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Address: Stationsplein, 1012 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Activities: People-watching
Description: Completed in 1889 and located in the heart of town, this neo-Renaissance...
Completed in 1889 and located in the heart of town, this neo-Renaissance rail station was designed by P.J.H. Cuypers, the same person who designed the famous Rijksmuseum.
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a large station with a beautiful architecture

We arrived and left Amsterdam by train from Paris. We had to spend some time in the station, especially when we left. It is a very nice place, with good indications and several... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Noida, India
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is an awesome construction, very large and brightly lit and teeming with travellers. It has a large number of well stocked wine and speciality shops for last minute purchases. We wanted to buy a bottle of wine as a gift but since this shop was closed for some reason, we went next door and bought a bottle of extra... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This station reminded me of St Pancras in London with it's beautiful architecture. It is very centrally located in Amsterdam adjacent to the river and a great place to arrange to meet friends. Full of shops and cafes and obviously Fast Food Places. Several buses and Trams stop outside and there are several hotels closeby.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We arrived and left Amsterdam by train from Paris. We had to spend some time in the station, especially when we left. It is a very nice place, with good indications and several shops. The square in front of the station is also a stop for the tramways riding around the city, as well as the boats taking passengers on... More 

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Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Of the many European train stations I've been in over the years, the Amsterdam Centraal is more confusing than most. Signs aren't necessarily clear and the place looks and feels dirty even in the off or shoulder season. However once you find your platform, especially for IC, ICE trains, the boarding points for those trains are clearly marked. Also, there... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Such an easy train station to get around. Plenty of signs, announcements in Dutch and English, shopping market, and luggage storage for when you're only stopping through. Directly across the street is the travel office for the GVB where you get your day or multi day tickets for the tram/bus/metro. And the architecture, wow! Like any public place with a... More 

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Victor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

very central location in Amsterdam great place to meet friends. Also an easy place to meet new friends particularly if you're waiting for someone or a train.a great place to people watch ... the nation's walk through Centraal Station.

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Durham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Trains in Holland are always on time and not expensive. Staff at the stations are very helpful and all speak English. A great way to get around

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A wonderfully easy station to use, bought required journey ticket from ticket office, given direction to platform and time of train without asking. Service with a smile!

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I love this train station! It is huge for sure. The outside is beautiful. However it is a very busy place. There is an ATM inside. Careful of the trams just outside the station- the trams aren't on platforms and the tracks cross over each other often.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The station is an amazing building, and arrival from the airport was easy. However, it was not clear where to buy multiple day tram tickets. It meant queuing several times to find the correct answer - seemingly, certain counters have limitations as to what they can sell. The signage and queing was not clear, meaning that people who arrived later... More 

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