We took a train to Amsterdam. As soon as we exited the train station we were awestruck. The city is breathtakingly beautiful. One of the canals of Amsterdam is right in front of the train station. The train station itself, Amsterdam Centraal, is a spectacular and massive building made in red stone. There are beautiful buildings everywhere you look. We crossed the street to get to the GVB (local transport) building. Here, we got 48 hours public transport tickets. This ticket only costs Euro 13.50 each and is valid on all metro, buses and trams in the city for 48 hours. Our hotel was around 5 km from the Centraal station but there was a direct metro to the hotel. We took the metro to our hotel. As you get away from the city centre, modern buildings start emerging. But the canals are still there. Over 100 km of canals span the beautiful city of Amsterdam. These canals form the core character of the city. We went to our hotel, checked-in, freshened up, rested for a while and got back to the city centre for sightseeing.