Atocha, Madrid

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    Incredibly Beautiful Train Station

    by ozalp Updated Feb 15, 2006

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    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. :)

    Detaille Bananas
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    Tropical Atocha Station

    by Ritchie_Lionheart Written May 22, 2005

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    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.

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    A Botanic Park in a Train Station

    by artonice Written Dec 27, 2005

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    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

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    Worth going just to see the place

    by garridogal Updated Sep 6, 2011

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    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.

    Main Floor Ready, set, TRAVEL!!! Jungle boogie Gorgeous wrought iron Architechtural details
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    Atocha Train Station

    by msocolin Written Aug 1, 2007

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    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.

    Puerta de Atocha
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    Atocha Station

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 1, 2012

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    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.

    Night.
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    Atocha Train Station

    by elPierro Updated Oct 23, 2006

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    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.

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    Station and garden

    by ChrsStrl Written Aug 30, 2003

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    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.

    This is a station - what a waiting room!
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    Train station

    by Veroali Updated Jan 20, 2010

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    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.

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    We didn't get to go inside, you must

    by traceyspacey Written Aug 28, 2008

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    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.

    Atocha station from the outside at a distance
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  • Train Travel throughout Spain.

    by Kittlen4142 Written Feb 15, 2015

    I need advice as I cannot purchase multiple city tickets on Renfe website.
    I need to travel via train from Madrid | Cordoba | Seville | Granada | Malaga and return the same route or not. I need to get back from Malaga to Madrid to catch my return flight home.

    ANY SUGGESTIONS?

    Thank you.

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    Atocha Train Staion

    by Rocco_Tulsa Written Aug 4, 2004

    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).

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    Atocha Train Station

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 15, 2014

    The Madrid railway station Atocha (Estación de Puerta de Atocha, at the Plaza Emperador Carlos V), is an important traffic hub for long-distance and local trains and a metro station.

    It is also a sight in itself, as the waiting hall is a veritable botanical garden with palm trees and exotic plants. Probably the most beautiful train station I know in the world.

    On March 11th of 2004, a terrorist bomb attack took place here, with a heavy death toll.

    Atocha Train Station

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    A garden in the train station madness....

    by Roadquill Written Aug 14, 2006

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    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.

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    March 11

    by IIGUANA Written Mar 7, 2005

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    Atocha. Still a train station but now with a sad feeling of events ocurred in March 11.
    Maybe not a thing-to-do or a must-see-activity, but do pay your regards to the spaniards.

    Luis & Oscar at Atocha Station

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