OK, so it's not a canal tour, but it is an exceptional 5½-hour boat trip. Participants take a bus to just north of the centre, then...
Brews and Tales
This fun guided jaunt through the city centre and Jordaan takes in five bars over the course four hours, during which time you'll learn...
Randy Roy's Redlight Tours
Fun guides provide in-the-know anecdotes about the city's sex life and celebrity secrets on Randy Roy's lively 1½-hour tour. The jaunt...
Grand Cafe-Restaurant 1e Klas
This distinguished café in Centraal Station (upstairs by platform 2b) used to be the waiting room for first-class passengers, hence the...
A refuge from red-light madness, this mosaic-trimmed corner cafe has big windows and a menu of spicy sandwiches, vegie-rich soups and...
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Centraal Station information
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). The area around the station always has loads of construction going on.