Amsterdam is the proud owner of a new metro line: The North-South line. This line crosses the whole city underground and you can travel from (surprise!) the north of Amsterdam all the way to the south in the blink of an eye - not literally, but it's very fast. The whole journey takes 16 minutes, which is more than half the travel time compared to any other form of public transportation.
Well, whoopty doo, a metro line. What's so special about that? Every large city has one. Yes true, we might be late to the party, however this metro line is a historical milestone for the city of Amsterdam. The construction of this line has had its ups and downs, but mostly downs (and not just because it's underground). The line was originally planned to open in 2011 and the budget was 681 million. Final score: the line opened in 2018 with a price tag of 3,1 billion. Converted this is 3500 euros per citizen of Amsterdam, so you are welcome to donate to desperate victimized citizens scattered around the stops. The increased budget and rescheduled opening is mainly due to the sagged historical houses on pile foundations, which occurred when digging.
All drama aside, check out these cool facts about The North/South line:
While digging underground, a total of 700.000 archaeological finds were discovered! You can check them all out online and a selection can be seen in the display cabinets at the escalators of metro stop Rokin.
A lot of steel was used in the production of The North/South line. So much steel, that you could make 16 (!) Eifel towers out of it.
The metro coupes are the highest in the world. After all, the Dutch are known to be a tall species. Due to its height the metro line has the nickname 'De grote vriendelijke reus' aka the big friendly giant. Quite a good nickname the Dutch themselves to be honest.
Are you impressed with The North/South line after reading these facts yet? Good. Oh yea, there is 4G internet connection throughout the whole line. So, if you decide the ride The North/South line during your stay you can whip out this article and impress other travellers with your knowledge.
All practical information about routes, tickets and time schedules can be found here. Happy traveling!