When you arrive in Amsterdam Centraal Station, you’re literally in the city center. Immediately you’ll notice tons of public transportation (trains, trolleys, buses) and bicycles – LOTS and LOTS of bycicles; there are relatively few personal automobiles.
Amsterdam as a city is extremely easy to navigate as everything is in a grid and surrounded by canals. All the buildings, destinations and attractions radiate out around in it concentric circles.
Tours by canal
- Location: Immediately outside the Amsterdam Centraal train station, you’ll see no less than a dozen different river boat tours ranging in price, duration and routes.
- Price: €10 – 35 ($11-40 USD) depending on route and duration chosen.
- Trip Time: 20 mins up to hours
All of the riverboats have a guide who explains the different areas of Amsterdam, points of interest and history of the city and country. Personally, I found the boat tour pretty cool, but touristy (mostly because it was 07:00 and I was still tied). On my subsequent trips back to Amsterdam, I would recommend for you to get some sleep and explore by foot – It’s so much better!