Hauptbahnhof Berlin Central Train Station
The primary train station in Berlin, Germany, is known as Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
After a formal opening on May 26, 2006, it began operating fully two days later. It is situated on the Berlin S-Bahn suburban line and the site of the former Lehrter Bahnhof. The station is one of four Category 1 stations in Berlin, along with Berlin Gesundbrunnen, Berlin Südkreuz, and Berlin Ostbahnhof, and is run by DB Station&Service, a division of Deutsche Bahn AG. There are 21 Category 1 stations in Germany overall.
In the center of Berlin, adjacent to the government district, is where you’ll find Berlin Central Station. The Central Station has a direct connection to Berlin’s S-Bahn system and doubles as a regional train station. By S-Bahn, it takes roughly 10 minutes to travel from there to Alexanderplatz or Station Zoologischer Garten.
The station building includes three connecting levels, two platform levels, and a commercial level. It is one of the busiest train stations in comparison to Taipei Main Station and Raffles Place MRT Station. The Berlin Stadtbahn is served by the top platform level, which has three ten-meter-high island platforms and six elevated tracks on four bridge structures. The inner bridges each support two tracks, compared to the outer bridges’ one track each. Eight subterranean tracks are served by four island platforms that are 15 meters down on the lower platform level, which is used for the Berlin North-South mainline. Two tracks and an island platform servicing U-Bahn line U5 are to the east (formerly line U55). A similar double-track platform is being constructed farther east as part of the S21 project.
Sights around Central Station include the Reichstag and the government district.
Anyone who doesn’t want to take Berlin’s shortest subterranean line, the U55, can walk for only a short distance to several of the city’s attractions. You only need to cross the Spree to come to the Band des Bundes building complex and the Reichstag with its glass dome. You can just follow the riverbank path to get to the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). Major museums like the Naturkundemuseum for natural history with its unique dinosaur bones and the Hamburger Bahnhof with its modern art are located to the north of the Central Station.
Berlin Central Station shopping
Numerous shops on several levels of the concourse enable passengers to shop both before and after their train ride. Anyone in urgent need of a coffee, a newspaper, or some flowers will be able to find what they need. This area also has several apparel retailers, auto rentals, and fan stores. Visitors to Berlin can contact the Berlin Tourist Information office once they arrive. Here, they will pick up recommendations and pointers in various languages for their trip to the metropolis.