A train journey is still the best kind of journey. Agree. But what about train-stations? Every journey has to start through a station and end on one, so next time let’s not forget to credit these bubbly spaces, especially if you are at any of these – what we would call – 11 most beautiful railway stations in the world.
1. Liège-Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
A hub for high-speed trains, Liège-Guillemins station in Liège, Belgium and its modern architect lures its visitors the most. When at Liège-Guillemins, don’t forget to use its concrete canopy that covers five platforms as your next Instagram photo background.
2. Antwerpen-Centraal, Antwerp, Belgium
Another marvel from Belgium is a stone-clad terminus building that sports a mesmerizing dome on the inside perfected by modern engineering with a smear of historical architect on the outside.
3. Madrid Atocha, Madrid, Spain
More than 7,000 plants of multiple species; gather to make Madrid Atocha one of the wows of Spain. And the best part? You would bump into the same, minutes after boarding-off the train.
4. Helsingin päärautatieasema, Helsinki, Finland
When at Helsingin päärautatieasema, you not only greeted by four awe-inspiring statutes holding lamps but also can check the time on clock tower attached to the station.
5. Gare de Lyon, Paris, France
The third-busiest station in France, Paris’ Gare de Lyon was built for the 1900 Paris Exposition and is a perfect example of the period’s dominating architecture. The station also entails a clock tower that resembles the style of the Elizabeth Tower.
6. Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa, Japan
Kanazawa Station in Japan homes a Torii Gate that marks the entrance of several shrines in Japan. Its wood-like modern architect reeks simplicity stirred with traditional symbolism.
7. Riomaggiore station, Cinque Terre, Italy
Words won’t be enough to state why Riomaggiore station in Italy is among the most beautiful railway stations in the world. Riomaggiore in the vicinity hosts an open sea on one side and lush landscape on the other. Nothing can inspire me to board a train-off the station?
8. Keleti pályaudvar, Budapest, Hungary
Keleti pályaudvar has a painful history. The station historically was targeted both in World War I and World War II. However, the 130-year-old was again restored and opened back in 2014.
9. Penn Station, Pittsburgh, USA
Morocco is celebrated for its unique architect and a glimpse of it reeks out from Penn Station. The station is easy to trace from faraway and entertains traditional Islamic architecture and modern materials.
10. Hua Hin station, Hua Hin, Thailand
Among the famous tourist attractions in Thailand is Hua Hin station built during the reign of King Rama VI in 1910. Hua Hin became a royal seaside getaway thanks to its easy access from Bangkok.
11. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India
Also a UNESCO World heritage site, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai blends British and Indian culture. The overall architect of the station was built by Indian craftsmen alongside craftsmen from the British.