||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (December 2011)|
|Platforms in use||16|
|Daily trains||537, of which 53 are long distance|
|Daily entry/exit||60,000 (daily)|
|Construction and location|
|Opened||23 April 1898|
|Local authority||Innere Altstadt|
|List of railway stations in Saxony|
Dresden Hauptbahnhof is one of two main inter-city transport hubs in the German city of Dresden. Designed by Ernst Giese and Paul Weidner, it was built between 1892 and 1897 at the southern border of the inner city and was important in the growth and development of the city.
Dresden Hauptbahnhof has 18 tracks. Eleven carry traffic through the station whilst the remaining seven, all from the west and located in the middle of the station, are terminal tracks. This layout makes Dresden Hbf unique among German railway stations named Hauptbahnhof. The station is divided into three halls, the central one of which is the biggest and covers the terminating tracks.
The arrivals hall is situated in front of the terminating tracks giving the station the character of a terminal station. The new 30,000 m² roof, covered by a canopy made from Teflon-coated fibre glass, was designed by Foster and Partners with fabric roof design by Buro Happold and other structural design by Schmitt Stumpf Fruehauf and Partner. The reconstructed building was nominated for the 2006 Stirling Prize and won the 2007 IStructE Award for Heritage Buildings.
The station was damaged by the bombing of Dresden starting in February 1945. This was limited in extent until a specific attack in April 1945.
The station was repaired after the war. It had suffered significant damage to the train sheds and the glazing that had previously covered the train sheds was replaced by timber.
In the postwar era, Dresden Hauptbahnhof became one of the important railway stations in East Germany. However, the legacy of wartime damage subsequently compounded by poor maintenance saw the structure deteriorate to the point where remedial conservation was required.
Assessments of the structure during its 1997-2006 refurbishment project further revealed that the steel arches of the train shed had even been distorted out of alignment by wartime damage. It was also discovered that the structure had been damaged by corrosion since the war, rendering it unsuitable to carry the weight of a glazed roof and leading architects to use lightweight fabric instead.
During the floods in August 2002, the station hall was badly damaged by flooding from the river Weißeritz. The entrance hall and the lower platforms were flooded up to one metre by muddy water from the left tributary of the river Elbe coming from the Ore Mountains. Major damage to several tracks around Dresden closed the station for a month. The main reconstruction project was only temporarily interrupted.
Regional and long distance services call at the station. The station is part of the InterCity and ICE network. Night services are provided by DB NachtZug trains. EuroCity services also call, providing connections to Prague in the Czech Republic.
The daily passenger numbers of about 60,000 are relatively low compared to other German cities of the same size (Bremen Hauptbahnhof, a city of comparable size, handles around 100,000.) This is because Dresden has two stations at which long-distance trains call: Dresden Hauptbahnhof and Dresden-Neustadt.
The station is served by the following services (incomplete list):
- Intercity-express services (ICE 50) Wiesbaden/Saarbrücken - Frankfurt (Main) - Eisenach - Erfurt - Leipzig - Dresden
- Intercity-express services (ICE 50) Düsseldorf - Dortmund - Kassel - Eisenach - Erfurt - Leipzig - Dresden
- Intercity-express services (ICE 50) Oldenburg - Hanover - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig - Dresden
- Intercity services (EC 27) Hamburg - Berlin - Dresden - Prague - Brno - Bratislava - Budapest
- Intercity services (EC 27) Binz - Stralsund - Eberswalde - Berlin - Dresden - Prague
- Intercity services (IC 27) Westerland (Sylt) - Hamburg - Berlin - Dresden
- Intercity services (IC 50) Frankfurt Airport - Fulda - Eisenach - Erfurt - Naumburg - Leipzig - Dresden
- Intercity services (IC 50) Düsseldorf - Dortmund - Kassel - Eisenach - Erfurt - Naumburg - Leipzig - Dresden
- Intercity services (IC 55) Köln - Wuppertal - Dortmund - Hamm - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig - Dresden
- Regional services Dresden - Bischofswerda - Bautzen - Görlitz - Wrocław
- Regional services Dresden - Bischofswerda - Ebersbach - Zittau (- Liberec - Tanvald)
- Regional services Hof - Zwickau - Chemnitz - Freiberg - Dresden
- Regional services Hoyerswerda - Großenhain - Cossebaude - Dresden
- Regional services Cottbus - Ruhland - Großenhain - Coswig - Dresden
- Regional services Wanderexpress Bohemica Dresden - Pirna - Bad Schandau - Děčín - Ústí nad Labem - Litoměřice (Summer weekends only)
- Regional services Leipzig - Wurzen - Riesa - Coswig - Dresden
- Regional services Wintersport Express Dresden - Heidenau - Glashütte - Altenberg (Winter weekends only)
- Local services Zwickau - Chemnitz - Freiberg - Dresden
- Local services Elsterwerda-Biehla - Großenhain - Coswig - Cossebaude - Dresden
- Local services Dresden - Bischofswerda - Bautzen - Görlitz
- Local services Dresden - Bischofswerda - Ebersbach - Zittau
- Local services Dresden - Arnsdorf - Kamenz
- Dresden S-Bahn services Meißen Triebischtal - Dresden - Pirna - Bad Schandau - Schöna
- Dresden S-Bahn services Dresden Flughafen - Dresden - Pirna
- Dresden S-Bahn services Tharandt - Freital - Dresden
|Preceding station||Deutsche Bahn||Following station|
towards Oldenburg Hbf
towards Düsseldorf Hbf
toward Ostseebad Binz Hbf
toward Westerland (Sylt)
towards Cologne Hbf
toward Hof Hbf
toward Litoměřice město
toward Leipzig Hbf
toward Wrocław Główny
toward Zwickau Hbf
|Preceding station||Städtebahn Sachsen||Following station|
toward Kurort Altenberg
|Preceding station||Dresden S-Bahn||Following station|
toward Meißen Triebischtal
toward Dresden Flughafen
- DB – Die Bahnhöfe. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- "IStructE - Structural Awards 2008". The Institution of Structural Engineers - IStructE. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- "Dresden Station Redevelopment Dresden, Germany, 1997-2006". Foster + Partners. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
- Timetables for Dresden Hbf station
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