Haydarpasa Railway Station
Address: Haydarpaşa Kadıköy
Phone: (0216) 336 4470
Working Hours: Under construction
Located on the Asian side of the city, the Haydarpasa Railway Station has been a major hub of transport in Istanbul since 1872, and is indeed the largest and busiest rail terminal in the Middle East.
The main, castle-esque building of today was constructed in 1906 by German architects and is an imposing edifice and a familiar sight on the Asian waterfront of the Bosphorus. It is currently the Western terminus of the Ankara-Istanbul line and used to be the Western terminus for the Baghdad railway (Istanbul-Konya-Adana-Aleppo-Baghdad) and the Hedjaz Railway (Istanbul-Konya-Adana-Aleppo-Damascus-Amman-Medina).
Essentially, this was the base from which travelers could continue over to Asia, while Sirkeci Station on the European side was the terminus of European travel, receiving the Orient Express among other trains.
The station is of course a prime sightseeing destination for any train enthusiast, but should appeal to others too; the interior is an interesting contrast to the Germanic exterior with its semi-domed ceiling and tiles, and the hubbub of the station is exciting even if you’re not about to catch the express to deepest parts of Anatolia!