They are special places, which have a marked nostalgic and romantic nuance. In train stations you breathe emotions, you can guess the farewells and reunions that have been repeated on their platforms day after day, year after year.
In addition, train stations as public and social buildings have always been in the sights of great architects, who have strived, and continue to do so, to achieve outstanding buildings. For this reason, many train stations are authentic architectural marvels, attracting thousands of tourists every day who come just to see them. We tell you which are the most beautiful.
The most beautiful and visited
Oddly enough, it is not easy to make a selection with the most beautiful train stations in the world. The list would be too long, as there are so many that should be included. We have chosen some of the most spectacular. Here they are:
– Atocha station, in Madrid. We start with our thing, since it really deserves this mention. When it was inaugurated in 1851, it was called the Estación de Mediodía . Its curious greenhouse attracts many tourists.
– Antwerp Central Station. A building in the Baroque style that began to be built in 1895. Only its dome already justifies the visit.
– San Bento Station, in Porto. It was built in 1916 in the place where the convent of San Bento del Ave María, from the 9th century, had stood. The hall stands out, decorated with more than 20,000 Portuguese tiles.
– Milan Central Station. This building, a mixture of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, was built very slowly and was not finished until 1931.
– Maputo station, in Mozambique. The defining trait is the iron structures. And it was designed by Eiffel in 1910.
– Berlin Central Station. It is the largest in Europe (more than 70,000 square meters) and was inaugurated in 2006. In addition to its many benefits, it is an example of sustainable architecture, since it has solar panels that supply 50% of its electricity consumption .
– Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, in Bombay. Better known as Victoria Terminus , it stands out for being a melting pot of cultures: in it the neo-Gothic style is mixed with the traditional Indian style.