Amsterdam Central Station is the largest train station in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It has about 186,000 passengers per day, making it the second busiest station in the Netherlands with Utrecht Central Station as the busiest. The station is on Station Island, which is where the Station Square is also located. The high-speed train Thalys departs daily for Brussels and Paris from Amsterdam Central Station.
The Amsterdam Central Station was built in 1889 and was designed by famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers. Cuypers also designed the Rijksmuseum and if you look closely, you’ll see the similarities between both historic buildings. For many, the construction of the station was a sign that Amsterdam was finally going to step into the future and leave the Golden Age behind. The Amsterdam Central Station is one of Europe’s most modern and busiest train stations and offers the traveler, especially the first-timers, a grand entrance into the city of Amsterdam.