With the train you are not only fast and comfortable on the road, but can also marvel at beautiful train stations – whether historical or modern. Here is a selection.
Antwerp – Jewel in the Diamond City
If you have to train in the diamond and harbor city of Antwerp, you should take the time to admire the architecture of the big train station. In the vernacular, it is called awesome “railway cathedral”. But when King Leopold II of Belgium saw the station at the opening in 1905, he exclaimed delightedly, “This is a beautiful little station!”
Liège – a highlight of glass and steel
In the same country, but a stark contrast to Antwerp: Liège-Guillemins station. A futuristic construction of glass, steel and concrete. The station, just outside the city center, is approached daily by around 500 trains and is an important hub in the European high-speed network. It was designed by star architect Santiago Calatrava.
Amsterdam – Colossus on wooden posts
In the Netherlands, Amsterdam Central Station impresses with its architecture. It stands on three artificial islands, supported by 8687 wooden posts. The Neo-Gothic building was designed by the Dutch architect Petrus Cuypers, who mainly created religious buildings. The station with its towers and decorations reminds of a church.
Paris – perhaps the most beautiful station restaurant in the world
The Gare de Lyon in Paris is already an eye-catcher from the outside, a proud pompous building in the belle epoch style. But the building also shines on the inside: two marble staircases lead to the elegant restaurant “Le Train bleu”. On the walls hang paintings with the most beautiful landscapes of France. To quicken the travel hunger, only helps: order menu and ticket!
Helsinki – landmark with TV experience
This station is a TV star – at least the four giant statues next to the entrance. Because they often play a role in commercials and are a landmark of Helsinki. The building looks massive on the one hand by the Finnish granite and on the other hand is flooded with light through the large windows. In 1919 the masterpiece of the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen was inaugurated.
London – masterpiece of the Victorian era
Like a castle, London’s St Pancras station rises with its Victorian brick facade. Inside, visitors can expect huge halls with many shops and restaurants. In St. Pancras, mainly international trains, in the modern railway station King’s Cross next door, the domestic trains. The station ensemble became famous as the location of the Harry Potter films.
Leipzig – largest terminal station in Europe
With 23 platform tracks, a façade area of 298 meters and around 80,000 square meters, Leipzig Central Station is considered the largest terminus station in Europe. And it is more than just a train station: here there are over 140 shops, restaurants and service providers on three floors. In addition, there are regular events in the hallways of the station. Also on Sundays many shops are open.
Budapest – once the most modern station of its time
Budapest is rich in monumental buildings and the Keleti station is definitely one of them. Opened in 1884, it was once considered the most modern railway station, as it had electric lighting and a central signal box. Today, he is particularly impressed by his architecture in neo-Renaissance style.
Madrid – waiting with jungle feeling
The Atocha train station, built from 1888 to 1892 in Art Nouveau style, is one of Madrid’s two mainline stations and holds a surprise for passengers: a huge botanical garden with turtle pools and 7000 plants. A look up is also worthwhile, because the waiting hall is famous for its gigantic roof construction made of cast iron and glass.
Lisbon – gem in the heart of Portugal’s capital
Nice stations do not always have to be big. This is proven by the Lisbon Rossio train station on the homonymous square in the center of the Portuguese capital. Only suburban trains stop here. 1890 opened the small terminus station with the two horseshoe-shaped entrances. The façade is designed in the typical Manueline style of Portugal.