Atocha is the rail complex in central Madrid that houses the Cercanias hub for trains to the nearby suburbs and region as well as the Puerta de Atocha for the AVE trains to the rest of Spain. The Madrid subway stops Atocha and Atocha Renfe are here as well.
The most striking feature, and it is indeed quite lovely as you come in to the cavern- like station, is the very nice arrangement of trees and vegetation. It's like a mini park and certainly makes it very relaxing. There is a good selection of shops to spend your time while you wait for your train.
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There is a very understated memorial to the victims of the terrorist bombing on March 11, 2004.
I knew Renfe Atocha station was going to be impressive...I know the original 1892 station had been cleaned up, enclosed within the newer building as a concourse, with a huge tropical garden created inside it (makes things a bit steamy and humid in summer, I imagine!).
It is an impressive piece of architecture and is most definitely worth a visit even if you don't intend to take a train anywhere.
Don't miss a couple of sculptures. There's a man-with-a-map on the mezzanine floor of the moving walkways which take you up from one level to another. And, almost directly beneath the walkways, a rather good sculpture of luggage by Eduardo Urcolu, 'El Viajero' 1991. Both are well worth a look...as is the station.
I think we missed the interesting part of this station with the hothouses and the monument to the victims of the horrific terrorist attack that took place here, but we did find the night and day baby heads statues.
Who says train stations have to be ugly? Not the Spaniards!
Atocha is beautiful. It's full of gorgeous wrought iron, a jungle of tropical trees, restaurants and art work!
You could have a lovely lunch here. Or..... get there earlier than necessary for your train trip and check it out. Or check it out while renting your car(s), like we did.
I loved this District unfortunately I have only been during the day as I have later found out that it has a great night life.
The Athoca District is great for shopping perhaps much better than other places such as Gran Via since the street is narrow and more quiet yet with a great selection of shops.
This district also offers nice coffee shops and restaurants.
I will definetely check out the night life in this district next time I visit Madrid.
Please check the directions below to find out how close is this district to the centre of Madrid and how to reach it.
I recognised this building on sight as where we had caught a train to Alicante in September 1993.We only had an hour in Madrid travelling from the airport to the rail station, our first experience of Spain.
This time several days in Madrid and to my surprise our hotel was only a 5 minute walk from this now refurbished building. We had to go inside to see what had gone on. Trains are still operating from here, however that is about all that has not changed. It is a very modern place with shops, cafes and restaurants, nice resting areas with palms etc etc.
Well worth visiting.
Atocha is not just a train station, it is tropical garden with small lakes and turtles. The building was projected by architects cooperating with Gustave Eiffel in 19. century. Recently there are many shops, restaurants and cafés. It doesnt have to be so boring to wait for the train in such a nice place.
Atocha Station is very close to our hotel (Rafaelhoteles). It is the largest and the most used railway station in Madrid. I thought the actual outside building is quite impressive. The interior with large Palm trees and ferns almost feel and look like tropical garden.
Atocha Station is old railway station. It was inaugurated on 9 February 1851. Unfortunately it had major catastrophe during her career. It was largely destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1892. In 11 March 2004 it was target by al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell bombings.
Today the Atocha railway station is served by two Madrid Metro stations, Atocha and Atocha Renfe, primarily serving commuter trains, intercity and regional trains from the south, and the AVE high speed trains from Barcelona and Seville. The office open everyday from 6.30am to 9.00pm
Atocha station isn't just any station. We got as far as taking a picture from the outside with a view to coming back to actually look inside., Atocha station is from the 19th Century and is constructed of Iron and Glass. There, is I have read a botanical garden inside.
If you're staying in Madrid long enough, chances are you'll end up at the Atocha Station at some point to go on a day-trip. Even if you aren't, I still think it's worth going inside to check out the city's biggest train station. The oldest part of the station dates back to 1892. It was in use for about 100 years, until the new terminal opened. Instead of destroying the old building, authorities smartly turned it into an indoor tropical garden, complete with palm trees, turtles and fishies! It's a pretty nice place to go for coffee on a rainy day :o)
On a different note, outside the station is where you'll find the glass cylinder that was erected as a memorial to the 191 victims of the March 11, 2004 attacks. It is a simple structure in which can be found the messages of condolences that were left at the station in the days following the tragedy.
Most of the rail stations of the world are quite utilitarian in that they are there to allow passengers to board and exit trains, to buy tickets, to eat in cafes, even to shop and bank. Madrid's Atocha rail station is all of the above and more.
The former main station building was taken out of service after a modern addition was completed to allow for high speed trains to use the complex. That old station was converted into a gallery of shops, bars, cafes and the main concourse converted into a huge indoor garden complete with "mist" watering system. A very attractive area to wait for the trains and loll around in a spectacular indoor setting.
The world looked in horror at the terrible events of 11th March 2004 when the Madrid train bombings occured at and close to Atocha station - killing 191 people and wounding 1,755
Atocha train station is beautiful to visit, even if you're not taking any train. We could say that the station is divided in two. One part is for Cercanias trains, while the other is for the AVE, or high speed trains. This last part, also known as Puerta de Atocha, is the most beautiful one, and the one that shouldn't be missed.
The original façade faces the Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, oposit the Reina Sofía, where the Paseo del Prado begins. This is where the Atocha metro station is. However, on the other side of the building is the new entrance, with its clock tower and the monument for the victims of the 11-M terrorist attacks.
The main train station of Madrid is Atocha. Most will remember the attacks that took place here on 11-March-2004.
The train station has grown a lot over the years, and the old train building is now converted to a station hall. But still a very interesting one as the climate inside is tropical, and tropical plants are groing under the roof now.
Very recommendable if it's cold and rainy outside. Just a quick heat-up.
Modern station of the fast reilway. In hall of glass and cast-iron there is a very nice palm-room. Every day many people go from there to work and school. They buy in planty of shops or sit in one of the many cafes.....
Unfortunately, last time Atocha became famous for terrorist attempt....
There is a botanical garden in this well designed steel building. There are some banana trees with fruits and also some tortoises. We have been there in december 2005, may be they are big enough to eat. I mean bananas, not tortoises. :)