Travel Tips

A warm welcome to The Netherlands! Famous for its windmills, tulips and canals, the friendly Dutch people – who speak their minds – and the delicious cookie called ‘stroopwafel’. So much to see, taste and experience in this small, but fantastic European country!


Hello I’m Local | Boutique/Hostel

We recommend a hostel, named ´I´m local´, situated in Haarlem, 8 minutes walk to the PHIL (Summit location). They have dorms, rooms for 2, 4 and 6. It is by far the cheapest accomodation in the neighborhood. We will recommend this place to many participants of the 2024 EFT World Summit.

Stayokay Haarlem

Welcome to Haarlem: Plenty on offer when it comes to cultural trips, shopping, drinking and dining! And, of course, the beach and capital city of Amsterdam are also close by as well.

Ibis Styles Haarlem City

2.8 km from the Grote Markt, ibis Styles Haarlem City is situated in Haarlem. The property is located 2.4 km from Amsterdamse Poort, 2 km from De Hallen and 2.4 km from Frans Halsmuseum.

Hotel Bloemendaal

Boutique Hotel Bloemendaal is just around the corner of the village centre of Bloemendaal. Set in a 19th century building, this property is an annex of Hotel Bleecker.


Ambassador City Centre Hotel

Ambassador City Centre is a family hotel situated in the centre of Haarlem opposite the St. Bavo Church near the Grote Markt. It is located in historical buildings.


The Niu Dairy

Located in Haarlem and with Keukenhof reachable within 10 miles, the niu Dairy has a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a bar.


Hotel ML

Set in Haarlem and with Keukenhof reachable within 16 km, Hotel ML offers concierge services, allergy-free rooms, a terrace, free WiFi throughout the property and a restaurant.


Carlton Square Hotel

The Carlton Square is a 4-star hotel, located in the heart of Haarlem. It combines international allure with a luxurious ambiance and hospitality. The beach of Zandvoort is reachable within 15 minutes by car.


Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals

Amrâth Grand Hotel Frans Hals is ideally located in the centre of Haarlem, at walking distance from all tourist sites. The beaches of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal can both be found within a 15-minute drive.


Boutique Hotel Frenchie

The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower.

The Netherlands

Fun facts about The Netherlands

  • The Netherlands translates to “the lowlands” and there’s no secret how our country got its name! It is the most low-lying country in Europe, with almost one-third of it below sea level.
  • Amsterdam has over 1,200 bridges to connect its 165 canals and is mostly build on wooden poles.
  • The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage on the 1st of April 2001. 
  • Dutch men are the world’s tallest people. The average height for Dutch men is 183 cm (6ft).
  • The Netherlands is biggest flower exporter in the world. 
  • The Dutch own more bicycles than any other country in the world. There’s an average of 1.3 bicycles per person. We use bicycles for over 25% of all trips, and you will see plenty ‘bakfietsen’, a clever combination of a bike and a wheelbarrow, perfect for transporting kids to school.
  • The Dutch national anthem is the oldest in the world, it dates back to 1570. 

    Haarlem | Amsterdam | Utrecht

    Read more about some great cities to visit while in the Netherlands.


    Friendly Haarlem may be the ultimate Dutch city. It’s compact, historic and on cycling distance to the sea. Visiting the city brings you architecture, museums and dreamy cobbled streets. Throw in the EFT World Summit, great shopping, nice cafés and excellent restaurants in the mix and you’ll see why Haarlem is a gem.

    Book your ticket to Amsterdam – Schiphol Airport. The city of Haarlem is only a 20 minutes (Uber)drive from Schiphol Airport. You can find a place to stay on mainstream websites such as or Haarlem is one of the big cities of the Netherlands, so you can find hundreds of places to stay, from small boutique hotels, to the bigger brands or lovely authentic Dutch appartments. Whatever your budget, we assure you it’s easy to find a great place to stay during the Summit.


    It’s just a 30 minutes drive or 22 minute trainride away! Experience the worldfamous Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Moco Museum or the Anne Frank House. Sit back and relax on a canalboat, and enjoy the most beautiful sights and angles from the water up.

    Spectacular historic architecture and fun stories about the city guaranteed. Watch out where you walk, there are cyclist and trams everywhere.


    For a more authentic Dutch experience, visit Utrecht inthe middle of Holland. This big city is a real beauty and also houses the office of EFT Netherlands. In Utrecht you can taste it’s laidback and artistic culture and lively atmosphere. Prepare for pretty canals, awing kathedrals and a lot of cosy shopping in the historical city centre.

    Pro tip: take a bus to ‘Theehuis Reijnauwen’ in the forest and eat the famous Dutch pancakes Rent a canoe if you feel like you need to clear your mind in nature – or if you’re up for a work-out- you can canoe back to the city centre through woodland and meadows, it’s absolutely breathtaking. Or visit Castle De Haar, well worthed.

    Touristic places in the Netherlands

    The Dutch islands, De Waddeneilanden

    If you love nature and want an unique experience, get on a ferry and visit the wonderful ‘Waddeneilanden’ (Unesco World Herritage). On our islands you will find long stretches of practically empty beaches, large dunes and amazing sunrises (make use of that jetlag). Go for a swim, take a trip to watch the seals, feel the sand between your feet and have a drink, while you watch the sun set in the sea. You might never want to leave. Read about De Waddeneilanden.

    National Parc de Hoge Veluwe

    Visit our biggest National Parc, de Hoge Veluwe, home to a wide diversity of plants and wildlife. Get your free bikes at the entrance, take a picknick and spend the day exploring the beautiful sand drifts, dry heaths, forest and fens. While you’re there, make sure you visit Kröller Muller museum, home to the world’s finest Vincent van Gogh collection and masterpieces by modern masters such as Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso and Piet MondriaanRead about the museum.

    EFT in the Netherlands

    The Dutch EFT-community was founded in 2009 by ICEEFT-trainer Karin Wagenaar, and was the first of Europe. With a loyal team of 20 EFT-trainers we equipped 6.000+ therapists in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Yearly we also organize masterclasses on subjects such as ‘EFT & sex’ or ‘EFT & the wisdom of the body’.

    As publishers many books have been translated in Dutch. We arrange yearly multiple Hold me Tight-weekends for therapists and two-yearly a Dutch EFT Summit. 

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions about the 2024 EFT World Summit please get in touch with us.

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    +31 85 902 28 36

    Stadsplateau 7-8.22
    3521 AZ  Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    The 2024 EFT World Summit is organized in cooperation with:

    Dutch EFT Foundation

    International Centre for Excellence in
    Emotionally Focused Therapy

    Click here to read the ‘Registration and Cancellation procedure’.