01 Sep Most Beautiful Train Stations in Europe
When visiting a new country, I normally fly there first and then take public transportation if possible. Locally, I enjoy taking the train and have had the opportunity to explore and admire several beautiful rail stations. I’d prefer to have more time to investigate them, but I also don’t want to miss my train. As a result, here is my list of the 11 most gorgeous train stations I’ve seen in Europe thus far.
Amsterdam Central Station, The Netherlands-
The neo-Renaissance station in Amsterdam is the largest train station in the European Union, with approximately 260,000 passengers passing through each day. In 1889, the station was opened to the public. The Gothic-style terminal, designed by Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers, has a cast-iron platform roof. More than 8,000 wooden piles were used to construct the station, which forms three small artificial islands on the IJ Lake. The three islands are now known as Station Island (Stationseiland). The roof of the station was composed of cast iron manufactured in Derby, England.
Antwerp Central Railway Station, Belgium-
The Antwerp Central railway station is the city’s primary train station. The original structure was built between 1895 and 1905 as a replacement for the Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp railway’s initial terminus. The stone terminus building was constructed by Belgian architect Louis Delacenserie and features a 75-meter-high dome over the waiting hall. Delacenserie drew influence from the station of Luzern (Switzerland) and the Pantheon (Rome, Italy) at the request of King Leopold II.
Rotterdam Central Station, The Netherlands-
Rotterdam’s core rail hub, like many other cities with ageing railway stations, needs to expand to handle more passengers as well as high-speed and commuter lines. The city commissioned a new complex rather than preserving a terminal established in the middle of the twentieth century. It took five years to construct. In 2014, King Willem-Alexander declared Rotterdam Central Station open. The main entrance’s gleaming boomerang-like canopy, a stainless-steel projection warmed by a partial cladding of wood, is the design’s focal point.
Milano Centrale, Italy-
Milano Centrale is Italy’s second-largest station and one of Europe’s most important rail hubs. The station, which was built to replace the existing station in 1931, is a railway terminus. The station is a mix of various styles, particularly Liberty and Art Deco. Numerous sculptures cover the structure. It was based on Union Station in Washington, D.C. during the time. The massive main structure is modelled by ancient Rome’s enormous bath facilities. The magnificent structure boasts about 11,000 square metres of marble pavement, a collection of muscular stone sculptures, and five train sheds with massive iron and glass canopies.
London St Pancras Station, England-
St Pancras Station was built in 1868 according to the plans of Midland Railway engineer William Barlow, whose colossal iron roof, arching across the train shed, was once the world’s largest free-spanning structure. George Gilbert Scott, one of Victorian England’s most illustrious architects, created the imposing gothic hotel in front of the station. St Pancras is a Victorian Gothic architectural gem and one of the world’s most magnificent stations.