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Business Studies School Trips to Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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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:
5 hours

Regional departures:
Most UK Airports

Nearest airports:
Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

Monetary unit:
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

Local exports:
Metal Products, Machinery & Equipment, Chemicals, Fuels, Processed Food & Tobacco

Climate: (click to enlarge)

Netherlands Climate Graph
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Recommended Visits

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 Ajax Arena Rotterdam - Spido Boat Port Tour Coster Diamond Factory Delft Pottery Factory De Zaanse Schans Clara Maria Cheese Farm and Clog Factory Art Galleries, Amsterdam Space Expo Madurodam Euromast Heineken Experience
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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.


4 days,
3 nights

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

Day 1:

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.

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Day 2:

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.

Day 3:

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.

Day 4:

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.

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Amsterdam Accommodation

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

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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.

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Hotel Aan Zee

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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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