Antwerp central station Antwerp

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Antwerp central station – 19th century splendor

Numerous people dare to say that this is the most beautiful train station in Europe. I humbly agree although I would like to assert that it is the loveliest in the world. Our grand central train station still impresses me each time I walk by, and I have been living in this city for quite some time now. Therefore, I can unreservedly say that it deserves your complete attention, even if you have never developed a train fetish.

You will be winded. Whether you’re a tourist or not, this location will baffle you. Even if you detest immodest architectural gems because of their symbolic importance for populist, capitalist propaganda, you are likely to enjoy this 19th-century building. The current edifice was built between 1899 and 1905. Its presence continues to brighten the city’s feel and offers an environment where many different cultures cross each other daily in a somewhat peaceful manner.

The Belgian railway operators don’t have the best reputation when it comes to their punctuality. Timekeeping isn’t their strong suit, but they do have excellent taste when it comes to architecture. Many Belgian railway platforms are surrounded by incredible structural designs and exquisitely decorated building facades. This station, located near the heart of the diamond district, is proof of that. Commence your sightseeing saga in Antwerp here.

Feel free to explore this prestigious location and don’t stress out if you’re running late when trying to catch a train. The chances are that your mode of transportation will be tardy anyway. 

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Koningin Astridplein 27, Antwerp

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Ticket sales 05:45 - 22:00 daily



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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)