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“Controlled insanity” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Centraal Station

Centraal Station
Stationsplein, 1012 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #38 of 247 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Architectural Buildings, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Transportation, Landmarks
Activities: People-watching
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Owner description: 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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“Controlled insanity”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

ALWAYS too busy, too crowded, limited acess to washrooms, WAY overpriced left luggage station. But it's the hub of all transport, so take your time, DON'T try to catch a train on short notice, and always have 50 p for the ONE small, crowded male AND female washroom!

Visited October 2013
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“Magnificent Building and efficient train service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Wondered what this building was as we were heading for the red light district and to our surprise it is the most ornate train station we had seen in some time. It is huge and has had many additions to it since it was first built back in around 1890. Several days later we had to catch the train to Brussels and found the train system worked very efficiently.

Visited October 2013
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“Impressive...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

The main access point for tourists arriving in Amsterdam, the neoclassical building is impressive both in scale and design. Unsurprisingly, the interior could be anywhere, however! Travellers will find the signage good and staff are helpful. The ticket machines can be a bit confusing.

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“I didn't know you could review a railway station”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Well, it has lots of trains which is a good sign with railway stations. Platforms 1 to 14 have seating while platform 15 does not.
The station is well sign posted and easy to get around. There are numerous retail outlets including snack bars.
The building itself is an impressive example of the expression of civic pride that went in to 19th Century railway architecture.
It is also the hub of the Amsterdam public transport system.

Visited November 2013
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“Just a station”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

As a student who lived in Almere getting stuck at Amsterdam Centraal Station at 4 AM in the morning during a harsh February winter is not the place you want to be in.

It would be great if there was some type of indoor facility to shy away from the cold during the winter.

Other than that Amsterdam Centraal is a typical, chaotic station but there will always be someone around willing to help if you have lost your way and need help.

Visited December 2012
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