7 Most Magnificent Train Stations

26 Mar 7 Most Magnificent Train Stations

There is rarely a better feeling than stepping off a train into a gorgeous railway station. Here are our top 7 picks, and a guide of the area around them.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, USA

1Grand-Central-Station-4 Built in 1913, Grand Central has more than 40 platforms, unrivalled by any other stations in the world today. The terminal is an elegant and intricately designed memorial site in railway history, making it one of New York’s most visited tourist attractions. The station covers an area of 19 hectares, 2 storeys with 41 upper railway lanes and 26 lower railway lanes, making it the busiest stations in the world. Walking into the central hall, you will be engulfed by the magnificence of the memorial. Much like a palace fit for the royals, it is glittering everywhere. Much of the attention of the station is the marvelous details on the ceiling, elaborately decorated as the astronomical ceiling. There are many dining restaurants beneath the central hall, from fine dining to fast food chains. It is even be booked for fashion shows several times a year.

=Where to Stay=

  • Residence Inn by Marriott New York Manhattan/ Midtown Eastside

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Address: 148 East 48th Street, Midtown East, New York, NY 10017, USA (0.5km from Grand Central Station) "VFMLID=72563095"

  • Fitzpatrick Grand Central

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Address: 144 East 44th Street, Midtown East, New York, NY 10017, USA (0.2km from Grand Central Station)

=Where to Eat=

  • Sushi Yasuda

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Address: 204 East 43rd Street New York, NY 10017 (at 3rd Avenue) 4sushi Extremely freshi sashimi. Traditional Japanese sushi restaurant setting. Recommended to go for Omakase dinner.

  • Szechuan Gourmet

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Address: 21 West 39th Street New York, NY 10018 (between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue)

5szechuanSimple décor but heart-warming (spicy) food. Good place for families. Not too “touristy” with quick and efficient service.

2. Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Station), Germany

6berlin Sitting on an area of 175 000 square metres, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the tallest building in the center of Berlin and also Europe’s largest and most modern transport system. The interior of the station may be deemed as an eyesore from an artist’s point of view, but the practicality of the architecture is undeniable. The concept of being the “cathedral of transport” was not realized, but the sophisticated system of large openings in the ceilings at all levels allowing naturel light to pass through, even to the lower levels, is remarkable. Simple, strong yet lightweight glass panels are found throughout the station, giving it a very futuristic and modern outlook. Some describe it to be as beautiful and dazzling as a crystal palace while others find it cold and dull. As the saying goes, “to each his own”.

=Where to Stay=

  • Hotel Amano Grand Central

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Address: Heidestrasse 62, Mitte, 10557 Berlin, Germany (0.4km from Berlin Hauptbahnhof) 7amano-berlin-2

  • Steigenberger Hotel am Kanzleramt

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Address: Ella-Trebe-Strabe 5, Mitte, 10557 Berlin, Germany (0.2km from Berlin Hauptbahnhof)

8steigenberger_hotel_berlin_02 =Where to Eat=

  • Allermunde -Die Pizzamanufaktur

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Address: Washingtonplatz 1, 10557 Berlin

9allermunde Great location with a soothing view outside. Serves excellent pizza, local beer and highly recommended tiramisu.

  • Hans Im Gluck Am Hauptbahnhof

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Address: Invalidenstraße 53, 10557 Berlin, Germany

Wide range of burger selection. Serves vegetarian and vegan burgers as well. Big portions, great decoration and atmosphere.

3. Tokyo Train Station, Japan

11tokyo Tokyo Station is Japan’s largest passenger terminal, sending up to 12 times more passengers than China’s largest railway station, Beijing West Railway Station. The station has been reconstructed after World War II, situated in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan near the imperial palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. First opened in 1998, there are many small museums with more than 200 million tourists. It is reopened again in 2012, with more exhibitions focusing on railway museum exhibits, architectural designs and contemporary art. The holiday lights of Tokyo Station are the highlight of this building. Named as the Tokyo Illuminations, the music and colour of the lights will change according to the weather and number of tourists present.

=Where to Stay=

  • Oakwood Premier Tokyo

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Address: 100-0005 Tokyo Perfecture, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi 1-8-2, Japan (0.3km from Tokyo Station) 12oakwood

  • Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

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Address: 100-6277 Tokyo Perfecture, Chiyoda-ku Pacific Century Place Marunouchi 1-11-1 Marunouchi, Japan (0.4km from Tokyo Station)

13fourseasonstokyo =Where to Eat=

  • Tapas Molecular Bar

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Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, 38F, Mandarin Oriental

14tapas Top of the line service and “molecular” dining experience. Great food with great wine pairing proposal.

  • Sushitomi

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Address: 16-17 Nihonbashikodenmacho, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture

Great value for quality food. Fresh seafood with an extensive variety on the menu.

4. Southern Cross Station, Australia

16Southern_Cross_Station_2008Located in Melbourne’s central business district, Southern Cross Station is one of the oldest stations in Melbourne. Being the most important rail terminal in Victoria, it has been redeveloped into a world-class public transport interchange with fast rail connections, rail, taxi and bus passengers. Southern Cross station has an undulating roof whereby from a distance, it looks like waves of the sea while some say that it looks like many giant umbrellas coming together. This roof covers all the 14 platforms in the station, mimicking a soft blanket being blown by the winds. The station is also equipped with a shopping centre of over 100 shops, bars and restaurants.

=Where to Stay=

  • Must L@@K Sea Apart

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Address: 220 Spencer St, Melbourne CBD, 3000 Melbourne, Australia (0.1km from Southern Cross Station)

  • Alto Hotel On Bourke

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Address: 636 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD, 3000 Melbourne, Australia 18alto =Where to Eat=

  • Vue de Monde

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Address: 525 Collins Street, Rialto Building 55F, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (0.3km from Southern Cross Station)

19vueOne of Melbourne’s most expensive restaurants with excellent fine dining service.

  • Delhi Streets Indian Street Food

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Address: 22 Katherine Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (0.2km from Southern Cross Station)

20delhiAffordable, authentic and delicious Indian food.

5. Kuala Lumpur Railway Station

Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is situated in the capital of Malaysia. Unknown to many, it is not much of a train station but is in fact a square castle with elegant and modern design. Its architecture adopts a mixture of Western and Eastern designs, reflecting the colonial period before World War II. In 1986, there was massive refurbishing of the station where the interior windows were replaced with contemporary counterparts. The exterior however was preserved and repaired to keep as much of the original look as possible. New facilities and building were added, including air conditioned waiting halls, tourism information counters and snack bars.

=Where to Stay=

  • JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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Address: 183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • The Westin Kuala Lumpur

23westin$$$

Address: 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

=Where to Eat=

  • Colonial Restaurant

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Address: Jalan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good service and quality European and Asian food.

  • Precious Old China

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Address: Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Delicious Nyonya food with great decorations.

6. St. Pancras Railway Station, England Also known as the London St Pancras or St Pancras International Train Station, the St Pancras Railway Station is located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden. The indistinguishable Victorian design of the station makes it very popular amongst the tourists. It stands between the British Library, King’s Cross Station and the Regent’s Canal. At the southern end of the upper station, there is a 9 metres high bronze statue called the “meeting place”. Along with the former Midland Grand Hotel, it is a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic Architecture and undoubtedly one of the most elegant stations in the world. The newly restored station was opened by the Queen on 6th November 2007 at an opening concert performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

=Where to Stay=

  • Pullman London St Pancras

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Address: 100-110 Euston Road, Camden, London (0.4km from St Pancras Station) 27pullman

  • St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

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Address: Euston Road, Camden, London (0.9km from St Pancras Station) 28renaissance

=Where to Eat=

  • St Pancras Restaurant – Fortnum & Mason

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Address: Pancras Road, 1A St Pancras International Station29fnm

Serene getaway from busy St Pancras Road. High-quality food and service.

  • Paul Patisserie

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Address: 82A Holland Park Avenue30paulGreat food and service. Recommended sandwich and hot chocolate.

7. Madrid Atocha Railway Station, Spain 31atochaAtocha is Madrid’s largest and first railway station and it is the gateway to the southern Spanish Mediterranean transport hub. It is the primary station that serves commuter trains, intercity and regional trains. Roman architectural designs are the main theme of the station with a giant dome as the roof. Built within an area of 4000 square metres, the Atocha also features a garden with more than 500 types of indoor tropical rain forest plants in an effort to make the station look like a greenhouse conservatory and a tropical garden. The wait for your train will be less painful with the company of a cup of coffee and some greenery with the occasional small animals that decide to drop by for a visit.

=Where to Stay=

  • 60 Balconies Urban Stay

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Address: Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, 11, Madrid City Centre, 28014 Madrid, Spain (0.1km from Madrid Atocha Railway Station)
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  • Forever Apartments Madrid

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Address: Victor Hugo 4, Madrid City Centre, 28004 Madrid, Spain (0.2km from Madrid Atocha Railway Station)

33 =Where to Eat=

  • El Olivar

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Address: Calle Jesus, Madrid, Spain Sangria, Tapas, Jamon with plenty of complimentary olives and prawns. What’s there to hate?

  • Cafeteria Magerit

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Address: Plaza Mayor 22, Madrid, Spain

35mageritEfficient service and quality food. Affordable meal that serves your tired legs and growling stomach.

With so many amazing railway stations to check out, it’s time to cross taking a train off your bucket list if you haven’t already. Don’t forget to bring a book to pass the time during long train rides!

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