The Anonymous Widower

A Triple Decker Station

Antwerp Central railway station is considered one of best stations in the world.

In fact Newsweek called it the “4th most beautiful station in the world”. They rated Saint Pancras first, Grand Central in New York second, and in Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai third. So I’ve now seen the top four!

Antwerp Central Station

Antwerp Central Station

It isn’t as old as some stations having been built between 1895 and 1905 and it was originally a terminus.

Antwerp Central Station - Trainshed

Antwerp Central Station – Trainshed

This view shows the outside of the enormous trainshed.

Inside it is no less spectacular and extremely unusual in that through trains between Brussels and Holland, now pass in a deep level station underneath the original.

Antwerp Central Station - Inside of the Trainshed

Antwerp Central Station – Inside of the Trainshed

When you look down, you see all three levels of platforms.

Antwerp Central Station - Three Levels

Antwerp Central Station – Three Levels

The train in the picture is a Thalys, one of the high-speed trains between Paris and Amsterdam.  Unfortunately at present they dawdle from Brussels onwards.

Antwerp Central Station - Looking Up

Antwerp Central Station – Looking Up

Note how it is good blend of traditional and modern.

August 8, 2009 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. By a strange coincidence I passed through the lowest level last week. My first time in Antwerp – fascinated to see what lay above.

    Comment by Nick Comfort | August 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. It’s quite impressive. The ticket machines aren’t up to Italian standards.

    Comment by AnonW | August 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. […] I actually booked a few days ago, but Standard Premier, always seems to be the same price of £107.  I could have travelled in Standard for less at less than forty pounds or to any Belgian station for just £44. Standard Premier to any Belgian station is £116. For many travelling to the southern parts of the Netherlands, that will be a good option, as you can go to Antwerp and travel on from there. You’ll also get to see the triple decker station. […]

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