Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “Before the foresight of the planners I tip my hat.”(Deutsche Bahn)

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Berlin central station – level plus 2 – E locomotive Class 120 of the DB Fernverkehr and EC from Warsaw.(C)Deutsche Bahn.


On 28 May 2016, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof celebrating its 10th anniversary – reason enough for the German Railway, the moving time from the initial planning through construction to the present operation to reminisce and to take a look into the future.

Dr. Rüdiger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn: “The Berlin Central Station is a Berlin model of success become: a striking gateway to the city, a meeting place for travelers and visitors, heart and engine of an unprecedented traffic and urban development and a performance athlete, the daily 1,300 trains manages. He is not East or West, but middle. His soul is the people who work here and around the clock for the travelers and visitors as are: in customer service, while ticket sales, with security and cleaning, in the 80 restaurants and shops in the railway mission and the Federal Police. I thank them for their commitment! ”

The early nineties, a concept with the central station has been decided as the central hub for the development of the railway town Berlin. The existing east-west axis of the four-track rail was renovated and electrified and linked to a new north-south axis that runs beneath the Tiergarten.
First time in the history of Berlin thus creating a station for all long-distance trains – the largest crossing station in Europe. This station type allows particularly short distances to change, because it does not expand in the area, but the trains on two levels.

Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “Before the foresight of the planners I can only salute. All long-distance trains to and from Berlin touch a station. Of this, other cities such as Paris, London or Moscow only dream. And the generous dimensions have often proven at major events, such as the rush to the fan zone of the 2006 World Cup, was opened in time for the start of the main station. ”
The day 300,000 travelers and station visitors are 54 escalators, 38 elevators and 1,150 lockers are available. For needy travelers, there are 20,000 Umsteigehilfen annually. The photovoltaic system on the roof provides electricity for 380 4-person households. 52,000 people have already seen the central station at the far approximately 2,000 guides.

“What fascinates me the most is that the main station is so flooded with light that it is bright and inviting even on cloudy days. And even on the platforms in the basement. I know of no underground station, falls in as much natural light, in which even the sun shines on the low platform. A great compliment to the architect Meinhard von Gerkan and his team! ”

The main station was built at the site of the former Lehrter Bahnhof, which was one of the Berlin terminus stations until WW2. By destruction of war, the consequences of the division of Germany and its proximity to the Berlin Wall, the site moved to a remote and neglected. Many were skeptical that this wasteland suitable for a new station.

Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “Despite all the prophecies of doom: Today is the scene of the main station. It has become a popular location for hotels. The proximity to the government district is attractive for the booming tourism in Berlin. Companies and hotels to be close to the main station. ”
Unusual jobs offer the two brackets that span like an inverted U, the station concourse. Overall, work in the two straps around 1,000 employees of DB, more than in BahnTower, and employees of other companies.

Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “Our honoree has bright future prospects. From December 2017 to fall with the new line between Erfurt and Nuremberg Driving time from Berlin to Munich under four hours. A year later, it comes in 100 minutes after Dresden. Under construction is the S21, which will connect the main station in the future in the direction Gesundbrunnen to the northern ring of the S-Bahn. And we look forward to closing the gap the subway between the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz. Then take the tourists from the central station not only to the Brandenburg Gate, but directly on the Museum Island, and City Hall. ”