Venue – de Doelen
Concert- and congress centre De Doelen
De Doelen is a highly-acclaimed concert hall and state-of-the-art congress centre. Located in the Mauritskwartier district of Rotterdam, De Doelen welcomes visitors for gatherings ranging from 100 to 3.000 delegates.
The history of De Doelen dates back to the seventeenth century when an orchestra of city musicians gave public concerts in ‘De Doele’ located on the Haagscheveer in Rotterdam. It was replaced by the ‘Groote Doelezaal’ on the Coolsingel road that was opened in 1844. A new Doelenzaal was opened in 1934, but it was destroyed in the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940. The current De Doelen was not opened until 26 years later in 1966. The building is a municipal listed building and is viewed in Rotterdam as the ‘the culmination of the reconstruction’ that has huge cultural and historical value.
Willem Burger Complex
De Doelen Conference Centre (the Willem Burger Zaal complex) was opened in 2000 and is specially designed for conferences and corporate events. It is characterised by its transparent, spacious and business-like design.
The centre has its own entrance as well as central hall, an exhibition lobby, a beautifully-lit foyer with a rooftop terrace and ten smaller meeting rooms. At its heart is the exceptional Willem Burger Zaal, seating a maximum of 700 delegates (535 without the balcony) in a fixed-rake, amphitheatre arrangement.
For a detailed map of Rotterdam with the conference locations click here. For the walk from Rotterdam station to De Doelen, see video below.