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 façade 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.
Amsterdam's main tourist office is located just opposite Central Station.
Tip for visitors
Did you know that ...
Amsterdam (Old Centre)
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