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Featured Festival: Amsterdam Dance Event 2011


Amsterdam Dance Event, scheduled for four days in October, is an enormous city-wide event that has electronic music lovers from all across the globe descending upon the city of Amsterdam. Going into it’s fifteenth year, ADE has turned into one of the largest electronic music conferences and festivals in the world, attracting thousands of industry people and hundreds of thousands of avid EDM fans. Over 700 artists will perform at Amsterdam Dance Event throughout 52 clubs scattered across Amsterdam in addition to some industry conference events scheduled throughout the week.

Amsterdam is a city already known for it’s love of electronic music and passion for partying so when dance music lovers from all over the world arrive for an event of this size, you know the energy is going to be indescribable!



October 19th - October 22nd, 2011


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Age Limits:

Varies but in most cases 18+


Each event/venue will sell their own tickets. Some will offer online presale tickets, while others will only have tickets available at the door. To buy tickets, for a particular event, find it here.



ADE takes place in 50+ concert venues, record stores and art galleries in the city centre of Amsterdam. Locations include Bitterzoet, Club 8, Club NL, Escape, Flex Bar, Hotel Arena Tonight, Jimmy Woo, Melkweg, Odeon, OT301, Panama, Paradiso, Powerzone, Rain, The Sand, Studio K, Sugar Factory, Studio 80, Winston Kingdom, and many more.



There are too many to list, so keep an eye out for festivalZOO’s day-by-day party recommendations, top artists to catch, festival highlights and more!

CLICK HERE to see our top party picks for Wednesday, October 19th.

CLICK HERE to see our top party picks for Friday, October 21st.

CLICK HERE to see our top party picks for Saturday, October 22nd.



Flying into Amsterdam

Closest airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) - approximately 20 km south-west of Amsterdam

From Airport to Amsterdam

Connexxion Bus
Connexxion Amsterdam Tourist Ticket costs € 10,- round trip and takes approximately 30 minutes from Schiphol Plaza to the centre of Amsterdam (Leidseplein). There are 6 to 8 buses each hour and return journeys do not have to take place on the same day.

Depending on traffic, a taxi can take you to the city centre in approximately 30 minutes and will cost you roughly 40 euros. If you encounter drivers soliciting within the airport,
please be cautious as these are not officially approved taxi drivers. Look for taxis at the airport exit.

Hotel shuttles
A hotel shuttle service may be available from your hotel. To see if your hotel participates, check here: The Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle.

‘Schiphol’ train station, which is located directly underneath the airport, can take you to Amsterdam Central Station (city centre), Amsterdam Zuid-WTC (World Trade Center) and Amsterdam RAI (Exhibition and Conference Centre RAI). These stations are a maximum of 25 minutes away. For more info, go to NS Hispeed.

Train Schedule
During the daytime, an average of five trains an hour run from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station. At night, from 1 am to 5 pm, the night train runs once an hour from Utrecht CS to Amsterdam CS – Schiphol – Leiden CS – The Hague CS – Delft and Rotterdam CS and back, not stopping at smaller stations in between.

Driving/Parking In Amsterdam

If you are not familiar with the city, navigating through the narrow and crowded 17th century-built streets can be tricky. It’s best to become familiar with ring road A10. The S-routes indicate the city routes that guide motorists into the city centre. Each exit of the ring road A10 is numbered, from S101 to S118. The S-routes offer automobile traffic the fastest and most direct way into the city.


Any streets within the ring road A10 are a paid parking area. The parking spaces are scarce and therefore the most expensive in the city centre. It recommended to park in garages on the outskirts of Amsterdam and use the park & ride facilities to venture into the city.

Arriving by Train into Amsterdam

If arriving in Amsterdam by train, you will most likely end up at Amsterdam Central Station. Public transportation or taxi will be required for you to get to your final destination. To use the public transportation journey planner, click here.


For an event of this size and in a city that is already popular with tourists, it is best that you make travel plans and accommodations as far in advance as possible.

In conjunction with our trust partner Trip Advisor, festivalZOO has some recommendations for hotels and rental properties:

Budget Hotel Options:

Sandton Hotel De Filosoof - 1.4 km to event site

Eden Theatre District Hotel Amsterdam - 0.7 km to event site

HEM Hotel Amsterdam - 3.6 km to event site

Ibis Amsterdam City West - 3.5 km to event site

Moderate Hotel Options

WestCord City Centre Hotel Amsterdam - 1.0 km to event site

Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer - 1.1 km to event site

CitizenM Amsterdam City - 3.1 km to event site

Luxury Hotels

Banks Mansion Amsterdam - 0.9 km to event site

Eden Amsterdam American Hotel - 1.0 km to event site

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam - 1.5 km to event site

Radisson BLU Amsterdam - 0.9 km to event site

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals can be a more affordable option for larger groups. Check them out here:

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