Liège-Guillemins, a futuristic-looking station

05/01/2022

The station owes its name to the site on which it was built, on the former convent of Saint-Guillaume, also called the "Guillemins".

In 1987, the idea arose to add Liège and Antwerp to the high-speed network that included Cologne, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. However, the existing infrastructure no longer met the comfort, safety, intermodality, speed and multifunctionality requirements. Following an international competition launched in May 1996, Spanish engineer and architect Santiago Calatrava was declared the winner due to his previous prestigious achievements, both in the railway sector (Stadelhofen station in Zurich, Lyon-Saint-Exupéry TGV station and Oriente station in Lisbon) and in major civil engineering works. Opened on 18 September 2009, the construction by the Spanish architect, made primarily of white concrete, consists of a monumental 200-metre long glass and steel dome that covers the tracks and the new infrastructure. This station is considered an architectural masterpiece. Its covered central gallery houses shops, brasseries, a tourist information point and a ticket office for urban and regional transport. It is one of the busiest stations in Wallonia. Thalys, ICE and InterCity trains provide easy access to Germany, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It is one of the only urban stations directly connected to a motorway in Europe. For a virtual visit, see (Calatrava Train Station Liege on Roundme).