Most beautiful railway stations in Europe

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Backpackers love railways. It's a way of transportation that lets a traveler experience the country from a point just a bit further than a plain walk.
While compiling this list we were lead purely by subjective opinion which was based on both exterior as well as interior of the building.
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6. Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Germany)
Berlin HauptbahnhofLocated on the site of the historic Lehrter Bahnhof which was opened in 1871. as the terminus of the railway linking Berlin with Lehrte. It was heavily damaged during WWII and extensively renovated in 1987. to commemorate Berlin's 750th anniversary. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989., city planners decided that the Lehrte Bahnhof was a perfect place to construct a new main station. The building began in 1995. and, through various stages lasted until 2006. when it was ceremonially opened with the arrival of specially chartered InterCityExpress from Leipzig.

 

5. Central Station, Groningen (Netherlands)
Station GroningenGroningen is the furthest point North where the Dutch Railways operate. Opened back in 1866. and expanded until 1896. when it gained its final and current looks. It was designed by Isaac Gosschalk and built in a virtuoso blend of renaissance and Gothic style elements.
The Groningen consists of nine platforms in total and serves approximately 33.000 passengers daily.

 

 

 

 

4. Gare des Bénédictins, Limoges (France)
LimogesThe main railway station of Limoges named Bénédictins due to the presence of a Benedictine monastery closed during the French Revolution.
It was designed by Roger Gonthier and opened in 1929. with a 90x78 meter platform built over the ten railway lines. The station, named the most beautiful in all of Europe, suffered a damage due to fire under the station's dome in 1999., but it was soon rebuilt to its original design.

 

 

 

3. St Pancras railway station (United Kingdom)
St Pancras Railway StationIt stands between the British Library, King's Cross station and the Regent's Canal and is widely known for its Victorian design. It was opened in 1868. and renovated after slipping by the planned demolition in 1960. The restored station has 15 platforms, a shopping Centre and a bus station and is often referred as the most wonderful railway station in the world.

 

 

 

 

 2. Madrid Atocha railway station (Spain)
Invernadero de Atocha MadridThe biggest railway station in Madrid, opened in 1851. and reopened in 1892. after it was largely destroyed by fire. The name Atocha had become common because of the basilica nearby, dedicated to Our Lady of Atocha.
The complex expanded over the years until 1992. when the original building was taken out of service and converted into a concourse with cafes, shops, a nightclub and a stunning 4.000 sq meters tropical garden.
The station is also known for the terrorist bombing in 2004. where 191 people lost their lives and 1.800 were wounded.

 

1. Liege-Guillemins railway station (Belgium)
Liege-Guillemins stationOne of the three Belgian stations on the high-speed rail network and used by over 15.000 passengers daily. It was opened in 1842. and was modernized and improved in 1882. and 1905. Finally, the Beaux-Arts station was replaced in 1958. by a modern, international style building which was used until 2009. when it was completely demolished to house a new, steel, glass and white concrete structure including a monumental, 160m long and 32m high arch.
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