Practical Information

VENUE

The Conference will be held at the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, located in Hilversum.

Address

Media Parkboulevard 1 1217
WE Hilversum The Netherlands

See the location on Google Maps. The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision can be easily reached by train or car. For advice on how to travel to the venue see travel advice section below. 

Accessibility

The building of the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision is accessible to people in wheelchairs or with any other restriction. All the conference rooms are accessible by lift and have wheelchair-accessible seating. If you require any assistance, please speak to the reception desk. 

Places to eat

The restaurant is located on the lower ground of the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision.  

You will find more restaurants and bars located further away from the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision in Hilversum city centre, 20 minutes on foot from the venue.

Wi-fi

The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision offers a free guest network for onsite wireless internet access.

Nursing room

The Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision has a private room on-site for nursing mothers. 


TRAVEL ADVICE

Travelling from the airport

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main airport in the Netherlands with many European and intercontinental flight connections. Schiphol train station is located directly below the airport and is accessible from the main hall. From here, you can take direct trains to Amsterdam (15 minutes), Hilversum (45 minutes) and other major Dutch cities.

Travelling by train

Daily direct train from London to Amsterdam (approx. 3 hours 52 minutes)

Daily direct train from Paris to Amsterdam (approx. 3 hours 24 minutes)

Daily direct train from Brussels to Amsterdam (approx. 1 hour 52 minutes)

Daily direct train from Frankfurt to Amsterdam (approx 4 hours 27 minutes)

Public transport in the Netherlands

Trains are the most convenient way to commute between Dutch cities. It is also the easiest way to reach the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision (Hilversum Media Park station) and the airport (Schipol Airport station). You can buy train tickets at the yellow self-service machines at any station, no need to book in advance. There is a €1 charge per single ticket. For train schedules, visit ns.nl/en.

Trams, buses and metro are all great ways to travel in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities. The most convenient option for visitors is a disposable one-hour card or day card (valid for one to seven days). One-hour tickets can be bought from vending machines on the tram or bus (payment by card only) or from vending machines at metro and train stations. To plan your journey, visit 9292.nl/en.

If you plan to use public transport in the Netherlands more often, a public transport card (OV-chipkaart) might be a more practical and cheaper option. It can be bought from ticket vending machines in most stations. The card costs €7.5. Once charged, you can use the OV-chipkaart for bus, metro, tram or train services. Please note that your OV-chipkaart must have a minimum balance of €20 when travelling by train.

For more information about public transport in the Netherlands, see:

Travelling to the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision

The easiest way to reach the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision is by train. The venue is located across the road from Hilversum Media Park train station (30 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal train station and 45 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol airport).

If you are travelling late at night, please be advised to check the train schedule in advance as there might be limited services available.

If you are travelling by car, it is easiest to reach the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision via the A1 motorway: coming from Amsterdam, take exit 9 Laren/Hilversum-Noord; coming from Amersfoort you follow the signs Hilversum-Noord and exit 9 Laren/Hilversum-Noord. The parking garage of the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision can be found at the rear end of the building. The rate is €1.50 per hour (maximum daily rate €9). The garage has two charging stations for electric cars.

Visas

Please be advised that depending on your nationality, you might need to obtain a visa to enter the Netherlands. For more information, see here


ACCOMODATIONS

Hilversum

We have negotiated special rates for WAC2023 participants in hotels in Hilversum (all within 10-30 minutes walking distance from the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, see this map):

Please be advised to book as soon as possible as the number of rooms is limited.

Amsterdam

Alternatively, you can look for a recommendation in Amsterdam (30 minutes by train from Hilversum). You can find a list of recommended hotels in this map.

Utrecht

Alternatively, you can look for a recommendation in Utrecht (20 minutes by train from Hilversum). You can find a list of recommended hotels in this map.

More options

For more accommodation options, see www.booking.com and AirBnB.


SIGHTSEEING

Hilversum

More information about visiting Hilversum: www.livehilversum.com/en

Amsterdam

If you are planning to travel around Amsterdam and visit a number of museums, you might want to consider buying I amsterdam City Card.

More information about visiting Amsterdam: www.iamsterdam.com/en

Utrecht
Day trips in the Netherlands

HEALTH & SAFETY

Please review the latest COVID-19 guidelines from the Netherlands government here: https://www.government.nl/topics/coronavirus-covid-19