Behind Central Station are several scheduled ferry services. They connect the city center with the northern part of Amsterdam for pedestrians and cyclists. All ferries are free of charge.
The longest (about 20 minutes) and most interesting ride is the one to the NDSM-Wharf. This will give you an interesting glimpse of the Amsterdam harbor, including freight ships and- if you’re lucky- the occasional giant cruise ship.
Some recent developments on both shores of the IJ are interesting from a architectonic point of view: among others the EYE, the IJdock and the Silodam. Then the NDSM-Wharf itself, place of the rise and the fall of the legendary NDSM ship building company. After a period as a somewhat desolate area it became a favorite place for artist and party people. And now it is immensely popular with the creative industry and the hospitality industry.
Next to the dock of the ferry are some interesting ships to admire, among others a true submarine. For more information on artist, companies, restaurants, events and other things please visit the website of the NDSM-Wharf.