The Antwerp train station, also known as Antwerp-Centraal or Antwerpen-Central, is regarded as one of the most magnificent train stations in the entire world and one of the most attractive in all of Europe.
Even those who are not going by rail will value a quick glance inside this magnificent building, which goes by the nickname “Railroad Cathedral” as a monument to its grandeur.
It was historically noteworthy because it served as the first station for Belgium’s public railway, which was the first of its kind in Europe when it was constructed between 1895 and 1905. The powerful, dramatic structure that Belgian architect Louis Delacenserie created has a timeless aesthetic all of its own. He drew inspiration from a variety of diverse architectural forms.
If you arrive by rail, the entrance hall will provide you with a regal introduction to Antwerp thanks to its tall brick arches and dome.
The Grand Place in Antwerp’s old town is a short two kilometers to the east of the station, while Ruben’s House is a little more than one kilometer to the northeast.