Of course this list features New York City's Grand Central Station. However, below we highlight five other stations around the globe that are definitely worth a visit -- even if you don't have a train to catch.
- Madrid Atocha Railway Station, Madrid, Spain - Madrid's largest train station is also home to a beautiful tropical garden, which makes waiting for your train much less of a chore. The station's concourse is lined with enough lush greenery to make you feel like you've stumbled upon a mini rainforest rather than a railway station.
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India - The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus not only sees three million passengers every day, it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus was designed by the British architect F.W. Stevens and took more than 10 years to build. The real beauty of the building is in its melding of cultures -- British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural traditions to the design.
- Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa, Japan - This railway station in Kanazawa received a major facelift in 2005 when the entrance was transformed into a feat of ultra-modern architecture. The station's entrance features a giant glass dome called "Motenashi (Welcome) Dome," which looks like a huge ethereal umbrella. In addition to the dome there's also a wooden gate designed to symbolize a traditional Japanese instrument called tsuzumi (hand drums). There was some controversy surrounding the modern upgrade, but locals and tourists have since embraced the change.
- SÃ£o Bento Railway Station, Porto, Portugal - The train station in Porto is a stand out thanks to amazing tile work. The walls are covered with upwards of 20,000 azulejo tin-glazed ceramic tiles that create a breathtaking floor-to-ceiling display. The tile work was done by artist Jorge ColaÃ§o and took 11 years, from 1905 to 1916, to complete. The tile depicts scenes of everyday life in Porto as well as its history.
- Gare du Nord, Paris, France - Europe's busiest railway station is also one of the most beautiful. The centrally located station done in neoclassical style serves around 180 million passengers every year. The station's faÃ§ade, adorned with 23 statures, captures your attention immediately. The statues represent the destinations originally served by the station when it first opened. Nine larger statues represent eight international destinations with one also representing Paris, while 14 smaller statues represent the 14 French cities and towns the station originally serviced. The interior is just a beautiful as the exterior with the amazing amount of natural light shining through thanks to soaring windows.
Get your tickets to catch the next five memorable train stations to round out our list: Grand Central Terminal, New York, New York, United States; Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Milano Centrale, Milan, Italy; St. Pancras International, London, England; and Antwerp Central Station, Antwerp, Belgium. To read the steaming details on these and Cheapflights.com's complete Top 10 Eye-Catching Train Stations visit www.cheapflights.com/news/top-10-eye-catching-train-stations.
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