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!
It isn’t as old as some stations having been built between 1895 and 1905 and it was originally a terminus.
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.
When you look down, you see all three levels of platforms.
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.
Note how it is good blend of traditional and modern.