Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof

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Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof
The front of the station building
Operations
Category 2 [1]
Type Island station
Platforms in use 12 + 1
DS100 code LH
Station code 2498
Construction and location
Opened 8 October 1890
Location Halle (Saale)
State Saxony-Anhalt
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
51°28′41″N 11°59′12″E / 51.47806°N 11.98667°E / 51.47806; 11.98667Coordinates: 51°28′41″N 11°59′12″E / 51.47806°N 11.98667°E / 51.47806; 11.98667
Route information
List of railway stations in Saxony-Anhalt

Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city of Halle in southern part of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The station is situated east of the city centre and is a category 2 station.[1]

Importance[edit]

The station is one of the most important transport hubs in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. It is a stop for long-distance and regional services. In addition, it is part of the Leipzig-Halle S-Bahn network and is served by the trams and buses that are part of the city's public transport.

History[edit]

Museum locos at BW Halle Hbf on 15.6.1988

In mid-1840 the Magdeburg-Leipzig Railway – initiated by city councillor, Matthäus Ludwig Wucherer, who supported the building of a railway from Magdeburg to Leipzig via Halle – built the first station in Halle, which was subsequently (1845 to 1847) rebuilt again to form a junction with the Thuringian Railway. The unusual feature of the route between Magdeburg and Leipzig was that it was the first cross-border railway link (from Prussia through Anhalt-Köthen to Saxony).

As further routes were added the station soon became too small, but could not be expanded because the various railway companies could not agree an overall concept. Not until 8 October 1890, after the nationalisation of one company and a five-year construction period could the new passenger station be opened. The station hall was largely destroyed during the Second World War and the wooden platform roofing replaced after the war with steel coverings.

In 1967 the S-Bahn was opened and hence a new platform added on the western side. In 1967/68 the station hall was clad by corrugated aluminium sheeting which matched the architecture and ideology of the time, and gave the station a typical modern, socialist appearance. As early as 1984 this covering was removed again however and the dilapidated domed roof was renovated. In 2002 the station, like many others in German cities, was comprehensively refurbished, rebuilt and provided with a range of shops.

In about 2016 the station will be linked to the planned, new Erfurt–Leipzig/Halle high-speed railway. By 2008 the southern approach had been rebuilt over a length of 5 kilometres and now runs under the new Saale-Elster viaduct (to which a connection is being built) towards Erfurt.

Layout[edit]

Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof

Halle is an 'island station', i.e. it is located between the main sets of tracks. It has 13 platforms, of which 10 are covered by the station hall. The actual station building is located in the middle between tracks 6 and 7. In the station halls are small shops and restaurants/cafes.

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at the station:[2]

  • Intercity Express services (ICE 28) Berlin - Halle - Jena - Nuremberg - Munich
  • Intercity Express services (ICE 50) Köln - Wuppertal - Dortmund - Hamm - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig - Dresden
  • Intercity services (IC 50) Binz - Stralsund - Berlin - Halle - Erfurt - Frankfurt
  • Intercity services (IC 50) Stralsund - Berlin - Halle - Leipzig - Dresden
  • Intercity services (IC 55) Köln - Wuppertal - Dortmund - Hamm - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig - Dresden
  • Intercity services (IC 56) Warnemünde – Rostock – Magdeburg – Halle – Leipzig
  • Intercity services (IC 56) Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig
  • Regional services RE 4 Harz-Express Hannover - Hildesheim - Goslar - Bad Harzburg - Halle
  • Regional services RE 9 Kassel - Eichenberg - Leinefelde - Nordhausen - Sangerhausen - Halle
  • Regional services RE 20 Uelzen - Salzwedel - Stendal - Magdeburg - Halle
  • Local services RB 20 Halle – Naumburg – Weimar – Erfurt – Eisenach
  • Local services RB 75 (Nordhausen - Sangerhausen -) Lutherstadt Eisleben - Halle
  • Local services RB 80 Lutherstadt Wittenberg - Dessau - Bitterfeld - Halle
  • Local services RB 82 Halle – Merseburg – Weißenfels – Naumburg
  • Local services HEX Bernburg - Baalberge - Könnern - Halle
  • Local services HEX Vienenburg - Wernigerode - Halberstadt - Aschersleben - Könnern - Halle
  • Local services MRB 118 Halle - Delitzsch - Eilenburg
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S3 Halle - Leipzig Hbf - Leipzig-Stötteritz
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S5X Halle - Leipzig/Halle Airport - Leipzig Hbf - Markkleeberg - Altenburg - Zwickau
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S7 Halle-Nietleben - Halle Hbf - Halle-Trotha
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
towards Oldenburg Hbf
ICE 50
towards Dresden Hbf
IC 50
IC 50
towards Cologne Hbf
IC 55
towards Dresden Hbf
IC 56
towards Leipzig Hbf
toward Hannover Hbf
RE Terminus
RE Terminus
toward Uelzen
RE Terminus
toward Eisenach
RB 20 Terminus
RB Terminus
RB Terminus
toward Naumburg Hbf
RB Terminus
Preceding station   Veolia Verkehr Sachsen-Anhalt   Following station
toward Bernburg
RB Terminus
toward Vienenburg
RB Terminus
Preceding station   Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn   Following station
Terminus MRB 118
toward Eilenburg
Preceding station   S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland   Following station
Terminus S 3
Terminus S 5X
toward Zwickau Hbf
S 7
toward Halle-Trotha

Long-distance services[edit]

The station is on the intersection of railway links from Berlin to Erfurt and Dresden to Magdeburg. InterCity (IC) and Intercity-Express (ICE) trains stop at the station as do several night train services of the (DB City Night Line (CNL)). Traffic for Erfurt will in future be routed south of Halle on the Erfurt–Leipzig/Halle high-speed railway; long-distance trains to Leipzig already use the completed section of this line. The Berlin–Halle railway will be removed by 2006.

Local services[edit]

Halle is linked to the surrounding area with local services on the RB, RE und S-Bahn lines as well as other cities such as Kassel or Eisenach.

Internal city transport links[edit]

The station is accessible from several major roads. A fast road (An der Magistrale) links the Hauptbahnhof to the west of the city (Neustadt, Nietleben and Dölau districts) and the B 80 links it to the western outskirts of Halle (Halleschen Vorland (West)).

The public transport system is provided by HAVAG. Tram routes 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 18, and bus routes 30 and 43 all stop at the station, as do OBS buses.

Goods traffic[edit]

The Halle (Saale) marshalling yard on both sides of the tracks to the east next to the passenger station was formerly important, but is largely closed today. A modern marshalling yard is planned to be built on the same site however.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2014" [Station price list 2014] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Timetables for Halle Hbf station (German)

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