If you arrive in Amsterdam by train, then one of the first buildings you will come across is Amsterdam Centraal Station. This neo-Renaissance building built in the 1880s is best viewed from outside where the high gables, brickwork, and faux Gothic towers impress even the weariest of travellers.
The station, which is the main train station of Amsterdam was designed by Pierre Cuypers – the architect also responsible for the Rijksmuseum. When the station was first built there was some controversy amongst the locals due to its location – separating the city centre from the money making River Ij. Nonetheless, it opened to the public in 1889.
Directly in front of the station are trams and the metro to take you to destinations throughout the city. Alternatively hop aboard one of the canal cruise boats. Or head off on foot to explore the city. Every day around 250,000 people go through the station, and now you can be one of them.