5 new ‘hidden secrets’ of Holland: venues and meeting spaces you will not easily find by yourself

Not all venues make the guides. You need to be told about these exclusive gems by insiders who know their way around Holland. Read about my latest discoveries.

Harbour View Penthouse – The Hague

Literally a prime location with stunning views. Once you exit the elevator you enter an incredible space, overlooking the harbour, the city, dunes and sea. The glass outer walls create an overwhelming world of space and light! Harbour View Penthouse will make you and your guests feel pampered at the best spot in the fishing port of The Hague.

Suitable for all types of meetings and smaller events, the venue has all the facilities and amenities you require. In addition to the ‘living room’, board room for 20, and two break-out rooms, there is the rooftop terrace with sea views. A place so spectacular that your guests will regret that the meeting has ended.

www.harbourview.nl

Science Centre Delft

A meeting in the Faculty Room of the Science Centre Delft, part of the Delft University of Technology, is definitely an exclusive one. The room is located in the characteristic building of the faculty of Mining Engineering that dates back to 1911.

The Science Centre Delft offers an inspiring technical and scientific environment for meetings and
brainstorming sessions. The Faculty Room, the old lab, is one of the most surprisingly designed rooms at Delft University of Technology, and the Executive Board uses it for its meetings. The boardroom table in the form of a beautiful airplane, which seats a maximum of 24, has a particularly inspiring effect on the delegates, just as the wall of LED-lighted algorithms. And if you turn around for a look outside, you are drawn by the beautiful views of the Botanical Gardens of the Delft University of Technology. The venue has three additional workshop/break-out rooms for fifteen to 40 people. As an added bonus a visit the to the Science Centre Delft is included when using this meeting space.

www.sciencecentre.tudelft.nl 

Het Glazen Huis – Apeldoorn Area

Het Glazen Huis (The Glass House) is much more than just a pleasant meeting place in a beautiful location. With its focus as a centre for leadership and organization, the venue supports trainings, events, and meetings in whatever way they can to help the meetings reach their full potential. Het Glazen Huis wants everyone to feel at home as soon as they enter. Have you ever met in a living room that leads into a greenhouse? Part of this exclusive venue was built in a former greenhouse.

In addition to the characteristic rooms and enthusiastic support, the location has a special extra. During the ‘Span of Control’ programme, meeting participants learn to handle horses, in return for which these noble animals help increase participants’ self-knowledge and skills. The programme is not only very educational, it is also a relaxing way to enhance mutual contacts and realise a meaningful meeting for participants.

www.glazenhuis.nl

De Koperen Hoogte – Meeting in a former water tower in Zwolle

The ‘De Lichtmis’ (The Purification) former water tower has been a striking landmark in the Zwolle area since 1932. The building was saved from imminent demolition in 1993 and transformed into a unique hotel and meeting location.

De Koperen Hoogte (The Copper Height) literally offers top-level meetings in the luxury meeting rooms at the top of the water tower. Closer to the ground, the beautiful conservatory accommodates gatherings of up to 200 people, and the Herenzaal (Gentlemen’s Room) accommodates 170 for a meeting.

The many facilities include a 4-star hotel with sixteen rooms, two suites, and a private golf course. The combination of spectacular views and gastronomy provides a special touch when dining in the unique revolving La Tour restaurant. It is located at 50-plus meters high, and in just over three hours you will experience a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape.

www.dekoperenhoogte.nl

La Caverne de Geulhem – The most stunning no-view-at-all

When looking for great views, this venue is the complete opposite of what you expect your search to unveil. Yet, your guests will never forget a meeting, dinner or event held at the Caverne de Geulhem (the Geulhem Caves,) in one of the southernmost parts of Holland.

The authentic quarry, 30 feet underground, boasts all the modern facilities for a memorable meeting. The three caves can each accommodate up to 50 people U-shape, or more than 100 people theatre-style. Combined, they offer a spectacular backdrop for sit-down dinners. And you do not have to worry about cold feet as the entire venue is equipped with under-floor heating.

www.caverne.nl

At which of these ‘hidden secrets’ would you like to organize a meeting? And why do you prefer this one? Let me know in the comments!

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