In most countries around the world, trains are considered to be a less costly and more comfortable mode of transportation especially for long distance travelling. In most cases, the railway station is a place packed with rushing crowds and people coming in and going out at great speeds. There are people for different places that travel together and at time remain at the railway stations till their respective trains arrive and take them to their destinations. Apart from the rushing passengers and their loved ones who have come to receive or depart them, the platforms of a railway station are also crowded with vendors of food and other necessary items. There are also some official rooms for the railway employee along with their constant presence on the floors of the station. The platforms are more crowded at the time of arrival or departure of any train. Filled with the hustle and bustle of the travelling individuals and the noise of trains and passengers, railway stations are mostly among the crowded public places. Although the basic purpose of all railway stations remains the same, some railways stations are examples of true beauty, history and architectural wonders. Here is a list of the top ten most amazing railway stations in the world:
10. Southern Cross Station
9. The Kanazawa Station
This railway station is located in the Ishikawa province of the country of Japan and has been rated several times as one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. The station was constructed in the year 2005 and has a grand appeal and outlook. Its magnificent 14 meter high gates amaze the visitor on the first glance. The station is covered with a large dome that is very attractive and impressive. The dome has been created from more than 3000 glass panes and pieces. The architectural design of the station is a fusion of modern and traditional Japanese culture.
8. Antwerp Central station
Located in the European Country of Belgium, the Antwerp Central Station is one of the most beautiful railway terminals in the world. It is an old piece of heritage that was constructed in a time period of more than ten years from 1895 to 1905. Ever since then it has been uplifted and restored many times so that it can continue its grandeur operations in an elegant manner. The main attraction of the station is its large dome spanning over entire roof of the large waiting area. This dome has a catholic look and is often referred to as the Railway Cathedral. It is a very large station and is spread over an area of 400 meters. There are two entry points and several shopping areas located in the Antwerp Central station.
7. Berlin Hauptbahnhof
This German railway station is a true piece of art and architecture. Based on modern design and trends, this the one of the largest railway stations in the entire European region. Over the years this place has become a great tourist attraction as well. People from all over world come and visit this masterpiece. The station houses more than 80 stores and shops and has a total of 14 platforms where trains can dock. The station receives and departs almost 200 trains daily.
6. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
Malaysia is already known around the world for its exotic buildings and great tradition Asian Architecture. This railway station is also a great addition to these heritage sites in the world. Built in 1917, the station’s outlook still reflects the colonial period and its fusion with Arabic and Indian styles and trends. The station looks more like a palace.
5. Gare De Strasbourg
Beauty seems to be embedded in everything that belongs to France. This amazing railway station was built in 1883 by a German architect named Johann Jacobsthal. This is one of the busiest railway stations of Europe and services more than 190 million passengers every year.
4. ChhatrapatiShivaji Terminus
The Indian culture and tradition has always attracted the western tourists and beauty lovers. This railways station is fourth in the list of top ten most amazing railway stations in the world. It was initially known as the Victoria Terminal when it was constructed on the Golden Jubilee year of the English Queen in the 19th century. It has also been marked by UNESCO as one of the Heritage sites of the world.
3. St Pancras International
Located in the historical city of London, this amazing railway station was constructed in the Year 1865 and has been renovated and uplifted many times since then. It is a great piece of architecture and its main attractions are the two large statues of John Betjeman and a 9meter tall bronze statue of a couple. It also has the longest Champaign bar in the region.
2. Atocha Madrid
This Spanish railway station is the second entry on the list of top ten most amazing railway stations in the world. The station is themed as a Jungle and has a great garden as a main tourist attraction.
1. The Grand Central
The Grand central terminal in New York is first on the list of top ten most amazing railway stations in the world. This is a monumental station that was constructed in the year 1913. It is the world’s largest railway station with over 44 platforms.