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Where was it held?

CREDIT: Dkassing

On this page you can find venue, travel, and accommodation info for the 2014 event.


We’ve managed to secure a great location: Space Expo in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Space Expo is Europe’s first permanent space exhibition and is the visitors’ centre for ESA in the Netherlands, the European Space Agency’s largest technical establishment: ESTEC. We’re thrilled that we’re going to be hosting the event at Space Expo, and undoubtedly it will inspire some great talks and discussions over the course of the two days.

Please read this guide carefully so that you are well informed of the set up for SpaceUp NL.

Contact details
Space Expo
Keplerlaan 3
2201 AZ Noordwijk
The Netherlands
T: +31 900 87654321

Entrance procedures for Space Expo

Space Expo will be open to the public during SpaceUp NL 2014. Your SpaceUp NL 2014 ticket includes free, unlimited admission to the exposition for both days! This allows you to roam about the premises and marvel at the exposition as you see fit. Two conference rooms are accessible only to SpaceUp NL visitors.

Upon your arrival you should report to the SpaceUp NL check-in desk with a printed copy (which will be kept for our purposes) of your ticket. In exchange you will receive your personal conference weekend badge. You should wear this badge at all times (in order to gain unlimited access to the exposition and closed-off SpaceUp NL conference areas) as well as the buffet lunch and drinks. Don’t lose or forget your badge! It is yours to keep after the event is over.

Facilities at Space Expo

Space Shop
The shop at SpaceExpo sells a variety of space-themed merchandise. Cash and maestro (debitcard) are accepted.

Coffee corner
The coffee corner offers a place to sit down and enjoy a (warm) beverage and a snack. Cash and maestro are accepted.

Visitor areas
The Space Expo is the official visitors centrum of ESTEC. The main exposition takes you on a journey, highlighting history and technology, through the Solar System. Experience human spaceflight and visit the Moon and the ISS. The buffet table with food and drinks will be set-up inside the exposition (opposite the back exit of Ariane zaal).

The location features two conference rooms. The Arianezaal (130 people) is a theater featuring a cinema projection screen and a speakerstand. The Astronautenzaal (20 people) is meeting room with chair and tables and a large projector screen and whiteboard.

For more information please see the plan below.

CREDIT: Space Expo – floor plan

Getting to Space Expo

By Car
ESTEC is located at the southern tip of Noordwijk. Coming from Den Haag (The Hague), take the A44 motorway in the direction Amsterdam/Wassenaar and exit at ‘Leiden’ (exit 8). Follow the N206 in the direction Katwijk and Haarlem. Take the exit ‘Katwijk Noord’. From there follow the signs ‘ESA ESTEC’ (small white traffic signs).

From Amsterdam, take the A4 in the direction Den Haag-Rotterdam, then at the junction follow the A44. Take the exit Noordwijk-Voorhout, continue to Noordwijk and from there, follow the signs ‘ESA ESTEC’.

By Public Transportation
The nearest bus stops are:

  • Noordwijk, Space Expo (closest) line 30 and 31 from/to Leiden Centraal (stops at Leiden Transferium)
  • Noordwijk, Schorpioen (100 metres) lines 90 and 385 from/to Leiden Transferium, The Hague, Noordwijk and Haarlem.

See the following sites for more information:

Bus tickets: for the bus it is possible to pay with cash (paper cards sold directly by the driver) and RFID activated chipcard (OV-chipcard) only. Paper cards are usually significantly more expensive (€4; Leiden – Noordwijk) than OV-chipcard (€2.19), an anonymous OV-chipcard (€7.50 one-time surcharge for the card) can be purchased at ticket machines at large stations.

Train tickets: paper tickets are sold at the yellow ticket machines at all train stations. People with an OV-chipcard (see bus tickets) can use their balance to travel by train as well. The fare for paper tickets or OV-chipcard is the same for the train.

OV-chipcard users should be wary that they do not forget to check-out before disembarking from the bus or leaving the train station.

By Aeroplane
From Schiphol airport, either take a taxi to ESTEC (30 minutes), or a train to Leiden (15 minutes) and then bus number 30 (25 minutes). With a rental car, follow the instructions above from Amsterdam.

From Rotterdam-The Hague Airport, either take a taxi to ESTEC (40 minutes), or bus 33 to Rotterdam Centraal (10 minutes) and the train to Leiden (35 minutes) followed by bus 30 (25 minutes).


Noordwijk has a host of nice hotels. In addition, you’ll also find a fine selection of hotels, hostels and bed&breakfasts available to you in Leiden (around 30 minutes away by bus). Leiden is a cultural and historical, yet young and dynamic city with a large population of students. It might therefore be worth your while to stay there.

To make it easy, we’ve generated a few quick links for you. By booking through these links or the search box below, you’ll be helping sponsor SpaceUp NL!

Sights and sounds

There is plenty to see in the area. For information about guided tours, city visits, etc. you can get in touch with the tourist offices in Noordwijk and/or Leiden.

Noordwijk Tourist Office
De Grent 8
2202 EK Noordwijk
T: +31 (0)71-361 93 21

Leiden Tourist Office
Stationsweg 41 
2312 AT Leiden
T: +31 (0)71-516 60 00