The Central Station in Antwerp is renowned, one of the finest to be in Europe. In 2014 this building was also voted the most beautiful station in the world. The station opened in 1905 and was used until 2007 as a start – and end station. Because there are new connections have been made, trains can now also use this station as an intermediate station. On a weekday, it travels about 33,000 travelers to and from the station. The Central Station is located in the center of Antwerp and is ideal as a starting point to explore the city. Span>
Impressive hall and magnificent dome span>
The beauty of this building is already upon entering to see directly. The large central hall impressive. The four giant arches which the hall is a feast for the eyes. These arcs have at some sunlight glow. This is because they are made of blue stone. Also because the ceiling is very high, up to 75 meters, this part of the station gives a sense of space and grandeur. The focal point of the central hall, the huge dome, which sits atop the building. Not only entry is enjoying. Also from the platforms to see why this drive has earned a place among the most beautiful railway stations in Europe. When you get off the train, walk directly to two old dining rooms that are decorated on the outside with lots of ornaments, mirrors and gold leaf. Span>
Central Station Antwerp – Old and new, hand in hand span>.
It is striking that after the renovation of 2007, the new sections of the station go perfectly with the historic parts of the building. The platforms, fourteen in total, spread across three different floors. Especially there is a lot of work, but is done in a way that ensures that preserved the splendor of the original building. Because above the platforms, a large glass roof much daylight there is during the day so that it gives an open feeling. At full moon, this part of the station beautiful to see. Besides that there are many travelers on this station, it is also very popular with artists. Every day there are to find painters and picture questions that will define this particular building. Recent years have also added many shops, making the drive a bit closer to town takes visitors from the station. Span>