The Veilingzaal can be found on the first floor and looks out over lively Damrak. This page tells you more about the history of the Veilingzaal.
Merchants’ trade exchange
The Beurs van Berlage was designed more than a century ago as a merchants’ trade exchange by Hendrik Petrus Berlage, one of the most prominent architects from the Netherlands. The merchants’ trade exchange was opened by Queen Wilhelmina on 27 May 1903.
The grain that used to be traded in Berlage’s corn exchange was not sold on the trading floor. If you wanted to stand a chance of getting a batch of grain, you first had to place your bids in the Veilingzaal. The Veilingzaal is located above the Graanbeurszaal and can be reached via the stairwell.
360 degrees Veilingzaal
Google Street View allows you to wander through the Beurs van Berlage online. The 360-degree photos of the Veilingzaal can be found at the bottom of this page.
Grain was not auctioned in the corn exchange itself, but in this auction room. Little is known about its original layout, but what we do know is that the acoustics were atrocious. Beautiful oak panelling was installed to remedy this problem.
These days, the Veilingzaal can still be used for receptions, meetings and presentations.
The beams still show the decorations that refer to the room’s original function. On one end you see a sickle, used to harvest grain, while the other end shows a cornstalk.
The Veilingzaal was restored in 2014. The faded brown wall lining was removed and replaced with new wall lining. The new wall lining is light green in colour and corresponds with the original supporting beams against the ceiling. Dark green cornstalks are subtly incorporated in the lining. Furthermore, the curtains were replaced with curtains of the same colour. Combined with the original wood panelling, it gives the room a tranquil and warm appearance. Thanks to the curtains you would not realise you are in a room looking out over busy Damrak.