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Amsterdam Sights

Centraal Station (Central Station)

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Updated 05/14/2013

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The main train station of the Dutch capital, 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 also designed the city's other main gateway, the Rijksmuseum, which lies like a mirrored rival on the other side of the late 19th century 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 1889, it represented the psychological break with the city's seafaring past, as its erection slowly blocked the view to the IJ. Another controversy arose from 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"). Currently sections of Centraal Station are under construction with the new North/South metro line. The new bus station is on the IJ side. If you are visiting the restaurant on Platform 2b, wander down to look at the magnificent golden gate of the Queen's Waiting Room (alas, you can't go in, but scan the QR code at the entrance with your smartphone for a 360° virtual tour).

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Sight Information

Address:

Stationsplein, Amsterdam, 1012 AB, Netherlands

Phone:

/0900–9292-(public transport information)

Updated 05/14/2013

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Jul 8, 2006

Perfect central location to travel to any place in & around Amsterdam

The Centraal station is a beautiful acchitectural building designmned by Mr. P.J.Cuypers. The Rijk Museum was also designed by the same person. The station is normally crowded during peak hours as office goers go on their normal routine, but other times there is quite a good crowd. As this is the main starting point for the Train, Tram and the Bus, people have a good oppurtunity to travel to any destination

in and around Amsterdam by the same. ofcourse Train is the best mode as it is cheaper and faster. we took the train when we reached Schipol airport as the train station is on the ground level of the airport. we also travelled t o Zaanse Schans , a windmill village next to River Zaan. we loved to travel by tram train and the bus from the Centraal station. this is the reason we chose to stay close to it and hence we booked the Amstel Botel, just 5 min walk from the centraal station.

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