Today’s blog post will present a mysterious and therefore very unusual location for corporate events – Pampus Island. Surrounded by water, this artificial island that served as part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam guarantees to surprise the attendees with many historical relics and interesting stories.
Pampus Island is located in the middle of the IJmeer, which can be reached by ferry or private boats from Muiden and IJburg.
Let us tell you a little bit of history of this fort:
It was built between 1887 and 1895 to protect the entrance to IJ Bay and the harbor of Amsterdam. At low tide, it used to prevent ships from reaching the Amsterdam port. Furthermore, two large canons kept invaders at bay. However, those were bombed and destroyed by the Germans during the Second World War. Today, the fort is open to the public and still, a quite unknown tourist attraction.
Due to its history, you will learn a lot in a guided tour that takes you around the island and into the fort. With three floors, there is a lot to be discovered. Take your friends with you and go have a look. You will not be disappointed.
Ships had to wait for high tide at Pampus before eventually being able to enter the harbor. This is where the Dutch expression “voor Pampus liggen” (in English: “laying for Pampus”) originates from. Thus, describing the people in that time, being overly exhausted and just lying down, waiting.
You might be wondering what your event might look like. Right now, EVENTÔIR is working on a request; an incentive trip to Amsterdam for an international group. This location is perfect, given the fact that it offers many different rooms with distinct sizes. Thus, the group can be spread out throughout the location and what’s more, we can arrange an individual music style for each of these rooms.
Live jazz music in one room, a DJ that plays a great variety of the best oldies we can remember in the other room? That is no problem at all!
Hence, after an adventurous boat trip to Pampus Island, you will be invited to hear the stories of the Fort. You won´t be thirsty or hungry, as there will be plenty to drink and snack throughout the event. Having discovered the island and the fort, it will be time to dance. Choose your favorite dance floor and dance the night away. You will always have the possibility to step aside, visit another room, where you can have a good talk with your colleagues.
As you see, at this location, there is something for everyone. If you have a very diverse group, this will ensure happy faces all around.
Want to plan a memorable company trip to Pampus Island?
Do you want to visit this amazing place? Contact us now and we will make sure to organize an event that your employees will not forget. EVENTÔIR is an Amsterdam based event agency, hence, we can make the best recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and activities in and around the city. So, give us a call or contact us here. We are looking forward to hearing from you!