Paris is the city of romance and its magnificent train stations are as full of it as the Champs-Elysees. Even not counting the sweet scenes of lovers’ greetings or their tearful partings, train rides have a romance of their own. All this creates a unique atmosphere. And like everything in Paris, this spirit of love and travel is encased in stunning architectural masterpieces. Therefore, whenever you visit Paris next time, be sure to go on a tour of the most beautiful train stations located all over the city.
Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord is the most important train station in Paris and there can be no arguing the fact that it’s beautiful. Dating back to 1864, it’s a fine example of the Parisian architecture. This means that despite the fact that the station is huge and modernized, it still has elegance and beauty in a myriad of details. Be sure to study the statues on the façade.
Over 700,000 people go through this station every day, so it’s too busy to be romantic. However, it’s the place to board Eurostar trains, which can take you on multiple romantic trips to destinations like London, Switzerland, and Belgium. You can learn more about these trips from this guide by Eurostar.
Gare de Lyon
Gare de Lyon was built for the World Expo 1900 and today it’s, quite possibly, the most beautiful and romantic train station in Paris. Even if Paris is your transit destination only, you should try to visit this amazing place.
This should be easy as this is a major hub from which you can reach the majority of popular destinations in France. You can get here easily from the Charles de Gaulle Airport. If you need help with that, check this guide from Top Paris Transfer. This station is also where you can catch TGV trains that will take you to some of the most beautiful destinations in Europe, see an Oui SNCF guide for those here. For the most romantic trip from here, catch Le Train Bleu from Paris to Venice. This lovely ride has been running since 1901.
If you have the soul of an artist, you definitely must pay a visit to Gare Saint-Lazare. Both Claude Monet and Edouard Manet, renowned impressionist artists, loved this place and immortalized it in their artwork. That is the kind of romance and passion that lasts through the ages.
A walk through the Gare Saint-Lazar is akin to a walk through an art gallery, albeit a very busy one. There are paintings, murals, and statues peppered all over the place. The architecture is stunning, and there is a charming enclosed walkway, called La Galerie Marie Antoinette. It takes you to the posh Hilton Paris Opera Hotel. The Paris Opera itself as well as Palace de Madeleine are only a few steps away from the station.
When it was built in 1840, this station was called Gare d’Orleans s this is where you could travel from it. Today you can go to Orleans from this station as well, check the TrainLine guide to learn how. You can also go to many other cities of the central and southern France.
The station changed its name to commemorate the greatest win in the Napoleonic Wars, the Battle of Austerlitz. Despite the bloody cause behind the name, today it’s one of the most romantic stations in Paris. It’s the only one that offers great views of the Seine and the building itself is elegant and charming.
Paris has many other stations, but these stand out due to their sheer grandeur as well as charm inherent to all historical buildings in Paris. Explore the city by train to discover the beauty of every station.
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