Berlin-Charlottenburg station

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Berlin-Charlottenburg
Station building in 2007
Operations
Category 3
Type Bf
DS100 code BCHB
Station code 0537
Construction and location
Location Berlin
State Berlin
Country Germany
Local authority Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Stuttgarter Platz
10627 Berlin
List of railway stations in the Berlin area

Berlin-Charlottenburg is a railway station situated in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin. The station is located on the Stadtbahn line, served by the S5, S7 and S75 lines of the Berlin S-Bahn, as well as by Regional-Express and Regionalbahn trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. The U-Bahn station Wilmersdorfer Straße (U7) can be reached via short footpath.

History[edit]

Charlottenburg Station on Stuttgarter Platz, 1907 postcard

The station was opened on 7 February 1882 as the western endpoint of the Stadtbahn line in the then indepedent town of Charlottenburg. From here the Berlin-Blankenheim railway ran southwestwards, a section of the Kanonenbahn rail route to Metz in Alsace-Lorraine.

The old station hall was damaged in World War II and only provisionally repaired afterwards. During the Cold War era parts of the track installations were reserved for the deployment of British Forces in Berlin. The station was the Berlin terminus for the British Military Train ("The Berliner") which carried allied military and diplomatic passengers across the GDR to Braunschweig in West Germany.[1]

Platforms

When nearby Wilmersdorfer Straße was converted into a pedestrian zone, a new railway underpass was built at the site of the old station hall, which was then completely demolished and rebuilt, with the replacement opening on 6 July 1971. After the East German Deutsche Reichsbahn state railway passed the West Berlin S-Bahn network to the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) public transport company, Charlottenburg Station in the early morning of 9 January 1984 was the starting point of the first BVG operated train.

In 2003 the distance to the U-Bahn station Wilmersdorfer Straße was shortened by shifting the two S-Bahn platforms about 200 m (660 ft) further to the east and the opening of an new eastern entrance near the corner of the shopping street. In recent years the tracks have been equipped with noise barriers and the 1970s entrance building has been thermally refurbished.

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Military Train Card, retrieved 2007-11-09 
Preceding station   Berlin S-Bahn   Following station
toward Spandau
S5
toward Potsdam Hbf
S7
toward Ahrensfelde
toward Spandau
S75
toward Wartenberg

Coordinates: 52°30′17″N 13°18′12″E / 52.50472°N 13.30333°E / 52.50472; 13.30333