Amsterdam Centraal Station opened in 1889, at the center and is the largest of the public transport hubs for the Netherlands with 250,000 daily commuters. With a well linked transportation network, Nederland’s many tram and buslines begin and stop at Centraal Station. Commuters and motorists can board ferry lines transporting them to Amsterdam Noord, or tourist boats for sightseeing along canals. The Amsterdam Tourist Center has its main office here.
The Amsterdam Centraal has a striking building designed by Pierre Cuypers and A.L. van Gendt, has a fabricated cast roof with a 40 metre span, manufactured by British firm, Andrew Handyside. The station was built on 8,687 wood piles which were dug into the sandy soil along the river’s bank, blocking the river’s view for city dwellers. The station’s building site was controversial amongst experts in 1880, with final approval coming from the Ministry of Transport in Den Haag.
The layout includes 15 tracks, 11 platforms; 4 are island platforms, 1 side and 1 bay platform with corridors that transverse across, situated under 11 passenger routes. The Metro station was opened in 1980 under the rail station that serves lines 51, 53 and 54. Boarding of Trams is outside for city transport. Schiphol Airport is a 20 minute commute.
If you want to take the car to reach Amsterdam Central Station you better think again. The single car access is in the Northern side, and unfortunately you do not have a parking place here, is just an area where you can stop to leave the passengers and their luggage. Trams are the best way to reach Amsterdam Station; they stop in the front side of the building. Information desk is right around the corner.
Sightseeing near Amsterdam Centraal Station
Many historical and modern tourist destinations near Amsterdam Centraal Station include The Royal Palace, the Shippinghouse, Nieuwmarkt, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Artis Zoo, and Cafe Mankind.
Ideally located hotels nearby are the Prins Hendrik Hotel, the A-Train Hotel, NH Barbizon Palace, and Park Plaza Victoria ranging upwards from 110 euro.
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Source: Amsterdam Info