Venue and practicalities


Felix Meritis
European Centre for Arts, Culture and Science
Keizersgracht 324
1016 EZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Map: http://www.felix.meritis.nl/nl/over-felix-meritis/contact-en-route/

Please notice that there is an elevator/lift, which may be used by the participants. However it does not reach the floors with the two top meeting rooms.


Arrival

From Schiphol airport trains leave every 10 minutes to Amsterdam central station until midnight. Tickets can be bought at the airport train station.

From Amsterdam Central Station you can reach your hotel and the conference venue by public transport (tram and metro) or by taxi.

For some non-OECD country participants it might be necessary to bring a copy of the invitation letter, your insurance paper and the hotel reservation with you to show to customs. Please contact us if you need some of these documents from us.

Transportation

In Amsterdam you can easily get around by public transport. The most practical way is to buy a public transport chip card (anonymous OV-chipkaart) and to charge this with a small amount. It can be used for all buses, trams and metros.

Anonymous OV chipkaarts are available at the GVB Tickets & Info centers (e.g. across from Amsterdam Central Station) and at ticket vending machines.

Alternatively, you can also purchase a 96 or 120-hour ticket (€ 19.50 or € 24) for unlimited travel within Amsterdam. These are also available at the GVB Tickets & Info centers and ticket vending machines, as well as tourist offices and some hotels.

More information on public transport in Amsterdam can be found here.

Please note that if you travel without checking in with your OV Chip Card, you run the risk of receiving a fine. Don’t forget to CHECK IN and CHECK OUT in bus, tram and metro.

Amsterdam is a very bicycle-friendly city. Some hotels rent out bicycles, but there are also many rental shops such as StarBikes, or MacBike.

Taxi’s are all over the city, but be aware that they are expensive.

Other useful information about the Netherlands

Language
The national language in the Netherlands is Dutch, but most of the Dutch people speak English.

Currency
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (€). Of course you can change money at local banks or currency exchange offices.

Electricity
Electricity in the Netherlands is 220V

Temperature in the Netherlands/ clothes
End of March is early spring time. On average the temperature can fluctuate from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius during the day. Although the weather can be nice and sunny it will probably feel cold for those coming from a tropical climate. We advise you to bring cloths for cold temperatures and to be prepared for some rain.

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