Visit the ‘Vakantiebeurs’!

Published on 17 January 2020

When is the best time to book my Summer Holidays? I have the feeling that prices went up when I booked’,  That’s what an expat friend asked me the other day. In January the travel industry likes to secure their cash flow. That’s why you see a lot of promo’s in commercials and advertisements on television and in the newspapers. This is the moment Dutchies traditionally book their summer holidays.                          The Vakantiebeurs, held in Utrecht, is the place where the travel industry and consumers meet every first month of the year.

Get inspired at the Vakantiebeurs

At the Vakantiebeurs representatives from the travel industry showcase a wide array of destinations from relaxed getaways to family resorts, holiday rentals etc. All continents are represented. You can travel the globe in one day… 

Sustainability, an important theme

This year special attention will be paid to sustainability which becomes a more and more important theme. Get inspired in hall 11 and 12 on how to create your sustainable footprint when you travel.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

What you can do in light of sustainability when visiting the Vakantiebeurs

  • Bring your own cup and get a discount when you buy a cup of coffee or tea
  • Bring a bag with you to put the brochures in
  • Collect only the brochures you are interested in
  • If you have read the brochures, pass them on to others who might be interested

How to get to the Vakantiebeurs

The Vakantiebeurs will be held at the Jaarbeurs, an exhibition center near Utrecht Central Station. It’s highly recommended to come by train. NS offers a discounted all in one train and admission ticket.

Opening Hours

You will find information about the opening hours here.                                                         


Kids under 17 years of age, get free admission. Admission tickets at the door cost 15 Euro.

Not a whole day at the Vakantiebeurs? Choose the Afternoon ticket or Saturday evening ticket.

Afternoon Ticket, valid between 1:00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m   12 Euro

Saturday Ticket, valid between 4.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.     9 Euro

Discounted tickets

Actie van de dag offers last minute tickets at 9 Euro each.



On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.