Venue and Travel
The Hague Marriott Hotel, the Netherlands
The Venue for the conference is the four-star Marriott Hotel in The Hague. The Hague Marriott Hotel is located in the beautiful “Statenkwartier” next to the World Forum, the Prime Minister's residence and the Municipal Museum, with easy access to the centre of The Hague and the beach of Scheveningen. Many attractions are within walking distance of the hotel. Surrounded by greenery, Marriott offers a nice trim and running route directly from the hotel.
The Hague and Scheveningen beach
Den Haag (The Hague) is the capital city of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. With a population of 500,000 inhabitants and more than one million inhabitants including the suburbs, it is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Hague is located in the west of the Netherlands.
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State, but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which constitutionally is Amsterdam. In The Hague, King Willem-Alexander and his staff have their offices in the Palace Noordeinde ('Paleis Noordeinde'). Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 international organisations are located in the city, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, which makes The Hague one of the major cities hosting the United Nations, along with New York, Vienna and Geneva.
Scheveningen beach is even more beautiful in summer. Scheveningen has many exciting beach pavilions where you can lounge, eat, drink in the evening.
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is the most frequently used airport by people travelling to and from The Hague by air. There are several direct trains per hour from Schiphol to The Hague, both to Den Haag Central Station (CS) (recommended) and Den Haag Hollands Spoor Station (HS). More information can be found on http://www.schiphol.nl.
Alternatively, you could also travel via Rotterdam The Hague Airport (http://www.rotterdamthehagueairport.nl/). It can be reached from Central Station by RandstadRail Line E and with an Airport Shuttle to and from Meijersplein Station. In addition to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Netherlands has five other international airports spread throughout the country, including in Rotterdam, Groningen, Eindhoven, Enschede and Maastricht.
Public transportation is a great way to reach the Marriott Hotel The Hague from Den Haag Central Station (CS). Bus line 24 (direction ‘Kijkduin’) and tram line 16 (direction ‘Statenkwartier’) takes you to stop Den Haag, Gemeentemuseam/Museon. This is located a 6-minute walk from the conference location.
There are two main train stations in The Hague: Den Haag Hollands Spoor (HS) and Den Haag Central Station (CS), only 1.5 km distant from each other. The international Benelux trains to Brussels call only at Den Haag Hollands Spoor. Den Haag Central Station does, however, now offer good connections with the rest of the country, with direct services to most major cities, for instance Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. See below for more information about OV-chipcard, the payment method for public transport (train, bus, tram).
Major motorways connecting to The Hague include the A12, running to Utrecht and the German border. The A12 runs directly into the heart of the city. Other connecting motorways are the A4, which connects the city with Amsterdam, and the A13, which runs to Rotterdam and connects to motorways towards the Belgian border.
Public transport in The Hague consists of a tramway network and a sizeable number of bus routes, operated by HTM Personenvervoer.
You can plan your journey on this website: http://9292.nl/en
OV-chipcard (public transport chipcard)
The OV-chipcard is now the most common system of paying for trams and buses throughout the Netherlands.
What is the OV-Chipcard
The OV-chipcard is becoming the standard payment method for the public transport system in the Netherlands. The smart card is the size of a bank card and contains an invisible chip. The OV-chipcard is a prepaid card which you can use to travel anywhere within the Netherlands by train, metro, bus and tram. You can also use it to purchase a travel product such as a one-way journey or a season ticket.
How to get an OV-chipcard?
It is recommended to buy a Anonymous OV-chipcard for € 7,50. An anonymous OV-chipcard can be purchased at the stations, in newsagents and at serve counters. An anonymous card is valid for four to five years. You can keep the card to use it again. The credit will also remain valid. Or you can get the left-over credit back at a public transport company counter. You will pay € 1 in administration costs. If you wish to terminate the card, please request a form from the counter. Complete the form fully and post this along with the card to the address given on the form.
How to use my OV-chipcard?
Before you start travelling you need to load balance on your OV-chipkaart. You need to check in and check out, when travelling, also when you have to change. Sometimes the card reader is in the bus or the tram, and sometimes on the platform.
Checking in and out
With a positive balance on your OV-chipkaart you can check in and out. Hold your OV-chipkaart against the screen of a gate or single card reader. The gate will open; the card reader will give a confirmation signal. At the end of your journey you check out in the same way. Please note, if you change from transport company you have to check-out and check-in again.
For more information about OV-chipcard, please visit: http://www.ov-chipkaart.nl
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