Berlin Südkreuz

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Berlin Südkreuz
Berlin Papestraße (1898-2006)
Berlin Südkreuz
Operations
Category 1
DS100 code BPAP
Station code 4859
Construction and location
Opened 1898
Location Berlin
State Berlin
Country Germany
Local authority Tempelhof-Schöneberg
Home page www.bahnhof.de
52°28′32″N 13°21′52″E / 52.47556°N 13.36444°E / 52.47556; 13.36444Coordinates: 52°28′32″N 13°21′52″E / 52.47556°N 13.36444°E / 52.47556; 13.36444
General-Pape-Straße 1
10829 Berlin
History
1990s-2006 Rebuilt as Südkreuz
Route information
List of railway stations in the Berlin area
Construction works in 2005

Berlin Südkreuz (English: Berlin South Cross) is a railway station in the German capital Berlin. The station was originally opened in 1898 and is an interchange station. The Berlin Ringbahn line of the Berlin S-Bahn metro railway is situated on the upper level and connects to the east and west, whilst the Anhalter Bahn and Dresdner Bahn intercity railway routes reach the station on the lower, north-south level. The station was extensively rebuilt between the late 1990s and 2006, and was renamed Berlin Südkreuz on 28 May 2006.

History[edit]

The station's original name (Berlin Papestraße) originates from the nearby General-Pape-Straße, which is named after the Prussian general Alexander August Wilhelm von Pape. The Ringbahn platform opened as an island platform on 1 December 1901.[1]

The original Papestrasse station building, constructed from 1898-1901 was demolished, although a corner of the building, incorporating a clock tower, has been preserved as part of the new station.[2]

Becoming Südkreuz[edit]

The station played a vital part in Deutsche Bahn's new concept for long-distance services in Berlin; it was deemed necessary to have a long-distance station in southern Berlin for the new north-south axis, so it was decided to rebuild Papestraße and rename the station to Südkreuz, giving the station a more intuitive name like the Ostkreuz (East Cross) and Westkreuz (West Cross) stations on the Berlin Stadtbahn. Construction, however, was severely delayed due to unexpected difficulties and NIMBY complaints of residents living near the long-disused north-south lines. Instead of opening in 2000 as scheduled, the station only opened on 28 May 2006, together with the new Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station) in the center of Berlin. It is now used as a terminal station for ICE trains to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, and sees a number of north-south services heading to and from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, plus EuroCity services to Austria, the Czech republic and Slovakia via Dresden Hauptbahnhof.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuhlmann, B. Bahnknoten Berlin - Die Entwicklung des Berliner Eisenbahnnetzes seit 1838. Berlin, Verlag GVE, 2006.
  2. ^ Preuss, E. Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Stuttgart, Transpress, 2006.
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
towards Stralsund Hbf
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
towards Hamburg or Berlin
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
EuroCity
toward Budapest
EuroCity
toward Villach or Vienna
EuroCity
toward Brno or Prague
toward Westerland
EuroCity
Terminus
towards Innsbruck Hbf
IC/EC 32 Terminus
IC 50
toward Stralsund or Schwedt
RE 3
toward Elsterwerda
toward Rathenow
RE 4
toward Jüterbog
toward Rostock or Stralsund
RE 5
RE
Terminus
Preceding station   Berlin S-Bahn   Following station
toward Blankenfelde
S2
toward Bernau
toward Teltow Stadt
S25
toward Hennigsdorf
One-way operation
S41
toward Ringbahn (clockwise)
One-way operation
S42
toward Ringbahn (counter-clockwise)
S45
toward Westend
S46

External links[edit]

Media related to Berlin Südkreuz station at Wikimedia Commons