Railway stations, the amazing pieces of architecture that provide housing for those huge metallic snakes out there. If you are reading this article you have probably already been to a railway station and know what it is like. All the trains in various platforms, ticket counters, refreshment points and people buzzing all around the place.
Railway stations are quite common around the world and we are not talking about all those railway stations out there. We have chosen some railway stations from among these which are quite larger than the others because of the no of platforms and the sheer size of the railway station.
Here is our countdown of the top 11 largest railway stations in the world in 2017-2018
11. The Jakarta Kota Station in Indonesia
This is one of those railway stations that has become a tourist attraction because of its historical importance. Being included in the historical and cultural landmarks list in 1993, this beautiful work of architecture was constructed way back in the 1870s and was renovated in 1926. With all the required amenities that are available in a standard railway station, the Jakarta Kota Station has become a matter of pride for the people of Indonesia and Jakarta especially. With 12 platforms in the railway station, the JKS connects the major cities of Indonesia.
10. Berlin Hauptbahnhof in Germany
The Berlin Central Station or commonly known as the Berlin Hauptbahnhof was built at a site named Lehrter Bahnhof which received severe damage during the second world war. The BCS was opened in 2006 with 14 platforms and covers more than 44 thousand square meters! The station is calculated to serve more than 300,000 passengers on a daily basis and has all the provisions for them from shopping centers to luggage lockers and even free internet access!
9. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in India
Built in 1888 by the then ruling Britishers as Victoria Terminus, this railway station located in Mumbai has a significant value in India’s history. The station has 18 platforms and is the second biggest railway station in India. The building was constructed with High Victorian Gothic Style architecture which makes it a huge attraction for tourists. The fact that this railway station is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites only goes on to signify the importance of this magnificent building.
8. Howrah Junction Railway Station in India
Situated in West Bengal India, the Howrah Junction Railway Station has 23 platforms and is the largest railway station in India and the 8th largest all over the world. Opened for public use long back in 1854, this is one historical railway station in India like the Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus located in Mumbai. With all amenities available to make the journey more convenient for passengers, the Howrah Junction Railway Station is a true marvel which combines beauty with efficiency.
7. Leipzig Hauptbahnhof in Germany
Germany makes their second appearance on the list of largest railway stations in the world with the Leipzig Hauptbahnhof Railway Station which has 24 platforms like the Howrah Junction Railway Station in India. The railway station was opened for the public in1915 but received heavy damage during the second world war. The Leipzig Hauptbahnhof was renovated in the 1950s and is available for the public ever since. During the renovation basements were made which now serves as supermarkets, making life easier for the huge number of passengers that travel through the railway station.
6. Zurich Hauptbahnhof in Switzerland
Opened in 1847, the Zurich Hauptbahnhof is the largest railway station in Switzerland. With 26 platforms to serves the numerous trains that pass through this station on a day to day basis, the station is also one of the busiest in the world. With amenities like shopping centers and areas for entertainments like skating yards and open air cinemas, the Zurich Hauptbahnhof has all the extravaganza of Switzerland screaming on it. Because of the historical importance of this railway station, it is hugely popular among the tourists and that is a major reason for the huge number of people that visit this railway station every day.
5. The Roma Termini Railway Station in Italy
With 29 platforms, the Roma Termini Railway Station is the biggest railway stations in not only in Italy but also across Europe. It was constructed and opened to the public in1862 and has significant historical and technical importances. The time of construction and the unique architecture makes it a beautiful sight on its own and the fact that it connects some of the major cities in Europe makes it all the more important.
4. The Munich Hauptbahnhof
Opened in 1839 and then renovated in 1960 after the second world war, the Munich Hauptbahnhof is the second largest railway station in the whole of Europe! With 32 platforms, the Munich Hauptbahnhof is definitely a huge railway station and ranks 4 in our list. With amenities that serves everyone’s need they definitely take customer satisfaction to a new level. From shopping arcades to children’s museums, you ask it and they have already constructed and included that in there!
3. Shinjuku Station in Japan
Probably the only railway station in this list that has appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records, we are talking about the Shinjuku Railway Station in Japan which is the busiest railway station in the world. Opened for the general public in 1885, the Shinjuku Railway Station serves approximately 4 million people per day. With more than 200 exits for the convenience of the public, the railway station has 36 platforms and connects Tokyo to other major cities of Japan. The Shinjuku Railway Station is an example for the world, boasting of efficiency and great maintenance.
2. Gare du Nord in France
Ranked second on our list of world’s largest railway stations, the Gare du Nord Railway Station in France is an architectural marvel that was constructed in 1846. With a grand total of 44 platforms, the Gare du Nord railway station is one of the busiest railway stations in the world and quite naturally so with the humongous number of platforms it has! With an expansion plan that goings to increase the number of platforms to over 70, they are slowly yet strongly aiming to become the largest railway station in the world with regard to the number of platforms. With world class amenities like cafes, gift shops, washrooms, etc, the Gare du Nord is extremely convenient and passenger friendly at the same time. With the prime location in the heart of Europe, this magnificent creation is a true marvel in the world of railway stations and any architectural design for that matter.
1. The Grand Central Terminal in the United States of America
Finally, we have reached the world’s largest railway station with regard to the number of platforms and at the top rests the Grand Central Terminal with a whopping 44 platforms which are spread across an area of 48 acres of land! With annual visitors that sum up to more than 21 million people, the Grand Central Station in the 6th most visited tourist destination in the world! With amenities and facilities that can beat luxury hotels, this beautiful railway station that was constructed in 1871 has undergone numerous facelifts across the year. From Starbucks to Apple Stores, you name it and they have it!
This was a list of the World’s largest railway stations and we hope you found this article interesting. These are some really great railway stations and tourist destinations at the same time. We would indeed urge you to visit some of the places mentioned in here if at all possible to have a truly amazing experience.