Amsterdam Centraal IJzijde

When travelling to Amsterdam, most of the time one exits through the main entrance of the station. But there is also a second entrance that leads out to the river IJ and it’s actually quite a nice place.

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The IJ-side of the station and the ferry services there, as seen above, would be known to anyone who lives in Amsterdam-Noord. One needs the ferries to get to the northern bit of the city. These travel very frequently to and from the central station and each trip takes only a few minutes.

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Between the station and the ferry boarding area is a covered bicycle path (I presume the roof is more for ferry commuters than cyclists since only part of the path is covered).

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Walking along this part of the station really makes you forget that you’re in the middle of Amsterdam. There aren’t that many tourists here and the IJ makes for a wide and open space that contrasts with the cramped streets of the city centre.

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Finally, if you’re wondering why the IJ is spelt with two capitalised letters, that’s because the letter combination i and j is treated as a single letter in the Dutch language. See here.