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Today's post is all about spotlighting some of the most beautiful train stations in the world. Traveling by train is one my favorite ways to travel. It is so easy to miss how beautiful train travel can be as you quickly shuffle from platform to platform.
That's why I'm so exited to bring you this post from Holidaylettings, a Trip Advisor company, who has selected 5 of the most beautiful stations in the world, along with some fun things you can do while you're there.
Train stations aren’t all about grey concourses and cancelled services. Holiday Lettings picks out some stunning stations from Stockholm to Naples that could make waiting for your train that bit easier to bear.
Stockholm Metro, Sweden
Stockholm Metro may just be the planet’s most extended art gallery. Rolling out over nearly 70 miles, it features everything from statues to mosaics installed at 90 stations. Highlights range from the ruins of the Makalös palace at Kungsträdgårde Station to the graffiti-like artwork on the wall of Östermalmstorg Station.
While you’re in Stockholm, it’s well worth touring the City Hall; the lavish Blue Hall hosts the Nobel Prize banquets. Then take one of the boats outside to the magnificent Drottningholm Palace, where you can tour the Royal Family’s residence. It’s also an easy walk to Millesgården, a fascinating sculpture park and museum.
Gare de Liège-Guillemins, Liège, Belgium
Fans of cutting-edge design will love the Gare de Liège-Guillemins. Designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, it feels more like a football stadium than a transport hub. Its gleaming white lines and elegant curves give it a strong sense of light and space.
You could head from the station to the top of the Coteaux de la Citadelle slope and take in the terrific views of the historic centre of Liège. Back in town, you can savour the tranquility of the St Jacques church or step back in time at the Château de Jehay, which boasts pretty gardens and a moat.
Il Metro dell'Arte, Naples, Italy
Naples’ arty metro line makes even the daily commute a pleasure - just check out the light and water themes of Toledo Station. It’s covered with glittering blue mosaics that make you feel like you’re in a spectacular underwater world. And there are over 180 other artworks across the network to spot.
After you’ve surfaced, how about strolling the central Lungomare promenade and glimpsing the island of Capri? Or you could venture into the Bourbon Tunnel for fascinating insights into the city’s past, from its discarded vintage cars to an abandoned fascist monument. If you’re claustrophobic, though, you’ll probably prefer a night at the lavish San Carlo Theatre.
Atocha Station, Madrid, Spain
You could easily imagine that you’ve stepped into a tropical rainforest as you stroll through the colourful gardens along the concourse of Atocha Station. The steel and glass structure is a work of art in itself, plus there’s an impressive display of statues to admire.
Once you’ve made it into the city centre, the picturesque Plaza Mayor is a lovely place to enjoy a glass of sangria. As night falls, you could take in one of the city’s vibrant flamenco shows. And it wouldn’t be a proper trip to Madrid without cheering on Real Madrid at the Bernabéu Stadium in the north of the city.
Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA
It’s no wonder that so many visitors add Grand Central to their New York must-see lists. You can admire the opulent Beaux-Arts building and gaze up at the world’s biggest Tiffany clock. Then if you can, find your way into the hidden Campbell Apartment bar for a delicious Manhattan.
When you’re hungry, browse the station’s famous food market for tasty treats. For more NYC architectural highlights, stroll down the road to the Art Deco Chrysler Building. Alternatively, visit the iconic New York Public Library and catch one of their exhibitions.
Wow! Sometimes train stations are a means to get you from point A to point B, but in these cases, the train stations look like the destination to me!
Whatever your mode of transit, always make sure to travel happy!
*Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post. It was a topic chosen by me, and written by authors at Holidaylettings, a TripAdvisor.com company. We have partnered together to bring you fun and interesting content, and I hope you enjoyed it!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz