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Stay tuned for our upcoming travel buddy blog in February 2024, featuring ride shares, roommate listings, and more.

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Join us from June 8 to 12 at
Abbey Hotel Rolduc
Heyendallaan 82
6464 EP Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)45 54 66 888

Did we miss a question? Please contact us at office@asdreams.org

What travel documents do I need?

Your passport.
Make sure that existing passports are up to date and no less than 6 months away from expiration.

Visa requirements vary based on nationality. For example:

  • If you’re a US resident but not a US citizen, and your home country has a visa-free agreement with the EU, you can travel to Europe without a visa.
  • If your home country does not have such an agreement with the EU, you’ll need to apply for a Schengen visa in the US before traveling to Europe

Where can I fly to?

While Rolduc feels like a Medieval retreat, there’s actually a choice of airports nearby:

  • Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS)
    1 hour drive / 2 hours by public transport
  • Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS)
    2.5 hours drive / 3.5 hours by public transport
  • Brussels International Airport Zaventhem (BRU)
    1.5 hours drive / 3 hours by public transport
  • Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
    2.5 hours drive / 3 hours by public transport
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
    4 hours drive / 7 hours by public transport

Tip: how about a stopover in Iceland for a mini vacation?

What’s the weather like?

Expect pleasant temperatures with an average daytime temperature at 21°C (71°F), going down to 11°C (52°F) at night. June is considered one of the best months to visit The Netherlands. Rainfall is moderate, the humidity is between 60 and 80 percent. It’s breezy, sometimes warm, ‘light-jacket’ weather.

But the Dutch weather is mercurial, so we recommend packing layers. A t-shirt, a jacket, a warm sweater for the cooler evenings, and shorts for a hot day.

How about car rental?

Rental cars are available at all airports mentioned. Be sure to book in advance!

In Europe a stickshift is the standard. If you prefer an automatic transmission, please select this when making your car reservation.

The costs vary per availability, rental company, and car model. For comparison, at Hertz Schiphol Airport an economy car for the week is about €370,- including insurance.

Tip: share a car with fellow dreamers! Our travelshare blog will be up in February.

What’s the address for my GPS?

Abbey Hotel Rolduc
(“Hotel Abdij Rolduc” in Dutch)
Heyendallaan 82
6464 EP Kerkrade, The Netherlands
+31 (0)45 54 66 888.

Some navigation systems have trouble with the address. To avoid this, you can program ‘Roderlandbaan, Kerkrade’ as your destination. At Roderlandbaan, simply follow the plentiful signs to Hotel Abdij Rolduc.

(Note: If your GPS directs you onto the unpaved Kloosterlindenweg, reprogram it to Roderlandbaan).

Can I take a train to the venue?

Public transport in Germany and The Netherlands is safe, easy, and on time. No wonder it’s so popular! We recommend flying into Düsseldorf or Amsterdam for the easiest connection.

At Düsseldorf Airport you take a train at the airport to Düsseldorf Hbf (main station). There, take the train to Herzogenrath (departs every hour). From Herzogenrath train station it’s a 10 minute taxi or Uber ride. Or take mini-bus 27 to the stop ‘Rolduc’ (departs every hour, costs €1,70).

Total travel time: 2 hours

At Schiphol Airport you take the train to Eindhoven Centraal. There you transfer onto the train to Heerlen. At Heerlen Station you stroll to an Arriva bus to Kerkrade. From there it’s 15 minutes with bus 27, or a 10 minute taxi or Uber ride.

Total travel time: 3.5 hours

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

While in a 12th century Abbey, The Rolduc conference center and restaurant are made wheelchair accessible.

There’s an elevator to all of the rooms. However, please note that the lodging rooms themselves are typical room configurations not specifically equipped for disability or wheelchair users.

What is the time zone?

The Netherlands and most of Europe is in on Central European Standard Time (CEST). That is 6 hours ahead of the US East Coast, and 9 hours ahead of the US West Coast.

Another thing: Europe uses the 24 hour clock in writing. So if for example a train departs at 4pm, it will say 16:00.

However, in conversation 4pm is simply ‘four o’clock’ (and yes, they all speak English).

Will my phone charger work?

Bring your power plug converter! The European power outlets are different from the US, and so is the voltage.

Europe uses the 2 pin Europlug: a flat, two-pole, round-pin domestic AC power plug, rated for voltages up to 250 V and currents up to 2.5 A.

You can buy a converter plug at most international airports or simply order it online in advance.

What about money?

Your credit card will work almost anywhere in The Netherlands. Taxis, coffee places, stores, restaurants, and at the bar in Rolduc: the Dutch are happy to accept plastic.

Still, we recommend to have some euros handy just in case.

You can get Euros from any ATM (betaalautomaat or geldmaat), to be found at European airports, banks, and in most grocery stores. The costs are about € 4,50 per transaction.

Another option is a GWK Travelex office, at the airport or most large train stations. Charges range from €3,95 to €7,50 per transaction.

Note: While the Dutch love card payments, the Belgians and Germans are more cash focused. Most large stores take cards, but buying a cup of coffee will usually require that you pay in cash.