The fishing village of Volendam is the to-go place for an authentic Dutch experience. Located 30km north of Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, Volendam is often referred to as ‘The Pearl of the Zuiderzee’. Characteristic wooden houses along the waterfront with seagulls flying overhead make for a cinematic atmosphere. A hotel in Volendam will please the discerning business traveller who values the charms of staying in a Dutch fishing village.
Why should I visit Volendam on my business trip?
Volendam's proximity to Amsterdam makes it perfect for business travellers looking to add another dimension to their sojourn. The city is well-connected to Amsterdam by public transportation and taxi. You can even cycle to Amsterdam from Volendam through Purmerend — it will take you 45 minutes to cover the 10km route. Sporty kinds can rent a bike and explore the surrounding regions.
Volendam is also a perfect base from to visit the picturesque village island of Marken, which lies on the IJmeer lake. While here, don't miss the Paard van Marken lighthouse, Marker Museum and the Grote Kerk church. High on the culture quotient, Volendam offers visitors a vibrant local music scene known as 'palingsound'. The Palingsoundmuseum is a good source of information for those into music and culture.
Where do I find the big business events?
Volendam is a half-hour drive from Amsterdam, where some of Europe's most important conferences and conventions take place. The RAI Convention Centre is Holland's largest premier exhibition and convention centre that hosts close to 120 trade shows annually. There's also the Arena Congress Center and the Rembrandt Tower Boardroom, which is Amsterdam's tallest building. Trade fairs as diverse as the Homemaker's Fair, European Breast Cancer Conference and Chocoa Conference all take place a short drive from your hotel in Volendam.
What else can I enjoy with a hotel in Volendam?
After, soak in the sea breeze near your hotel on Volendam's whimsical waterfront. The compact city centre is perfect to explore on foot. Must-visits include the wooden Stolphoevekerk church and Volendams Museum. Foodies will love the sea-facing terrace cafés that serve terrific smoked eel and Dutch herring. Take home a few traditional wooden ships, wooden shoes, and Gouda cheese for family and colleagues. Or go for a photo in a traditional Dutch costume at a local photo booth.