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World’s 17 Most Beautiful Metro Stations


Formosa Boulevard Station of Kaohsiung, Taiwan


The 4,500-panel glass artwork by Narcissus Quangliata is said to be the largest glasswork in the world.

Toledo Station, Naples, Italy


With a depth of 164 feet, this station is one of the deepest stations in Naples and is also a stunning wonderland thanks to the artwork of Robert Wilson, called “Light Panels,” that illuminates the station corridor.

Grand Central Terminal, New York City


Grand Central Terminal holds the Guinness World Record for the largest railway station by number of platforms with a total of 44 and a secret one that is said to be below the Waldorf Astoria.

Komsomolskaya Station, Moscow, Russia


This Neoclassical-inspired station is designed by Dmitry Chechulin. The chandeliers and ceilings resemble those found in grand ballrooms and mosaics inspired by a famous wartime speech given by Stalin.

Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France


Designed by comic artist François Schuiten, the station features copper walls lined with submarine-style windows and giant gears that hang from the ceiling.

Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station, Dubai


Massive chandeliers in the shapes of glowing jellyfish dangle from the ceilings to cast a blue glow over the station, which also holds images of traditional pearl divers.

Wesfriedhof Station, Munich, Germany


The station, designed by Ingo Mauer, has 11 large concave lamps that fill the space with captivating lights.

Atocha Train Station, Madrid, Spain


Known to be the city’s largest, the station features steel and glass construction blended with tropical gardens throughout its concourse.

Stadion Station, Stockholm, Sweden


Decorated by artists Enno Hallek and Ake Pallarp, Stadion station captivates travelers with its vibrant rainbow painting that lines the arches.

Kungsträdgården Metro Station, Stockholm, Sweden


The station houses the relics of the old Stockholm Makalös palace and hosts an impressive industrial-looking design.

T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden


Though it may not look like anything out of the ordinary from the outside, the inside is a much different story with the station’s bright blue and white cave-like platforms that transform the space.

Avtovo Metro Station, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Avtovo station is lined with chandeliers located at the center of the walking areas and on the station platforms, ornaments decorated with Laurel branches, marble columns, stately mosaics, and historical memorials.

Park Pobedy Station, Moscow, Russia


Stained glass, floor-to-ceiling marble structures, cavernous ceilings, and some of the longest escalators in Europe (each stretching 413 feet) make this station truly a marvel to look at.

Zoloti Vorota, Kiev, Ukraine,


The station was created through a series of artists who filled the station with intricate mosaics along its columns and surfaces. It also hosts chandeliers with candle-shaped lighting to create an elegant space.

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China


This one’s more of a tourist attraction rather than a station. The sci-fi(ish) tunnel takes passengers through an underground ride underneath the Huangpu River and includes amazing audio-visual effects.

Palais Royal at the Musee du Louvre, Paris, France


The entrance is adorned with the artwork of Jean-Michel Othoniel, which intertwines colored beads to form a beautiful design.

Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow, Russia


The station is decorated with marble, stainless steel, and lamps hidden inside oval niches on the ceiling with small panels designed by artist Aleksandr Deyneka.


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