There are those who still thinks the best way to travel: see the scenery move quickly, but gradually, for many it is better than using the aircraft, its speed with which catapults you into a world different from yours, but without being see the intermediate steps. The train has inspired many travelers, and travel writing has grown a lot on trains around the world, but especially in Europe. One of the highlights of the trip by train is to arrive at a station: it is the end of the transfer, and everything you’ve dreamed of your trip is going to be realized. The arrival in the station is then the moment that sums up everything, and there are stations in Europe that can transmit many more feelings than others, due to their burden of history, art and architecture. Here then is what are considered the best 10 European stations, some places that will welcome you with their charm over a century of travel and holidays that have occurred along their tracks, but also modern stations, bold lines, and look the future.
Central Station Antwerp, Belgium
And one of the European stations not to be missed, and for the American magazine Newsweek, one of the five most beautiful stations in the world. From 107 years the station Antwerp (Antwerpen) is one of the most famous buildings of Belgium , which certainly is not stingy nation of valuable monuments. It ‘s considered a true “Railway Cathedral” are both solemn interiors, soaring upwards, including a large dome. In 2009 it was completely renovated to accommodate the TGV, and worth a view, even by the most casual visitor. To learn more about the city, here is our diary of Antwerp .
Gare du Nord in Paris , France
Located in the city of love, the Gare du Nord train station soon became the busiest in Europe. For over 150 years, the station designed by French architect Jacques Hittorff, annually serves over 190 million travelers, in fact the first railway station in Europe and the world’s third most important. The station is famous to the general public because even mentioned in several books, and used as a backdrop for films such as The Da Vinci Code.
Atocha railway station in Madrid, Spain
The first building of the most important station in Madrid on 1889. But in the 80s the main hub of Madrid has been remodeled by the architect Rafael Moneo, relaxing in his vision made of palm trees, exotic plants and ponds where the turtles wallow. Cafes and other shops, accompanied by an amazing tropical garden of 4,000 square meters have replaced the original building and now passengers can enjoy their trip to the fullest. In commemoration of the train bombings in Madrid on 11 March 2004, the station of Atocha is also a tower 11 meters high with messages of condolences for the victims of brutal attacks. A tribute to a duty not to be missed.
Central Station in Leipzig (Leipzig), Germany
This station is a large chunk of Germany , he has served the country for years after its inauguration in 1915. The Central Station Leipzig has miraculously survived the Second World War and is the largest in Europe. Located in the heart of Germany , is a place that breathes history, and deserves a visit even by those who travel with some haste. Thanks to its 24 decks and a huge interior, the 83,460 m² and an impressive façade with a length of 293 meters, not surprisingly, is able to serve 150,000 passengers a day!
Rossio train station in Lisbon, Portugal
You can not blame anyone for the fact that often this station is often mistaken for a palace or a theater. With its romantic facade, neomanuelino style, designed by architect José Luís Monteiro, this station opened as many as 125 years ago, is considered one of the largest engineering works of 19 th century Portuguese. Located in Rossio Square in Lisbon , the trains reach the station through a tunnel 2,600 meters long, hidden beneath the city.
Central Station in Copenhagen, Denmark
Opened at the beginning of the reign of His Majesty King Christian X in 1912, the central station in Copenhagen has now become a landmark in the capital of Denmark , well known meeting place for lovers and lovers, for several generations. This station was romantically inspired and designed by Hendrich Wenck, who wanted a building suitable to stay close to the famous Tivoli Gardens.
Central Station, Helsinki, Finland
With the statues of Kivimiehet that greet you at the entrance, (people of Finnish stone), you will have the certainty of being in Finland . This distinctive feature is added to the great project of ‘Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, who designed a building with soft lines in a local pink granite, and the warm colors. The station also includes a private waiting room for the President of Finland and official guests, which increases the high-class atmosphere of the place. In addition, services are at the top of the range and the station staff is very friendly and accommodating. From this point of view of a station light years ahead of ours.
Guillemins TGV station Liège-Belgium
A second Belgian pride is the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, author of the station Liège-Guillemins for the TGV. It took 13 years to realize it, but eventually the station fails to show a sleek and futuristic, thanks to the ‘arc of glass, height of 32 meter high glass and white concrete building in the white lines geometrically elusive. Every day serves 36,000 passengers coming from Brussels , Paris , Aachen , Cologne and Frankfurt. People can enjoy the 13 years of hard work and tourists say so unanimous that this station is a true work of art.
Central Station in Amsterdam, Holland
Although disputed at the time of the first opening 123 years ago, the central station of Amsterdam has continued to serve its 250,000 passengers daily, passing from here with more than 1,500 trains per day. The train crosses the waterfront of the capital of the Netherlands , rising on three artificial islands with more than 8,600 wooden support poles. This station in neo-Gothic church was designed by architect PJH Cypurs, and then it was a symbol of the nation who wanted to renew.
Central Station in Zagreb, Croatia
Built in just two years, from 1890 to 1892, this station covers a rising 186.5 meters long, which makes it the largest station in Croatia . Designed by the Hungarian Ferenc Pfaff, the station serves trains neo-classic for over 120 years and from the city of Vienna , Budapest , Zurich , Monaco and Munich , Salzburg , Ljubljana, Sarajevo and Belgrade , now thanks to trains at high speed.
Originally posted 2012-07-02 14:21:43.