Welcome! It is our great pleasure to invite you to Amsterdam for the World Tunnel Congress 2017. The main theme: Tunnels connecting people. We do not build tunnels just because we like them, we build them for the opportunities they provide. Come and share your knowledge on this theme in Amsterdam!
Tunnels connect people in more than one way. We can go trough the tunnel and walk on top of it: by redirecting highways underground, the quality of life above ground is restored. Neighbourhoods are linked once more and runners, cyclists and walkers can enjoy a greenway across the city.
Worldwide many tunnels will celebrate their hundredth birthday in the near future, some have already passed that age. The challenge is to modernise and refurbish them in such a way that they can continue to be safe and reliable parts of our traffic networks, during and after the refurbishment.
Many disciplines, one object. Or many disciplines and many objects. Simple train stations become multi-modal terminals where all the city’s public transport is combined. Trains, trams, buses, subways, cyclists, pedestrians,… We are all constructing multi-story terminals where all these modalities can be found.
During the WTC2017 in Amsterdam you can experience a project that is one of the main reasons we proposed to host the WTC2017 in the first place: the North/South metro line. The bored tunnels underneath the historical centre of Amsterdam will be opened in 2017 but not until after the WTC. We have commitment of the project organisation that visitors of the WTC2017 can enter the subway tunnels.
Being a small country had its advantages. For example, when you are staying in Amsterdam for the WTC2017 you and your partner can easily visit interesting Dutch sights. The partner programme will of course include visits to the famous Keukenhof with its endless fields of colourful bulb flowers, and to the Zaanse Schans, a living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, packed with typically Dutch wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums.
May 27th 1903, the Beurs van Berlage was opened by Queen Wilhelmina. The monument is regarded as a forerunner of modern architecture. It is only a five-minute walk from Amsterdam’s famous canals, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With total floor space of 5,500 square meters and 25 rooms and halls, Beurs van Berlage is now one of the Netherlands’ most popular event and conference venues.
What makes Amsterdam so popular with visitors from around the world? Is it the city’s atmosphere or famous canals? Is it its rich history, the theatres and museums? Perhaps it’s the cosy outdoor terraces, fabulous shops and the beautiful parks, or the freedom that Amsterdam offers with its tolerant 'live and let live' mentality? In fact, it’s all these things that make Amsterdam such a one-of-a-kind destination.
With over 16.5 million people and a population density of 488 people per square kilometer, The Netherlands is the most densely populated country of the European Union. Still, The Netherlands is best-known for its mills, bulb fields, dykes and canals.
All rooms at the Beurs van Berlage are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual and lighting facilities. However, you still take in the monumental atmosphere. All historical features are intact such as the stained glass windows and tile murals. Reason enough for our King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima to get married at the Beurs van Berlage on the 2nd of February 2002.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is Holland’s largest airport and one of the most modern airports in Europe. From here, you can easily travel to Amsterdam by public transport, taxi or (rental) car. In Amsterdam the public transport network of buses, trams and metro is efficient, modern and reliable. The city’s network of canals also offers a unique opportunity to travel and see some highlights at the same time.