Sometimes architects design such beautiful stations that passengers would be more than happy if they missed the train. In such cases, the train station becomes a destination in itself. Here are nine such train stations from across the world:
9. Kanazawa Station, Japan
In Kanazawa city of Japan is a Tsuzumi Gate (Tsuzumimon) on the eastern side of the train station that is a sight to behold. The giant sculpture is based upon the tsuzumi drum that is native to Japan. While the entire station is worth a look, it is this gate that is the most photographed part of it.
8. Antwerp Centraal, Belgium
Antwerp Centraal in Belgium is widely considered to be the most beautiful train station in the world. It was constructed over a period of 10 years from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. It was designed by the renowned Belgian architect Louis Delacenserie.
7. Atocha Station, Spain
This station in Madrid was constructed in 1851. While the station has been expanded to accommodate growing trains and passengers, the old station remains a part of the structure. It has vaulted glass ceilings, and its spread-out tropical garden is surrounded by cafés and shops.
6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, India
With 18 platforms, this station in Mumbai is one of the busiest stations of India. Located in the heart of Mumbai, it is a striking example of Victorian Gothic revival architecture. Originally named Victoria Terminus, its name was changed to its present title in 1996.
5. Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany
The Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station) was opened as Lehrte Station in 1870. It was damaged in WWII and destroyed under East German jurisdiction. Plans to reopen the station started soon after reunification, but the station finally reopened in 2006.
4. Union Station, USA
Located in Washington DC, this is one of the busiest stations of the US as it caters to over 5 million people per year. In its lustrous history, the station was used by around 200,000 people per day during WWII. Renovated recently, it is now mostly a vast retail space though it is still used by commuters.
3. St. Pancras International, UK
St. Pancras International is considered one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in London. It cost roughly £800 million to renovate the station during 2000. After the renovation, the station was connected to the high-speed Eurostar trains that connect UK with the continent.
2. Chicago Union Station, USA
The Beaux Arts design and towering columns make this station one of Chicago’s trademark structures. It is one of the most widely-used train stations in the US since Chicago citizens often use trains to commute. The station is working on serving more passengers over the next two decades.
1. Toledo Station, Naples
The Naples metro system is one where creativity rules, with some of its stops being called Metro Art Stations. Out of these, the Toledo station is the most awe-inspiring. Visual artist Robert Wilson has installed an art piece called ‘Light Panels’ that brightens the lowest part of the station – 50 meters below street level.