Berlin Hauptbahnhof: Ceremonial Grand Opening on May 26
a great earCandy => http://dojo.fi/~rancid/loituma__.swfBerlin's new central station opens this weekend
Berlin's latest architectural landmark, the Hauptbahnhof (central station), is now complete. The ceremonial opening takes place on 26 and 27 May with a spectacular light show for an expected 100,000 spectators and an address by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The $850-million, five-level station has been nearly 15 years in the making. Planning began in 1991 just after the formal reunification of communist East and democratic West Germany, and construction took eight years.
Each day, 1,100 long-distance, regional and local trains will pass through the new station — one every 90 seconds. dpa photo
Some 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the station's ceremonial grand opening on May 26.
It will include a spectacular lightshow and an address by Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by a large party on May 27 before the station goes into operation on May 28.
some pictures of the Lightshow Test Installation last Night ...
The new Hauptbahnhof will face its first big test in June, when Germany hosts the soccer World Cup. Several games will be played in Berlin and nearby Leipzig, and officials expect thousands of international visitors to pass through the new station.