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Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Centraal (code: Asd) is the central railway station of Amsterdam. It is also one of the main railway hubs of the Netherlands and is used by 250,000 passengers a day, excluding transferring passengers.

It is the starting point of Amsterdam Metro lines 51, 53 and 54.

Amsterdam Centraal StationAmsterdam Centraal's building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and A. L. van Gendt. It first opened in 1889 and features a roof span of approximately 40 metres fabricated in cast iron by Andrew Handyside of Derby, England. The station is currently under reconstruction due to the construction of the North/South metro line (metro line 52).

History
The building of Amsterdam Centraal is situated on three artificial islands, resting on 8,687 wooden piles been driven deep into the muddy and sandy soil.[citation needed] The current location of the station is not the site the city of Amsterdam had originally wanted; other possibilities included somewhere near the Leidseplein, the Weesperplein, or in the vicinity of the modern-day Sarphatipark. Officials in The Hague, however, felt that the location at the head of the city, along The IJ, was the best location. Hotels in Amsterdam City Center

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