Regarded as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam prides itself on being a city of diversity and connectivity. Although the city is small, the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of Europe’s four major airports, connecting directly to more than 300 destinations. The city is also packed with world-famous museums, unique venues, shops, historic architecture, beautiful canals, and a lively nightlife. With so much to do, no wonder why meeting and event planners choose Amsterdam to host hundreds of meetings and events every year.
Check out our planner’s guide to the top venues in Amsterdam for meetings and events.
Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider
One of the city’s most characteristic buildings, the Bazel is an ideal location for your next meeting or event. Formerly the meeting location of the Netherlands Trading Society, the Bazel offers planners 12 venue spaces, which can accommodate 100 to 500 guests. With Rococo style rooms decorated with Deco style artwork, like the Italian Room and other rooms with stained-glass windows and dark wood, the Bazel is a uniquely beautiful venue to host meetings or events of any size.
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Stun your guests with a unique venue by hosting your next meeting or event at the Eye, Amsterdam’s national museum for film. The Eye can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 900 guests. Planners can utilize one of the four cinemas, three meeting rooms, a foyer, or rent the entire museum. The most sought-after venue spot is the Area, which offers high ceilings and different levels of views of the IJ river. Give your attendees the “cinematic memory of the Netherlands” by hosting your next meeting or event at the Eye.
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Located on Amsterdam’s canal in the heart of the Amsterdam Canal District, the Ambassade hotel offers 56 unique guest rooms located in one of the ten 17thcentury canal houses. In addition, the hotel features fine dining, a library bar, an impressive collection of art and literation, and five meeting and event rooms. Ideal for smaller gatherings, Ambassade’s space features the Library Lounge (12 guests), the Library Bar (30 guests), Wolvecamp Lounge (40 guests), Ambassade Lounge (40 guests), private dining Alechinsky lounge (20 guests). With unique, Amsterdam-authentic guest rooms and meeting spaces, no wonder why the Ambassade Hotel is one of the world’s most praised hotel World Heritage Sites.
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4. De Hortus
Looking to host your next meeting or event in the most natural place in Amsterdam? Then the Hortus is for you! The Hortus is one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens. In addition to offering over 4,000 plant species, the Hortus offers three venue spaces for planners: the Laranja room, the Oranjerie room, and the Wing of the Palm Greenhouse. Perhaps the most popular meeting space, the 60-person Laranja room features floor-to-ceiling windows, views of Amsterdam’s streets and the Hortus garden. Whichever venue you choose, your guests will be transported to a serene oasis and forget about the bustle of the city.
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Allure your attendees to your event by hosting it in the most iconic sports stadium in the Netherlands, the Olympic Stadium. In addition to the track and field, the Stadium offers 32 rooms. The most popular rooms include the 1929 Room (80 guests), which features a timeline of the Stadium, and the Inspiration Room (12 guests), which boasts the best views of midfield. With over 139,931 sq. ft of private meeting and event space, no wonder why the Olympic Stadium is a sought-after venue.
Photo Credit: Olympisch Stadion
6. De Duif
Built in 1795 and preserved by the Stadsherstel, De Duif (The Dove) is a unique, hidden event venue. Originally a Roman Catholic church, the Dove can hold up to 500 guests and is ideal for concerts, seminars, receptions, wedding ceremonies, and other events. The Dove is a fully equipped, Amsterdam authentic venue for meetings and events.
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Boasting beautiful views of the harbor and city center, the Passenger Terminal regards itself as theevent venue in Amsterdam. The Passenger Terminal specializes in dinners, exhibitions, conventions, and receptions/parties. The venue offers three main spaces: the Main deck (1,500 guests), the Promenade deck (600 guests), and the Panorama deck (350 guests). Give guests an event they won’t forget by hosting your event on Amsterdam’s floating Passenger Terminal.
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Located in the historical center of the city across from Amsterdam’s Central Transportation Station, Park Plaza Victoria features 300 guest rooms and 9 conference rooms. These rooms can hold up to 130 guests and can be arranged in any style: boardroom, theater, classroom, etc. When your guests aren’t in meetings, they can enjoy dining at the hotels’ trendy restaurant or exploring the city’s business district and shopping.
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A renovated 19th-century complex, the Westergasfabriek Conference and Event Venue is a modern meeting and event parkland. Just steps from Amsterdam’s city center, the Westergasfabriek offers seven venues of all sizes: the Gasholder (3,500 guests), Transformatorhuis (750 guests), Machinegebouw (265 guests), Leidinghuis (20 guests), Werkkamer (50 guests), Westergas Theater (900 guests), and Zuiveringshal West (1,500 guests). The most iconic location at Westergasfabriek is the Gasholder, a circular, covered space that features more than 26,910 sq. ft of event space. No matter what venue you choose, the Westergasfabriek will ensure its unforgettable.
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This city-center hotel, which offers 451 guest rooms, is ideal for your next meeting or event. The NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky features 22, flexible modern meeting rooms with free Wi-Fi. The Krasnapolsky also offers two larger rooms, the Winter Garden and the Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate 1,500 guests. With views of the Royal Palace and located walking distance from some of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, like the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, your guests will want you to host your meeting or event at the Krasnapolsky.
Photo Credit: NH Collection - Krasnapolsky
Top 3 Things to Do in Amsterdam
Rated the number one thing to do in Amsterdam, the Vondelpark is a 116-acre daytime favorite of locals and visitors. As the city’s largest park, the Vondelpark offers ponds, playgrounds, walking paths, arose garden, cafes, sculptures, open-air theater, and more. Entrance to this park is free.
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Holding the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings, the Van Gogh Museum is a must-see for any Van Gogh fan. The museum features over 200 paintings from Van Gogh’s collection including some of his most popular paintings and drawings like “Sunflower” and “Almond Blossom”. Tickets cost 18 euros for adults and free for kids 18 and younger. The museum is opened until 9:00 pm on Friday nights and offers music and drinks for visitors to enjoy while looking at Van Gogh’s 200 plus paintings.
Pro Tip: Because the Van Gogh museum is regarded as the top museum in all of the Netherlands, purchase your ticket online to avoid long lines.
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Established on May 3, 1957, with the help of Anne’s father, Otto Frank, the Anne Frank House is dedicated to preserving and sharing Anne’s story with the world. Visitors can tour where Anne lived in hiding for two years.
Tickets are only available online, so make sure you buy your ticket in advance. Tickets cost 10 euros for adults, 5 euros for kids 10-17, and free for kids 9 and younger.
Photo Credit: Anne Frank House
Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Amsterdam venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Amsterdam? Let us know by commenting below!