Centraal Station

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Centraal Station information

Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Address
Street Stationsplein
Getting there
tram 4/9/16/24/25 Centraal Station
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Beyond being a transport hub, Centraal Station is a sight in itself. The turreted marvel dates from 1889. One of the architects, PJ Cuypers, also designed the Rijksmuseum, and you can see the similarities in the faux-Gothic towers, the fine red brick and the abundant reliefs (for sailing, trade and industry).

Built on an artificial island, the station was designed as a neo-Renaissance 'curtain', a controversial plan that effectively cut off Amsterdam from the IJ river. The garage in the right-hand wing was built to shelter the Dutch royal carriage, but it's rarely there (read: never).