City to Meet
Let us welcome you to Amsterdam, a place of many inspiring and surprising faces. No other city mixes cosmopolitan style and relaxed atmosphere quite like Amsterdam, where our hospitable nature attracts an excitingly diverse population. We invite you to join us and make our metropolis your own during your stay.
Whether admiring the Golden Age gabled merchants’ houses of the old city centre or marvelling at the sleek skylines of the new Zuidas and harbour areas, you will see that Amsterdammers pride themselves on the city’s rich history while keeping focused on the future. Creative energy and innovation abound, strengthening and inspiring the established international business community.
Home to some of the world’s most acclaimed works of art, with more canals than Venice, more bridges than Paris and nearly 7,000 monumental buildings, our compact floating city offers a variety of historical and cultural treasures. It’s no wonder Amsterdam’s historic canal ring has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Maybe you will visit our world-famous diamond factories, discover the city’s tradition as a jazz hub or simply soak up the local nightlife in a casual café – whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy our vibrant, open spirit.
Welcome to Amsterdam and the ECCV conference!
Accessible & compact
Amsterdam is a national and international gateway. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is considered one of the best in the world and is just 20 minutes from the city centre. Amsterdam’s compact city centre has an outstanding public transport service and therefore most facilities and sights are within walking distance of each other. The city’s network of canals also offers a unique opportunity to transport your delegates via the water.
Amsterdam was founded in the Middle Ages near a dam on the River Amstel. The city truly blossomed in the early 17th century, when it became the world’s largest centre for trade and art. The historic heart of the city known as the ‘Grachtengordel’ (canal ring) has remained beautifully intact to this day. The area is by no means an open-air museum, but rather the warm, friendly and vibrant heart of the city.
The Netherlands capital city has been a centre of creativity and culture for centuries. Works by 17th century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer grace the walls of Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh Museum houses several of the artists’ masterpieces. Other cultural treasures include Anne Frank’s House, the baroque Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Rembrandt House. Amsterdam can even satisfy the cultural pallet of the most experienced visitor.
During the 17th century Amsterdam was a stockpile of trading goods; today knowledge is also being generated. With two highly developed universities and several laboratories, Amsterdam is now firmly on the world map as a centre of knowledge. The city attracts many prominent academics and has become an attractive meeting place for those involved in science and research. Due in part to its central location on the edge of Europe, Amsterdam now offers a new ‘market place’ for the free and efficient exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Facts & Figures of Amsterdam
Inhabitants Greater Amsterdam 2,158,592
Bulb flowers in parks and public gardens 600,000
City trams 232
Antique shops 165
Diamond polishing factories 24
Wooden drawbridges 8
|Canal boats and saloon boats 110
16th, 17th and 18th century buildings 6,800
Gable stones 654
Statues and sculptures 302
Paintings of Rembrandt 22
Paintings of Van Gogh 206
Concerts and theatrical performances per year 16,000
Concerts and theatrical performances per day 40
Theatres and concert halls 55
Cafés and bars 1,215
Hotel beds 41,000
Amsterdam has a moderate, maritime climate largely influenced by the North Sea and other surrounding waterways. Water holds temperature longer than land; it heats and cools more slowly. In watery Amsterdam, this means the crisp, rejuvenating spring and cool, breezy autumn can linger for months, as warm summer air and cold winter chills arrive quite gradually. Average temperatures are 17°C (62.6°F) in mid-summer (July) and 3°C (37.4°F) in mid-winter (January). Rainfall occurs an average of 120 days annually and is spread evenly throughout the year.
The conference will take place during summertime hours and Amsterdam is one hour ahead of GMT.
Monday 11.00 – 18.00
Tuesday – Saturday 09.00 – 18.00
Thursday evening till 21.00
Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
Monday – Friday 09.00 – 18.00
Saturday – Sunday closed
The Dutch currency is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are accepted at most large businesses.
The mother tongue is Dutch and English is the second language in Amsterdam. In addition to this, many residents speak additional modern foreign languages.
Safety & Crime
Amsterdam is considered as a relatively safe city. In general, violent crimes do not occur very often. However, be aware of pick-pocketing; Pickpockets are mainly active in the summer and in the train travelling between Amsterdam Central Station and Schiphol Airport.
They can also find you in a tram or when you are watching one of the many street artists perform. Watch your belongings carefully.
National Emergency numbers
Police, fire brigade, ambulance: Tel.: 112
National number police, no emergency: Tel.: +31 900 8844
Within The Netherlands 230 Volts/50 Hertz electrical supply is used. Visitors may need converters and adapters.
Social activities in amsterdam and surroundings
The following social activities are suggested and can be arranged and booked on an individual basis.
Guided walk through
The centre of Amsterdam: Amsterdam is a city where you can stroll from square to square and from terrace to terrace. This is something you can do on your own of course, but did you know why Amsterdam’s architectural style is characterised by tiny windows? Or why there are three crosses on a bollard? What is the city’s nickname? And who were Johnny Jordaan and Tante Leen? Find out the answers to these questions and more during a walking tour.
Open Air Museum Zaanse Schans
Travel back in time with a bus tour to the Zaanse Schans right into the eighteenth century. The Zaanse Schans is a village comprised of a collection of green wooden houses and mills which were once scattered across the Zaanstreek region. Not only are the houses and mills authentic, they are all still in use. Visit the mills, a clog-maker and the Klokkenmuseum (clock museum). You can also combine a boat tour on the river Zaan, the largest industrial terrain during the seventeenth century.
Fishermen’s villages Volendam and Marken
Volendam is a charming fishermen’s village with its own special charm. The main street is De Dijk, situated along the harbour. The majority of cafés and souvenir shops are located here. Sit out on one of the many terraces and you will notice that several inhabitants are dressed in traditional costume. Photos are permitted. There are a couple options when you go off De Dijk. The first is you can take a boat to Marken, a former island and like a picture postcard from the nineteenth century. Or the other way and end up in a medley of winding streets and tiny houses.
Polder region & countryside
What makes the polder landscape in the north of Amsterdam so special is the horizon, which stretches as far as the eye can see. What will catch your eye are the dykes, waterways, windmills and of course the flower fields. In Spring meadows are full with bulbs ready to burst into a mosaic of colour. Listed a UNESCO world heritage site due to its ingenious design and fascinating history is the Beemster landscape. At the Zaanse Schans you can visit a windmill, cheese-maker and a clog museum where you can have clogs tailor-made.