Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Madrid Atocha Railway Station

A fun post by BootsnAll about a year ago listed the World's 11 Coolest Train Stations.  Atocha Station in Madrid was one.  I liked the photo of the indoor botanical garden inside the station and looked forward to seeing it when we took the train from Madrid to Seville in June.  But I missed it!  How could that be?  I'm sure we walked through the main entrance.  We certainly boarded our train.  Was it on another floor?  Is the station really that big?

Madrid Atocha is the largest railway station in Madrid.  It was completely remodeled in 1985 and is now a modern steel and glass building with underground platforms.  There is a somber memorial shrine in the station dedicated to the memory of the 191 people killed in the al-Qaeda-inspired commuter train bombings there on March 11, 2004, but we didn't see that either.  Sometimes when we're traveling we happen on sights we weren't expecting, and sometimes we completely miss things we're looking for.

Madrid Atocha was the only train station we traveled through in Spain where baggage is x-rayed before boarding.  There is no free wifi in the station, but there are free bathrooms.

Waiting inside the train at Madrid Atocha.


  1. I wish we relied more on train service in my city. This is an amazing place, so inovating! Great photos too.

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