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Old December 13th, 2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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MISC | Shopping in Railway Stations

Nowadays Main Railway Stations are much more than just pure transport nodes. More and more of them turning into shopping malls with rail connection. My intention for this thread is to show what main railways stations offer to the traveller and to discuss what you think is missing in certain stations.


I start with Hamburg's Main Station.

Food and Drinks:
- 1 McDonalds
- 1 Burger King
- 1 KFC
- 1 Subway
- 1 Pizza Hut
- 2 sausage stands
- 1 hot dog stand
- 1 pub restaurant
- 7 pubs
- 2 coffee bars
- 3 chinese food stands
- 3 salad / juice bars
- 1 sushi stand
- 1 indian food stand
- 1 greek food stand
- 1 syrian food stand
- 1 turkish food stand
- 2 fishfood stands
- 2 icecream stands
- about 8 bread shops
- 8 little convenience stores/ kiosk

Non-Food:
- 3 newspaper / book stores
- 2 drugstores
- 1 perfumery
- 2 pharmacies
- 1 copy-shop
- 2 flower shops
- 1 confiserie
- 1 shoe shop
- 5 fashion shops
- 2 souvenir / gift shops
- 1 photo store
- 1 sex shop
- 1 automat casino

Services:
- 1 hairdresser
- 1 locksmith's shop
- 1 post office
- 2 ticket offices from the local transport authority
- 1 western union travel bank
- 5 ATMs
(and of course all the services offered by the railway operator)


What I think is missing is a normal bank within the building.
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Old December 13th, 2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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I did read about those sex shops in German stations, in one of Bill Bryson's books. Good to see they've made it into 2009...
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Old December 14th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #3
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The largest and one of the busiest railwaystation in the Netherlands is Utrecht CS with 150.000 travelers per day. In 1970 they built a shopping mall on the old part of the railwaystation. So Utrecht CS is integreted underneath the shopping mall Hoog Catherijne with 160 stores/restaurants.

But if take only Utrecht SC, they have the standard shop/restaurants aswel like KFC, Burgerking, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, etc...
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Old December 14th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #4
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DiggerD21 please tell me is the shopping mall at the Hamburg Main made by the government or by a private investor?
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Old December 15th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #5
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A private investor built the little mall in 1988-1991. The shops are open 7 days/week (very unusual for Germany) from 6am till 11pm (not that unusual anymore in Germany).
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St Pancras in London has a nice little concourse lined with pretty decent shops and champaign bars. Victoria is attached to a small shopping centre called Victoria Place.
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Thank you for the answer, please post pictures I’m very interested in this subject. I’m from Belgrade, Serbia and we are also getting a train station with a mall on top.

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Old December 16th, 2009, 02:01 PM   #8
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Hamburg's Main Station (built 1906)






This is the small shopping mall inside, built 1991




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Old December 16th, 2009, 02:18 PM   #9
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Gare do Oriente mainstation in Lisboa(Portugal) is linked to the Vasco da Gama shopping center (we could say that both are one and the same since they are connected/linked at 3 different levels).



























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The Shopping side has:

4 comercial levels = quality restaurants in the 4th , fast food , many shops , cinemas + recreational area in the 3rd , more shops in the 2nd , hipermarket and more shops in the 1st (notice that a large portion of the hipermarket is actually located UNDER the main street in those pictures)
+ 2/3 parking underground levels
+2 TOWERS /wich were cut some floors shorter because some stupid people don't want to let skyscrappers built in lisboa (some areas of the city have land prices of WAY BEYOND 10 Million € per square meter but they insist in negating reality)

The railway area has 4 distinct sections and 5 levels:
In the 5th theres the railway platforms
southernmost section is the REFER offices (portuguese railway infraestructure operator, CTC included)
northen section is a small refuge
central section is the station propper = 5th the platforms , 4th the station lounge/ticketing and waiting area (a couple of cofeeshops there) , 3rd is at street level and has a supermarket , post office , restaurant/cofee shops , a BINGO gaming , and a lot of other stores , 2nd floor has more stores mostly restaurants , the 1st level is the subway lounge with more cofeeshops and stores ... wait ... that makes 6 levels with the metro platforms down under.
the western section is composed of 3/4 levels and has a 2 level and U shaped underground parking lot (some 2000 places) a overground bridge with a dozen or so BUS operator ticket offices and at ground level theres dozens of urban/regional/longdistance/internation BUS boarding platforms.

too much concentrated on the same place ... maiby 300 or more stores.
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