We all come to IBC to share knowledge. We talk to each other in conference sessions, on exhibition stands and over a coffee. Then, at the end of the day, we still need to exchange views so we head out into the city.
The good news is that the excellent facilities of the RAI Congress Centre are matched by Amsterdam, one of the world’s great cities. It is friendly, cosmopolitan and cultured, and it is on IBC’s doorstep.
There are good restaurants within walking distance, but of course all IBC attendees qualify for a free travel pass. This is valid 24 hours a day, Friday to Tuesday, on the city’s buses, trams and metro lines. The routes are simple to understand, and will get you around town and to your hotel.
The centre of the city is compact enough for many to explore on foot, searching out some of the more quirky restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The more energetic might want to rent a bike and join the many thousands of Amsterdammers who commute on two wheels.
Taxis are a good option, too, but be sure you choose a licensed cab. The narrow streets of Amsterdam make hailing cabs anywhere impractical, but there are plenty of ranks in and around the city. The meter should calculate the official fare, which is a little under €3.00 to hire plus around €2.00 for each kilometre travelled. The meter will also print out a receipt.
Find out more about the city of Amsterdam at www.ibc.org/yourtrip.