Considering that they’re basically functional buildings whose whole purpose is to get you from wherever you are now to somewhere else, it’s pretty impressive that train stations look so damn fine. In fact, the railway has inspired some of the most iconic civic design of the past two centuries: majestic monuments, palaces and cathedrals dedicated to the power of stream and the technologies that replaced it.
Creating country and continent-straddling travel networks, they’re proof that there’s no reason for practical infrastructure to look hackneyed or everyday. Don’t believe us? Spanning a host of styles, eras and continents, here are 15 train stations from around the world that are so spectacular you won’t even mind if your train is delayed.