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Old May 24th, 2006, 11:26 PM   #61
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Old May 26th, 2006, 02:23 AM   #62
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wow that is amazing, the station looks quite nice.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 02:30 AM   #63
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Europe's biggest station set to open in Berlin in time for World Cup

BERLIN, May 25, 2006 (AFP) - Europe's biggest railway station will open in Berlin on Sunday, bringing a project dreamt up in the heady early days of reunification to fruition just in time for the football World Cup.

The five-storey glass and steel temple rises over the Spree River close to where the Berlin Wall used to cut through the city and will at last link its railway lines in the north and south with those in the east and west.

Lehrter Bahnhof took eight years to build, but work started three years earlier on a tunnel of 3.6 kilometres (2.24 miles) that runs under the river and the government district.

Some 1,100 trains and 30,000 passengers will pass through here every day and it is the first thing foreign visitors will see if they come to Berlin by rail to watch one of the six World Cup matches played in the capital.

The German state-owned railway company is unabashedly proud of the building that fits squarely into the type of grand architectural project that has become a feature of Berlin since the wall came down in 1989.

"The World Cup opening gala in Berlin has been cancelled but Deutsche Bahn is putting on one just before the tournament starts," a spokesman said.

Two days of partying will mark the opening of the station at the weekend, with a sound and light spectacle billed as the highlight.

On Sunday at 05:27 am (0327 GMT) the Intercity Express to Hamburg will become the first high-speed train to pull into the new station instead of Zoologischer Garten, which has been Berlin's makeshift central station for the past 16 years.

Deutsche Bahn has yet to disclose the exact cost of Lehrter Bahnhof, but according to the local press it cost some 700 million euros (892 million dollars), making the pride of the bankrupt German capital the country's most expensive station ever.

"We will only know next year how much the most beautiful station in the world has cost, but is it expensive? That much is sure," Hartmut Mehdorn said recently.

Henry Azer, the station's chief engineer, this week showed visitors how the vast glass panels in the roof and walls allow natural light to penetrate even the level below ground.

"Look how the light comes through on all sides," he said.

The station has 54 escalators and 34 elevators, of which six offer panoramic views over the city, looking out at the Bundestag and all the way to Potsdamerplatz.

But many have also pointed to its shortcomings.

For a start, the area around it remains a bit of a blank space, with hardly a hotel or shop in sight, unlike the trendy Zoo district.

And unlike the station in the west, it is not yet linked up to the rest of the public transport system. The underground and tram lines will only be linked to Lehrter Bahnhof in a few years' time.

The architect who designed it, Meinhard van Gerken, was forced to scale back his ambitious plans for an even more opulent glass roof and has launched a court case claiming the design for the ceiling of the lower level has been changed without his permission.

But for the moment the biggest headache facing the state rail operator is the pressure that everything runs smoothly by June 9 when the World Cup kicks off and all eyes turn to Germany.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 09:54 PM   #64
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Berlin has a new landmark

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Old May 27th, 2006, 06:09 AM   #65
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Old May 27th, 2006, 06:36 AM   #66
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Absolutely amazing!
How many platform does it have though?
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Old May 27th, 2006, 07:03 AM   #67
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This is very beautiful. The German design sense is the best in the world. Master. Wunderbar.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 07:22 AM   #68
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Congratulations!

It is wonderful but not the biggest station in Europe.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 01:43 PM   #69
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It's a wonderful station, but it isn't the biggest of europe.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #70
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Major new station opens in Berlin

The biggest railway station in Europe has been inaugurated in Berlin by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.




A two-day celebration is being held in the German capital to mark the opening of the 700m euros (£480m) Hauptbahnhof.

The station formally opens on Sunday, just two weeks before Germany hosts the football World Cup.

But the festivities were marred when a knifeman attacked spectators leaving the ceremony, injuring at least 19 people, police said.

"A crazy man ran down the street stabbing people arbitrarily," a policeman at the scene told Reuters news agency.

Police said a 17-year-old youth has been arrested in connection with the attacks.

The glass-roofed structure has been built close to where the Berlin Wall once cut through the capital.

Symbolic

The station took eight years to build and for the first time will link the railway lines in the north and south of Berlin with those in the east and west.

Around 300,000 passengers are expected to use it every day.

"The new transparent central station is a symbol of a modern country that is open to the rest of the world," Ms Merkel said as she inaugurated the five-storey station.

"Standing so close to where the Berlin Wall was, the station represents a bridge that brings the city together," she said.

However, some Berliners have complained that the station is too far from the city's main social and commercial attractions

The 151ft (46m) steel and glass structure dwarfs the nearby parliament buildings of the Reichstag and the Chancellery, where Ms Merkel has her office.

Some reports suggest the overall cost of the station, including reconstruction of the area and rails around it, a road tunnel under it and re-routing the Spree River next to it, was about $13bn.


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Old May 27th, 2006, 08:24 PM   #71
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The lightshow was really amazing an very emotional!





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Old May 28th, 2006, 12:12 AM   #72
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there are what-14 tracks? It looks like 8 on the loewr level and 6 on the upper
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Old May 28th, 2006, 05:05 AM   #73
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Videos from the opening show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKhjq...h=hauptbahnhof

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Old May 28th, 2006, 03:38 PM   #74
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It's a wonderful station, but it isn't the biggest of europe.
it IS the biggest!

The new station looks awesome! Congratulations to Berlin! :-)
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Old May 28th, 2006, 04:33 PM   #75
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Biggest station by which terms? In square meters? Definitely not by amount of platforms or (expected) daily amount of visitors.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 05:50 PM   #76
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Indeed! how the hell can Berlin Hauptbahnhof be considered the "biggest train station in Europe" when it ain't even the biggest in Germany?

Frankfurt, twice as many platforms for long distance traffic. 50,000 more passengers/day than expected in Berlin.


Leipzig, 13,000 sqm more than Berlin.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 06:05 PM   #77
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It seems that Berlin HB is the biggets cross station in Germany. Which means that trains can drive through the station on a north-west and an east-west axis.
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It´s the biggest cross station in europe but not the biggest train station

It´s an awesome station but I wait until the tram will reach the station(2009), the subway-line U5 (hopefully 2012-2015 but I think it will be in the year 2020) and the new S-bahn line S21 (2012?)

A short subway line called U55(Brandenburger Tor - Reichstag - Hauptbahnhof) will start service in the end of the year 2006. It will be a part from the extension of the U5.
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it IS the biggest!
No it isn't, Frankfurt and Leipzig is bigger, well even Zürich is bigger (350'000 pesengers/day and 26 tracks).
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