Amsterdam Centraal Train Station Hazard
BEWARE OF THIS TRAIN STATION! We started the night before, trying to find someone to pay to help us with our luggage. No soap! We asked repeatedly in the station for help. But we were ushered onto an "up" escalator. Result: I lost my balance on the fast moving escalator and fell backward and downward!
I knew I was about to die! A "last thought" flashed through my mind. Then I started screaming!
Thank God, someone stopped the escalator. A total of four strangers rescued me from that escalator. This included two Amsterdam police officers, who were apparently among my rescuers. However, they refused to allow myself and my friend (who was badly cut, somehow) any soap and water to clean our cuts.
I have multiple injuries, which so far appear minor; my cellphone was smashed and watch damaged, and my friend's suitcase was totaled.
While I am lucky to be alive, and thankful for my rescue, THIS COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED! Centraal Station needs to provide porters to help with luggage, and clear signs of elevator locations, if any .... plus warning signs in several languages at the escalators. There are some 10,000 escalator injuries per year in the US alone; the Amsterdam police said people fall "periodically" on the escalators in Centraal Station. This station already has a ghoulish history: Anne Frank and family were taken here to be loaded into cattle trains for their odyssey toward death ... not the fault of the Dutch, but just a creepy factoid.
Travelers, avoid this safety-averse station.Related to:
4 countries, 6 days
For a holiday, I agree that 6 days is a very tight schedule. Not really my idea of a holiday. But I've seen much worse on this forum.
However, if you were on business, you would not blink at this schedule.
We have the fast train Thalys after all.
Let me suggest an itinerary:
Day 1: (on arrival): take the Thalys to Paris (you need to book Thalys in advance), travel = about 3 hours.
Day 2: Spend in Paris
Day 3: (in the morning): take the Thalys back to Brussels (Belgium), travel = about 90 minutes
Day 4: take a train to Aachen (Germany), which is just on the Dutch/Belgian border. Enjoy the cathedral, etc. Travel time: with Thalys: 70 minutes. With local train: 2 hrs and 30 mins
Day 5: visit Maastricht (20 kms from Aachen, very nice Dutch city) and/or do that 'Drielandenpunt' (Belgium/Germany/Netherlands) as johngayton suggests
Day 6: back to Amsterdam and enjoy any time left there. Train from Maastricht to Amsterdam (local, just hop on). Travel time: 2 hrs and 30 mins
For German and European train schedules: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
For Dutch train schedules and prices: http://www.ns.nl/cs/Satellite/travellers
For Belgian train schedules and prices: www.b-rail.be/main/E/
For Thalys: http://www.thalys.com/ (only to be booked in advance!)Related to:
City to beach - the Beach Bus
If you would like to escape Amsterdam on a hot summer day and need to use public transport a novel way to travel to the Dutch coast is by fast ferry and bus.
There are departures from Jetty 14 behind Centraal Station every 30 minutes on summer days - the fast ferry takes you to Velson in 30 minutes and from there a fast bus that meets the ferry and takes you on to Ijmuiden beach in just over 10 minutes.
The off peak fare is €7.50.
I have never made this trip but have seen the fast ferry and it looks very impressive. A very good idea for those who want to visit the coast. The website has more details.
General Transportation Tip
Amsterdam is one the few capitals in Europe (if not the only one) without any big monuments, let's say i.e Eiffel Tower, Big Ben.. and it is an accessible city as well. Distances can be shorter than in other capitals and metro network has not dozens of lines.
Traveling in Style
Saw this trio - bloke, trike and dog - waiting at the lights - so I asked him if I could take a pic - he smiled and gave me the thumbs up - the bloke didn't say much though :)) (It's amazing how they ALL speak english isn't it? )
I thought this looked like a really great way to get around the city - and the dog thought so too I reckon. Then the lights turned green and away they sped.
OK si vous partez de paname...
OK si vous partez de paname comme moi c trop simple:
suivez ces noms de villes et tout ira bien
tro simple mais be careful avec la douane volante!!!
tes jambes et tes pieds ya qu'ca d'mieux ds Meda
Carrier Pigeon or Bottle?
I was making up my mind in Amsterdam to use alternative transport like this pigeon.
No, it will be a cruise in a bottle!Related to:
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