10 architecturally outstanding stations around the world
LIÈGE-GUILLEMINS RAILWAY STATION, BELGIUM
Rebuilt in 2009 by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava, Liège-Guillemins connects passengers in two countries France and Germany. In addition, the station also serves intercity travelers in Belgium by modern high-speed rail.
MADRID ATOCHA RAILWAY STATION, SPAIN
The central station in Madrid's largest railway station has been transformed into a tropical garden of almost 4,000 square meters, surrounded by cafes, restaurants and waiting areas. The luxury interior of the station helps passengers have a comfortable experience just like a shopping mall.
HELSINKI CENTRE STATION, FINLAND
Built in 1919, the most iconic architecture of the Helsinki station is the four statues embracing spherical lights placed on two entrances of the station. This station welcomes hundreds of thousands of local and long-distance tourists each day.
SÃO BENTO RAILWAY STATION, PORTUGAL
This Porto train station is famous for its ceiling-to-floor azulejo tile work. This was a historic symbol for the Portuguese government, as well as the development of the transport industry until the early 1900s. There are a total of 20,000 tiles in this light station.
GARE DE METZ-VILLE, FRANCE
Last year, when the French railway company SNCF surveyed passengers about the country's most beautiful railway station, Gare de Metz-Ville won the top spot, surpassing the Gare du Nord in Paris. The station built in 1908 with a nearly 130-ft-tall clock tower has become a recognized historical monument.
ANTWERPEN-CENTRAAL STATION, BELGIUM
Built thorough a decade in the early 20th century, the Antwerp railway station is an attraction for architectural enthusiasts. The station is exquisitely designed with a large dome, allowing plenty of natural light to enter the main station.
JUNGFRAUJOCH RAIWAY STATION, SWITZERLAND
At 3,300 meters above sea level, the small Jungfraujoch station is the highest in Europe. To get here, you can take the train to Kleine Scheidegg from Interlaken. The journey through the Alps to the high station will take about two hours.
CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI TERMINUS RAILWAY STATION, INDIA
Located in Mumbai, filming location of blockbuster “Slumdog Millionaire” – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Organization. This station was built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in the late 1890s. Today, more than three million passengers arrive here to take intercity trains every day.
KANAZAWA RAILWAY STATION, JAPAN
Situated in Kanazawa, about two hours from the north of Tokyo, the station is a mix of modern and traditional architecture. You'll find the giant wooden Tsuzumi-mon Gate, inspired by the sacred Ttorii-style gates and the traditional tsuzumi drums of Japan. At the entrance of the station, the architect cleverly used steel and glass to give the work the beauty of modern life.
MAPUTO RAILWAY STATION, MOZAMBIQUE
This charming station is one of the most majestic buildings in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. Built in 1908 - 1916, it’s not only a place to pick up passengers, but also a miniature art museum with ancient architecture. On weekends, there are even some live music performances here.
By: Cole Guthrie