Dessau Hauptbahnhof

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Dessau Hauptbahnhof

Entrance hall of station (2010)
Category 4[1]
Type Through station
Platforms in use 6 + 1 side platform (DWE)
DS100 code LD
Station code 1173
Construction and location
Opened 1 September 1840
Location Dessau-Roßlau
State Saxony-Anhalt
Country Germany
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51°50′24″N 12°14′6″E / 51.84000°N 12.23500°E / 51.84000; 12.23500Coordinates: 51°50′24″N 12°14′6″E / 51.84000°N 12.23500°E / 51.84000; 12.23500
Route information
List of railway stations in Saxony-Anhalt

Dessau Hauptbahnhof is the main passenger station in the city of Dessau-Roßlau in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.


The station is located to the south of the Elbe and to the west of central Dessau. It is a through station, orientated from the north-east to the south-west. Located on its south-eastern frontage is a stop for Dessau trams and buses operated by Dessauer Verkehrsgesellschaft, the city’s public transport operator.


The station is used only by regional traffic. There have been no long-distance services since the opening of Berlin Hauptbahnhof in 2006. The Dessau-Wörlitz Railway is now a tourist railway and only operates during the summer season.

Line Route Frequency
RE 7 Dessau HbfBelzigBerlin HbfBerlin-Schönefeld Flughafen – Wünsdorf-Waldstadt Once a day
RE 13 Magdeburg HbfDessau HbfLeipzig Hbf Every two hours
RE 15 Magdeburg Hbf – Dessau HbfLutherstadt Wittenberg Once a day
RB 42 Dessau HbfZerbst – Magdeburg Hbf Every two hours
RB 51 Dessau Hbf – Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Falkenberg (Elster) Hourly Dessau-Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Every two hours Lutherstadt Wittenberg-Falkenberg (Elster)
RB 54 Dessau HbfBitterfeld – Leipzig Hbf Every two hours
RB 86 Dessau Hbf – Bitterfeld – Halle (Saale) Hbf Every two hours
ABG Dessau Hbf – Oranienbaum – Wörlitz Once a day
ESA Dessau HbfKöthen (Anhalt)Bernburg (Saale)GüstenAschersleben Hourly
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 13
toward Leipzig Hbf
Terminus RB 54
toward Leipzig Hbf


Dessau had an important role in rail transport from the early days of railways in Germany because of the crossing over the Elbe to its north. The first railway was opened on 1 September 1840 by the Berlin-Anhalt Railway Company. As early as 1911 the line to Bitterfeld was electrified experimentally. Because of the location of several industrial enterprises in the region, such as the Junkers aircraft factory, the railway was very important for rail freight. While the station was formerly a stop for InterRegio and Intercity trains, it is now almost exclusively served by regional transport as Dessau is not located on the busy Berlin–Halle and Magdeburg–Halle–Leipzig lines. As part of the development of the Halle-Leipzig S-Bahn network, it is planned to introduce a service between Dessau and Halle.


  1. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2014" [Station price list 2014] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 


  • Bley, Peter (1990). 150 Jahre Berlin-Anhaltische Eisenbahn (150 years of the Berlin-Anhalt railway) (in German). Düsseldorf: alba. ISBN 3-87094-340-8.