Atocha station is one of the main train stations in Madrid. It is a building unique for its construction with metal and glass and also a characteristic interior with a wonderful green house and tropical garden. It is a very busy station with lots of shops and cafes. One can catch trains to Portugal and Madrid suburbs from there.
In my trip to Madrid , we used Metro and also we decided to use train for going to Toledo from Atocha train station .Unfortunately we couldn't go to Toledo because the tickets had been finished.But we walked around in the station where there is a big garden full of trees.
Yes in it.In the train station
Most people who travel on trains, or rent cars here in Madrid will at some point go through Atocha Staion. Regional trains such as the AVE, commuter trains (Cercanias) and Metro (Subway) trains all go through here. The old part of the station, near the AVE departure tracks has been converted into a nice tropical indoor garden which can be relaxing for the frazzled traveleer. There are birds and turtles and people asking you for money. There is also a restaurant at the other end which is fine if you are travelling but dont go to the station just to eat there.
Outside the station next to the Repsol Gas station currently under construction is a monument to remember the victims of the bombings on March 11,2004. It is set to be finished by the two year anniversary March 2006. One of the 4 trains that were bombed that day was at Atocha Cercania section (Commuter trains) and another of the 4 was approaching but was about 500 meters south of the station. and there is also a computer memorial inside the station, near the Cercania trains where you can read peoples to their friends and loved ones.
I have seen many railway stations allover he world, but was never impressed to such an extent: the huge Arocha station hall has been turned into a tropical rain forest: the noise of birds, waterfalls, a huge variety of vegetation, plants and trees, with a permanent temperature of aroun28-30°C. A nice place to enjoy all this is the Samar Kanda restaurant above this forest, be it for a meal or just a cocktail, A good tip on a rainy day.
I enjoyed visiting the main train station in Madrid which also happened to be a botantical gardens. I can't comment on the trains themselves but if you are in the area it is worth a stop and have a look!!
The main one where this picture was taken is Estacion de Atocha. There are logs of shops and cafes here at the station adn you can catch all the national high speed trains.
It stads on the site of the old city gates and was apparently opened in 1851. Destroyed by fire in 1892, the reconstructed and refurbished in 1992.
I got lost just walikng around one day (not a bad thing in Madrid if you have the time.) I stumbled across the station and thought it was a museum from the outside.
It was nice inside. There was a garden. I have a lot of great memories about it. A train station, I know, it's wierd. I was a little upset about the bombing. That place was special to me and a dear friend of mine that is no longer here (she passed a few months later back in 2001).
Don't just stare at the plant life, admire the wrought iron work, too. It is executed with all the grace and surety that the 19thC engineers brought to their work and it still pleases today!
There's a good restaurant in the station - the Samarkanda - and on a hot day you are not forced to eat in heat, for they have a delightfully air-conditioned salon that overlooks the side of the garden.
Atocha is wonderful - not just because it is a place to catch trains to Portugal and the Madrid suburbs, but because of the way they have taken a structure which Gustave Eiffel helped design and boldly made a wonderful greenhouse of it.
It is Madrid's oldest station (1851) and it has been treated with love and respect in this imaginative way.
Atocha Station is a magnificent crystal and iron building; inside there is a palm-tree garden. If you have to take a train, go there; if you have not, go in the same way.
between hell and heaven...
I get off at Atocha,
I do stay in Madrid..."
La estación de Atocha es un magnífico edificio de hierro y cristal; dentro de él, hay un jardín con palmeras. Si tienes que tomar un tren, ve allí; si no, ve también.
"...a mitad de camino
entre el infierno y el cielo...
Yo me bajo en Atocha,
yo me quedo en Madrid..."
The Atocha train station, is amazingly so, worth a visit even if you are not taking a train. First built in 1851, the station was rebuilt in iron in 1892 and its architecture is superb.
Inside, you will find a 4000 square meter tropical garden with 7000 different plants and trees. It even has palm trees for God's sake!
There's definitely nothing I can miss from Miami then is there? ;-)
The Estacion de Atocha is one of the main train stations of Madrid. The beautiful old station building (1888- 1892) is constructed in metal, glass, and polished stone and houses a kind of winter garden with an indoor tropical garden.
Visit Atocha Rene station. Do not miss to see the Botanic Garden with tortoises. It is definetely amazing.
The train station Atocha seems to have its fill of madness with people on the move, trying to get from place to place, but there is this serenity from the huge garden inside the station.
The Atocha station attired me like a magnet ; here I felt like in an airport with all safety measures .it was inaugurated in 1851
The Atoche station has a large Atrium (with palm trees) flanked by offices. On one end of the Atrium (upper floor) is the entrance to the trains.