Central Station

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Astridplein, Antwerp, Belgium

Central Station Antwerp Reviews

Chokk Chokk
1727 reviews
One of the most beautiful central Stations in the world Apr 11, 2015
The Central Station is located next to the old Jewish quarter which all its diamond shops but actually the Central Station is a jewel itself. It is probably one of the most beautiful train stations in the world and standing inside in the middle of it waiting area is almost breathtaking.

The building itself has been undergoing a very detailed restoration the last many years and they have done an amazing job. The building shines of gold and detailed decorations. If you are arriving by car or plane to this magnificent city - give yourself a visual gift and enter the central Station with your best eyes.
Inside the Central Station
Inside the Central Station
Inside the Central Station
Inside the Central Station
3 / 3 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Chokk says:
Francis, I will put it on my list - but not sure it will be enough !
Posted on: Aug 07, 2015
Cho says:
I was in Antwerp in 2003 but somehow missed this beautiful railway station :(
Posted on: Aug 07, 2015
fransglobal says:
I probably prefer Liege Guillemins, being a modernist...:)

Like Antwerp, it's another city worth going to just to see the railway station...
Posted on: Aug 07, 2015
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Pearl510 Pearl510
162 reviews
Not only just a station Nov 29, 2008
I know this sounds really silly, to write a review about a station. I shall start by saying that I like this kind of environments: stations, airports, those kinds of things. But yet, Antwerp central isn't just a regular station. It is a magnificent building, a combination between classic and modern architecture, and different materials.

The station was build in 1837 as a dead end station, which meant that every train had to turn back to the way it came. Since march 2007 however, the renovation and expansion works ended and two tunnels were opened, underneath the original construction. Ever since, Antwerp central is completely different from the way it was before. It is even far more interesting.

I'm not an expert in architecture but I'll try to explain about the different parts of the building, that contrast with each other.

First of all there is the entrance hall, which is a classical room in eclectic style, with facades of stone. The area is rectangular and has several levels. On top of those is a dome which lets in the light, and adds a special atmosphere that you wouldn't normally associate with a station. A monumental staircase connects this reception area with the waiting rooms, and the actual platforms. The central position of this area is the essence of it's architecture, which is very typical for renaissance, but also very suitable, as the reception hall is the core of the station where everything comes together: administration, people leaving and people entering. The only aspect here that isn't based on this philosophy is the baroque stair. I must say there are pages and pages written about the entrance of the station. It's construction is far more complicated than what my short summary indicates, yet I'm trying to give a brief impression here.

The platform area is a completely different sight, although one can admire the interior wall of the classic entrance room from upon the platforms. Here, in the "hearth" of the station, where trains ride by and people wait for their connection, you'll find a more modern, less complex architecture and a different use of space. A huge metal cap, closed by glass, covers the rails and keeps the passengers dry. Yet it is not only a skeleton, it was also decorated by spacious and figurative elements. To me this part of the station feels somewhat like an old factory hall. It looks functional and industrial.

The mixture between this old and new was very significant for the 19th century architecture, and it makes the central station pretty unique. It's the posh and wealth at the one side, the simple iron on the other. The combination is somehow surreal but very interesting.

In 2007 however, a third dimension was added, in the depth. Tunnels were dug to make it possible for trains to ride straight under the original platforms without having to turn back, and mainly to expand the capacity of the station. This additional part is pretty big and modern, yet the architecture and color of the stones suits the original formation beautifully. It has given a more international flair to Antwerp central, and though some really don't like it, I'm a huge fan of the complete concept and the unity between the different parts and styles of this magnificent building.

To end, I'd like to say that from what I've seen, Antwerp central is by far the most beautiful station in Belgium. That is why I would highly recommend it as not only a functional place for transportation, but even more as a true sight of the city, that culture minded tourists honestly can't miss.
classical wall from the entrance, …
The newer part with the extra tunn…
The station from the outside
rails from the outside
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Chokk says:
It is a wonderful place
Posted on: Aug 07, 2015
morganarupp says:
That's not silly to talk about this station, it's really impressive.
Posted on: Feb 29, 2012
seraphimkarlien says:
It may be beautiful, but I missed my train yesterday because that place has become such a labyrinth!
Posted on: Jun 15, 2009

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