Thursday, 4 April 2019

Antwerp Station

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

After hurtling along in the Eurostar from St Pancras in London through Lille in France to Brussels in Belgium in just over 2 hours, a change of train was necessary to get us to Antwerp in about another 45 minutes.  It can be a bit confusing with two languages to deal with, two names for each town, but we jumped on the train with a couple of minutes to go and kept our fingers crossed.

Antwerpen-Centraal is spectular, both inside and out.  According to Wikipedia, it was voted the World's fourth most beautiful station in the American Newsweek in 2009 and first in 2014 in the  British/American magazine Mashable and is considered the finest example of railway architecture in Belgium.

Built between 1895-1905, the stone clad building with impressive dome has an enormous 185m long red iron and glass trainshed attached. 








Luckily our hotel was opposite, very convenient, so we could watch the trains arrive at first floor level as the sun shone on the glass and the City's residents busily cycled to work below.



Leading from the trainshed, is a long viaduct,  decorated with different tiles and towers.





The station was renovated and extended in 2009.

A very promising start to the trip!

Cheerio








8 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous. I’m intrigued to know more about Antwerp, looking forward to your next post. B x

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    1. It's a great place to visit although a number of buildings are being renovated at the moment. There's a few more posts to come . . . X

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  2. An attractive station, train shed and viaduct with lots of glass, ironwork and decorative tiles. I've only been into Antwerp by coach. Sounds like a good trip. Looking forward to seeing more.

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    1. Hopefully you'll enjoy remembering your trip through my photos.

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  3. I love the history of these old stations and often wonder just how many travellers have passed through. If only walls could talk, I am betting they would have some tales to tell.

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    1. Wouldn't they just! It was really rather spectacular.

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  4. Eurostar is a fabulous way to start a journey isn't it? right into the centre of Brussels and then the same again in Antwerp. I can see why Antwerp Station is so highly regarded - I like the red!
    Wren x

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    1. The Eurostar worked well although it was lucky we weren't returning a couple of days later as they had to cancel the day's trains due to a trespasser at St Pancras!

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