Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands and home to some of the very best festivals, exhibitions, events and nightlife to be found anywhere in Europe. With world-class museums, urban beaches, pubs, bars, restaurants, parks and much more Amsterdam is a great place to visit any time of year. Immerse yourself in Amsterdam's beautifully preserved 17th-century architecture, wander the canals crisscrossed by countless bridges or if you prefer to hop on a bike in what is best known as the bike capital of the world!
It is a short and pleasant walk from Centraal Station to all that Amsterdam has to offer. With most of the many and varied museums on the route towards the centre, it is easy to see what Amsterdam has to offer in a day. From the station all the way to the Van Gogh Museum, stopping off at one of many canal-side cafes; there is something for everyone.
Leaving Centraal and walking south along Geldersekade, where to the left can be seen the Sex Museum and the Museum of Prostitution, will also take the visitor past many and varied eateries, and coffee shops. Continuing along Kloveniersburgwal, past the Bloemenmartk – the beautiful flower market – where after this 20m walk the visitor may wish to stop and smell the blooms. Continuing on along west to Herrengracht then a right onto Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, and Spiegelgracht, for 13 m will lead the visitor to the world famous Rijksmuseum of European Modern Art. After a look around this stunning museum, a further 3m south can be found the Van Gogh Museum, which celebrates the life and works of the Netherlands most famous artist. Returning northwards, a 28m walk will take the traveller to Anne Frank House in Prinsengracht. For the weary walker, a 6m walk back to the Rijksmuseum will also lead to a metro station where the 347 and 357 trains will take 17m to get to Anne Frank house, a sad but beautifully poignant reminder of world war 2. Throughout the city, there are to be found in many places to get a ride along the many canals which define this city. A wonderful day out.
Amsterdam Centraal Station is central not only by name but by location – situated as it is in the heart of the city. A bustling station, serving over 250,000 people every day, the Centraal is the hub for transport links – trams, buses and the city ferry line going all over the town and further afield. The line also goes to Amsterdam Noord, where along with the main tourist office, are the tourist boats used to ferry those wanting a traveller’s view of the city. Travel by train to Amsterdam from Paris in 3hr 15m, with tickets from just 35 EUR or travel from London to Amsterdam in just 4hr 27m – prices starting at 40EUR. The station is served by the Dutch national rail company Nederlandse Spoorwegen, and a high-speed rail track running south-west from near Schiphol Airport is used by the internal Intercity Direct service and the Intercity Brussels; Thalys and the Eurostar.