for your risk-taking.
What would Amsterdam be without its Rembrandts, canals…and bikes? Bikes are serious business for the Dutch —and for foreigners who have “gone native.”
What would the city of Amsterdam be without its Rembrandts, canals…and bikes?
Our answer, frankly, is safer: bikes can hurt you. They go super-fast. Their riders are trying to get to school, to work, to the store before it closes—and you are in their way. Yes, we’re using tough love on you, but it’s better if you know that bikes are serious business for the Dutch—and for foreigners who have “gone native.”
All of this means your mission is clear: when walking around Amsterdam, stick to the sidewalks and the crosswalks, and don’t enter the danger zone: the bicycle paths.
“What the heck’s the difference between the sidewalk and the bicycle path?” you may ask.
Funny you should ask: sometimes, they’re practically the same color—brick-red—which is confusing. All the more reason to WATCH OUT: look both ways, cross the street only at the crosswalk, and for heaven’s sake, don’t treat the bike lane like a pedestrian zone.
Which begs the question: should you rent a bike in Amsterdam? Only if you own a bicycle at home or have ridden a bike in the past 3 months, and, well, if you know where you’re going.