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What makes German train stations among the best in Europe?

Five train stations in Germany have snagged a top 10 place in a European-wide ranking. But others haven’t fared so well.

Germany’s top station is Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, according to a ranking of Europe’s best train hubs.

The Consumer Choice Center (CCC) examined Europe’s 50 largest railway stations and ranked them in terms of passenger experience, according to a mix of factors ranging from how crowded platforms are and accessibility to the number of destinations and cleanliness.The judges crowned St. Pancras International in London as the best railway station in Europe. Zurich followed and Leipzig Central Station took the third spot, making it Germany’s top.

Roma Termini in Italy snags the fourth fourth spot, while Munich took the fifth position.

With Leipzig (3) Munich (5), Hamburg (6), Berlin (6), and Frankfurt (9), half of the top 10 European railway stations are based in Germany.

All of them shine thanks to low numbers of strike days, several destinations, accessibility for passengers in wheelchairs, and diverse food and shopping offerings, according to the CCC.

The European Railway Station Index features mainly northern European railway stations in the top 10. Roma Termini and Milan Centrale are the only two southern European railway stations among the best ranked stations and Moscow Kazansky is the only eastern European railway station in the top 10.


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