Grandiose Keleti is the most important train station in Budapest, and the departure and arrival points for many international and inter-city trains. The imposing building, designed by Gyula Rochlitz, was handed over to the public in 1884, and has been a District VIII  landmark ever since. The statues of George Stephenson, the creator of the first steam locomotive, and James Watt, who perfected the steam engine, overlook the busy crowds milling before the ornate façade – the huge clock above is a popular choice of rendezvous. The renovated exterior looks as impressive as any station in Europe – explore inside, however, and you’re still in the East circa 1988, particularly the warren of corridors on the north side of the station, nearest Thököly út. Although it’s seen better days, echoes of the glory days live on in the murals by famous Hungarian painters Károly Lotz and Mór Than. What has been renovated is the underground area near the entrance to the metro station for lines M2 and M4.

Update: Due to reconstruction Keleti Railway Station is temporarily closed between 13th-26th May.