Up to know my favourite station anywhere was the central station in Cologne. That was until I clapped eyes on Berlin’s new Hauptbahnhof. Absolutely glorious, inside and out - light, spacious, clean, logical. It’s the way stations should be.
So, that’s a German station beating another German station and if were to do a ranking I think German stations would fill up the next few positions. It would appear that they are on to something.
Which kind of fits in with something I learnt on my study tour of German railways a few years ago. Apparently, Deutsche Bahnhof - Germany’s national railway - had spent a year working out what a station actually was. “A town’s calling card” was the expression they used but I suspect there was a lot more to it than that. Anyway, it appears to have been time well spent. The results have been fantastic.