Antwerpen-Centraal
Antwerpen-Centraal
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Leopold II had this unusual rail station built as a neo-Baroque monument to the railway age in 1905.
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  • Bea
    974 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing still operational central station
    Absolutely beautiful architecture. It was chosen as one of the most beautiful stations in the world several times by prominent international newspapers. The station was opened in 1905. In 1975, it became a protected monument. It consists of a steel platform and a stone station building. You can simply enter it for free as it is a railway station which is still in use. On the side, from the outside you can see also a metal structure beautifully attached to the building.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2024
  • Dorothy H
    Fremont, California2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architectural marvel
    Antwerpen-Centraal Station is a grand entrance to the city of Antwerp. The station's architecture is impressive, and it's a great place to start your exploration of the city. The station is also very convenient, with connections to many other cities in Belgium and Europe. I would recommend taking some time to wander around the station and admire its beauty before you catch your train.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2024
  • Keith H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral and City link
    Beautiful Catholic cathedral intertwining religious and city history. The presence of Our Lady is visible throughout the Cathedral and the city. Highly recommend a tour to allow time to see the artwork outside of religious practices.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written July 7, 2024
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Tallulah
Antwerp, Belgium2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Due to Low Emission Zone rules Ghent City Center has become inaccessible for Diesel Cars as from Euro 4. Should you enter by mistake, you will have to pay a 350 euro fine. Same goes for unregistered foreign cars : All vehicles with a foreign number plate must be registered. This rules apply to Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels. Other beautiful Cities like Bruges, Leuven, Hasselt and many more are free of entrance and certainly worth a visit!
Written February 27, 2020
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bfltd0
London, UK632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It is hard to believe that a building of this beauty is used for something so banal as a railway station. Clearly with a new and an old section, the feature we found most interesting was that there are at least 3 different levels that trains arrive and depart from and it was odd to sit on a seat on one platform and look up to see a train on the floor above!

We already had tickets so didn't need to use the standard facilities, but we were just bowled over by the architecture of this place.

Well worth visiting as a building, not just a railway station.
Written January 30, 2020
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CatBlack
Dublin, Ireland23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
No matter how many times I visit Antwerp, I always get a thrill when I see that station clock set high up above the multiple platforms. The old station has been transformed and extended to three (or is it four) floors and escalators glide alongside the staircase, but it is majestic. Try to visit the old station café too, although there are other options for snacks and take aways along the concourse. It is a selfie must for anyone visiting the city and a fitting introduction to the delights in store in this fine port city.
Written February 19, 2020
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Steve Van Araignien
Antwerp, Belgium118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is what locals call the “new” part of the city (as places around the cathedral are in the “old” part of the city). There’s a lot of restaurants nearby, a lot of shops (street De Meir, who leads to the old part). Also Chinatown and the Zoo are nearby and interesting to visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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David M
Taunton, UK3,457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
An incredible structure. Firstly the immense size is impressive, but the beauty of the building is breathtaking when you see it for the first time arriving by train. The modern multi-level train tracks in its bowels create a functional railway station suiting modern needs while giving the impression you merging into a Harry Potter movie.
Written September 5, 2022
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TonderaiMatanda
Harare, Zimbabwe148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
In awe of this amazing and beautiful train station. Its kingly and imposing grandeur makes your welcome to Antwerpen all the more warm. It is close to some major attractions such as the zoo and the comic murals dotted around Antwerp.
Written August 31, 2020
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smacka21
Melbourne, Australia285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It's a magnificent and huge building with 3 levels of platforms. Customer Service staff in the main hall speak english and were extremely helpful. Shopping arcade and small supermarket within the building as well so very handy for everything you might need
Written March 16, 2020
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
There are many reasons to visit Antwerpen Centraal station.

Firstly there are trains from here to many parts of Belgium including the local area and further afield including Liege, Brussels, Brussels Airport and Ghent. There are also international trains to Netherlands and France.

Secondly there is some grand architecture to admire.

Thirdly is the way the station is set up. Trains are located across 4 floors with through trains running from the lower level. There are terminating trains on the higher floors and if possible try and get a train from the first floor to Antwerp Berchem as either side of the rails are lots of ornate turrets which hark back to the time when railway architecture was a thing of beauty.

The staff I met were really friendly and helpful and there are kiosks on the station to get something to eat and drink.
Written January 19, 2023
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Kirk M
Lafayette, IN87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I love trains. Our day in Antwerp started and ended here. We were en route from Amsterdam to Brussels on a (IC) train. We easily found and rented lockers in this station and found our trains easily too, despite only speaking English. The train platforms tend to be oriented more up and down and not side to side, which makes the station deep and awesome. What a lovely building, all the ornamentation. -We never did find anywhere to scan our tickets, like in Amsterdam. Is this just the honor system? A lovely station.
Written January 7, 2023
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Richard B
Oxford, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
What a train station. Stunning on the inside and amazing on the outside. If you arrive by train be sure to pass into the main hall and look around. There is a reason why this train station is one of the top attractions in a city full of attractions. On a practical note, the platforms are stacked vertically underground, so allow sufficient time to get down escalators or lifts (when they are working) .
Written April 18, 2022
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