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The most beautiful train stations in Europe

The most beautiful train stations in Europe

Not only is it quick and easy to travel by train, you can also marvel at beautiful train stations – whether historical or modern. Here is a selection.

Belgium - Antwerp Central Station (picture-alliance / imageBROKER / H.-D. Falkenstein)

Antwerp – jewel in the diamond city

If you have to go to the train in the diamond and port city of Antwerp, you should take the time to admire the architecture of the large train station. Popularly known as the “Railway Cathedral”. But when King Leopold II of Belgium saw the station at the opening in 1905, he exclaimed with delight: “This is a nice little station!”

Belgium - Liège-Guillemins station (picture-alliance / dpa / H. Galuschka)

Liège – a gem of glass and steel

In the same country, but a stark contrast to Antwerp: Liège-Guillemins station. A futuristic construction made of glass, steel, and concrete. The station, just outside the city center, is served by around 500 trains a day and is an important hub in the European high-speed network. It was designed by star architect Santiago Calatrava.

Netherlands - Amsterdam Central Station (picture-alliance / imageBROKER / A. Rose)

Amsterdam – Colossus on wooden posts

In the Netherlands, the main train station in Amsterdam impresses with its architecture. It stands on three artificial islands that are 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 is reminiscent of a church.

Art deco station restaurant Le Train Bleu in Gare de Lyon Paris (picture-alliance / imagebroker / S. Randebrock)

Paris – perhaps the most beautiful train station restaurant in the world

From the outside, the Gare de Lyon in Paris is already an eye-catcher, a proud magnificent building in the Belle Epoch style. But the building also shines inside: two marble stairs lead to the elegant restaurant “Le Train bleu”. Paintings with the most beautiful landscapes of France hang on the walls. In order to satisfy the hunger for travel, all that helps is: order the menu and buy a ticket!

Finland |  Helsinki Railway Station (picture-alliance / dpa / Photoshot)

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 advertisements and are a landmark of Helsinki. The building looks bulky on the one hand due to the Finnish granite and on the other hand, is flooded with light through the large windows. The masterpiece by the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen was inaugurated in 1919.

Great Britain London - Gothic Revival St Pancras Station (picture-alliance / imageBROKER / Foto Beck)

London – the masterpiece of the Victorian era

London’s St. Pancras station rises like a castle with its Victorian brick facade. Inside, visitors can expect huge halls with many shops and restaurants. In St. Pancras mainly international trains run, in the modern King’s Cross station right next door the domestic trains. The station ensemble became famous as the location for the Harry Potter films.

Leipzig Central Station (picture-alliance / imageBROKER / M. Nitzschke)

Leipzig – largest terminal station in Europe

With 23 platform tracks, a facade area of ​​298 meters and around 80,000 square meters, Leipzig Central Station is the largest terminal station in Europe. And it is more than just a train station: there are over 140 shops, restaurants and service providers on three floors. Events also take place regularly in the aisles of the train station. Many shops are also open on Sundays.

Budapest Keleti train station (picture-alliance / chrome orange / F. Perc)

Budapest – once the most modern train station of its time

Budapest is rich in monumental buildings and the Keleti train station is definitely one of them. Opened in 1884, it was considered the most modern station at the time because it had electrical lighting and a central signal box. Today he impresses above all with his architecture in the neo-Renaissance style.

Spain Madrid - Tropical garden in station concourse (picture-alliance / imageBROKER / B. Boensch)

Madrid – waiting with a jungle feeling

Atocha station, built-in Art Nouveau style from 1888 to 1892, is one of Madrid’s two long-distance train stations and has a surprise for passengers: a huge botanical garden with a turtle pool and 7,000 plants. It’s also worth looking up, because the waiting hall is famous for its gigantic roof structure made of cast iron and glass.

Portugal Lisbon - Banhhof (picture-alliance / Bildagentur-online / Schoening)

Lisbon – a gem in the heart of Portugal’s capital

Nice train stations don’t always have to be big. This is demonstrated by Lisbon Rossio train station in the square of the same name in the center of the Portuguese capital. Only local trains stop here. The small terminal station with the two horseshoe-shaped entrances opened in 1890. The facade is designed in the Manueline style typical of Portugal.

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