Central Station, Amsterdam

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    Huge train station, beautiful exterior

    by jss1018 Updated Mar 3, 2007
    Centraal Station, from distance down Damrak
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    Central Station is the gigantic public transportation hub of the city. From Dam Square, it's a fair walk up the Damrak, a "main drag" type of street and one of the few long, mostly straight ones we encountered. As with other places we walked, it didn't feel as far as it really was due to it all being a first-time adventure for us, but I would estimate it at about three-quarters of a mile. Hop on the correct tram line number from Dam Square, with more than one going in that direction, and it's a quick ride.

    As we saw the station structure coming into view, we had the same thought as with many of the other Amsterdam buildings. The architecture and overall appearance was incredible, especially considering it is, after all, a train station. I expected large, but it was much, much bigger than I pictured. Can't say what it's like on the inside, since we were on a quest for Amsterdam Pass cards at the tourist info office across from the station, and in hindsight I surely wish we had checked it out.

    Word of caution in the area: If you want to pick the best spot for getting run down by a tram, this is it. Keep your wits about you when walking anywhere near here. So many of them coming and going, and so many tram tracks, it's a bit of a challenge. Actually saw a guy who seemed oblivious of crossing a track walk right in front of one, very scary.

    Also, I read a lot about this area being a prime spot for pickpockets and other lowlifes, but we didn't get this impression at all, a pleasant surprise after being a little anxious about walking around here. I'm sure this is more of an issue during the booming Summer months when swarms of tourists are coming in by train.

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    Centraal station

    by eternel2002 Written Nov 27, 2006
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    Amsterdam central station area is one of the most busiest places in Amsterdam, the building is very nice with a great outside architecture, inside the station trains go and come from Amsterdam (airport, ..) and outside Asmterdam (other dutch cities, some european cities, ..), outside the station is busy as inside, trams, bus, taxis and boat canal tours are serving people in Amsterdam area.

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  • Centraal Station

    by Wallace&Murron Updated Jun 24, 2006

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    Okay so its a train station, and a particularly busy one with pick-pockets a plenty; but its a beautiful building in its own right. I recommend anyone to take time to admire its architectural beauty (in amongst the rubble of the building site!)

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    Train Station

    by Phantasm Written Feb 19, 2006

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    View of a church as seen from the train station

    If you have a layover in Amsterdam it's really easy to get to town and explore. There's a train from the airport that takes about 20 min to get to the central station. From there you can easily see the canals, red light district and visit a cafe in a couple hours.

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  • Amsterdam Sail

    by Marinochka Written Jan 23, 2006

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    Amsterdam sail is an exciting event. For those, who like ships, yachts, and other things that float in the water should definetely visit Amsterdam to see this event. It is held once in 5 years (next will be in 2010). So if you'd like to visit Amsterdam someday, plan it for 2010 and among other things you'll see a famous Amsterdam Sail :)!

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    by Hooverboy Written Nov 22, 2005

    This area is very busy with padestrians,cars,taxis,buses,trams,canal boats and trains. In short it is the main communications link for Amsterdam. Although it is a busy area, there are also quite a few bars and hotels nearby such as `Grasshoppers` and `Teasers` some of the more male orientated bars.

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    Step off the train, enter Amsterdam!

    by H-TownJourneyman Written Nov 3, 2005

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    Centraal Station/ St. Nicolaas Kerk

    If you pull in to Amsterdam by train, or of course take the train from the airport, you arrive at the Centraal Station, a wonderful piece of architecture in of itself. Step out of the station, and behold: Amsterdam! Right away you will notice the hustle and bustle of this unique and beautiful city. You also will take in the magnificent St. Nicolaas Kerk, an exquisite baroque church just on the other side of the square. Look around, snap some photos, and start your journey. It's only just the beginning!!!

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    Central Estação

    by EnzimaT Written Sep 26, 2005
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    A estação foi terminada em 1889. Tornou-se um símbolo da emergente idade industrial. um sinal de que Amesterdão começava a olhar para o futuro em vez de olhar para a Idade de Ouro.

    Numa fachada de estilo renascentista holandês, o relógio de ouro indica a direcção do vento, tão importante para os moinhos e barcos holandeses

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    The Central Station - Amsterdam

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    This is the only Central Station of Amsterdam located in central Amsterdam. From the Schiphol-airport it's a peace of cake ... going into the very centre of A'dam. Meeting your friends, or having them behind ...

    At least every hour there is a connexion to: The Hage, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Antwerp, Brussels. This beautiful neo Renaissance train station was built by P.J.H. Cuypers, who also designed the Rijksmuseum. You can walk right into A'dam-hub and when you do, take a look back to see the beauty of this place ...
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    Amsterdam Central Station.!

    by siso010 Written Jul 14, 2005

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    Amsterdam Central Station is know as CS.
    its the center of Amsterdam from where you can take the train or tram to anywhere inside or outside Amsterdam.

    Central staion is well organized station with many facilities.
    tourist information are found inside the station but not that many but check the (i) sign.

    Resturants for fast food are everywhere.
    once you get out the CS you will find the main tram station/Canal bus station too.

    dont hesitate to ask anyone in the CS about anything you want,the main advantage of Holland that they are very helpfull people for tourists

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    FLY TO AMSTERDAM

    by traveller007 Written Jun 14, 2005

    Get away from the boring hum drum life in Chicago...and take an all night flight over to the netherlands ... find your way to the trains at the Amsterdam airport and head down to the old canals and old bricked streets of Amsterdam... Is quite unusual if you haven't been there... It would be a good place to start a great european vacation from.........

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    The Centraal Station

    by Paul2001 Written Jun 13, 2005

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    The Amsterdam Centraal Station

    The Centraal Station is one of the more interesting train stations in Europe. It is also a traffic hub like no other in importance. It seems to be actually impossible to travel to Amsterdam without passing through it at least a couple of times. Virtually every train in the Netherlands connects through the Centraal Station while outside most of the cities tram lines pass by. There is also a metro stop here.
    The Centraal Station was built between 1884 and 1889 and was designed by Petrus Josephus Hubertus Cuypers in style that is best described as neo-Renaissance. It was built on three artifical islands with 30,000 piling to support it.
    It is fun to hang out here for a bit while waiting for your train. There is probably no better place to people watch as commuters travel back and forth while buskers perform in the passage ways and outside. There is suppose to be problem with pickpockets here but I did not notice it myself.

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    Centraal Station

    by AlPhilip Written Feb 20, 2005

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    Visitors are most likely to arrive at Centraal Station, the city's primary transportation hub and a train station that was built in the late 19th century on three artificial islands made of wood pilings. This is the perfect example of using both Gothic and Renaissance revival styles, it was designed by P. J. H. Cuypers, and AL van Gendt.
    Even if you arrive by plane, the best way into town from Schiphol is to take advantage of the inexpensive 20-minute train trip to Centraal Station. As you exit the station, you walk directly into what was medieval Amsterdam. The basic design of the city is centered in this area. This central zone is surrounded by the semi-circle of concentric rings known as the Canal Ring. Just beyond the Canal Ring is the Museum Quarter, home to some of the country's most significant national galleries.
    Although most tourists don't pay any atention to this building it's one of the most beautiful buildings in Amsterdam.
    Don't forget to check it out when you come to Amsterdam.

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    Central Station

    by xiquinho Updated Nov 10, 2004
    Central Station

    The main hub of transportation in The Netherlands, this building was designed as a major architectural statement by P. J. H. Cuypers. Although sporting many Gothic motifs (including a unique wind vane disguised as a clock in its left tower), it is now considered a landmark of Dutch Neo-Renaissance style. Cuypers must have derived great smugness in having designed the city's other main gateway, the Rijksmuseum, which lies like a mirrored rival on the other side of town. The building of the station required the creation of three artificial islands and the ramming of 8,600 wooden piles to support it. Completed in 1885, it represented the psychological break with the city's seafaring past, as its erection slowly blocked the view to the IJ river. Other controversy arose from all its Gothic detailing, which was considered by uptight Protestants as a tad too Catholic -- like Cuypers himself -- and hence earned the building the nickname the "French Convent" (similarly, the Rijksmuseum became the "Bishop's Castle"). With more than 1,500 trains passing through daily, Centraal Station long ago learned to live with the guilt. And you should certainly not feel guilty about fighting your way through the street performers and backpackers who litter its doorways. If you have time to kill, perhaps take a return trip on the free ferry to Amsterdam North that departs directly opposite the rear entrance; or check out the rather sci-fi-looking multilevel bicycle parking lot to the right when exiting the front entrance.

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    Central Station

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    Central station

    Central Station is a beautiful huge building in neo renaissance style built on three artificial islands. When you come out of the station onto the big square you will see water and boats everywhere. For me, this was my first contact with Amsterdam. I was ready to discover "Venice of the North".

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