A New Look in Liege

May 30, 2013 10 Comments »

Liege train station

Liege Train Station – like nothing I had seen before in Europe

The first time I passed through the Liege train station, I was stunned. I looked out my train window and saw curved iron beams, symmetry, and bright sunlight – unike any train station in Europe I had ever been to. However this was not a planned stop for me, so we pulled away as I was trying to snap Instagram photos out the window! A few days later I came across this article – the top 5 train stations in the world worth a stop – and Liege was listed as one of them!  Now I really had to stop on my next time through.

For me, a Eurail Pass was not just about the train; it was also about the train stations. Train stations in Europe evoke this old world feel offering gorgeous silhouettes lighting and open spaces. I always feel as if I have stepped back in time when I’m in a European train station – we really don’t have anything like it in the US. However the Liege, Belgium station was unusual – it was modern, sleek, and bright thanks to architect Santiago Calatrava.  He literally gave an ancient city a new look.  And I’m excited to say that Calatrava also designed a futuristic train station, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, at the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York City.

I made sure that as I passed through Liege again 2 months later this time I would get out to take some proper photos.

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The station opened on September 18, 2009

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The station is one of the most important rail hubs in the country.

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The open air ‘roof’

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The station is used by 36,000 people every day

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A view from the street level

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Underneath the station

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A train on one of the tracks

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It has 9 tracks and 5 platforms (three of 450 m and two of 350 m). All the tracks around the station have been modernized to allow high speed arrival and departure.

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The sky view

This wasn’t the first time I had been mesmerized by Calatrava’s architecture – I was introduced to him in Valencia, Spain.

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