Location 2023 & General Information

The Hague, The Netherlands

Ancient history

The area was part of the Roman province of Germania Inferior and was close to the border of the empire, the Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes. In 1997, four Roman milestones were discovered at Wateringse Veld. The originals are in the “Museon” museum.

Early history
The village that originated around the Binnenhof was first mentioned as Die Haghe in a charter dating from 1242. It became the primary residence of the Counts of Holland in 1358, and thus became the seat of many government institutions. This status allowed the village to grow; by the Late Middle Ages, it had grown to the size of a city, although it did not receive city rights.

When the House of Burgundy inherited the counties of Holland and Zeeland in 1432, they appointed a stadtholder to rule in their stead with the States of Holland and West Friesland as an advisory council. Although their seat was located in The Hague, the city became subordinate to more important centres of government such as Brussels and Mechelen, from where the sovereigns ruled over the increasingly centralised Burgundian NetherlandsModern history

Modern history
In 1806, when the Kingdom of Holland was a puppet state of the First French Empire, the settlement was granted city rights by Louis Bonaparte. After the Napoleonic Wars, modern-day Belgium and the Netherlands were combined in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands to form a buffer against France. As a compromise, Brussels and Amsterdam alternated as capital every two years, with the government remaining in The Hague. After the separation of Belgium in 1830, Amsterdam remained the capital of the Netherlands, while the government was situated in The Hague. 

 After the war, The Hague became at one time the largest building site in Europe. The city expanded massively to the south-west, and the destroyed areas were quickly rebuilt. The population peaked at 600,000 inhabitants around 1965. In the 1990s, with the consent of the Dutch Parliament, The Hague annexed fairly large areas from neighbouring towns as well as from not even bordering ones, on which the complete new residential areas were built and are still being built.

The Hague is the largest Dutch city on the North Sea and includes two distinct beach resorts. The main beach resort Scheveningen, in the northwestern part of the city is a popular destination for tourists as well as for inhabitants. With 10 million visitors a year, it is the most popular beach town in the Benelux area. Kijkduin, in the south west, is The Hague’s other beach resort. It is significantly smaller and attracts mainly local residents.

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Our Suggested Congress Hotel
Novotel The Hague World Forum


Novotel The Hague World Forum is a 4-star hotel above the conference center and theater of the same name. Novotel The Hague World Forum is located in the Statenkwartier of the Hofstad. The Gemeentemuseum and the Museon are within walking distance of the hotel. The nearby recreation area Scheveningse Bosjes is recommended for a relaxing walk or picnic. Also visit the Mauritshuis, the Ridderzaal at the Binnenhof and the Prince William V Gallery. When staying with the children, a day trip to Madurodam is always fun. The beach can be reached in 10 minutes by tram or car.

The hotel is easily accessible, both by car and by public transport. Within a few minutes you are on the A12 motorway. There are several tram stops close to the hotel, with lines to the center or to the beach. 

EFCLIN offers special rates for congress accommodation.
Go to hotel booking page. 


Air: The Hague is served by “Schipohl” Amsterdam international Airport (AMS), or Rotterdam local airport (RTM)

  • You will reach the hotel from “Schipohl” Amsterdam international Airport in a 35 minutes taxi ride. There is train-transportation to The Hague from Schipohl Airport.
  • Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. Regular taxi price is about € 90. Uber is operating in The Netherlands.
  • Rail: There are normally 110 trains per day travelling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to The Hague and tickets for this journey start from €10.40 when you book in advance.

    Find your connection here.

Rail: There are train connections from all major European cities/airports to The Hague.

By car: For more information please click here.

The Hague Tourism

However long you plan to stay in The Hague, we can confidently predict one thing…..it won’t be long enough! So, our best advice is to visit the hotel reception desk, take a tourist map and ask the staff to mark just some important points. Have a first impression here.


The Netherlands are a member of the EU, the currency is Euro €.
1 € is about £ 0.87 / $ 1.03 / CHF 0.98. Courses from November 2022. Check the daily courses.
The customs regulations of The Netherlands are harmonized with the standards of EU member states. An individual may bring in or take out the national currency up to the amount of 10.000 Euro.

Visa Requirement

All delegates intending to travel to the EFCLIN Congress are advised to check visa requirements for their own specific case before booking any travel arrangements. EFCLIN cannot be held responsible for any losses or additional fees that might be incurred. EFCLIN can issue letters of invitation to bona fide delegates after registration via the EFCLIN website has taken place. If you require such a letter of invitation please contact the EFCLIN Secretariat via e-mail on efclin@mci-group.com after registration.

Dress Code

The EFCLIN Congress is primarily a “business” forum. The EFCLIN Board believes however that a better atmosphere is created when delegates are encouraged to adopt “business casual” dress. Exhibitors often feel more comfortable in formal business attire.  This unique blend of styles has lead to the typical “EFCLIN atmosphere”. The most important rule? Wear whatever makes you most comfortable!

Terms & Conditions

There is always some “small print” but we do try our best to keep it to an absolute minimum. However, in order to put the congress together we have to purchase services from other providers (hotels, restaurants, tour guides etc) and we are unable to do that without agreeing to certain terms and conditions from these providers. By making your congress registration and any associated bookings you are agreeing to those same terms and conditions. It’s only fair therefore that you get a chance to see what you are agreeing to. This is particularly relevant to hotel room bookings and cancellations thereof. Please therefore read the general terms and conditions which can be found here (will follow soon). Hotel terms and conditions click here ((will follow soon)) . Thank you.