Antwerp Central Station
According to the specialised British trade journal ‘Railway Terminal World’, Antwerp Central Station is one of the 10 most beautiful railway stations in the world.
A cathedral for the rails
The cathedral of the railways is the nickname for Antwerp Central, and it is much more than a station. You won’t find such an impressive, unique piece of architecture in any other European city. This terminal for Belgium’s oldest railway line is situated smack in the middle of the urban landscape of Antwerp. Its breathtaking entry hall in baroque style and wrought iron facades were created by L. Delacenserie, when the building was constructed in 1905. The interior is richly inlayed with over 20 different types of marble and stone. The vaulted roof in iron and glass bathes the interior in light.
Diamonds and events
The station includes tracks on three levels and a diamond gallery that houses some 30 jewellery shops. Outside, it is surrounded by the Antwerp Zoo and the diamond district. The building is frequently used for exhibitions and even as a party venue for fashion events and the like. When you step off the Thalys you’ll want to spend a few minutes feasting your eyes on this monument steeped in history!