The meeting's sessions will be held on monday 10 till wednesday 12 September, in the morning and early afternoon. Short excursions are planned for monday, tuesday and wednesday afternoon, and two longer excursions on thursday 13 and friday 14 September.
Monday/tuesday afternoon: Panorama Mesdag
Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting finished in 1881, by Dutch painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915). The painting measures 120 by 14 meters. It's a vista of the sea, dunes and Scheveningen village. The panorama is housed in a purposely built museum and is the oldest 19th century panorama in the world in its original site.
Because of the large number of participants and limited space in Panorama Mesdag we will split the group in two and visit Panorama Mesdag both on monday and on tuesday afternoon.
The entrance fee is € 5.15 euros. Please pay in advance using the registration form.
Transport: by foot (about 1.5km walk from the meeting location). Public transport options are available as well.
Monday/tuesday afternoon: Madurodam
Madurodam is a miniature city, with replicas of many Dutch landmarks and typical dutch buildings at 1:25 scale. Thus you'll be able to see much of the Netherlands in just one afternoon!
Entrance is 10.60 euros. Please pay in advance using the registration form.
Madurodam is approximately 3.5 km from the meeting venue. We will go there by public transport. An OV chipkaart is required, be sure to purchase one when you arrive in the Netherlands.
Wednesday afternoon: dunes walk and BBQ at the beach
On wednesday evening we will end the meeting with a barbecue at the beach, in De Kwartel beach pavillion. The pavillion can only be reached by foot, about 1.5 km from the nearest bus stop. This makes for a great scenic walk through the sea dunes of Den Haag.
The barbecue costs approximately 22 euros per person (excluding drinks), to be paid afterwards at the beach pavillion.
Thursday: Kinderdijk & Euromast
On thursday afternoon we will visit the windmills of Kinderdijk. This is one of the best known Dutch tourist sites and a Unesco world heritage site.
Our boat will leave at 13:30 from Rotterdam for Kinderdijk. In Kinderdijk there is a 1km walk (2km return) from the boat dock to the windmills. We will visit one of the windmills which presently houses a museum.
The boat will bring us back to Rotterdam. From the dock it's a 2.7km walk along the Maas river to the Euromast. The Euromast is a tower constructed for the 1960 Floriade flower exhibition. At that time with 101 meters it was the highest building in Rotterdam. When it lost that status, another 85 meters was added, with a revolving elevator to the top.
At around 19:00 we will have dinner in the Euromast's restaurant and see the sun set over Rotterdam.
Costs for the excursions:
Kinderdijk: 16.15 Euros (boat transport + museum entrance)
Euromast: 30.50 Euro. This covers the entrance and a 2 course dinner (starter + main).
These fees need to be paid in advance, please pay in advance using the registration form. Drinks and optional dessert in the Euromast to be paid separately after dinner.
Transport: we will meet at 13:30 at the Boompjeskade in Rotterdam. Directions by public transport from Den Haag will be provided. An OV Chipkaart is required to use the public transport (Den Haag - Rotterdam is approximately 6 euros each way).
Friday: Amsterdam canal boat trip
When in Amsterdam a boat trip through the canals is a must-do and a great way to see the old city center. Our boat will leave around 11:00 for a tour of approximately one hour. Afterwards at 13:00 we will have a traditional Cantonese Dim Sum lunch in Sea Palace restaurant:
This is a floating chinese restaurant close to Amsterdam Central station.
The remainder of the day is free to spend in Amsterdam. If you are traveling back by plane, Schiphol airport is only 15 minutes by train. Left luggage lockers are available at Amsterdam Centraal train station.
Costs: Boat trip 7.25 euros, to be paid in advance using the payment form
Lunch: approximately 18 euros per person, to be paid afterwards at the restaurant.
Transport: we will meet at Amsterdam Centraal Station at 10:15. Travel by public transport from Den Haag is approximately 12 Euros one way.
Rain coat, umbrella, shoes:
We strongly advice you to bring a rain coat, an umbrella and a pair of good walking shoes with you in case we experience wet weather.
Image credits: Aldo Hoeben (flickr.com), Mooste (flickr.com), Francisco M. Marzoa (Wikimedia commons), Michiel Verbeek (Wikimedia Commons), Amsterdam Municipal Department for the Preservation and Restoration of Historic Buildings and Sites (Wikimedia Commons), David Boudreau (flickr.com), Maartje Ansems, Maarten Hoeben