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Train Stations That Will Blow Your Mind

Train Stations That Will Blow Your Mind
Dunedin Railway Station, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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Catch the journey of a lifetime with some rustic architecture and artsy aesthetics at these train stations from around the world

Travelling by flight is efficient and fast, but nothing (absolutely nothing!) beats a train ride. Once a leader in the industry of transportation innovation, trains are slowly losing out to other modes of travelling. And though train travel has reduced by large parts in recent years, it has always been a great way to see the remote, undiscovered parts of a country. Even if you aren't fond of travelling by trains, you must visit some of these most iconic train stations from around the world. Witness the coming together of breathtaking architecture, lavish aesthetics, and deep-rooted history at these grand old locations. 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai

A symbol of Bombay's history and prestige, CST originally known as the Victoria Terminus happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the honor of Queen Victoria by British architect Frederick Stevens, the eye-catching blend of Victorian Gothic Revival and Mughal architectural styles are a treat for the eye. While observing the architecture, keep an eye out for the lion, symbolizing England, and tiger, representative of India. The busiest train station in India, upto three million individuals commute through it on a daily basis.

Grand Central Terminal, New York

Repeatedly, year on year named as the most beautiful railway station in the way, New York's Grand Central Terminal will take you through pages of history. The glittering gold chandeliers, world's largest Tiffany clock, and the Whispering Gallery carrying Guastavino-tiled arches, there's so much to see at this century old monument.

St. Pancras International, London

Taking 20 years to build, the St. Pancras International in London was completed over 150 years ago. The imposing Gothic facade is a true testament to Victorian architecture. Grab a seat on the Europe's longest champagne bar inside if you wish to relax. The St. Prancras' station was used as a safe house during WWII, surviving the massive blitz of the Nazis on London.

Dunedin Station, Dunedin

Designed by architect George Troup who was nicknamed

Milano Centrale, Milan 

This grandiose station came to its modern form under the Italian dictation Benito Mussolini. A powerful symbol of his fascist regime, the stunning combination of Art Deco and Liberty architectural styles led to the establishment of this exotic structure. The foundation stone of the Milano Centrale was laid by King Victor Emmanuel III back in 1906.

Antwerp Central Station, Antwerp

Over 20 types of marbles and stone were utilised to creating Antwerp's famous landmark. Featuring a number of architectural styles, the multiple-layered glass and iron ceiling is a particular highlight. The station connects Belgium to other parts of Europe like the Netherlands and France. King Leopold II, the ruler of Belgium at the time of the opening of station (1905), ensured that the station would become a prominent monument of the Belgian city.

Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa 

A sublime mixture of the past and the present, the Kanazawa Station's modern looks goes well with the rustic history of the town it is based in. The hand-drum-shaped Tsuzumi gates along with the faulously built steel dome have come to stand for vintage examples of modern architecture. The district, which by a miracle was unharmed during WWII, is home to former Samurai quarters.

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