After the 2015 edition in London, the eighth yearly Pentaho Community Meeting will be back where it was in 2014: Antwerp, Belgium. The venue for this edition will be the gorgeous medieval hospital and monastery Elzenveld, located in the heart of downtown Antwerp. Elzenveld can be found at a short distance from the Groenplaats and the Handschoenmarkt, the Grote Markt and the Scheldekaaien.
When the hospital was build in 1233, canteens, dormitories, a chapel and cemetery, stables, barns and homes were added for resident pensionaries. The monastery building was enlarged and rebuilt many times in the course of centuries. The oldest parts date back to the sixteenth century.
Elzenveld Hotel & Seminarie
Lange Gasthuisstraat 45
T (+32)(03)202 77 11
GPS: 51.21367, 4.40505
If you will arrive by car you best park in a garage nearby. The shortest car parks are PARKING NATIONALE BANK, Frankrijklei 166 2000 Antwerpen and Parking Oudaen nv, Oudaan 15, 2000 Antwerpen.
Elzenveld Hotel & Seminary is located in the historic center of Antwerp. Public transport is also the best way to reach Elzenveld. Trams 4, 7 and 8 stop in front of the Mechelseplein.
From the central train station it's a 15min walk to the Elzenveld monastry. There will be signs for PCM near the location.
If you want some distraction after all the technical talks, we recommend you to visit the vibrant city center of Antwerp.
From Beer center to fashion mecca, Antwerp has something for everyone.
If you would like to taste some famous Belgian beers, go to a small pub at the 'Grote Markt'. For a nice blonde beer order a Duvel, Tripel Karmeliet, La Chouffe or Leffe Blond. If you prefer an amber beer order a Kwak or a 'Bolleke'. If you go for a brown beer a Leffe Brown, Westmalle Brown or Westvleteren 12 (if you are very lucky) is a good choice.
As mentioned before take it easy though, these are not Amstel or Heineken, don't forget to eat something. What could be better than some traditional Belgian dishes to avoid embarrassing situations after too many of our delicious beers. You can't miss our famous fries, they are delicious combined with our national stew 'Stoofvlees', which has brown beer as its main ingredient.
If you're a huge fan of pastry, try to get a spot at our master chef Roger Van Damme's restaurant Het Gebaar, located around the corner of Elzenveld. Don't skip on the chocolates, Belgian chocolates are famous. Most delicious are the chocolates from chocolatier Dominique Persoone. His shop, the Chocolate Line is worth a visit, which showcases some spectacular chocolate art pieces.
For the ladies among us Antwerp is the fashion city of Flanders. There are a lot of lovely stores on the Meir, the Kammestraat and the Nationalestraat. For some inspiration, the Fashion Museum is located in the Nationalestraat with a lovely exhibition about Rik Wouters, a famous Belgian Painter and the dresses of Belgian Fashion house Nathan.
We hope you will have a lovely stay, feel free to ask us anything!