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Amsterdam Central Station Tours

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Amsterdam Central Station
Amsterdam Central Station (Amsterdam Centraal Station) is the largest railway station in the Netherlands, as well as the country’s most visited national heritage site. Serving up to 250,000 passengers every day, it’s the city’s most important transport hub, offering both national and international train services.

The Basics
Whether you’re riding the city trams and local trains around Amsterdam, catching a long-distance train to Paris or Brussels, or heading to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, you’re likely to pass through Amsterdam Central Station at some point during your travels. Sightseeing walking tours of the city often include a stop to admire the station’s striking 19th-century façade, while boat tours of Amsterdam’s canals leave from the quays right outside the station. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Facilities at Amsterdam Central Station include ATMs, restrooms, luggage storage, a tourist office, currency exchange, and a range of coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, and shops.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the station.
  • Amsterdam Central Station is fully wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
Amsterdam Central Station is built upon three artificial islands on Stationsplein at the center of Amsterdam’s canal ring and within walking distance of many of the city’s central attractions. The northern terminus of Metro lines 51, 53, and 54, the station serves numerous national and international train services, several GVB tram and ferry routes, as well as local and regional buses operated by GVB, Connexxion and EBS. Taxis and water taxis can be found outside the station and trains to and from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport depart every 10 minutes and take around 20 minutes. 

When to Get There
Amsterdam Central Station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and gets particularly busy during the weekday rush hours (early morning and early evening). However, if you have an early morning departure or late-night arrival, you may find many visitor facilities are closed.   

A Walking Tour of Amsterdam
Thanks to its strategic central location, Amsterdam Central Station is within walking distance of many popular tourist sights. Follow the scenic waterfront lanes into the atmospheric Red Light District; loop around to see attractions such as the Rembrandt house, the Amsterdam Museum, and the Anne Frank House; and finish by admiring the historic monuments of Dam Square. 
Address: Stationsplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Unesco windmills of Kinderdijk & Delft | Coronaproof Public Tour from Amsterdam

Unesco windmills of Kinderdijk & Delft | Coronaproof Public Tour from Amsterdam

This small public tour for max 4 travelers departs from Amsterdam Central Station (hotel pick-up optional). Visit world heritage Kinderdijk first, the location of a group of 19 windmills that were built to pump up the water. Anyone interested in authentic windmills should visit Kinderdijk! Set off on a private guided tour of the area and visit 2 mills by boat. The view from the boat, all the windmills on a row, is marvellous! Let your guide take you inside one mill and climb the stairs inside to discover how this medieval engineering works.The other windmills are inhabited by millers and their families. Next is Delft, the Dutch City of William of Orange and of Royal Delft Pottery. Upon arrival, set off on a private guided walking tour and learn about Dutch history and Delft’s role in the Dutch 17th century (controversies addressed). And when in Delft, a short live-demonstration on how Delft Blue is made can't be missed. Enjoy some personal time before heading back to Amsterdam.
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  • 8 hours
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Amsterdam Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Amsterdam Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Are you looking for things to do in Amsterdam? The Amsterdam scavenger hunt takes you through the heart of the city to see all the sights! You will walk from Centraal Station to the Rembrandt House Museum while taking a few side trips and taking on challenges. All the while, you will learn some local history get valuable local tips. It takes 2-3 hours to complete, do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Arcade Photoshoot in Amsterdam

Arcade Photoshoot in Amsterdam

During this photo experience I will take you cool pictures at the metro. You will can have fun at an arcade games bar while I take you stunning pictures for your social media!
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  • 1 hour
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NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise!

NEW! Authentic Amsterdam Evening Cruise!

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We will go on the most relaxing, cosy and beautiful nightly open boat ride through the canals of Amsterdam. But not just any boat ride. You will be indulged with food, drinks (Juices for the youngest) , stories, history and humor. You will get to know and see the rich history of Amsterdam and so much more. . And you will also meet with guests from all over the world who all speak English. So not only get to know Holand but also France, India, Spain, Andorra, Italy , US and so much more while your at it. And because I'm your host for the whole tour, I will entertain you with amazing facts, funny and exciting stories.
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Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive. 60 minutes

Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive. 60 minutes

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The best private canal tour on the famous canals of Amsterdam! The cruise is private for 1,5 hours and inclusive local skipper/guide and inclusive beer, wines, soda's and snacks (due the Corona virus, snacks are not available at this time). The luxe boat is equipped with pillows and in case of rain a roof top. Anamazing experience to enjoy with friends and family. You will see the famous hotspots of Amsterdam. The starting location is at the famous Rijksmuseum, the biggest museum of Amsterdam.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Waterfront & 17th Century Islands | Friday & Saturday morningtour

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Amsterdam Waterfront & 17th Century Islands | Friday & Saturday morningtour

* Surprising walkingtour away from the city crowds! * Learn more about the newest devellopments of Amsterdam * Discover beautiful 17th century hidden islands! * Join experienced Local Experts guides who are long-term residents of Amsterdam ( we all live here for decades) * We work with small groups (max.10 persons per guide ) * Our approach is personal (we'll be happy to give you local tips!) * Book with a well known Amsterdam organisation with 16+ years experience
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  • 2 hours
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The best boat trip through the Amsterdam canals

The best boat trip through the Amsterdam canals

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Enjoy the historic canals of the capital. On a beautiful open electric boat. Enough space and equipped with all comforts. With an experienced captain as your guide. He really knows how to tell you everything about this beautiful city. This boat trip is one of the most popular in Amsterdam. Sail along and experience why. - open canal boat with comfortable cushions - small groups and an intimate setting - sail past places where the large tour boats do not come - unique experience from the water
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Private Guided Tour of Contemporary Amsterdam Noord by Bike

Private Guided Tour of Contemporary Amsterdam Noord by Bike

This is a cycling tour will be perfect for adventurous travellers, who would like to get to know more about the innovative, creative and even a little bit of anarchic side of Amsterdam! Here you will not be able to see old historical buildings, cozy bridges and majestic churches. Instead, we offer you to explore some new areas, famous for its incredible modern architecture, contemporary street art, innovative startups and social projects. Together with you we will discover how rusty construction crane was turned into a luxury hotel or port containers, ferries and old trams into lovely comfortable apartments, art galleries or cozy bars. After, we would like to show you some other local sights, such as former shipyard turned into creative space with workshops; modern architecture; floating sustainable housing; eco-village and a little 3D-printed house, partly built of potato peel!
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  • 4 hours
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Amsterdam Private Walking Tour of Famous Painters

Amsterdam Private Walking Tour of Famous Painters

Who are those luxuriously dressed people, painted by young Rembrandt ? What were they doing, eating and drinking? How were they different from the ordinary citizens, that were painted by Frans Hals or Jan Steen? What was favorite taverns among locals in the Golden Age time? What games were they playing? Why were they wasting their savings in the anatomical theatres? Let’s figure it out! We will dive into the Golden Age time to find out what was happening here and how these events influenced the national character of the Dutch. And, most exciting, during the whole walk our story will be accompanied by views of the old city only! We would like to discuss with you different subjects you are interested in, whether it is a Dutch art in its historical context, development of maritime trade routes and Dutch East India Company, role of Dutch women in society or even a daily life of local people. It will definitely be a fascinating adventure! See you soon!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Amsterdam Jordaan Private Walking Tour

Half-Day Amsterdam Jordaan Private Walking Tour

If you would really like to get to know Amsterdam on a deeper level, than you are definitely here! Jordaan is the soul of Amsterdam, its’ history, traditions and a sense of humor. Why? Because here you can find all the treasures, that Amsterdammers carefully hide from the tourists - cozy yards, pretty art galleries, locals nicely sitting with their cup of coffee or a daily newspaper and enjoying the sunshine, best saturday market and lots of other secret sites! There are a lot of wonderful things will be on our way, such as the narrowest house, West India house, lots of lovely houseboats and the one and only in the world floating shelter for cats! After little tasting we will continue our walk and find out more about Jordaan's historical past. For instance, we will show you a lot of little historical monuments, sculptures, hidden church and green and cozy yard 'Hofje', where we will tell you about charity system from the 16th century and up to now. See you soon!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Private Guided Sightseeing Tour of Zaanse Schans

Half-Day Private Guided Sightseeing Tour of Zaanse Schans

What does make Netherlands so special and memorable? A lot of travellers would definitely say: 'bicycles, endless tulip fields and, of course, the windmills!' And this is true :). Dutch landscape with a lot of old windmills and green wooden houses is definitely one of the most beautiful things to look at. Together with you we would like to travel back in time and enjoy this beautiful day in a countryside! We will meet at the Amsterdam Centraal Station, from where we will take a train to the fairy-tale windmill village, which only takes 15 minutes to get to. Over there we will have a huge amount of local sightseeings on the way and we will definitely try to visit all of them, strolling along an incredibly beautiful landscape with a view of polders, old wooden houses, movable bridges, wild swans and white lambs.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Edam and Volendam Private Walking Tour from Amsterdam

Half-Day Edam and Volendam Private Walking Tour from Amsterdam

Are you tired of a city noise and fast-paced lifestyle? Then we would highly recommend you to visit this tour on one of your first days in the Netherlands! We believe, that blooming gardens, old wooden houses, cozy green alleys and fabolous apple pie served for lunch on the banks of a canal overgrown with apple trees and hydrangeas is one of the best medicines against urban bustle! Up to now you have a chance to meet the cheese king or the guild cheese-porters, who are still getting paid with piece of an almond cake or even become friends with locals walking here in their wooden shoes - clogs! We will meet at the Amsterdam Centraal Station, from where we will take a bus to ride to those fabolous towns - Edam and Volendam. The travel time takes no more than 20 minutes. Strolling along an incredibly beautiful streets with a view of canals, infinite fields with wooden houses, farms and wild swans.
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  • 5 hours
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Full-Day Private Guided Countryside Tour of Amsterdam by Bike

Full-Day Private Guided Countryside Tour of Amsterdam by Bike

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We invite you to join our fabulous bike trip to the Dutch countryside with its lovely farms, dykes, picturesque canals and the fishing villages, which will definitely make you deeply fall in love with the Netherlands! We will start our tour at the Amsterdam Centraal Station, where you can rent a perfect bike for our day cruise. Once you have one, we will cycle away from the busy city to the quiet countryside, where it will be absolutely safe to cycle even for beginners! There are will be a lot cozy wooden houses built in the 16th and 17th centuries on our way! Once we are outside of cityring, we will be surrounded by one of the most beautiful pastoral landscape of infinite fields and polders, white lambs and horses, wooden bridges, houseboats and dairy farms. We will definitely visit some of them to try some homemade ice-cream or fresh milk and to find out more about the modern farmers life, agricultural innovations and social projects!
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  • 7 hours
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Amsterdam walking tour: first acquaintance with the city

Amsterdam walking tour: first acquaintance with the city

Our route covers a lot of main sightseeing as well as some secret and extremely cozy places, which will make you fall deeply in love with Amsterdam. Of course, it is interesting to see Dam Square and the Royal palace, but they will never give you a complete image of how this city actually lives. Therefore, we would love to show you our favorite hidden places too: humpback bridges, hidden chapels, cozy courtyards, mysterious brown bars, best pastry shop and a second-hand book market, hiding in the gateway of the old univercity. We would like to share with you some interesting facts, starting from history of Amsterdam and ending with stories about social initiatives and innovation projects. Would you like to get to know more about history and political system of this country? Or are you more interested in modern life, street culture and innovations? Or would you like us to tell you about the most important, exciting or boring things for Dutch people and discuss the national character?
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Amsterdam: walk through the old city

Amsterdam: walk through the old city

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The old inner city of Amsterdam is incredibly picturesque! Here you can see the narrowest houses, crooked alleyways, hidden yards and gardens for butterflies! During this wonderful walking tour, we would like to tell you about Dutch history, traditions, national character and, most importantly, figure out how this place built below sea level, became one of the freest and progressive countries in the world! We will meet you at the Amsterdam Centraal Station, where we will share some wonderful facts about its history, old transport system in the Netherlands and talk about relationships between catholics and protestants after the 80 Years War. Slowly strolling along cozy canals and enjoying the view of old brick buildings and majestic churches, we will find out more about this multifaceted city. We will talk about old and modern lifestyle of Amsterdammers, about their preferences in architecture, fashion, leisure or food and about many other interesting subjects.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tour: Amsterdam Liberal Capital of the World

Walking Tour: Amsterdam Liberal Capital of the World

During the first half of the tour we'll dive into the history of Amsterdam and how it became the most liberal city in the world. I will take you on a story framed journey through the historic city center. You will learn how Amsteram became the World Capital for gay marriage, recreational drug use, prostitution, abortion and euthanesia. Then we'll take the ferry across the river IJ to an old industrial shipping wharf in Amsterdam North. It was abandoned in the 1980s and slowly converted into an underground hotspot for prospective local artists in the 1990s. Today the old shipping wharf in Amsterdam North is a salute to Amsterdam's Liberal Spirit. The artist community is mostly self-regulated and the city doesn't exercise much control. It is the most secret hidden gem of Amsterdam and a must-see for anyone who is interested in Amsterdam's local art scene! We'll check out loads of extraordinary pop-up art, street art, shipping-containers-turned-artist-studios and graffiti art.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Countryside Tour: Zaanse Schans & Zandam by electric bike

Countryside Tour: Zaanse Schans & Zandam by electric bike

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There’s nothing better than spending a sunny summers day riding through the the countryside of Holland. A short ferry ride and an easy 20-minute cycle through the north of the city and we’ll reach the Waterlands, the countryside just outside of Amsterdam. Soon it’s cows and farmers’ signs offering up freshly made ice-cream and milk. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way as we cruise through the countryside en route to the Dutch Heritage site of the Zaanse Schans. You’ll have free time to explore, snap photos, checkout some cheese and clog stalls or visit the first ever Albert Heijn. Our return route will bring us back to town via Zaandam and its famous Intelhotel made from nearly 70 traditional Zaanse-style wooden houses. Coming back into town takes us past a local social-workplace brewery for our final stop before returning the bicycles. Since we'll spend most of our time outside the city, the stress of biking in Amsterdam will be minimized.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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From Amsterdam Central Station by train to Zaanse Schans for 2 hours guided tour

From Amsterdam Central Station by train to Zaanse Schans for 2 hours guided tour

We are going to walk on the Zaanse Schans. I am a certified guide and will give you a lot of information about the highlights. The walk shows you the Albert Heijn museum shop, the clog factory and the cheese factory and of course the windmills (entrance does not include € 5.00 per person per mill, € 2.50 per child per child). You can indicate yourself which mill (s) you would like to view.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Vibrant Jordaan Evening Private Tour: Hotspots, Drinks & Local Life

Vibrant Jordaan Evening Private Tour: Hotspots, Drinks & Local Life

On this private tour in Amsterdam, go from local hotspots to highlights with some tasty treats and drinks in between. See how the locals chill and unwind and get personal recommendations on where to keep the night going. Do as the locals do and grab a drink at a historic building and get the perfect Dutch introduction by trying bitterballen. Then go to an eco-hotel that used to be the former City Hall, and is entirely powered by wind. Have a beer or a wine and unwind with your local host. Check out Café Loetje Centraal, a historical building with a terrace facing the water and where you can also spot the legendary Hotel Victoria. Explore the Jordaan area and Haarlemmerdijk, a street where you can find houses from the Golden Century, and find out more places where the locals like to go. Your night doesn’t need to end here! Get recommendations from your local host according to your interests and check out the lively atmosphere of Amsterdam at night. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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Architecture Tour: Old and New Amsterdam

Architecture Tour: Old and New Amsterdam

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Unique introduction tour to the past, present and future of Amsterdam On this 2-hour tour you will join a local architect or architectural historian to discover the reasons why Amsterdam looks the way it does. How did the architecture of the canal belt influence newer developments? How do these contemporary buildings break or continue traditions and ways of living? Discover the forces that make Amsterdam one of the most vibrant cities in Europe!
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Amsterdam City Bike Tour

Amsterdam City Bike Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on an exciting bike tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. Follow a professional guide through the quaint waterways and winding cobbled streets of the city and discover an eclectic selection of sights off the conventional tourist trail. Delve into the rich history and 'coffee shop' culture of the city with your knowledgeable guide and get local recommendations from your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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