Flensburg station

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Flensburg station
Operations
Category 3 [1]
Type Separation station
Platforms in use 4
DS100 code AF
Station code 1810
Construction and location
Opened 1 February 1927
Location Flensburg
State Schleswig-Holstein
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
54°46′28″N 9°26′12″E / 54.77444°N 9.43667°E / 54.77444; 9.43667Coordinates: 54°46′28″N 9°26′12″E / 54.77444°N 9.43667°E / 54.77444; 9.43667
Route information
List of railway stations in Schleswig-Holstein

Flensburg station is the main station of the city of Flensburg in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Lines run from it to Kiel, to Hamburg via Schleswig and Neumünster and to Fredericia in Denmark. Since the timetable change on 9 December 2007, Flensburg has been connected to Deutsche Bahn's Intercity-Express network. The station also handles cross-border rail traffic between Germany and Denmark.

History[edit]

Old Flensburg station in 1900
Old Flensburg station in 1900

On 1 April 1854 the Flensburg–Tönning line was opened by the British entrepreneur, Sir Samuel Morton Peto to a station outside the city at Holzkrug. On 4 October, its station in the city was opened, which became known as the English Station (Englischer Bahnhof). This station was at the south end of Flensburg Fjord in the Flensburg old town and was formally handed over for operations on 25 October by the Danish king, Frederik VII.

Ten years later, in 1864, the line was extended to Vojens in North Schleswig (now in Denmark) and soon after to Fredericia. In 1869, the current, shorter route to Hamburg via Schleswig and Rendsburg was put into operation.

In 1883 the original, simple station building was replaced by a more complex design of Johannes Otzen, a famous church architect. The original station was subsequently converted into Germany's first bus station. On 1 February 1927, the present station was inaugurated outside Flensburg’s old town, on the North Schleswig Loop, which avoids the old Flensburg terminal station. Trains to and from Denmark run over a loop, which is several kilometres long, to reach the station. The station in the town built in 1883 became a freight yard and was later closed.

Passenger services were closed on the line to Husum via Löwenstedt in 1959. In 1981, the last service ran on the line to Niebüll.

Operations[edit]

Station facilities[edit]

The Flensburg station is a particularly impressive collection of brick expressionism of the 1920s and some of its outbuildings are partially protected as monuments.

Routes[edit]

Tracks[edit]

The station has several tracks, but only four of them have access to a platform. The tracks were electrified in 1996 and the track were renumbered, with track 5 near the reception building and track 1, furthest away from the main station building, unusually in Germany.

In normal usage platforms are used as follows:

  • platform track 5: regional trains to and from Neumünster
  • platform track 4: regional trains to and from Kiel
  • platform track 2: long distance and regional trains to and from Neumünster/Hamburg as well as to Denmark
  • platform track 1: long distance and regional trains to and from Neumünster/Hamburg as well as to Denmark

Rail services[edit]

On 9 December 2007 an ICE-TD from Aarhus to Berlin-Ostbahnhof, the first scheduled ICE to stop at Flensburg station.

In long-distance traffic, Intercity-Express trains on the Aarhus–Hamburg–Berlin route stop in Flensburg. There is also a pair of InterCity trains on the weekend that run directly from Flensburg to Berlin and Cologne.

DB Regionalbahn Schleswig Holstein operates Regional-Express and Regionalbahn services between Neumünster and Flensburg every hour or two hours.

The Flensburg–Kiel route is currently also operated by DB Regionalbahn Schleswig Holstein every hour.

Line Service type Route
ICE InterCityExpress Aarhus–Hamburg–Berlin
IC InterCity Flensburg–Hamburg–Berlin
IC InterCity Flensburg–Hamburg–Cologne
DSB IC3 InterCity Flensburg–CopenhagenØsterport
RE Schleswig-Holstein-Express Padborg–Flensburg–Hamburg
RB Regionalbahn Flensburg–Eckernförde–Kiel
RB Regionalbahn (Padborg–) Flensburg–Neumünster

Notes[edit]

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

References[edit]

  • Detlefsen, Gert Uwe (1984). Flensburg in alten Ansichten (in German). Zaltbommel. ISBN 90-288-2718-8. 
  • Pust:, Dieter (2002). Flensburg – Eine Stadt und ihre Geschichte (in German). Germering. ISBN 3-87890-093-7. 
  • Kaufhold, Holger; Klein, Eckhard; Schikorr, Detlef (2004). 150 Jahre Eisenbahn in Flensburg - Von der südschleswigschen Eisenbahn zur Deutschen Bahn AG (in German). 58 LOK Report. Sigmaringen: Ges. für Flensburger Stadtgeschichte. ISBN 3-935909-22-5. 

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