Unique Train Stations Around the World CheapOair Staff October 21, 2010 Interests 1 Comment Millions of commuters all around the world use some form of transportation to get around. When we're going through our daily commutes, we don't think of what amenities we'd like if we had designed the station. Most stations are designed with a decent food court, a handful of shopping boutiques and hopefully, sanitary restrooms. Little do we think about how well designed a station is as well. Some train stations go that extra mile and really get travelers to stop in their steps. Atocha Station: Madrid, Spain This historical station was the first railway station of the city of Madrid in 1851. Unfortunately, it is also in the history books for one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Europe in 2004. Luckily, travelers remember the beauty of the station by its aboriginal greenhouse. Stop and take a breath of fresh air in the station and observe the gorgeous tropical lush forest. Look out for "The Traveler's Tree"; a huge banana tree with the myth that anyone who makes a wish in front of it will have their wish come true. Court Street Station: Brooklyn, NY In reality, Court Street station is not a functional subway station for New York commuters. What a great way to preserve an old station by turning it into a museum. To commemorate the United States Bicentennial in 1976, the New York City Transit museum opened in this former subway station. Located on the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, the creative museum is home to subway memorabilia, vintage subway cars and a trip down history lane. There is no greater place than to learn about one of the most important parts of New York City history than through its massive mass transit system. Ushuaia Station, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina Have you ever told anyone you love them so much you'd go to the end of the world for them? Prove them right by visiting the Ushuaia Railway station in Argentina. It literally is known as the train station at the end of the world. There is even an End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo) to make your unusual visit even more spectacular. Antwerp Central Station, Belgium Otherwise known as the “Railway Cathedral”, it is probably the most breath taking railway station in the world. The original station was constructed in 1895 and a more than a century later is known to be the finest example of railway architecture. What really put this station on the map was a flash mob event in 2009 when 200 dancers from a Belgian reality show took over the station for a massive performance. (To perform Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music.) What else could passengers do but join in? Shibuya Station: Tokyo, Japan In an average weekday, about 2.4 million passengers pass through this station. The main building is occupied by a huge department store. This is convenient for those 2.4 million people. If you've ever seen a movie placed in Tokyo, you probably recognize the scramble crossings. Nearby the station lies a statue of a dog named Hachiko where it is known to be a popular meeting place after passing through the scramble. Also, little do commuters know that there is an underground river running under the station. This is why the department store does not have a basement floor. Usually, it is illegal to build over public space (A River is public space in Japan), which makes this subway station so unique, and politically incorrect. Have you traveled through these stations? What are some other stations that stand out in your mind?