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More than canals,culture and cannabis

More than canals,culture and cannabis

Amsterdam, also known as the Venice of Northern Europe, is a world-class capital known for its rich culture, openness and tolerance.

Amsterdam Centraal Station (CS) is at the heart of the city and can easily be reached from Schiphol airport within 15 minutes. Miss the train ? Not to worry – they run every ten minutes. The Centraal Station’s impressive neo-renaissance building is located at the IJ waterfront. Unless you plan to travel by one of the ferries from the north side of the station, you’ll need to exit at the center side, where all buses, trams, metros, taxis, departure quays for tourist boats and the main Amsterdam tourist office are located.

The station’s location is unique, situated on three man-made islands, themselves resting on over 8,000 wooden piles that have been driven deep into the sandy soil. Several canals that have recently been added to the UNESCO heritage list surround the train station.

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The Dutch are known for their biking. It’s easy to rent one and see the city like a local. You can also discover the city via Canal Boat tours. Using a hop on and hop off system similar to a tour bus, the canal boat makes 14 stops at nearby tourist attractions and also stops at the Centraal Station’s main entrance. Commentary is provided onboard and it is an easy way to reach many of Amsterdam’s famous museums, the Heineken brewery or to simply rest your feet and enjoy the scenery often depicted by famous Dutch painters.

All of the Netherlands has a dense railroad network. Within a one-hour rail ride from Amsterdam there are many options for day trips. The old towns of Gouda and Alkmaar are a must for cheese lovers. The governmental city of Den Haag with its opulent buildings is a shopping paradise and offers great relaxation on its big stretch of beach. The quaint old fisher villages of Hoorn and Enkhuizen on the Southern Sea, just north of Amsterdam, are part of the “historic triangle.” Dutch traders from these towns connect the history of the Netherlands permanently with that of New York City in the 17th century. Rotterdam is the architectural capital of the Netherlands and famous for its cube-homes and the Erasmus Bridge. Most of these cities can easily be discovered by foot from the train station, too. Be sure to look into a Holland Pass for your trip to the Netherlands.

Amsterdam has convenient fast train connections with other European cities. Imagine eating all your meals in three cities in just one day. An epicurean adventure can be yours aboard the Thalys high speed “red train.” Enjoy Dutch poffertjes for breakfast in Amsterdam. Zip to Brussels in just 2 hours for a lunch of waffles and mussels. Get to Paris in just over 3 hours for a bouillabaisse dinner.

Northern neighbors are also within your reach. ICE trains travel from Amsterdam CS for Cologne and Dusseldorf in 2 1/2 hours and Frankfurt in about four. With City Night Line overnight trains, you can depart Amsterdam at night and arrive rested in Berlin, Prague, Zurich or Copenhagen the next morning.

Try poffertjes (pancake puffs) in traditional pancake houses, sample Dutch beers in traditional ‘brown cafes’ or snack on raw herring from canalside haringkraam stalls. For global cuisine, head to the eclectic De Pijp neighbourhood or dine at an Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table) in bustling Chinatown. For picnics in Vondelpark, stock up at Saturday’s Noordermarkt Farmers’ Market in the Jordaan.

If you are looking for a shopping experience, you can either go to the De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam’s best-known department store or to Damrak, an effervescent shopping street.

_ Amsterdam Tourist Office
Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Nederland
Tel: +31 20 201 8800
The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Amsterdam station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Amsterdam.

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Travel novice - netherlands to germany/poland Hello. I'm an American who has not traveled much inside the USA, and have never been out of the country. A big item on my bucket list is to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, as well as concentration camps Bergen Belsen (Germany), Dachau (...)

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Station - luggage lockers I would like travel to a city for a short visit, then travel to another city on the same day. Are there secure lockers to store luggage at the station while you see the city?

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Reservation booked/tickets received transfer times are 5 min! Hi, I reserved and booked train tickets on rail europe already and found a few reservations I made with 5-6 min transfer! Is this enough time? What happens if I miss a transfer, can I just jump on the next one without buying another ticket? (...)

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    Bremen to Osnabrueck |
    "Travel was comfortable but few things could have made my travel more comfortable - 1. Position of coach could be informed much better since we had to ask a few people where the coach will be coming 2. For people travelling with bags, there is no place to keep the heavy bags. Lighter bags can be kept at the overhead places but not the heavy ones. Suggest to provide a place for heavy bags "

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    "I had a very comfortable journey. "

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    "I enjoyed the trip although I had to change the train in Brucells due to a mechanical failure and the train got 45 mts delayed to arrive in Amsterdam "

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    "FRIENDLY STAFF AND COMFORTABLE !! "

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    "the journey was very comfortable and on time. the only problem faced was that there was no facility to print my ticket at the station counter. so would request to have a print out facility for the ticket at the station as well. thanks "

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    Trip from Paris to Amsterdam |
    "The feet space is very narrow and if someone sitting infront of you with longer legs you don't have any space to move. But all in all it was a satisfied trip. "

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    "Just a short trip which was hassle free. "

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    "Thank you so much for an really enjoyable adventure. Seeing that this was our first time traveling by train in Europa it was a great experience. Traveling by City Night Line gave us time to relax and sleep well. Much better than flying. "

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    Trip to Belgium |
    "We had never taken the Thalys train before. I would absolutely do it again. It was clean and comfortable. The service was excellent. The train is quiet and smooth. We had a great time. "

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