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Travel from Amsterdam

by Oregonguy


I'll be in Amsterdam for a little over a week. During that time I would like to overnight somewhere else in Europe.
What are the main European cities that could be reached from Centraal station in no more than 3hrs on the ICE trains?
I would like to be able to do London, Berlin, or Copenhagen. Is that possible near that time frame? I've already been to Brussels.

Re: Travel from Amsterdam

by SueBeeHunee

The farthest main cities in Germany you could get to in about 3 hours would be Dusseldorf & Cologne. The rest are way too far. What about Paris for about 4 hours? Have you considered a real early train and booking a one-day tour? Paris is easy enough to traverse on your own, but this way, you wouldn't waste too much time trying to figure out which metro line to take.

Re: Travel from Amsterdam

by pieter_jan_v

Antwerp or Brussels is within reach,


Re: Travel from Amsterdam

by IndianPacific

Antwerp and Brussels are definitely more worth visiting than Cologne. But Aachen is a nice town, before Cologne, coming from Amsterdam.

Re: Travel from Amsterdam


Maybe you should have a look at train travel to get out of the country, so to speak. With 3 hours you can make it across the border a little way, but that is about it.
Furthest north (Groningen) and furthest south (Maastricht) are already 2.5 hrs each, from Amsterdam.

There are some high speed trains (ICE direction Germany, TGV direction south into France) that can do a little further.
Also: for high speed trains you need advance reservations. It's not that you can hop on a high speed train when you feel like it. for fast international train connections from The Netherlands. You need a credicard with MasterCard logo to pay online. Or go to Amsterdam Central Station and get some advice and tickets at the international counter.

Amsterdam-Paris is 3 hours 18 minutes at the shortest.

Re: Travel from Amsterdam

by KakapoTheParrot

Bruges is about 3 and a half hours away by train (I think via Antwerp is quickest). It's a lot of travel but if you can't stay overnight but it's one of Western Europe's most attactive towns.

Re: Travel from Amsterdam


Ah, then I would suggest Leuven instead of Bruges. Two reasons: it's under 3 hours per train and it's a very beautiful and lively town without the hordes of tourists that frequent Bruges (or Gent). I just came back from a visit to Leuven 2 days ago.
Leuven has a university, the world heritage site Great Beguinage and a town hall that puts most others in the shadow.

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Travel Tips for Amsterdam


by Mariajoy

To the south of the Anne Frank House is the beautiful Westerkerk. The imposing 85m tower dominates the area and can be seen everywhere! On the very top of the tower sits the crown of Emporer Maximillian - a symbol frequently seen in Amsterdam.

This was once only the city's second place of Protestant worship. Designed in 1631 by Hendrick de Keyser it's ornate exterior belies the harsh, plain Calvanistic interior. It is said to be the last resting place of Rembrandt (who had a pauper's burial) although the exact whereabouts of his tomb is unknown.

It's opening times are:

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Sat 10am-1pm

Entrance is free.

When somebody arrives at the...

by vlasis

When somebody arrives at the Central Station, I advise him to get out and just look outside. He will feel immendiately the sentiment of joy. The first thing one must do is to rent a bicycle (left of CS) and then start entering the streets and touring. Get a map outside the CS where there is a kiosk and ask for all the necessary maps with public transport. It's very easy to wander around over there. The first important thing to impress somebody is to let him pass a bridge over a canal and let him stare around the buildings. About 7000 buildings are aged from 18th and 19th century. When the first time I left Amsterdam, I understood that I had been to a place where nobody can understand unless he is there. I actually missed a lot the Leidsplein area, where a simple walking over there can transmit you the rhythm of live in Amsterdam

Have fun, baby!

by jss1018

General tip for anyone visiting: just have fun! I can't imagine anyone visiting Amsterdam and not having a great time, short of either getting some really bad weather while there or something lousy happening such as an illness or other bad experience.

There is certainly something for almost everyone. For the wilder and woolier types, there are the coffeeshops and Red Light District, loads of clubs and bars, and casinos. For the conservative folks, world-class and very unique museums, a world-famous concert hall, and a city history and architecture not found anywhere else I know of. If you're the less active type or possibly older, the trams make most of the main city areas and places of interest accessible without much walking. For those that choose to walk a lot, I think you could literally spend a month walking all day every day and still have areas unseen and cool places missed. Every street and alley seemed to be another adventure when walking about.

Central Station

by Erkmen

When you take the train from Schiphol airport in around 12 minutes you arrive to Amsterdam centaal station and the cost of travel is 3,20 Euro..

Centraal station is definitely one of the most important sites of the city.. Though the picture was taken during some repair works.. Th building itself has a wonderfullooking..

Amsterdam Tip

by Gard

I think what I will remember best from Amsterdam is the sounds of the bells on the bikes and the bells ringing on the trams. People back home here don’t bike that much but in Amsterdam there were bikes everywhere. And I’m talking old bikes, new bikes, worn out bikes, self painted bikes and so on. But they all seemed to have a little bell on the steering wheel to be able to indicate to the pedestrians that they were coming :-) And they had lanes on most of the roads that were dedicated to the biking and they didn’t seem happy when we used this lane for walking.


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