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Amsterdam, capital city of the Netherlands

Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is located in the province of North Holland. The city got its name from a dam in the river Amstel and was a small fishing village at its creation. Nowadays Amsterdam is a busy seaport and one of the top European financial centres as well as a major cultural hub. The canals, world-famous museums and historical sights makes Amsterdam one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam can be reached easily by train from other European capitals - Paris, London or Brussels.

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Head to the nearby Oude Zijde (old side) quarter. Its streets are packed with historic buildings and most notably the Oude Kerk, which is the oldest church in Amsterdam. This beautiful Gothic Basilica is now in the heart of the Red Light District!

Found in the very heart of the city, the square marks the place where the 13th century dam on the Amstel River was located. From boutiques and restaurants to monuments and museum, the square is encircled by several attractions. With more than 150 canals, a canal cruise in Amsterdam is not to be missed. Why not seize the opportunity to have lunch during a pancake cruise. After lunch, take the tram from the Dam Square to reach the Van Gogh Museum, which houses more than 200 paintings, letters and other personal stuff of the artist. As the evening is gently approaching, walk to the Vondelpark to let the steam off.

Don’t miss a detour to a Bruin Café for a taste of authentic Amsterdam flavour and Dutch culture. These local institutions with a laid-back atmosphere are a quintessential part of Amsterdam’s culture.

If you are looking for a shopping experience, you can either go to the De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam’s best-known department store or to Damrak.

Amsterdam Tourist Office
Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Nederland
Tel: +31 20 201 8800
The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Amsterdam can be found.

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Customer reviews

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    Amsterdam to Paris | Francisco d. | 2015/11/02
    "Me and my wife had an enjoyable trip with Thaly's train. The ride was enjoyable. The food should have been served warm. The seats (for two) were facing backwards! Which in the website were not specifically mentioned. Otherwise we would have booked forward facing seats. Next time we I would ask Thalys if we could book forward facing seats before finally booking. In summary, we had a very good experience with Thalys and the taxi booking service provided after the trip. "

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    Paris to Amsterdam | Helen w. | 2015/11/01
    "From booking on line to travel the whole experience was seemless and pleasurable. thank you. "

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    Amsterdam to Pari | Wilfried m. | 2015/10/26
    "Our first European train trip. Worked like clock work after a little orientation work. Would thoroughly recommend this journey. Book through the local rail network. Savings by picking specified date and time of journey. "

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    AMsterdam to Brussels | Carolyn p. | 2015/10/20
    "Train journey was great. very quiet, convenient and left on time. Unfortunately we ran almost an hour late by the time we reached Brussels, apparently due to various signal works or isues enroute. Considering my other train trips were all on time, this was most unusual and I accept that it happens occasionally. "

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    terrific trip to Rotterdam | Susan m. | 2015/10/17
    "Our train left on time, was comfortable and quiet "

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    Amsterdam to Paris by Thalys | John d. | 2015/10/15
    "Great journey through Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France. Everything went smoothly, and we were surprised to receive complimentary snacks, something that didn't happen on any other train, despite travelling First Class. "

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    Amsterdam to Paris trip | Judith d. | 2015/10/13
    "Really relaxing "

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    First class experience | Yuri h. | 2015/10/06
    "That was my first time on the train in Europe and it was the wonderful experiences. I quite liked the meal served on board as well. Only one thing I would like to see some improvements is the bathroom. "

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    Fast and friendly | James m. | 2015/10/04
    "Pre-booked tickets from Australia and had a comfortable trip with our family of 3 young children. Loved the ability to charge devices and the snacks and drinks that were offered. Friendly service and a great trip. "

  • Train Paris to Amsterdam | . | 2015/10/03
    "Good to be prebooked as don't have the worry of purchasing tickets when you arrive. Good trip arriving 15 minutes later than scheduled. "

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