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The Coolest Subway Stations in the World

New Yorkers spend most of their time on the subway either stressing over train delays or wondering why the dude manspreading next to them is wearing a velour jumpsuit and eating a full plate of spaghetti. Straphangers abroad have similar woes, but with an added bonus: Many of their subway stations are actually nice to look at!
01/22/2015 10:19am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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New Yorkers spend most of their time on the subway either stressing over train delays or wondering why the dude manspreading next to them is wearing a velour jumpsuit and eating a full plate of spaghetti. Straphangers abroad have similar woes, but with an added bonus: Many of their subway stations are actually nice to look at!

And to prove just how good other subway riders have it -- at least in terms of aesthetics -- we scoured the world's metro tunnels to find the 10 coolest subway stops on Earth.

SPOILER ALERT: Times Square - 42nd Street didn't make the cut.

Drassanes Station
Barcelona, Spain

It might look like a set from Tron or Star Wars, but that wasn't always the case. Drassanes station's proximity to the Port of Barcelona resulted in some pretty serious flooding problems a while back, and as a result, the station was remodeled in 2007. Architectural firm ON-A led the charge and wanted the space to emulate the look and feel of a train car, with glass-reinforced concrete panels and zig-zagging overhead lights.

Candidplatz
Munich, Germany

This stop on the Munich U-Bahn was named after a 16th-century Flemish painter and, as such, has an artsy feel; the walls, ceilings, and pillars are all bathed in the colors of the visible light spectrum. It's a captivating sight to behold, unless you're colorblind.

Jiantan Station
Taipei, Taiwan

Arguably the most striking Metro station in Taipei, Jiantan received almost instant recognition for its distinctive design, a blend of modern minimalism and traditional Chinese dragon-boat styling. Jiantan is often packed with evening travelers thanks to the nearby Shilin Night Market -- one of the busiest in the city.

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Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Station
Dubai, UAE

One of the Dubai metro's busiest stations, it opened to the public on the same day as the nearby Burj Khalifa and is a prime example of the uniform design implemented throughout the metro system. It also features a climate-controlled, 2,690-foot footbridge that allows people to visit the Dubai Mall without having to take a bus. How walking the equivalent of nearly 10 football fields is any better than taking a bus, though, is anyone's guess. Even if it does have A/C.

T-Centralen
Stockholm, Sweden

Sitting, as the name would suggest, at the center of Stockholm's metro system, T-Centralen serves as the crossroads for all three of the city's subway lines. Like several other stops on the Blue Line, T-Centralen is noteworthy for its painted bedrock ceilings and walls that make you feel like you're in an actual cave -- albeit a well-lit, and intricately painted one.

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