Graz Hauptbahnhof

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Graz Hauptbahnhof
Graz Hauptbahnhof Halle.jpg
Ticket hall following renovation works
Location Europaplatz
8020 Graz
Austria
Coordinates 47°4′20″N 15°25′2″E / 47.07222°N 15.41722°E / 47.07222; 15.41722Coordinates: 47°4′20″N 15°25′2″E / 47.07222°N 15.41722°E / 47.07222; 15.41722
Owned by Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Operated by ÖBB
Platforms 10
Connections
  • Tram: Graz trams
  • Bus: Local and regional and international
Construction
Architect Wilhelm Aduatz (1956)
History
Opened 1847
Rebuilt 1876 and 1956
Location
Graz Hauptbahnhof is located in Austria
Graz Hauptbahnhof
Graz Hauptbahnhof
Location within Austria

Graz Hauptbahnhof, abbreviated Graz Hbf,[1] (German for Graz Main Station;[2] sometimes translated as Graz Central Station[3]) is the main railway station in Graz, the capital of the Austrian state of Styria. The station is located some 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the city centre, to which it is connected by the tram.[3][4]

The station serves as a major node on the Southern Railway, which links it to Vienna in the north, and Slovenia in the south. It is also the terminus of the Styrian Eastern Railway, which runs eastwards towards Hungary, and of the local Köflacherbahn to the west. In future, the Koralm Railway will provide a direct link from Graz to Italy via Klagenfurt.

History[edit]

Original station from 1876 (destroyed in 1945)

The first Railway station was opened here in 1847 but due to a big increase in passenger numbers a bigger station was constructed on the same site between 1871 and 1876.

In 1945 the grand station from 1876 was totally destroyed in allied bombing raids. In 1956 the building works on the current station were completed. The station was built in the typical style of the 1950s and the main ticket hall is now a listed building.

In 2001 the station was modernised and partly rebuilt to incorporate escalators to the platforms and also a small shopping mall.

Project Hauptbahnhof 2020[edit]

New subsurface tram stop at the Hauptbahnhof
New foot tunnel to Wagner Biro Straße

Since 2010 there has been further major building work taking place to prepare the station for it`s new role as an international transport hub and to cope with increasing national and regional traffic. When the construction of the Koralm Railway is completed all international traffic from Vienna to Italy will pass through Graz.

These works include the rebuilding and lenghtening of all platforms plus the construction of 2 extra platforms for regional trains. All platforms will also have new modern roofing.

One of the two foot tunnels to the platforms has been lenghtend to the Wagner Biro Straße giving access to the station from the west as well.

The railway bridge over the Eggenberger Straße has also been rebuild to make space for extra tracks.

A new local transport hub for trams and buses has been build on and under the station forecourt to connect all four tram lines to the station which run through the local area. Up until recently two of these tramlines used to terminate on the station forecourt while the other two passed the station nearby. To rectify this problem a new subsurface tram stop has been constructed under the station forecourt enabling all 4 tram lines to have a stop just outside the main entrance to the station.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • RailJet services Graz - Vienna - Breclav - Brno - Pardubice - Prague
  • EuroCity services Zagreb - Maribor - Graz - Vienna
Preceding station   ÖBB   Following station
Terminus Railjet
EuroCity
toward Wien Hbf

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Graz Hbf". ÖBB. 
  2. ^ "Graz Main Station Local Transport Hub / Zechner & Zechner". www.archdaily.com. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "To and From the Graz Central Station". Austrian Federal Railways. Retrieved 14 Aug 2013. .
  4. ^ Schwandl, Robert (2010). Schwandl's Tram Atlas Schweiz & Österreich. Berlin: Robert Schwandl Verlag. ISBN 978 3 936573 27 5.  (German) (English)

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