Pre-tour

Join the IGCA 2022 Amsterdam pre-tour on Wednesday the 24th of August. 

The pre-tour starts around noon with a lunch in the hotel. In the following days, we will take you to four garden centres and culturally interesting places in & around the North of the Netherlands. The pre-tour ends Saturday evening with a group dinner. You can find some highlights below. The hotel for the pre-tour is the same as for the congress. 

 

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of sixteen national museums in the Netherlands. The collection offers an overview of Dutch art and history, including works by 17th-century Dutch masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Hals.

At the Rijksmuseum you can explore 800 years of Dutch history!

Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe, and the world's largest seaport outside of East Asia, located in and near the city of Rotterdam, in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. From 1962 until 2004, it was the world's busiest port by annual cargo tonnage.

You won't be surprised to learn a lot of the land covered by the port is man-made: parts of the sea have turned into land to host the growing seaport. Rotterdam is basically the port for many industries in the German Ruhr area.

Groencentrum Witmarsum

This award-winning garden centre has been growing for years and during the pre-tour you can discover why! Based in a less populated area of the Netherlands, Friesland, Groencentrum Witmarsum manages to build & grow a garden centre.

You can learn about sustainability as well since Witmarsum hosts a Climate Square in-store, an initiative of the Dutch Garden Centre Association to combine products, retailers and sustainability into easy-to-apply solutions for consumers. 

Delft

Between 1600 and 1800, Delft was one of the most important pottery producers in Europe. The Delft Blue pottery was immensely popular and was collected by rich families throughout the world. Unfortunately, for many potters, Delft Blue also went out of fashion, and one by one, they had to close their doors. The only one that has remained in operation since 1653 is de Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, known as Royal Dutch.

The city centre of Delft is lovely, compact and gives you a great look insight how Dutch cities looked like in the 18th century.

Afsluitdijk

The Afsluitdijk is the flood defence between North Holland and Friesland, which closes off the IJsselmeer from the Wadden Sea. This is where the dam gets its name since "Afsluiten" means "To close something".

The Afsluitdijk is important to protect the Netherlands against flooding. The Afsluitdijk is part of the Zuiderzee sea defence. Construction started in 1927 and the dyke has an impressive length of 32 kilometres. After closing the dyke, the Zuiderzee became a lake called the Ijsselmeer and still many well known towns like Volendam and Marken are thriving because of the fishermen living on the shores.