Logistical Information

ROTTERDAM

Welcome to Rotterdam: a young, dynamic metropolis in continuous and rapid renewal of itself at a rapid rate. A city with sparkling skyscrapers, a world-class port, famous museums, awesome festivals, trendy restaurants and fabulous food markets – each the product of Rotterdammers and their celebrated “can-do” mentality.
Experience the city’s many extraordinary attractions and tours – by bike, bus, boat or on foot – and you’ll see why Rotterdam’ was voted one of the world’s top ten cities in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016.

Innovation
After the bombing of the Second World War, Rotterdam reinvented itself with characteristic energy and innovation. Working under a at that time ground-breaking motto – light, air and space – it broke with the past and welcomed the new age. In this city that still embraces experimentation, anything is possible. From a rooftop city farm to a music festival in the harbour, from an exclusive rooftop bar to a brewery in a former warehouse, you’ll be enthralled by its vigour and inventiveness.

 

City of architecture
If you love architecture, Rotterdam won’t disappoint you. Its patchwork of styles combines icons of the Nieuwe Bouwen (c. 1920-1960) with buildings of the post-war reconstruction period (c. 1960-1980). These clash cheerfully with the hypermodern landmarks of recent decades Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam Central Station, De Rotterdam building, and the Timmerhuis complex. Then, of course, there’s the Markthal: In the first indoor market hall in the Netherlands. Here, alongside, nearly 100 stalls selling fresh produce you’ll find food shops and a range of restaurants that includes Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian. When you’re there, don’t forget to look up: on the ceiling is artwork in the Netherlands, Arno Coenen’s Horn of Plenty.

 

Harbour of Rotterdam
The Port of Rotterdam is the largest harbour of Europe and had a freight throughput of 469 million tonnes in 2019. The port of Rotterdam is an all-round port for agricultural commodities. There is a broad selection of services for the shipment and storage of agricultural products, such as corn, grains, soybeans and other oilseeds, such as rapeseed, in part meant for animals feeds. Furthermore, the Rotterdam region includes various leading companies with expertise in processing and trading agricultural commodities. The port of Rotterdam is ideally situated for the import, export and transhipment of agricultural commodities. An extensive network of short sea, inland shipping, rail and road facilities provides extensive transhipment options, for example to Germany, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Port City
Welcome to Rotterdam: a young, dynamic metropolis in continuous and rapid renewal itself at a rapid rate. A city with sparkling skyscrapers, a world-class port, famous museums, awesome festivals, trendy restaurants and fabulous food markets – each the product of Rotterdammers and their celebrated “can-do” mentality.
Experience the city’s many extraordinary attractions and tours – by bike, bus, boat or on foot – and you’ll see why Rotterdam’ was voted one of the world’s top ten cities in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016.

TRAVEL

Rotterdam is easily accessible and has a compact city centre. Rotterdam can be reached in a variety of ways: by car, boat, train, bus and air. There are two airports in the vicinity of Rotterdam: Schiphol International Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Rotterdam is also fast and easy to reach by high-speed rail, such as the Thalys.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Rotterdam The Hague Airport is a comfortable and easy regional airport, situated at approximately six miles from the city centre. Travel times between the airport and the city are excellent: fifteen minutes by taxi and twenty minutes by public transport (airport shuttle & metro) to Rotterdam Central Station. At the Airport, flights are continually landing from major cities of neighbouring countries. Serving 40 destinations, Rotterdam The Hague Airport has regular flight connections to many major European cities with national and low-cost carriers.

Schiphol Airport
Schiphol International Airport is the most user friendly airport in the world and the 5th largest of Europe. It has already repeatedly earned the accolade of being the world’s favourite airport. Schiphol is a major international hub and the gateway to Europe. We’ve made an instruction video about the ease of travelling from Schiphol to Rotterdam Central Station.

Travel time by train to Rotterdam Central Station
00:26 hrs – Schiphol Airport
00:30 hrs – Antwerp
01:11 hrs – Brussel
02:36 hrs – Paris

VENUE

Address
De Doelen International Conference Center Rotterdam
Schouwburgplein 50
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Accessibility
The conference will be held in De Doelen, a city-center, state-of-the-art venue for conferences and concerts. De Doelen, Rotterdam, is located within 2 minutes walking distance from Rotterdam Central Station. De Doelen is not only the cultural focal point of Rotterdam, but it also features state of the art convention facilities and services, with the needs of the organiser and the delegate in mind.

Highlights of the Doelen
The exceptional appeal of De Doelen lies in its dual function as concert hall and conference centre. This is highlighted by the design of the building: remarkable 1960’s functionalist architecture of the original concert hall beautifully contrasting with the dynamic and modern design of the conference centre.