Maybe you have had a bad experiences with metro stations in the past. Traditionally, metro stations are not the cleanest or even the safest places to visit. From the unwanted rodents to the smell of urine, realistically you would probably not look at your local metro stations to find any hidden beauty. Yet, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Metro stations have a reputation for being dark, dirty, and loud.
Metro stations have a reputation for being dark, dirty, and loud. At least most of them. But those who think of metro stations this way must not have visited any of these unbelievably breathtaking ones. Here we will show you 12 most beautiful metro stations in the world.
1. Avtovo Metro Station, St. Petersburg, Russia
It’s easy to confuse Avtovo with St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace. The vision of architect Yevgenii Levinson, it’s one of the most palatial metro stations ever designed. Passersby will find white-marble columns and walls, crystal chandeliers, and intricate mosaic work that pays homage to the Leningrad Blockade of WWII. The stately interior is what most people fawn over, but even Avtovo’s exterior is pretty majestic with its columns and cupola. If you plan on visiting, note that it can get pretty crowded during rush hour, so be sure hit the Kirovsko-Vyborgskaya Line station outside peak hours for optimal viewing.
2. Arts Et Métiers Station, Paris, France
If you ever read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and wished you could have been aboard the Nautilus with Captain Nemo, put the Arts et Métiers subway station on your list of must-sees in Paris. Redesigned in 1994 by Belgian comic-book artist Francois Schuiten, this station has a distinctly steampunk-submarine aesthetic inspired by Jules Verne’s science-fiction classics. Schuiten plastered the station walls with riveted copper sheets and included fun decorative details like peepholes. Museum-worthy in its own right, the station also exits to the Musée des Arts et Métiers, or “Arts and Trade Museum,” which partnered with the RATP transit authority and Paris Métro to give the world a truly unique metro station.
3. Kaohsiung, Taiwan: Formosa Boulevard Station
This station is known as the dome of light, dubbed to be the largest glass work in the world and is overly impressive. It was designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quaglianta and took over four years to complete. The dome spans over 30 meters in diameters and features over 4,500 colored glass panels that were shipped all the way from Germany. The overall message of this piece of art is love and tolerance and has been designed to relate to the story of human life. The themes include water, earth, light and fire. This station is also home to an impressive 3-D art installation done by successful 3-D street artist Su Chia-hsien that has faded over the years but still worth a look. Try to avoid rush hour in order to gain the best pictures of this impressive metro station.
4. Toledo Metro Station, Naples, Italy
The epic Toledo Metro Station is located on one of Naples most popular shopping streets called Via Toledo. It opened its doors in September of 2012 as the 16th station related to the Metro Line 1. Interestingly, at 50 meters deep, this is the deepest station compared to all others included in Metro Line 1.
5. Kungstradgarden Metro Station, Stokholm, Sweden
In Stockholm the Kungsträdgården metro station houses some of the oldest relics in Stockholm, objects that date all the way back to the historically significant Makalös palace. Similar to the other Swedish stations on this list, this metro station features some exposed bedrock; a design choice that ties in beautifully with the industrial design of the place.
6. Oez, Munich
In the middle floor of the underground station Olympia-Einkaufszentrum there lies the platform servicing the line U3. Here you are completed dazzled by huge amounts of shining steel. The walls in this station are covered with loads of small metal pyramids that reflect the light in all directions – which creates an exceptional visual experience
7. Kievskaya, Mayakovskaya And Park Pobedy Stations, Moscow, Russia
Kiyevskaya (Russian: Ки́евская) is a Moscow Metro station in the Dorogomilovo District, Western Administrative Okrug, Moscow. It is on the Koltsevaya Line, between Park Kultury and Krasnopresnenskayastations. It is named after the nearby Kiyevsky Rail Terminal.
8. Wilhelminaplein ( Wilhelmina Square), Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Wilhelminaplein is an underground subway station in Rotterdam, Netherlands, which lies south of the Maas river. It is part of Rotterdam Metro lines D and E.Wilhelminaplein station was opened in 1997 as a new station of the North-South Line, which itself was already opened in 1968. Because the station was constructed at the location where the metro tunnel is going up on its way to the surface, the platforms, like the rest of the station, are not entirely horizontal.
9. Atocha, Madrid, Spain
Located in Madrid, Spain, this station is one of the most interesting on this list. As one of the largest metro stations in Spain, the architects who created the structure had a little more room for some creative play. Made of glass and the steal, the station hosts a massive tropical garden, filled with lush green plants that are all from the region.
10. BurJuman Metro Station In Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Formerly known as the Khalid Bin Al Waleed Station, this cool-looking Red Line stop opened in 2009 and was later renamed for the BurJuman mall found just outside the station. A nautical-themed transit hub, this particular station is famous for the bright blue, jellyfish-like lighting fixtures that hang from the ceiling (along with its reputation for being absolutely spotless). The work of Czech artist Jitka Kamencová Skuhravá, the funky fixtures get their otherworldly glow from a 150W projector, LED lights, and RGB-based optical fibers, which come together to make the deep-sea-inspired lights look amazing.
11. City Hall Station, New York
City Hall, also known as City Hall Loop, was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), named the “Manhattan Main Line”, and now part of the IRT Lexington Avenue Line. Opened on October 27, 1904, this station, located underneath the public area in front of City Hall, was designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. The platform and mezzanine feature Guastavino tile, skylights, colored glass tilework and brass chandeliers. The Rafael Guastavino-designed station is unique in the system for the usage of Romanesque Revival architecture.
12. Rådhuset Station, Stockholm, Sweden
Probably one of the most iconic subway stations in the world, this station definitely should be on your travel bucket list. Located in Stockholm, Sweden, the Rådhuset station is painted a deep red that contrasts with the neutral colors of certain areas of the station. Paired with are exposed bedrock and dramatically lit area, the metro station looks like something out of a Ridley Scott film.