Amsterdam Central Station
Amsterdam Central Station is Amsterdam’s main railway station, located in the heart of the city. The station itself is one of Amsterdam’s most impressive buildings and it used by more than 250,000 passengers each day.
The Central Station is built on three filled islands in the IJ. Sand was used for this from the dunes near Velsen, which was released when the North Sea Canal was dug. Like many other buildings in Amsterdam, it was built on wooden piles (8687 pieces). On October 15, 1889, the station opened to huge public interest.
Since 1997, work has been underway on the major renovation of Amsterdam Central. The front of the station is being thoroughly renovated, a new bus station has been built and work is underway on the North-South Line underground.