#TravelPost – Antwerp and the most beautiful train station

EN: A train station is a place with great amount of movement, quite noisy, a transit area from or to another destination. But in certain cities the train station is a destination in itself, like the one in Antwerp, Belgium. RO: O gara este un loc cu multa agitatie, miscare, destul de zgomotos, un punct de tranzit de la sau catre alta destinatie. Totusi, in anumite orase gara este o destinatie in sine, cum este gara din Antwerp, Belgia.

EN: Antwerpen-Centraal (Antwerp Central) is truly one of a king building where past meets present, that’s why it is often included among the top of the most beautiful train stations in the world. RO: Antwerpen-Centraal (gara din  Antwerp) este o constructie in care cu adevarat trecutul se intalneste cu prezentul si din acest motiv este adesea adaugata in topul celor mai frumoase gari din lume.

EN: Antwerpen Central was built at the end of the 19th century between 1895-1905 and until present days it was modernized, expanded and adapted to accommodate modern days technologies. The eclectic structure has a steel platform covering the terminals, with present-day escalators and elevators that connect the four levels and 14 tracks. Than, the platform is connected with the stone station building, the old area. RO: Gara din Antwerp a fost construita la finalul secolului al 19-lea intre anii1895 – 1905, iar pana in prezent a fost modernizata si extinsa pentru a acomoda noile tehnologii din domeniul transportului feroviar. Structura eclectica are in zona moderna, o platforma de fier care acopera terminalele cu scari rulante si lifturi intre cele 4 nivele cu 14 linii. Apoi, platforma se continua cu partea veche, cladirea de piatra a garii.

EN: Of course, Antwerp is more than it’s train station. You just have to step out side and you will feel the vibe of this metropolis. Literately, just few steps outside the station is Antwerp ZOO, the oldest animal park in the country, and one of the oldest in the world, established in 1843. Pink flamingo will invite you to enter for a walk. RO: Bineinteles, in Antwerp nu doar gara este impresionanta. O sa simtiti vibeul acestei metropole chiar de la primul pas. Imediat langa cladirea garii, la cativa pasi este Gradina Zoologica Antwerp, cea mai veche gradina zoo din tara si una dintre primele gradini zoologice din lume, deschisa in 1843. Flamingo roz va invita la plimbare.

EN: Also, next to the station is the Diamond District, the largest diamond center in the world. Through here passes 85% of the world’s rough diamonds, 50% of the polished diamonds and 40% of industrial diamonds, that’s why Antwerp is known as the diamond capital of the world.

Like New York, Milan, Paris, London, Antwerp is considered to be a fashion capital, a hub for unique fashion labels and start-ups. Here creative young designers design clothes and shoes that you can buy in the fashion district with amazing shops and even a high street shopping centre in a former state events/ballroom.

If you are not into shopping for diamonds and fashion, you should know that Antwerp is located on the River Scheldt. You can enjoy walking alongside the river, maybe at Steenplein and just have dinner at sunset maybe at Zuiderterras / RAS restaurant that will give you a great view over the river.

Antwerp is the city that will leave you wanting to go back.

RO: Tot in apropierea garii este Cartierul Diamantelor, cel mai mare centru de diamante din lume. Pe aici trec 85% dintre diamantele neslefuite ale lumii, 50% dintre diamantele slefuite si 40% dintre cele industriale, din acest motiv Antwerp este cunoscut in lume ca fiind capitala diamantelor.

Precum New York, Milano, Paris sau Londra, Antwerp este o capitala a modei, un hub al unor branduri si start-up-uri de fashion unice. Aici creeaza designeri cunoscuti, tineri, creativi, ale caror creatii le puteti cumpara in zona de fashion a orasului, cu magazine impresionante si chiar un centru comercial de lux intr-o fosta cladire de evenimente/baluri.

Daca nu sunteti pasionati de shopping de diamante sau fashion, atunci e bine de stiu ca Antwerp este situat pe raul Scheldt. Va puteti bucura de o plimbare de-a lungul raului, prin zona Steenplein si poate o cina la apus in restaurantul Zuiderterras / RAS, care are un view de exceptie deasupra raului.

Antwerp este un oras care te face sa-ti doresti sa te intorci.

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