Central Station, Amsterdam
THE AMSTERDAM RECORD TRAIL:
If you missed the intro, I like to take you on a walk along Amsterdam's second hand record shops. This is becoming harder as these shops more and more move outwards in search of cheap rental spaces.
From the Central Train Station we walk to the South but before entering the DAMRAK we go a liitle to the right into the HASSELAERSSTEEG (right next to the Victoria Hotel). The former PLATENKONING shop now is called GAME OVER? and specializes in house, techno, drum & bass, rap, r&b, swingbeat, 80's, disco, italo, electro and pop. More pictures. At the end of the alley we sadly pass the location where Boudisque used to be (Haringpakkerssteeg 10); now turned into a cheese shop.
If you enter the infromation center "Stationsplein 7" at the Central Railway Station of Amsterdam (the entrance is from the side of the city to the right from the central entrance) you will find that it's not a usual "information center", but it is organized as an interactive museum of rail transport of Amsterdam!
You can visit it for free and be sure to enter every small room, as you will find lots of interesting surprises there! In one of the rooms there is an old chest of drawers, and when you open various drawers (see me doing this in one of the pictures) you can see pictures and models of vehicles there and you will hear the street noise and voices!
Then there is a security panel, where you can adjust video cameras to have a look around.
And visit the toilet here. You will find a nice surprise there too :)
I guess it would be fun to visit the place with kids!
There is only one minus - all information is in Dutch, so in most cases we just had to guess :(
This neorenaissance building opened its doors in 1889. It is designed by P.J.H. Cuypers (architect of Rijksmuseum) and A.L. van Gendt (concertgebouw). The place where Central Station is build was the only connection to the open water, therefore they have to built 3 artificial islands and used almost 9.000 wooden piles.
The façade is showing allegories of the navigation.
The station and the square in front of the station is the main public transport point of the city (besides the trains there are also busses and trams).
Most visitor arrive by train at Amsterdam's Central Station. In front of the station is the busy Stationsplein, a mix of tram line, bus track, bicycle lane and pedestrian concourse with street entertainers and crowds of people. Straight ahead lies Damrak throughfair. Watchout for the traffic here! Enjoy, it's the beginning.
Centraal Station, the main rail terminal, is in a building any museum would be happy to have! If you're in a group, here's a good spot for a group photo.