Augsburg Hauptbahnhof

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Deutsche Bahn AG-Logo.svg Augsburg Hauptbahnhof
The front of the station building
Operations
Category 2 [1]
Type Junction station
Platforms in use 12
Daily entry/exit < 50,000[2]
(2006)
DS100 code MA [3]
Station code 220
Construction and location
Opened 1 July 1846
Style of architecture Neoclassical
Architect Eduard Rüber
Reconstruction (1869): Friedrich Bürklein
Location Augsburg
State Bavaria
Country Germany
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48°21′56″N 10°53′11″E / 48.36556°N 10.88639°E / 48.36556; 10.88639Coordinates: 48°21′56″N 10°53′11″E / 48.36556°N 10.88639°E / 48.36556; 10.88639
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Augsburg Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the Bavarian city of Augsburg, situated in southern Germany. It is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 2 station[1] and has 12 platform tracks.

The station has one of the oldest still existing station halls in Germany, which was built from 1843 to 1846 after plans by architect Eduard Rüber. It was reconstructed in 1869 according to Friedrich Bürklein's plans. The station today serves as the central railway hub for the Augsburg metropolitan area and Bavarian Swabia. It is currently being modernised and an underground tram station is being built under it.

Structure[edit]

The first Augsburg station was opened in 1840 by the Munich-Augsburg Railway Company (München-Augsburger Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft) near the Rotes Tor (Red Gate). Its historic hall served in 1880 as a military riding school and since 1920 it has been part of the main workshop of the traffic branch of Stadtwerke Augsburg (Augsburg’s municipal utility).[4] After the nationalisation of the line in 1846, the current station was built. Augsburg Hauptbahnhof is a through station with four central platforms (which each have two faces and are not accessible for the disabled), nine through tracks and six bay platform tracks (only three of which are in use). Platform 1 is located next to the station building and has one side.

Station building[edit]

The station building has three parts. The central block has a station hall with electronic displays, ticket machines, an information booth and waiting facilities. In one wing is the customer centre of Deutsche Bahn, including a ticket office. In the other wing there is a dining and shopping area and the station library.

The last major renovation and modernisation of the building was in 1983/84. In recent years, the food court in particular has been upgraded (completed in 2007) and a new digital display board has been installed in the main hall. Recently, the south wing was renovated, including the waiting area for travellers, and the hospitality facilities have continued to grow.

The station from the south
The station from the north

Station environment[edit]

Directly in front of the building there is a large forecourt with a fountain, a parking lot, including a taxi rank, and a bus station for local buses. The square is flanked on both sides by shopping centres: on the one hand there is the Fuggerstadt-Center, on the other, the Bohus-Center and the InterCityHotel.

West of the passenger station is the freight yard and the former marshalling yard, which is now hardly used. To the south, the former "internal loading area" is full of old and mostly vacant buildings, which will be demolished in the next few years. Also in the southern part of the station building is the original central signalling centre inaugurated in May 1972 and the Federal Police station.

Operations[edit]

Long-distance services[edit]

Station sign

Augsburg station forms the end of one of the busiest long-distance lines in Germany, the Munich–Augsburg high speed line. Work on upgrading the line as a four-track high-speed line was completed in December 2011. Besides Intercity, EuroCity and CityNightLine services, Intercity-Express (ICE ) trains run from Munich towards Stuttgart and Nuremberg.

With the opening of the Nuremberg–Ingolstadt–Munich high-speed line in June 2006 and its full integration into the German ICE network at the timetable change in December 2006, some of the ICE services—30 of 120 long-distance services then stopping in Augsburg[5]—were transferred from Augsburg to Ingolstadt. As a replacement for some of the long-distance trains, the Allgäu-Franken-Express was created with four daily pairs of trains and an ICE-like journey time between Nuremberg and Augsburg.

In 2006, about 10,000 passengers per day were recorded on long-distance services in Augsburg. With 90 long-distance services stopping each day, it is the third most important station in Bavaria in terms of long-distance services.[5]

The following long-distance services stop in Augsburg:

Line Route Frequency
ICE 11 Berlin OstbfBerlin HbfBraunschweigHildesheimGöttingenKassel-WilhelmshöheFuldaFrankfurt HbfMannheimStuttgartUlmAugsburgMunich Every 2 hours
ICE 25 Hamburg-AltonaHamburg Hbf Hannover – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Fulda – Würzburg – (Nuremberg –) Augsburg – Munich Every 2 hours
(Oldenburg –) Bremen
ICE 28 (Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Hbf –) Berlin – LeipzigJena Paradies – Nuremberg – Augsburg – Munich Every 2 hours
ICE 42 (Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Hbf – Bremen – Münster –) DortmundEssenDuisburgDüsseldorfCologneFrankfurt Airport – Mannheim – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich Every 2 hours
ICE 83 Munich – Augsburg – Ulm – Stuttgart – KarlsruheStrasbourgParis Est One train pair
RJ 90 Budapest Keleti puVienna WestSalzburg – Munich – Augsburg – Ulm – Stuttgart – Mannheim – Frankfurt Flughafen – Frankfurt Hbf (– Wiesbaden) One train pair
twice weekly
IC 26 Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Hbf – Hannover – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Fulda – Würzburg – Augsburg Munich Hbf One train pair
Munich EastBerchtesgaden One train pair
Oberstdorf
IC 28 Berlin – Leipzig – Nuremberg – Augsburg – Munich Two train pairs
EC/IC 32 Dortmund / Münster – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Köln – BonnKoblenzMainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich – Salzburg – Klagenfurt One train pair
IC 60 (Strasbourg –) Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich (– Salzburg) Every 2 hours
EC 62 Frankfurt Hbf – Heidelberg – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich – Salzburg (– Klagenfurt / Graz / Linz) Every 2 hours
Saarbrücken – Mannheim –
CNL Pollux / Cassiopeia:
AmsterdamArnhem – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Bonn – Koblenz – Stuttgart – / Paris Est – Metz – Saarbrücken – Stuttgart – Ulm – Augsburg – Munich (– Kufstein – Innsbruck)
One train pair
CNL Capella / Pyxis:
Hamburg-Altona – Hamburg Hbf – Bremen – Hannover – Augsburg – / Berlin-Lichtenberg – Berlin Hbf – Magdeburg – Braunschweig – Hildesheim – Augsburg – Munich
One train pair
Preceding station   DBAG   Following station
ICE 11
towards Munich Hbf
towards Paris Est
ICE/TGV 83
Terminus
IC/EC 62
towards Salzburg Hbf

In the summer of 1939 timetable, 87 scheduled long-distance services each day stopped in the station.[6]

Regional services[edit]

Regional-Express or Regionalbahn services operate from Augsburg to Bad Wörishofen, Donauwörth, Füssen, Hergatz, Ingolstadt, Landsberg, Lindau, Munich, Nuremberg, Oberstdorf, Schongau, Treuchtlingen, Ulm and Weilheim. Especially on the line to Munich there are regularly crowded trains, so double-decker trains, which could carry nearly 1,000 passengers, were used until the timetable change on 13 December 2009. Since then class 440 (Alstom Coradia Continental) EMUs of the so-called Fugger-Express operate S-Bahn-density regional services between Augsburg and Munich. Numerous technical glitches on the new rolling stock delayed the start of the original services for a whole year.

Train class AVV line Route Frequency
RE R1 / R6 / R4 Fugger-Express:
MunichAugsburgUlm / (Treuchtlingen)
Hourly
RE / RB R1 / R6 / R4 Fugger-Express:
Munich – Augsburg – Dinkelscherben / Donauwörth
Hourly
RE R4 Augsburg – Donauwörth – Treuchtlingen – Nuremberg Every 2 hours
RE Allgäu-Franken-Express:
Nuremberg – AugsburgBuchloeKempten (Allgäu) – Immenstadt – Lindau / Oberstdorf
Every 2 hours
RE Augsburg – Buchloe – Kempten (Allgäu) – Immenstadt – Lindau / Oberstdorf
RE R7 Augsburg – Buchloe Every 2 hours
RE R7 Kneipp-Lechfeld-Bahn:
Augsburg – Buchloe – Türkheim (Bay) (Flügelung) – Bad Wörishofen / – MindelheimMemmingen
Every 2 hours
RB R4 Augsburg – Meitingen (– Donauwörth) Hourly
RB R6 Augsburg – Gessertshausen (– Dinkelscherben) Individual services
in the peak
RB R7 Augsburg – Buchloe – Kaufbeuren – Marktoberdorf – Füssen Every 2 hours
RB R7 Augsburg – Bobingen – Buchloe (– Kaufbeuren – Marktoberdorf) Every 2 hours
RB R7 Augsburg – Bobingen (– Schwabmünchen – Buchloe) Hourly
RB R8 Kneipp-Lechfeld-Bahn:
Augsburg – Bobingen – KauferingLandsberg (Lech)
Hourly
BRB R11 Augsburg-OberhausenAugsburgGeltendorfWeilheim – Schongau Hourly
BRB R11 (Augsburg-Oberhausen –) Augsburg – Mering (– Geltendorf) Individual services
BRB R2 Augsburg – Friedberg – Aichach (– Ingolstadt) Every 30 minutes
BRB R2 Augsburg – Friedberg Every 30 minutes

Buses and trams[edit]

Augsburg station serves as one of the central hubs of Augsburg, so many lines of the Augsburger Verkehrsverbunde (Augsburg Transport Association) start and end here. These can be accessed in two places. The Hauptbahnhof stop is in the nearby Halderstraße and is served by the following tram and bus lines:

  • Tram line 3: towards Bergen, Pfersee or Königsplatz, University and Haunstetten Inninger Strasse
  • Tram line 4: towards Königsplatz, Oberhausen and Augsburg Nord
  • Tram line 6: towards Königsplatz Hochzoll and Friedberg West
  • Bus route 22 and 23: towards Firnhaberau
  • Bus route 32: towards Klinikum BKH or Königsplatz and Zoo/ Botanical Garden
  • Bus route 43: towards Diakonissenhaus or Anna-Hintermayr-Stift
  • Night bus route 91: towards Steppach, Bergen, Leitershofen, Königsplatz and Oberhausen
  • Night bus route 93: towards Lechhausen, Hammerschmiede and Firnhaberau or Königsplatz and Hochzoll/Süd

All these lines except line 43, which is operated by the Storz company, are operated by the Augsburger Verkehrsgesellschaft (Augsburg Transport Company).

On the station forecourt there is a bus station with several bus platforms. A total of 22 regional bus lines, operating in all directions, start or end here.

Augsburg Hauptbahnhof

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2014" [Station price list 2014] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Brochure: Personenbahnhöfe in Bayern" (PDF; 7.4 MB) (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  4. ^ Wolfgang Bublies, Edgar Mathe (1993). Augsburger Localbahn (in German). Augsburg-Haunstetten. p. 131. 
  5. ^ a b "Augsburg: weniger ICE ab Dezember 2006". Eisenbahn-Revue International (in German) (4): 158. 2006. ISSN 1421-2811. 
  6. ^ Ralph Seidel (2005). "Der Einfluss veränderter Rahmenbedingungen auf Netzgestalt und Frequenzen im Schienenpersonenfernverkehr Deutschlands". Dissertation of the University Leipzig (in German) (Leipzig): 27. 

References[edit]

  • Ernst Erhart (2000). Eisenbahnknoten Augsburg – Drehscheibe des Eisenbahnverkehrs (in German). Munich: GeraMond Verlag. ISBN 3-9327-8523-1. 

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