There is nobody who has not travelled by train, as this mode of transport promises as one of the most comfortable journeys to the destination. Where there are stations full of chaos and unclean, there are some railway stations around the world that never fails to amaze us in any way even after decades and centuries. These stations are nothing but an integral part defining the history and the era of design and architecture.
Here are some of the most spectacular and aesthetically sound railway stations from around the world, one should not miss.
1. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India
Where: Mumbai, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or the Mumbai Central was initially known as the Victoria Terminus when it was built in the nineteenth century. Its entire configuration is a blend of Victorian Gothic Revival and customary Indian design exhibited by three stories of turrets, towers, vaults, peaks, and botanical and creature designs. This noteworthy railway station is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Antwerp Central Station, Belgium
Came to life in 1905, the lavish neo-Baroque station contains more than 20 sorts of marble and stone. A great looking antique clock denotes the ideal opportunity for travelers waiting to get a train under the iron and glass vaulted roof. Despite the fact that it was initially worked as the end of the Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp railroad line, the station now works as a through-station for passenger trains, intercity trains, and Thalys rapid trains associating Amsterdam to Paris and Lille by means of Belgium.
3. Grand Central Terminal, New York
Where: New York
Built-in 1913, the Grand Central is a rich, extravagantly fabricated landmark, turned into a railway station and one of the biggest shopping centres in the USA. This railway station of New York is extremely grand with around 750,000 people traveling from it every day. It has around 44 platforms, more than any other station on the planet. The staircase of the place is considered as the replica of the stairs at the Paris Opera House. The art-work on the ceilings of the concourse leaves you awestruck with its charismatic charm. This station has also made appearances in many movies incorporating Men in Black, Carlito’s Way, Bad Boys, and The Godfather, making it one of the city’s most frequented spots. There is bounty to explore and invest time inside, with options like The Campbell Apartment bar, the Whispering Gallery, and the food market.
4. Kanazawa Station, Japan
The current configuration on Kanazawa Station was once reprimanded by inhabitants because of its conventional design of the old palace town. The station can be depicted by its present-day Shinto place of worship gate called the “Drum Gate” since every leg resembles a tsunami drum and the glass-secured “Accommodation Dome”.
5. Toledo Metro Station
Where: Naples, Italy
This is one of the deepest underground stations, constructed around the theme of light and water. The place has been creatively constructed giving you the feel of looking like tons of sparkling stars. Located deep down at 50 metres, the station is exquisitely pretty.
6. Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya and Park Pobedy Stations
Where: Moscow, Russia
A station that is decorated with Russian paintings displayed on every golden arch. The station looks nothing but a stunning hallway with all the more beautifully designed Chandeliers. The station is the finest example of elegance and charm.
7. Tanggula Mountain Railway Station, Tibet
At an altitude of 5,068 m above sea level, Tanggula is the world’s most astounding and highest railway station. It is found on the Qingzang railway line which runs from Qinghai to Lhasa, in Tibet.
8. St. Pancras International
The theme of the station clearly defines the amazing beauty of the place. From its great halls to its huge layout, these stations stands as a pure testament to the great Victorian architecture with its red Brick front. One can explore high-speed trains from London to Paris or Belgium.
9. Gare Du Nord
Like the city, the station is stunning in every way possible. From fresh flowers stalls to fashion and antique shops to the aroma of Parisian coffee, the place is a must visiting spot. The statues at the top of the structure display destinations of the trains going to Europe from here.
10. Avtovo Metro Station
Where: St Petersburg, Russia
The station stands for its grand architecture, making it one of the most graceful stations across the globe. From large chandeliers to palatial corridors, the place is constructed on the basis of soviet architecture, shinning all around the corner.
11. Stadion Station
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
The station is the perfect destination for art lovers as it had artists decorate around 90 substations over a period of 55 years. It is one of the longest art exhibition carrying areas of around 110 km. The place is decorated with a huge rainbow sculpture along with beautiful paintings, mosaics, engravings and different kinds of sculptures. The station depicts the sheer creativity and elegance that can charm you.
12. Arts et Métiers Station
Where: Paris, France
Inspired by the sci-fi writing of Jules Verne, the station gives you a feel of being inside a submarine and surrounded by the Parisian art and architecture. The station has been constructed to commemorate a museum above it housing the Conservatory of Arts and Crafts above it.
13. Jungfraujoch Railway Station
Located at 3,454 meters above sea level, Jungfraujoch Railway Station is the tallest in Europe. The place has taken 16 years of dedicated hard work to get completed and opened in 1912. The station is the best way to indulge yourselves in the stunning beauty of the Alps.