Belonging to a country with the biggest rail network, train travel has always fascinated me. There is something very different and alluring about train travel that you cannot compare to any other mode of transportation say flight or ship.
People always create lists like the places to visit in the world before you die and stuffs like that. In this blog itself, we have previously talked about most romantic islands in the world. We have also talked about 10 most awesome landmarks in the world and trains and most haunted places in the world etc.
This time, I thought I should talk about something different. And I reckon talking about world's most spectacular train stations would be a good idea as well as diversion. I wonder wouldn't one of this magnificent train stations deserve to be one of the top 10 places to visit in the world before you die.
Here is a rundown of some of my favorites train stations in the world:
Grand Central Terminal, New York
|A view of main concourse of the Grand Central Terminal in New York|
Belgium Antwerp Central Station
|Antwerp Central Station in Belgium|
Louis Delacenserie was the architect of the building, who designed the station by taking inspiration from different architectural styles. Till date, the building is not categorized under one specific architectural style.
During the time of its construction, the building was highly criticized for its lavishness, due to marble decoration.
Gare De Liège-Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
|Gare De Liège-Guillemins in Liège, Belgium|
The architectural brilliance makes this railway stations rank highest amidst the beautiful stations in Europe.
CFM Railway Station, Maputo, Mozambique
|CFM Railway Station in Maputo, Mozambique|
This railway station was designed in the early 20th century by Gustave Eiffel. Various historic steam locomotives are also showcased here.
Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building, Japan
|Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Terminal Stations in Japan|
After renovation, the station showcases the classic outlook of 100 years ago. The station reopened in October, 2012.
Helsinki Central Station, Finland
|Helsinki Central Station in Finland|
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
|Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station at Mumbai in India|
This railway station, right from the entrance, provides a feeling of royalty. Apart from being the popular railway station in India, CST Mumbai has also earned huge recognition in the world.
King's Cross Station, London, England
|King's Cross Station in London, England|
Kings Cross Station is also located adjacent to King's Cross St Pancras Underground Station, which is on the Metropolitan Line, the Victoria Line, the Circle line, and the Hammersmith & City Line.
São Bento Station, Porto, Portugal
|São Bento Station in Porto,Portugal|
The walls of the station are also covered with about 20,000 splendid azulejo tin-glazed ceramic tiles. The artist, Jorge Colaço, took 11 years to complete it.
Gare Du Nord, Paris, France
|Gare Du Nord, Paris in France|
The station has also been featured in various Hollywood and French movies. The architecture makes the station appear more romantic, thus an ideal venue to shoot romantic scene of a movie.
Dunedin Station, Dunedin, New Zealand
|Dunedin Station in Dunedin, New Zealand|
The station features the Flemish style of architecture and is also adorned with mosaic-tiled floors.
Haydarpaşa Terminal, Istanbul, Turkey
|Haydarpaşa Terminal in Istanbul, Turkey|
Though there has been renovation made after the damages caused by fire in 2010, the station showcases an amazing beauty, which is beyond comparison.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Malaysia
|Kuala Lumpur Railway Station in Malaysia|
Now that you know about some of the world's most spectacular train stations, would you care to know about the 10 best luxury trains in the world.