Eindhoven station is not the most beautiful station in the Netherlands.
NS (the Dutch national rail service) announced Groningen as the winner on Wednesday this week. Of the 10,000 people who voted, more than 33% of them voted for Groningen.
Groningen is a city located in the north of the Netherlands.
Valkenburg was in second place with 16% of the votes. In third place was Rotterdam Central with 14% of the votes.
This year was the first time that NS ran this competition. ‘Stations are more than a place where you run to catch your train (whilst usually looking down at your phone),’ says Gerjan Vasse, social media manager for NS.
Vasse wants to encourage people to ‘consider the special and sometimes historical aspects that a station has to offer.’ He adds that ‘stations have become more and more hospitable. They are now a place for meetings, shopping or to meet people.’
‘With this competition, we saw that stations are indeed important to our travellers and visitors, so we are certainly considering doing this again next year.’
Erik van Willenswaard, assistant station manager at Groningen station proudly received the prize. A plaque bearing the title of the most beautiful station in the Netherlands now proudly hangs in Groningen station – for a year, at least.
Translator: Rachael Vickerman