Site Inspection in Utrecht: meet in the Heart of Holland

So far I have inspected Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague – the three biggest cities of Holland at the Dutch west coast. Looking for a more budget-friendly destination? Time to move further to the centre of my country. Utrecht, the 4th biggest city, is situated in the heart of Holland. Founded over 1,200 years ago, it is also one of the oldest Dutch cities, which is reflected in infrastructure and architecture. Utrecht’s landmark is the Dom Tower, a church tower on a big square that was once part of a Roman fortress.

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A city as old has Utrecht accumulates tons of knowledge. In fact, is home to many Dutch scientific and educational institutions and hosts one of the biggest and best universities in Holland. Due to 70,000 students, the city defies aging and maintains its young and dynamic character, attracting young and creative minds. Old knowledge gets updated on a regular base and combined with fresh and clever ideas. Utrecht Science Park for example is a place, where knowledge meets the newest technology. It is an inspiring environment where scientists and entrepreneurs from all over the world profit from close networking and integrating knowledge into practical applications.

Due to institutions like Science Park, Utrecht is the perfect destination to integrate existing knowledge into industrial perspectives. So if your meeting aims for creation of executable ideas and plans, Utrecht is a perfect destination.

Accessibility

Due to its central location, Utrecht is easily accessible for meeting delegates from abroad. From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport you travel only 30 minutes by train. If you depart in Paris, Brussels or Frankfurt, there are direct high-speed train connections provided by Thalys or ICE International. When you arrive at Utrecht Central Station you have excellent public transport opportunities to your venue. As most Dutch cities, Utrecht is quite compact, making traveling within the city quick and easy.

Venues

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Hidden Secrets

Venue:
Luno Meeting Centre, a tastefully decorated, pleasant venue, which offers great surroundings for small meetings and private talks.

Restaurant:
De Oude Muntkelder, an excellent location to try your first Dutch pancakes.

Activity: Trajectum Lumen, a guided walk along beautifully enlightened attractions of Utrecht by night.

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After your meeting

Utrecht is full of historical attractions, so I definitely recommend you to participate in one of the guided city tours. Visit the historic part of the city centre and take a look inside the old churches from the Golden Age. You can also discover Utrecht by boat on the many canals. Or take a look upon the city after climbing the 465 stairs of the Dom Tower. If you need some time to relax afterwards, you can chill out in Julianapark, a rural park with a little zoo and loads of green. One of the most popular places in Utrecht is Winkel van Sinkel, one of the first department stores that opened in Holland. Nowadays it is a grand café and restaurant during the day and transforms into a club at night.

More questions?

Did I make you curious about Utrecht? If you want more information about meeting facilities in Utrecht you can contact my friends from Utrecht Convention Bureau. They can help you with many useful tips without charging a cent.

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A small meeting in Amsterdam: site inspection in the capital

Amsterdam is probably the most famous Dutch city due to its rich history and multifaceted culture. I have been on site inspection in the capital to check out the possibilities for small meetings (up to 100 participants).

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Creative melting pot

More than 180 nationalities have chosen Amsterdam as their home city, creating a melting pot of various cultures, ideas and visions. Creative corporates in the gaming, fashion and design industry that aim for fresh inspiration can definitely benefit from the creative energy and innovative spirits that flow around here. According to research undertaken for Global Cities, Holland ranks second in the world of creatives with 46.2 percent of the workforce employed in creative occupations. That is why Amsterdam shares the top of creative cities with London, New York and Los Angeles. Additionally, the city stands out as one of the most entrepreneurial places in the world making it also a fountain of inspiration for small (starting) businesses.

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Great accessibility

Many ways lead to Amsterdam. International visitors can use the services of my friends from Air France KLM. The royal airline flies directly to Amsterdam from 185 destinations worldwide. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol it is a 20 minute ride to the city centre by cab or train. Belgian or German visitors can also travel with the train services provided by the international Hispeed railway network. Compared to a metropolis like London or New York, the capital of Holland is rather compact. This is great because most big attractions are within walking distance from the city centre. If you want to spare your feet you can easily get around with a rental bicycle or the public transport network.

Venues for small meetings

Amsterdam has many great, fancy venues for meetings. Here is a list of conference hotels I can recommend especially for smaller meetings.

Holiday Inn Amsterdam (4*)
Double Tree by Hilton (4*)
Conservatorium Hotel (5*)
NH Barbizon Palace (5*)
Park Hotel Amsterdam (4*)
Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam (5*)
WestCord Fashion Hotel Amsterdam (4*)

After your meeting

Amsterdam has such a rich culture that it impossible to get bored. Next to the famous Rijksmuseum there are plenty of other museums for all interests. For creative minds I can recommend the Foam Photography Museum, the EYE Film Museum or the ARCAM Amsterdam Centre for Architecture.

For a coffee break you can take a seat at one of the numerous cafes where you can mix with the locals. I can only recommend you to explore Amsterdam’s nightlife. The many pubs and bars are open until the early morning. Whether you like it loud and crowded, or cosy and elegant – Amsterdam has a location for each taste. If you are in the mood to dance you will love the clubs here which are inspired by world-class DJs like Armin van Buuren.

Hidden Secrets

Next to the famous attractions, Amsterdam also own some hidden gems. If you want to leave the beaten track during your stay I have some tips for you. For more hidden secrets you can check my page at the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions.

Venue
De kleine Werf, a 400 year old former shipyard with bohemian surroundings for meetings up to 40 participants.

Restaurant 
De Kas, a former green house which offers delicious dishes and private tables for business dinners.

Activity
Stand Up Paddling, discover the canals of Amsterdam by paddling on a surf board.

More information?

For more questions about meeting activities in and around Amsterdam you can contact my friends from Amsterdam Marketing.

Or do you want help with the organization of your meeting? I know many DMCs  that are situated in Amsterdam like Delta Amsterdam, Incentive Europe, ITBholland, KUONI Destination Management Benelux, Ovation Holland and Holland Destination Management.