general information

Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 243
1012 ZJ Amsterdam     
The Netherlands                                                                    


The Beurs van Berlage is the former Amsterdam Stock Exchange. In the Golden Age Amsterdam was the first place in the world to create a fixed location for the trade in stocks and shares (1611). The shares of the very first limited liability company in the world to be traded were those of the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, abbreviated to VOC).
Three hundred years later the famous architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage built the third Amsterdam Stock Exchange (1903); a building that generated a lot of controversy and, today, is considered the beginning of modern Dutch architecture.

About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world’s top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2010, Amsterdam was ranked 13th globally on quality of living.

Being one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam has all the advantages of a big city: a rich cultural programme, international restaurants, nightlife and good transport but with little road traffic due to its extensive canals. Get a bike to experience the beauty of Amsterdam and discover a city where your destination is never far away.
Please visit I Amsterdam for more information about the local area.

Amsterdam City Guide App
Make sure you don’t miss a thing during your visit to Amsterdam with the complete I Amsterdam City Guide app. This comprehensive guide puts the whole of the city at your fingertips. Easily find internationally renowned museums and attractions, explore local markets and quirky boutiques, or sample the local delicacies at Amsterdam’s best restaurants. From top tourist destinations and cultural events to the city’s hidden gems, the “I Amsterdam City Guide” like having a local by your side as you discover everything the city has to offer. You can download the I Amsterdam app in your App Store or Android Market.

Banking Service
The official currency in The Netherlands is the Euro (€). Foreign currencies can be exchanged to Euros at banks, which are usually open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 hours. Cash dispensers are located in the area of the Beurs van Berlage, at the airport and railway stations.

The weather in Amsterdam in March is usually cold. The average temperature is around 8 – 10°C. A raincoat or umbrella for occasional showers may be useful.

Shopping in Amsterdam
Most shops in Amsterdam are open from 09:00 to 18:00 hours, Monday through Saturday. Shops in the city centre (around Dam Square) are also open on Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00 hours. For more information about Amsterdam, please visit 

Electricity Supply
Electricity in The Netherlands is supplied at 230V – 50Hz AC. The plugs have 2 round pins similar to those in many European countries

Insurance and liability
It is recommended that delegates obtain adequate cover for travel, health and accident insurance before they depart from their countries. The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
and MCI as organizers cannot accept responsibility for personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the delegates.

Amsterdam is a safe city. We recommend to be street wise as in every major city. Please be careful with your personal belongings and take care of your personal safety.

Public Transport
Amsterdam offers an extensive travel network using metro, tram and bus. You can buy tickets in the metros, trams and buses or at the train stations.

TCA (Taxi Central Amsterdam) is the official taxi company for the city Amsterdam and Amsterdam RAI, guaranteeing the best rates and the highest quality service. More information can be found on or call TCA at +31(0)20 777 7777