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HAPROXYConf 2019

Venue, accommodation, and city information.

The conference will take place in Het Sieraad, a former crafts school transformed into an arts and culture centre during the 90s.

About the venue

Het Sieraad is only a few minutes away from downtown Amsterdam, in the De Baarsjes district, built during the first half of the 20th century, and now renowned as the melting pot for artists and different cultures.

All our presentations will be held in the beautiful open courtyard of this historical building, which features an impressive 16-metre-high, glass ceiling. Check out the space on the pictures below.

Getting to the venue

Het Sieraad is just outside Amsterdam-Centrum. You can get there using public transportation - Trams 7 and 17, stop Witte de Withstraat. The address is Postjesweg 1, 1057 DT Amsterdam.

If you are accomodated in one of our partnered hotels the venue is 15 minutes walking distance or 15-20 minutes using public transporation. You can use the links bellow to see public transportation options from the hotels, Schiphol airport, and the Amsterdam's central station.

The venue is also accessible by car and there are paid parking slots available in close proximity of the venue.


HAProxy Technologies has partnered with three hotels in proximity of the venue to offer our participants specially discounted room blocks.

The discounts were available until October 28. We still recommend these hotels since all are close to the venue.

The Tire Station

Concious Hotels

Private parking, restaurant and patisserie, bike rental.

Ramada Apollo Amsterdam

Ramada Hotels

Indoor parking, restaurant and bar, sauna and fitness centre.

Westcord Fashion Hotel

Westcord Hotels

Underground parking, restaurant and lounge bar, spa and fitness centre with indoor pool.

* All rates are including breakfast and VAT. Rates are based on single use occupancy.

About Amsterdam

We chose Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands famously known worldwide for its picturesque canals, its rich culture and history, and its open minded and multicultural society because it is easily accessible and an amazing city to experience. It is also a technology and commerce hub with conpanies like booking.com, Tom Tom and Netflix residing there.

For those of you who choose an extended stay in Amsterdam and plan on experience the city’s life, we have prepared a curated list of things to do (and not to do) and places to visit as recommended by HAProxy staff. We have also thrown in some of our favourite dine and wine suggestions as well.

Learn more about Amsterdam

Getting around the city

Public transportation

With Amsterdam having a great system of trains, busses, trams, and a metro, public transportation is the best way to get around.

You can purchase tickets for the metro, busses, and trams from GVB, the public transport company of Amsterdam. GVB offers a variety of tickets for visitors ranging from a 1 hour ticket up to 7 days. Keep in mind that the tickets use an NFC chip so please remember to check in, and check out at the ticket readers on the entrances and exits.

Train tickets are sold by NS (Dutch Railways) and you can find their yellow ticketing machines in every train station. Again, you will need to check in and check out your ticket at the beggining and end of your trip.

If you plan on using public transportation we recommend using 9292.nl or Google maps. Both have accurate schedule information that is updated in real time and can provide an overview of how to get anywhere in the city using public transportation.

Please keep in mind that Amsterdam public transport has gone almost cashless. There are still a few ticketing machines and ticket offices that accept cash but only in central locations like the Amsterdam central train station and Schiphol airport.

Taxis, car rentals, and Uber

Taxis are readily available at many location in Amsterdam but keep in mind that some do not accept cash and that generally taxis in Amsterdam are expensive.

You could also rent a car from the airport or other locations but parking prices in Amsterdam have reached the price of 5euro per hour, so check in advance your parking options

Uber offers a third option and more economic option but it again depends on how busy the city is. Generally though it is cheaper than taxis.

Things to be careful about

  1. Amsterdam has gone almost cashless, so bear that in mind. A huge number of hotels, museums and the entire public transport do not accept cash money.
  2. Bring a raincoat or ulster as rain is not uncommon in November.
  3. If you are travelling by car, be aware that parking is very expensive.
  4. Best option for transportation in Amsterdam is public transportation.
  5. Amsterdam is one of the safest cities, however, please be careful around very crowded public spaces and attraction, because there could be some pickpockets.
  6. Be careful not to walk on the bike paths.
  7. Pay attention to trams when crossing the streets or riding a bike.