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“Beautiful and easy to navigate”

Gent-Sint-Pieters Railway Station
Ranked #13 of 174 things to do in Ghent
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Winnipeg, Canada
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful and easy to navigate”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful train stations we have visited. It's beautifully restored, and the platforms are easy to navigate. Our only navigating difficulties came when we left the station to take a tram to downtown - it was hard to find where the tram stop was!

Visited August 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“Beautiful - and great burgers outside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

I was astounded when I first arrived at this station because of the beautiful paintings on the ceilings and walls. Exiting the station also treated me to the sight of its magnificent exterior, which was unfortunately difficult to capture nicely in photos due to the busy movement of commuters going in and out of the station.

But what I loved most about this station was the fact that parked just outside, was a blue "Buysse Mobiele Snacks" van from which I bought the most amazing burger ever for just 3.30 euros. They also sold escargots and bratwursts, but the burger just made my day. Absolutely delicious, no charge for sauces (choose whatever you like), with a tender chicken/pork patty and caramelized onions. It was so good I had another on my way out of Ghent.

Visited March 2013
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Dunkirk, France
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“Belgium has a tradition of beautiful railway station and this one belongs in the Top 5!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Nearly all Belgian railway stations are worth a detour. Antwerp, Leuven, Liège, Ostend, Veurne, Oudenaarde, Verviers are very beautiful. Even the three stations in Brussels (being less old) or the one in Bruges are architectural highlights. Ghent is no exception. Nicely restored. Great paintings on the ceilings and the walls representing all major Belgian cities with their tourist highlights. A colourful sgrafitto dream!

Visited February 2013
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Matosinhos, Portugal
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“Always busy busy busy!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Though it's the so called "futuristic" railway station, I definitely don't understand why...
Inside there are beautiful ceiling paintings (that don't look futuristic at all), and it's very funny to observe all the parked bicycles outside. Though there are a lot of policeman, be careful with your belongings: this is a very busy railway station and you never know who if there will be a pickpocket around...
Young traveler advise: if your under 26, you can by a Go Pass 10 for 50€, which means each journey will be 5€ only (regardless the number of times you have to change trains between origin and destination)!

Visited October 2012
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Lokeren, Belgium
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“A railwaystation under renovation, but with high security marks.!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

Belgian Rail is renovating the big-big railwaystation for years and years now.. It'll be at the same level of for instance, the Liege Guilleminstation and far above Antwerp central railwaystation, which is only a labyrinth for travellers, and a dangerous place.

Remarkable is security: secret police, railsecurity and just federal police are watching you!

No labyrinth like in Antwerp, but easy to find your platform; announcements over the speakers are always very well, plenty of information for travellers is available, buying tickets is easy, also for international destinations. Waiting time is low... ALthough, I admit, ticket machines often don't work.....

Lavatories are open till late at night, even on Sunday(40 eurocent please) Easy to buy a snack inside the railwaystation(e.g. the famous Panos); there are newspapershops at the entry and at the exit; technical problems(elevators out of working) are extremely rare; and the neighbourhood aroung the Sint-Pieters-Railwaystation is remarkably safe!

Safety for tourists is so important!!!

This is one of the better of the Belgian railwaystations: don't doubt my words. It will be top of the pops within a few years when the renovation of not only the railwaystation, but of the neighbourhood(parkinglot), surrounding street will be finished.

Visited September 2012
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