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10 most impressive train stations

1. Southern Cross, Australia

Built in 1859 and renovated in 2005. It definitely looks impressive as it has also won the Royal Institute of British Architects' Lubetkin Prize for most outstanding building outside the European Union. With the curvy roof to the modern looking platforms, sometimes you will like to stare and pretend that you are in some future space movie getting ready to be launched on a rocket to the moon.

2. Centraal Station, Rotterdam, Netherlands

It is one of the four main stations in the Netherlands and it is well connected with cities all over the country. Renovated in 2014 it is very modern, light and airy inside. Looks like a huge.. Boomerang and it is really easy to walk around the platforms. A must see for anyone curious about modern architecture.

3.WTC Transportation Hub, New York

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Transportation Hub is composed of a train station with a large and open mezzanine under the National September 11 Memorial plaza. According to him, the Oculus resembles a bird being released from a child's hand while the roof was originally designed to mechanically open to increase light and ventilation to the enclosed space. Unfortunately, it is still in progress and its opening is expected in start of December 2015.

4. Gare Do Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal

This one was designed byCalatrava too and was built by Nesco. Opened in 1998 for Expo 98,it is one of the world's largest stations, with 75 million passengers per year. Utra-modern design that you can drop your jaw.

5.Gare de Strasbourg, France

Like a giant cocoon, the glass shell of Strasbourg Railway Station wraps around the historic station building. In collaboration with the engineering firm RFR, Jean-Marie Railway Duthilleul, the architect for the French railway, designed a glass hall, which runs above the landmarked building for a length of 120 metres, while seeming never to make contact with it. 

6.Gare de Liege-Guillemins, Belgium

It is one of the most important hubs in the country and is one of the 3 Belgian stations on the high-speed rail network. Again,the new station was designed by the architect Calatrava was officially opened on 18 September 2009 and it looks like a huge wave that represents the movement of everydays travellers.

7.Chhatrapati Shivaji, Mumbai, India

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is historic railway station built during British Rule . CST among one of the busiest railway stations in India also is the headquarters of the Central Railways. The outside of this building is one of the architectural gems of Mumbai It illuminated during different Festivals & National celebrations. Always Crowded.

8.King's Cross Railway Station, London

For readers of Harry Potter, King's Cross is where the schoolboy hero boards the train for Hogwarts. The railway station has capitalised on tourist interest by putting up a sign for the fictional "Platform 9 3/4" described in the books, and burying a luggage trolley half into the wall. Of course the station's layout is really attractive and eye captivating.

9.Grand Central Terminal, New York

You should love this wonderful building. A must to visit when you are in NYC. People just love sitting there, grabbing a bite to eat and watching other people. If you go be sure to find the whispering wall. Look at the $20 million dollar opal clock and look for the black square in the ceiling. 

10.Antwerpen-Centraal, Antwerp, Belgium

This 110 year old station, is amazingly beautiful inside, outside and around. This stone Clad terminus building, widely regarded as the finest examples of railway architecture in Belgium. The interior walls and exterior facade make it one of the most beautiful station, aesthetically designed multiple level platform adds multiple fold to its functionality.

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2015.11.02 19:35 Mon

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