Conference VenueBeurs van Berlage
Casual Connect Europe returns to Amsterdam to the Beurs Van Berlage. Enter Beurs Van Berlage from the main entrance on the North-West side of the building on Damrak.
Conference Address: Damrak 243, Amsterdam
Interactive Amsterdam Guide
Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel
Nice hotel located on the Singel canal. Pre-funk party and early badge pick conveniently located at this hotel. Primary conference hotel.
Amsterdam, TEL +31-20-621 2223
Discounted room rate of 129 €
Getting AroundCar, Train and Air
CAR Use the GPS on your phone.
AIR Fly into Schiphol Airport, code AMS
TRAIN FROM AIRPORT A Direct Rail Link connects Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam central station, which is just 2 long blocks from Beurs van Berlage, and is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the city center. Trains run every 10 minutes (airport train schedule) from platforms 1 and 2 in the main arrival plaza and cost just € 3.60 for a single journey.
TRAIN TO AMSTERDAM CENTRAL ICE, City Night Line and Thalys all come directly into Central Station.
For those traveling internationally, when dialing any number, hold down the "0" key on your cell phone to display the "+" then enter the country code. You should drop the (0) when calling from your cell phone. So, the venue's number written as 0031 (0) 20 - 530 41 41 would be dialed as: +31 20 530 41 41, Carl's number would be dialed as: +1 435 770 5369. The country code for Netherlands is 31, for the United States it is 1.
To avoid unpleasant surprises, please contact your wireless carrier before
you leave for coverage and pricing information while in Amsterdam.
Passport and Entrance Requirements
Please verify with your appropriate government agency that you will meet all entrance requirements. For those traveling from the USA, please ensure your passport is valid for six months
after your travel date. NO JOKE 6 MONTHS! More information from the U.S. Department of State.
For those traveling from outside of EU, USA or Canada, you may need to get a visa for your stay in Amsterdam. Contact your local government for more information. Be aware that it may take up to 3 months to get a visa, so please plan accordingly.
Download the invitation letter, fill in the information and then email to firstname.lastname@example.org
[download visa letter
With a compact city size, good public transit and limited places to park- please do not rent a car.
Most planned events and tourist attractions are within a 30 minute walk. For some reason, we have found taxis are not the most reliable, so when you can walk.
Travel from/to Schiphol Airport
Taking a taxi to and from the airport is relatively easy. Right outside the airport are taxis and any hotel in the area can call you a taxi to the airport. If you take a taxi - it is about 40-45€ so make sure to have enough cash in Euros before getting into the taxi.
[RECOMMENDED] A Direct Rail Link connects Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam central station, which is just 2 blocks from Beurs van Berlage, and is the fastest and most convenient way to get to the city center. Trains run every 10 minutes (airport train schedule
) from platforms 1 and 2 in the main arrival plaza and cost just € 3.60 for a single journey.
The food in Amsterdam is very good, and since we descend upon Amsterdam outside of the normal tourist season - restaurants are accessible.
If you would like to plan ahead, view restaurant options
. You will likely want to favor locations to the south of the conference venue.
In February, the average high is 40F/5C and the average low is 31F/-1C. This is winter guys! Bring a winter coat, gloves and a hat if you are bald. It also may be a bit rainy, so an umbrella is advised.
View Amsterdam weather forecast
Health & Safety
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guide to Travelers' Health
. The US State Deparment's information relating to International Travel
. Get all your shots please.