One of the surest ways to do this is to go down the subway. Which stations fascinate the most?
Formosa Boulevard (Formosa Boulevard), Kaohsiung, Taiwan
This kaleidoscope station impresses with its grandeur and beauty. Instead of the ceiling, there is a huge 30-meter stained glass window, considered the largest glass work in the world. Its author, Narcissus Kvolyata, depicted four elements in a mosaic of thousands of glass pieces. The locals themselves call this work of art “the dome of the world.”
Kungsträdgården (Kungsan), Stockholm, Sweden
The metro in Stockholm is known as the largest gallery in the world because each station is colorful and attractive. But the Royal Garden, decorated in the Baroque style, has a special atmosphere. The history of its construction is connected with the violent protests of the townspeople who were so opposed to cutting down trees in the park above that they even chained themselves to them in chains. Now truly royal corridors of this station are guarded by a statue of a red-skinned warrior.
Westfriedhof (Westfriedhof), Munich, Germany
Here you can feel like an object for study under the bright light of huge lamps. Westfriedhof station seemed to have emerged from a horror or fiction film, with its unfinished concrete walls and unusual yellow, blue and red floor lamps. However, the locals themselves compare it rather with a cozy room with soft lighting, despite the impressive four-meter diameter lamps.
Toledo (Toledo), Naples, Italy
You can go down to this station not only for an unusual interior but also to refresh yourself. Being one of the deepest in the world, Toledo with its magical appearance resembles both the snowy and sea kingdoms at the same time. Even in the hottest weather, it is pretty cool here. It was decided to make an unusual frame for the station in order to increase the authority of not the safest and richest city in Italy.
Westminster (Westminster), London, UK
Huge cast-iron tubes, glass walls, concrete columns – Westminster station is ideal for hi-tech lovers. And although it looks like a clearly tuned clock mechanism, it is it that receives the majority of complaints about broken stairs and elevators. Nevertheless, it’s still worth stopping by, because getting stuck in the elevator of one of the Harry Potter filming sites, which the station was in 2007, will be an adventure.
Olaias (Olayash), Lisbon, Portugal
The combination of bright stained glass and powerful metal structures makes the station in Lisbon a true work of art. In a sense, it is, because it was built for the opening of the architectural exhibition Expo-98. An interesting design makes it look like a mysterious underground city.
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Weintang Tunnel, Shanghai, China
The Shanghai metro is not even a way to get around, but a whole attraction! Over more than 600 meters of the tunnel from one station to another, passengers will enjoy an exciting light show with amazing sound effects. Moving in a glass cabin, sometimes you can even get scared of fancy pictures or large dolls standing right in the way. In general, after such a trip, you can only regret if you do not have a return ticket.
Champ de Mars (Champ de Mars), Montreal, Canada
Another station that makes a huge stained glass window unusual. Glass was allocated by the Canadian government to support automatists, Montreal surrealist artists, who in their works tried to reflect the games of the mind. The stained-glass window is specially installed on the south side so that the light passing through it is reflected in bright colors throughout the station.
Bockenheimer Warte (Bockenheimer Warte), Frankfurt, Germany
Here, a metro ride can be compared to a flight into space. A completely white station with a round ceiling resembles a space shuttle. Despite the simplicity and minimalism in design, the most important Frankfurt station was built for 15 years. The entrance to the subway also looks unusual – in the form of a subway car flying out from under the ground.
Khalid Bin Al Waleed (Khalid Bin Al Waleed), Dubai, UAE
Although they say that the metro is not for the rich, the stations in Dubai look like luxurious halls of expensive hotels. Khalid Bin Al-Waleed is also distinguished by the sculpture “Water”. The artist depicted the fall of a waterfall, but the townspeople decided differently and renamed his creation into a “giant jellyfish”. It is difficult to disagree with them since the drooping “drops” really look more like tentacles.