Even in the era of flight nothing is compared to the fun of journey through the train. Sure, a flight is quick and car-ride is at your pace yet the aesthetic and old-style nostalgic vibe of a rail ride can’t be achieved by any of the above two. Like a rail journey, the railway station also has its own charm and beauty. One can have fun and rest at a large beautiful station after a fun yet tiring journey of the railway.
While many stations have agreeably average aesthetics some stations have level up in terms of beauty and services gaining them popularity on an international level. Their services are diverse and many of them never heard of in any ordinary stations, some of them have unique structures and concepts behind them, and their large size is built to welcome more and more passengers.
So here is a list of the top 10 most beautiful train stations in world for you so that next time you plan for a railway journey, you won’t miss out on these gems:
10. Gare de Layon
Gare de Lyon station located in Paris is one of the largest stations in France. It receives trains from cities of France as well other neighboring European countries.
9. Eigerwand Station
The fourth-highest train station in Switzerland, Eigerwand Station is a station tunnel-carved into the mountain Eiger. The high view of Switzerland can be witnessed here which includes the view of near villages down the valley, glaciers, etc.
8. Chhatrapati Shivaji Station
Chhatrapati Shivaji Station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is an example of both traditional Indian culture as well as Victorian Gothic style.
7. Helsinki Central Station
The central station is located in Helsinki, Finland. its beauty made it top the list of The World’s Most Beautiful Railway Stations by BBC, 2013. It was designed during 1860s by designer Carl Albert Edelfelt and later on the station was further modified to its constant rise in popularity. Several huge size unique granite figures at every corner of the station.
6. Kazan Railway Station
Kazan Railway Station is a Russian station present a Moscow. It was built during 60s. it receives various types of trains such as commuter trains and railbuses.
5. Berlin Hauptbahnhof
It is located in Berlin. It has various complex buildings connected by intersecting lines. It receives national as well as international trains.
4. Antwerp Central Station
Antwerp Central Station is located in Antwerp, France. It was built during 1800s by Designer Louis Delacenserie. He used several types of marble and stone to its characteristic dome-shaped structure. Its top-most part is covered with glasses. The stations have hallways and walls which is also a fine representation of 1800s.
3. Amsterdam Central Station
The historical station Amsterdam Central Station is an example of designer Pierre Cuypers’s signature style Gothic/Renaissance Revival. It is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is a major international railway and the 2nd busiest railway hub in Netherlands. While one side of the station faces the seaport world, the other side faces the land of economy of Amsterdam.
2. Grand Central Terminal
A great example of Beaux-Arts architecture, Grand Central Terminal is the world’s 6th most visited place. It is located at New York, U.S.A, and was built during 1900s. its huge size can not only accommodate various types of trains but also spaces for pubs, sports clubs, resting halls, library, etc to provide entertainment and relaxation to its passengers.
1. St. Pancras International Station
This international station is an example of Victorian Gothic architecture and design and is present in Central London. It receives international trains from Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, etc. the station’s design was actually inspired by the Grand Central Station, New York, and thus, have bars and clubs to spend time.
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