Tour & Attractions
Optional End-of-Conference Event: Madurodam Tour
This year, we are offering a special tour for conference attendees following the closing session of the Open Education Global Conference. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see the sights and enjoy time with fellow conference participants!
Following the conference, join us on a visit to the Madurodam, a theme park that provides an overall impression and a unique Holland experience in miniature format. The interactive park is the ultimate place to discover what makes Holland so unique within a short period of time. Canal houses, tulip fields, cheese market, a wooden shoes factory, windmills, the Peace Palace, the Delta Works: you will find them all in Madurodam. The miniature theme park is situated in The Hague, approx. 25 minutes from Delft and from Rotterdam.
With a visit to Madurom you will not only see Holland’s highlights and heritage but you also support the George Maduro Foundation. Madurodam was set up as a theme park, a living monument to the war hero George Maduro and as a way to raise funds for charities. Since 1952 Madurodam has been donating its revenue, between 600,000 and 1 million euro per year, to charities for children. Madurodam has now paid out more than 32 million euro through the Madurodam Children’s Fund.
Post-Conference Tour Schedule: Thursday, April 26 following the end of the conference. Exact times will be posted by March.
- Depart from Delft the Aula Conference Centre by bus for an approximate 25 minute drive.
- Upon arrival, words of welcome by one of the park managers with coffee, tea and typical Dutch pastries.
- Tour the park on your own, Discover Madurodam through interactive activities, screens and models.
- Drinks and snacks.
- Depart Madurodam back to Delft.
Cost: € 47,50 including transportation
Register to reserve your spot.
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