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Amsterdam's Centraal Station dates to the year 1889, when it was first used for the transport of goods. Today, besides being Amsterdam's largest and busiest railway station, it is a rijksmonument (Netherland's national heritage site) and an important tourist attraction in its own right. The designer of Rijksmuseum, P.J.H. Cuypers, was the chief architect during its construction. Its magnificent facade is a blend of Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival styles of architecture. The building's foundation consists of 8687 wooden piles while its roof made from cast iron stretches for 40 meters (131.2 feet). The original construction has been rebuilt more than once due to rapidly expanding traffic and rail transport. With an influx of more than 250,000 passengers everyday, it ranks among the top three busiest railway stations in the country.
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The Narrowest House in Amsterdam is also one of the narrowest houses in the world. At only one meter wide, this house is just barely wider than the front door. The houses in Amsterdam are built in this narrow fashion because of the soft soil that they are built on. All of the houses are actually leaning on each other to stay upright.

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The Amstelkring Church, Our Lord in the Attic, is housed in a 17th-century canal house with authentic living rooms on the lower floors and a preserved Roman Catholic Attic Church upstairs. A maze of rooms, halls and staircases with lots of peepholes remind you of Holland's Golden Age. Following the Alteration in 1578 (when Amsterdam became Protestant), Catholics were not permitted to practice their religion in public. These churches were privately owned and designed not to be recognizable as churches from the outside. The building now houses a museum.

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Ijmuiden aan Zee is along the North Sea and has beaches, dunes and a fishing port. The shopping center nearby offers variety of options to choose from. This marina is a real treat for children because of its beautiful beaches, museums and other sites in the area. There is also plenty of parking available.

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Back in the sixties, one sweet lady took in a stray cat and her kittens. Her house soon became too small for all the cats that followed and she moved to a houseboat in one of Amsterdam's lively canals. Even though cats hate water, they flourished in their new home and it since became a cat shelter where cats can go their own way, are not confined to cages and walk around like little captains. It is a unique and remarkable place. Two hours a day tourists are very welcome to come aboard and see this amazing shelter for themselves.

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The Red-Light District, or De Wallen as it is called in Dutch, is one of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhoods. Although walking around the Red-Light District can feel a bit voyeuristic, it is proof of Amsterdam's liberality and social tolerance and merits a quick tour. The area, which operates at all hours, is its most vibrant at night, when both customers and tourists come out to walk the streets. Red lights line the windows facing the canal, where women stand in order to advertise to their clientèle. (Note: it is illegal to take pictures or videos of the windows.) The streets surrounding the Red-Light district also offer shopping and theaters, as well as a museum devoted to erotica.

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Odd perhaps, but De Oude Kerk (Old Church) really is in the center of the red-light district. Surrounded by cobblestones, the church has to this day maintained its medieval appearance, despite being stripped of its decoration during the Reformation in the early decades of the 15th Century. From its beginnings as a small wooden church, to growing into the beautiful building that exists today, Oude Kerk has come to be known as "Amsterdam's living room." The city's famous Stille Omgang is an annual event which commemorates the Miracle of the Host, and still takes place today annually around 15th March. This nocturnal procession ends at De Oude Kerk.

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This pint-sized statue located beside the Oude Kerk in the center of Amsterdam's Red Light District was erected in honor of the millions of people throughout Amsterdam (and the world) who work in the sex trade, willingly or not. The statue was commissioned by the Prostitute Information Center's founder and operator Mariska Majoor, and was unveiled in March 2007 as part of the Red Light District's Second Open Day. Belle is the work of Dutch artist Els Rijerse and is made of steel reinforced bronze on top of a granite plinth.

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