Business Studies School Trips to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tourism, finance, flowers (especially tulips) and beer all play a prominent role in the economy of the Netherlands, and a visit here gives business studies students the chance to see many examples of these industries in action.
The commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam, is home to the oldest stock exchange in the world and many Dutch institutes have chosen the city as the base for their headquarters.
International connections from Schiphol Airport and Rotterdam’s Europort, coupled with the country’s fantastic infrastructure and seamless public transport links, means the opportunities for your students spread beyond the capital city. Located outside of the city, the Aalsmeer Flower Auction and the Delft Pottery Factory are fine examples of some of the country’s largest exports, whilst a visit to the Europort in Rotterdam allows students to appreciate the quantity of goods that pass through the country.
A trip to the Netherlands offers a fascinating insight into the business world, with a wide variety of exceptional visits to choose from.
Did You Know?
There are more bikes in Amsterdam than its population. There are also two times the amount of bikes than cars!
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Amsterdam Fact File
Time by coach from Calais:
Most UK Airports
Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam
1 euro = 100 cents
Greenwich Mean Time + 1
820,654 in Amsterdam; 16.69million in the Netherlands
GDP per capita:
Business HQs located here:
ABN Amro, Heineken, ING Group, Ahold, Delta Lloyd Group and Philips
Metal Products, Machinery & Equipment, Chemicals, Fuels, Processed Food & Tobacco
Climate: (click to enlarge)
Amsterdam Business Studies Recommended Visits
As a thriving business centre, there are plenty of visits perfect for business studies students without even leaving the city, but board your coach or use the seamless public transport system and further opportunities open up right before your eyes. Here are just a few of our recommended visits.
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
This is the largest flower auction in the world and from the gallery students can view the auction rooms as the action unfolds. During the tour, and at various points along the gallery, information is provided by an English audio system so that students can understand how such a large and complex system works.
Owned by the City of Amsterdam, the Ajax Arena is home to AFC Ajax and is a popular conference venue. The tour of the stadium allows students to access the heart of a vast and fascinating organisation. Photographs can be taken at the side of the pitch or from the top of the stand; students can sit in the commentator’s box or the royal enclosure, and after the tour, the group is taken to the museum next door, home of AFC Ajax’s trophies and other memorabilia. This is a great tour to illustrate how sport, in particular football, means big business!
Rotterdam – Spido Boat Port Tour
Students board the spido boat tour and proceed down the River Maas towards the huge port area. With English commentary throughout, among the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, students take a special journey through one of the largest harbours in the world. Your group will get to see Rotterdam’s impressive skyline as its imposing buildings glide by and get a unique view of the harbours shipyards, docks and the hypermodern transshipping of thousands of containers. The tour ends with a view of the steamship ‘Rotterdam’, the former cruise flagship of shipping company Holland America Line.
Coster Diamond Factory
Let your students enter into the glamorous world of diamonds at the Coster Diamond Factory and Museum. Here students get a real insight into the whole process on a guided tour. Students get to visit the factory room where there is a demonstration of the cutting and polishing of the diamonds and see how they set them into jewellery. Students are then guided through to the Sale room and shown the various shapes and sizes of diamonds and how the quality can be identified. In the museum, there is a short film and an exhibition about the history of diamonds, where they come from and how they are mass produced.
Delft Pottery Factory
Just outside of Rotterdam, in the small city of Delft is the Delft Pottery factory. The factory still produces all products by hand making it an excellent case study for comparison to its competitors and organisations that rely on technology – it is a sort after visit for this very reason. Students will take a guided tour where they get to see the artists who paint the porcelain as well as the forging, cutting and heating process. The tour passes by various ceremonial plates made for the Dutch Royal family and to celebrate special events.
De Zaanse Schans
Fifteen minutes from Amsterdam, the Zaanse Schans Open Air Museum showcases a unique part of the Netherlands. It is a characteristic residential community on the River Zaan, with wooden houses and windmills from the 17th and 18th century. In total, the site houses five mills, three of which can be visited including De Zoeker oil mill, which is the last remaining oil mill still in everyday use. There is also a museum shop, a clog maker’s workshop, a tin foundry, a bakery, a cheese dairy and a museum with period rooms. One of the best ways to see the whole community is from the water on a boat trip. A visit here can be used to compare and contrast with larger businesses such as the Aalsmeer Flower Market.
Clara Maria Cheese Farm and Clog Factory
This farm near Amsterdam still produces cheese and clogs the traditional way. You can watch this process and help the farmer with the cheese making, of course having a taste of the home made cheese yourself! Before the cheese demonstration you pass through the clog-making factory and learn about the differences in clog wear. Visitors can also visit the Riga Ranch Horse Dairy, situated 20 minutes away where guests can experience and taste horse-milk.
Art Galleries, Amsterdam
Students will find a unique experience at the Van Gogh Museum. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world and can provide students with the opportunity for them to follow the artist’s developments or compare his paintings to works by other artists from the 19th century in the collection. The museum also holds an extensive offer of exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.
The Dutch National Museum, the Rijksmuseum, dedicated to arts and history has over 1 million objects of which 8000 are on display. The new renovations were completed in April 2013 and will give your students an overview of art and history from the late Middle Ages to the present day.
The first permanent space exhibition in Europe is also home to the visitors centre for the European Space Agency. Students will get to see what it was like for the first men on the moon; experience a simulated launch of a rocket; discover the world of satellites; and find out about astronauts and see how they live and work in space.
It’s a miniature Netherlands! Students can ‘see, experience and do’ in this interactive mini Holland. Load the containers on a cargo ship in the port of Rotterdam, have a plane take off from Schiphol and operate the Oosterscheldekering storm surge barrier to prevent the village that lies behind from flooding.
Euromast in Rotterdam is a fantastic viewing platform with high-speed lifts that take you up to the main viewing deck situated at a height of 100 metres. From there the Euroscoop continues to the top, rotating slowly as it does so. At 185 metres the cabin turns round a few more times before descending. After a recent refurbishment, the interior of the Euroscoop displays images of many of the world’s other viewing masts/towers. Enjoy the amazing views of this thriving city!
Based in the former brewery where this premium beer was brewed for 100 years, this interactive tour takes students through the dynamic world of Heineken. The historic brewery and visitors centre now aim to educate its visitors on the brewing process and to bring the products and brand to life. On a self-guided tour, students will see historical artefacts and get to explore the production processes all through high tech multimedia interactive exhibits.
Amsterdam Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients below.
Dates: 11th – 14th February
Passengers: 15 students and 2 teachers
Accommodation: Hotel Aan Zee
Board Basis: Full Board
Overview of visits: Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Coster Diamond Factory, Anne Frank Museum, Delftware pottery, Spido Boat Tour, Euromast, Clara Maria Cheese and Clog Factory
The group arrived at school for an early start to their trip leaving for Dover at 6am. The ferry got the group into France at lunchtime for their onward journey to Noordwijk, with the group arriving at their hotel late afternoon. They had time to check in and look around their new surroundings before they had their evening meal at the hotel.View the full day-by-day itinerary
It was another early start for the group today as they had to be at the Aalsmeer Flower Auction early to catch all the action. The building itself is not only home to the largest flower auction in the world but is also the largest commercial building in the world. Each day thousands of flowers are bought and sold at a baffling speed. The group took a tour of the market including a walk along the gantry above the flowers and past the auction houses. Using different audio explanations along the gantry, the group was told what they were seeing and how the market has changed to become the modern, technological auction we see today. Following the tour the group took some time to grab a snack and get some souvenirs in the shop before heading to Amsterdam. Upon arrival in Amsterdam, the group had free time to stretch their legs and eat their lunch before visiting the Coster Diamond Factory in the Museumplein district of the city. The group took a tour of the factory and saw demonstrations on the cutting and polishing of the diamonds and examples of how to set diamonds into jewellery and the sales room where the group got to see (and hold) various shapes and sizes of diamonds. After the glamour of these precious stones, the group set off for a very different visit at the Anne Frank Museum where the group got to step behind the bookcase and see where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis from 1942-1944. After a busy day, the group left Amsterdam for the hotel and a welcome evening meal and nights’ sleep.
The group had a later start today with breakfast and then departure to Delft and the Delftware pottery. On arrival at the pottery, the group started their guided tour where they got to see the different aspects of the production process including a painting demonstration, and the company museum with pieces of Antique Delftware and the production process in the factory. After purchasing souvenirs from the shop, the group left Delft for Rotterdam and a Spido Boat Tour. Rotterdam has the second largest container port in the world, and the Spido boat tour around the port gave the group a chance to see and hear how the port has grown and how it plans to develop. After lunch, the group walked the short distance to the Euromast, where they ascended the tower for spectacular views of the port and Rotterdam.
After breakfast the group checked out of the hotel and loaded up the coach ready for their eventual departure home. Before then, the group visited the Clara Maria Cheese and Clog Factory. Here the group got to see the processes of cheese and clog manufacture as well as help the farmer with the cheese making and sample a bit too! The group then boarded the coach for their journey home arriving at school late evening.
It is possible to base your group in Amsterdam, however we find that the coastal town of Noordwijk just outside Amsterdam is more suitable for school groups. Here are just a few of our recommended hotels in Noordwijk, however should you wish to discuss the options available in the city then please speak to one of our School Tour Consultants who will be happy to help.
Hotel De Ossewa
The Hotel de Ossewa in Noordwijk is superbly run by Arnold and Gerda Geerlings who go out of their way to give our groups a warm welcome. The Hotel is just 15 minutes’ walk from the beach and is just a short walk into the resort itself. The downstairs section of the hotel is one large room which is the dining/sitting room area and also has a bar. This room can be adapted for evening activities such as a disco or games night and there is also a small garden and terrace area. The entire front and upper floor of the hotel has recently been renovated and all bedrooms now have a private bathroom.
Hotel Aan Zee
Located just minutes from the beach and the town centre, this family run hotel is superbly located, has an attractive dining room, a lounge with bar, games facilities including a pool table, a TV and video. With 40 rooms, the Hotel Aan Zee is very well suited to groups, most of the rooms have private facilities. Where possible, groups are accommodated together on one floor and students are accommodated mainly in rooms of 4 persons, leaders in twin bedded rooms. The owners, the Zonnefeld family, are very accustomed to working with British groups and our clients have consistently enjoyed their stays at this hotel.
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