Amsterdam Sights

Centraal Station / Amsterdam CS

palace-like building in Gothic and Neo-Renaissance style from 1889 that was built on 8,687 wooden piles.

Centraal Station (Central Railway Station) is Amsterdam's largest railway station. It was built on an artificial island by architect Pierre Cuypers, who's also known for his design of the Rijksmuseum.


The railway station was built in the River IJ on 3 artificial islands. The facade was built of red brick with stone decorations. The style is inspired by the late Gothic and Dutch Renaissance, to emphasize national values. The decorations on the building show allegories of shipping, commerce and industry.

The fa├žade is reminiscent of a gate with 2 towers, a deliberate reference by Cuypers to his idea of the station as a gateway through which the modern traveler enters the city.

Major train hub

Central Station is the hub of the city's public transportation network. In addition to local bus and tram services, the station offers train service to and from various cities in Europe, including high-speed service to and from Frankfurt, Paris, and other European cities.

Tourist information

Amsterdam's main tourist office is located just opposite Central Station.

How to get there?

tram1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 26 - stop Centraal Station
metro51, 53, 54 - stop Centraal Station
bus18, 21, 22, 32, 33, 34, 35, 48 - stop Centraal Station
ferry901, 902, 905, 906, 907 - stop Centraal Station
trainStation Amsterdam Centraal
parkingnearest car park P1 Parking Amsterdam Centrum

Tip for visitors

Did you know that ...

  • you can store your luggage safely in central Amsterdam?

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    Centraal Station

    Amsterdam (Old Centre)


    nearby Attractions

    A'DAM Toren   panorama tower on the IJ Waterfront
    Beurs van Berlage   former stock exchange building
    Bimhuis  house of the jazz
    EYE   new Dutch film museum
    Museum Our Lord in the Attic   hidden Catholic church
    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ  centre for modern music
    NEMO   science centre
    Oude Kerk   oldest church in the city from around 1300
    Red Light District
    Ronde Lutherse Kerk   17th century Lutheran church with copper dome
    St. Nicolaaskerk   19th century church with baroque dome opposite Centraal Station

    nearby Breakfast/Lunch spots

    Gebroeders Niemeijer   €
    De Koffieschenkerij   €
    La Place Restaurant OBA   €
    Nam Kee   €

    nearby Restaurants

    Loetje Centraal   €€
    Nam Kee   €
    Restaurant 1e Klas   €€
    Sea Palace   €€