5 Reasons why Arnhem Central Station is awesome

5 Reasons why Arnhem Central Station is awesome


5 Reasons why Arnhem Central Station is awesome

This title might cause a cynical grin to your typical Arnhem citizen. The truth is: not so long ago people would have thought it was a joke. Why? Because over the past 20 years Arnhem Central has been quite the opposite from awesome. Stuck in construction, the renovation of Arnhem Central seemed like a never-ending story. All Arnhem Citizen’s will probably remember climbing those stairs as high as the Eiffel Tower (or so they seemed) to get to the right platform. Imagine what happened to a waiting crowd when hearing their platform had changed… Let’s just say I cancelled my gym membership during that time.
But, we can all save those reminiscences for your typical ‘do you remember when’ nights in the pub, because in November 2015 there finally came an ending to the two-decade long Arnhem Central Station story! The renovation was finished, the construction sites disappeared and mighty miracle: what a beautiful ending it was! Bathing in a sea of natural daylight, the enormous steel ship construction washed everyone’s cynical criticism away. The giant spacious Central hall, with its spectacular architecture, took us all by surprise and (nearly, can’t have it all) everyone agreed: this new Central Station was worth the wait. So that already gives us reason number one why Arnhem Central is awesome:
*Photo: nl.m.wikipedia.org


#1 It’s unique architecture

Well, I can try to describe it, but these pictures kind of say it all.
Yes, those are all flowing lines and yes, those windows are huge. It feels like walking in a giant futuristic glowing landscape. Which was actually what the designers were originally going for, so all those years of effort did definitely not go to waste! I have to admit it: it looks very, very cool.

#2 It is the second most central station in Holland

For a brief moment I tried to claim first place, but it has to be said: that position is granted to Utrecht Central. Kudos to you Utrecht! But hey: there’s nothing wrong with being a runner up. I will give you some examples of why Arnhem Central is a perfect place to start off your journey, starting with some destinations in the far north and far south of Holland: from Arnhem you can travel to Groningen (2 hours and 4 minutes), Eindhoven (1 hour and 36 minutes) and Maastricht (2 hours and 15 minutes) with a maximum of one change of direction. Imagine how easy it is to travel to cities close by? I will tell you! You can catch a direct train to Amsterdam (1 hour and 6 minutes), Utrecht (37 minutes) Zwolle (1 hour and 1 minute) and Nijmegen (13 minutes). There even leaves a direct train to Schiphol Airport from Arnhem. I’m telling you: great place to start your travel. And if you still don’t believe me: the Sziget-train to Budapest departs here too. Do I need to say more?

#3 It has a living room

Besides your standard Station facilities like a mini supermarket, drug store, sandwich shop and Starbucks, Arnhem Central has its own living room. This is a coffee café where you can kick back, relax, enjoy typical Arnhem pastries and find information about the city of Arnhem and what to do when visiting. A warm and welcoming approach of promoting Arnhem amongst tourists if you ask me.

#4 and a piano

That people actually play as well! A lot of stations in the Netherlands now host a piano, but there is something about the acoustics of this spacious station hall that make people want to play this piano like a modern Mozart. Every day as I come home from work I am welcomed by the classical tunes of little private station concert. It lights up my mood like the glass ceiling lights up the entire hall.

#5 it is super close to the city center

I can go on and on about how great our new Central Station is, but let’s be fair: in the end you are not going to spend the day there. You CAN of course (we don’t judge) but it is more likely that you will just pass through the station heading to the place you really want to visit: which is our city center. And that’s my final reason why Arnhem Central Station is awesome: the second you leave the station, you’re in the city center. Easy does the trick! So what do you think of the new Arnhem Central Station? Do you miss a reason as to why to it is awesome or do you have a fun fact to add yourself? Leave it in the comments and help us to keep this blog as on point as possible. Happy travels!

Blog by ArnhemLife blogger Tess ten Hove


This title might cause a cynical grin to your typical Arnhem citizen. The truth is: not so long ago people would have thought it was a joke. Why? Because over the past 20 years Arnhem Central has been quite the opposite from awesome.

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