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Centraal Station (Central Station)

Since the opening in 2014, people have been praising the new Rotterdam Central Station. The large train, bus, metro and tram station of Rotterdam located at 'Weena' is home to thousands of travellers every day.

In 2004, the large renovations of the main station started. Three years later, a temporary station opened and was in use until 2014. After ten years of renovations, Rotterdam Centraal was officially opened.

When you would like to see the inside of the station, keep in mind that the central part of the station is closed off by ticket gates. The platforms can only be entered with a valid ticket or with a public transport chip card.

The Central Station houses various restaurants and caf├ęs, but also some clothing and makeup stores. At the rear end, you can find luggage lockers. The bicycle parking and taxi stands are also located on the backside of the station. The busses, metro's and trams stop in front of the station, on the side of the city centre.

The design

The entrance at the back of the station is a modest one. In stark contrast, the tall glass and timber concourse on the front is clearly a real eye-catcher. The new building's shape points the way to the city's centre. Historical elements from the former station (Sybold van Ravesteyn, 1957) have been re-used, like the original clock at the front of the station and the type font for 'Centraal Station'. The roof over the train tracks is entirely made from solar panels. Architects of Central Station are 'Cooperation of Benthem Crouwel Architects', 'MVSA Meyer en Van Schooten Architecten' and 'West 8 Urban Design & Landscape architecture' (2014).

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