Berlin Messe Nord/ICC station

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Berlin Messe Nord/ICC (Witzleben)
Station building on Neue Kantstraße
Operations
Category 4
Type Hp
DS100 code BMN
Construction and location
Opened 1916
Location Berlin
State Berlin
Country Germany
Local authority Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
52°30′29″N 13°16′59″E / 52.508°N 13.283°E / 52.508; 13.283
List of railway stations in the Berlin area

Messe Nord/ICC (Witzleben) is a station in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin. It is located on the Ringbahn circle line, served by the S-Bahn lines S41/S42 and S46. It is linked to the U-Bahn station of Kaiserdamm (U2) via a short footpath.

Overview[edit]

S-Bahn platform and Stadtring motorway

It is located on the border with the Westend locality, very close to the Messe Berlin fairgrounds and the International Congress Centrum, which lend the station its name. Here the Ringbahn railway line runs in-between the carriageways of the parallel Bundesautobahn 100 (Stadtring) and can be reached from road and pedestrian bridges in the south and north.

Originally opened on 1 April 1916 as Witzleben, the station was named after a former Charlottenburg manor in the east, which had been purchased by the Prussian general and minister Job von Witzleben in 1823. It then comprised two parallel railway platforms, the eastern one served by Stadtbahn trains running to Westend station in the north. The rail connection to the east-west Stadtbahn line was demolished by Allied bombing in 1944 and not restored, whereafter the second platform fell into disuse.

Northern entrance with former Stadtbahn platform

After many years of declining passenger usage, the whole station went out of service when the Ringbahn route finally was closed down in 11 September 1980 by the East German Deutsche Reichsbahn state railways. Not until German reunification, Witzleben Station was restored and then reopened along with the rest of the southern Ringbahn section and the Baumschulenweg–Neukölln link line between Westend and Baumschulenweg on 17 December 1993. It was given its current name in 2002, to assist visitors to the Messe institutions in their orientation.

Preceding station   Berlin S-Bahn   Following station
One-way operation
S41
toward Ringbahn (clockwise)
One-way operation
S42
toward Ringbahn (counter-clockwise)
Terminus
S46

Coordinates: 52°30′28″N 13°17′01″E / 52.50778°N 13.28361°E / 52.50778; 13.28361