5 most beautiful railway stations in the world worthy of tourists' attention

By TravelWiseDec 6, 2023 20:35 PMNews
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5 most beautiful railway stations in the world worthy of tourists' attention
The 5 most outstanding railway stations in the world. Source: Photo: Freepik

Railroad stations can serve not only as a specific destination or departure point. They can create a certain travel experience and inspire travelers with their architecture.

Which train stations can be considered the most interesting and where tourists want to visit to get to know the city? BBC Bitesize has compiled a selection of five of the world's most prominent railway stations that have captivated tourists with their beauty.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Terminus is an 18-platform station built in Mumbai in 1887 and opened as part of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebrations. It combines Victorian, Hindu and Islamic styles and is often used in films. The station serves more than 3 million passengers daily, making it one of the busiest railway stations in the world.

5 most beautiful railway stations in the world worthy of tourists' attention
The illuminated building of the call center at night. Source: Photo: Pexels

Cascada de la Macarena station, Argentina

The so-called End of the World Station, Cascada de la Macarena in Argentina is the southernmost active railway station in the world. It was originally built to serve the local prison in 1909, but it ceased to operate after the prison closed. In 1994, it resumed operations again, but this time to transport tourists. The station's staff work in fake prison uniforms, immersing travelers in the local flavor.

5 most beautiful railway stations in the world worthy of tourists' attention
The end of the world station in winter. Source: Photo: El Tren del Fin del Mundo

Hua Hin railway station, Thailand

The station was opened in the Hua Hin district, in the south of Thailand opened in 1911. The station building is one of the oldest railway stations in Thailand, but is better known for its royal waiting room, which was built especially for King Rama VI at Sanam Chandra Palace, about 100 miles north of Hua Hin. After his death in 1974, the lounge was moved to the station.

5 most beautiful railway stations in the world worthy of tourists' attention
Hua Hin waiting room. Source: Photo: Flickr

Atocha Station, Spain

The largest and oldest high-speed and suburban train station in Madrid, which was opened in 1851. It surprises tourists with a tropical garden of 4,000 square meters under an iron and glass roof, which was built in 1892. Currently, the garden has more than 500 different plant species.

5 most beautiful railway stations in the world worthy of tourists' attention
The total area of the garden is 4,000 square meters. Source: Photo: Pexels

Cromford railway station, United Kingdom

The station in Derbyshire was opened in 1849. It connects Derby and Matlock, but due to decreasing traffic, its southern line and platform were decommissioned. This could have been the end of the story, if not for the British rock band Oasis, who were looking for a design for their 1995 single Some Might Say.

5 most beautiful railway stations in the world worthy of tourists' attention
Cover of Oasis' 1995 single Some Might Say. Source: Photo: oasisinet.com

Brian Cannon, the band's graphic designer, had the idea of placing the lyrics on an image of an abandoned train station to reflect the line "Standing at the station, needing an education in the rain." That's when Cromford station was recommended to him. It is noted that the idea was that if you are standing in an abandoned station, you need education. Later, the track became the band's first number one single, and this station became known far beyond the United Kingdom.

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