The Beurs van Berlage was built between 1898 and 1903 under the leadership of architect H.P. (Hendrik) Berlage. His design was a drastic break from the sumptuous 19th century architectural style. The austere, rationalist Beurs was certainly not appreciated by everyone. However, today the building is generally considered to be leading design for the 20th century and Berlage the father of modern Dutch architecture.
The Beurs van Berlage is a single place: architecture in harmony with art, sculpture and poetry. To this effect Berlage collaborated with numerous artists: Albert Verwey, Jan Toorop, Richard Roland Holst, Lambertus Zijl, Antoon Derkinderen and Joseph Mendes da Costa. They had idealistic and progressive idea about the structure of society oriented to an early socialism which expressed also in the design of the Beurs.
When Berlage was asked about the contradiction between the capilast function and socialist symbolism of his building, he replied that he was expecting a revolution in society with an end to capitalism and to the Beurs. The Beurs would then become a Palace of the People, in which art, economics and society would come together.
Today we can say that Berlage's vision has come true, at least with respect to his Beurs: in 1987 the Option Exchange was the last big financial institute to leave the building. Since then it has become a true public Palace where conferences, events, lectures, concerts, exhibitions and cultural events are now the order of the day...
Comfortable facilities, space and modern technology go hand and hand with the authentic ambiance of Hendrik Berlage’s masterpiece. Years of experience and involment will guarantee the venue to realize a special conference concept.
Travelling to the Beurs van Belage by public transport is quick and easy; situated in the heart of Amsterdam within walking distance of several tramway stations. The Central Station is located a mere 300 m away.
The Beurs van Belage
1012 ZJ AMSTERDAM
Phone: +31 (0)20-531 33 55
Fax:+31 20 - 6204701
A network of tramway station serve the local area. The Dam/De Bijenkorf stop is the nearest tram stop.The following trams stop here: 4, 9, 16, 24, 25.
For more information, click here to view the Amsterdam Transport Networks' Map.
The nearest stop is Nieuwmarkt (15 minute walk) on the yellow, orange and red line. Click here to view the Amsterdam Metro's Map.
There are taxi stands directly in front of the Beurs van Berlage, at the Damrak. Call Taxi Centrale Amsterdam to order a cab, +31 20 - 777 77 77
There is a number of large multi-storey car parks in the immediate vicinity of the Beurs van Berlage:
De Bijenkorf multi-storey - 400 spaces (right next to the Beurs van Berlage)
P1 Central Station multi-storey - 465 spaces (5 minute walk)
Nieuwezijds Kolk multi-storey - 400 spaces (5 minute walk)
It is virtually impossible to park anywhere on the road near the Beurs van Berlage.