Kassel Hauptbahnhof

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Kassel Hauptbahnhof
Building of the station
Operations
Category 2 [1]
Type Hbf
Platforms in use 13
DS100 code FK
Station code 3124
Construction and location
Opened 1856
Location Kassel
State Hesse
Country Germany
Local authority Mitte
Home page www.bahnhof.de
51°19′5″N 9°29′24″E / 51.31806°N 9.49000°E / 51.31806; 9.49000Coordinates: 51°19′5″N 9°29′24″E / 51.31806°N 9.49000°E / 51.31806; 9.49000
Bahnhhofsplatz
Route information
List of railway stations in Hesse

Kassel Hauptbahnhof is a Deutsche Bahn railway station in the city of Kassel, in the German state of Hesse. Situated in the central borough of Mitte, it is the city's second important railway station after the opening of Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe in 1991; and so it is the only Hauptbahnhof that is not the main station of its city.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Construction of the station building, projected by Gottlob Engelhard, started in a period between 1851 and 1856.[2] The style of the original building, bombed during World War II, was romantic neoclassical. The reconstruction, started in 1952, was completed in 1960 by the architect Friedrich Bätjer with the style of 1950s maintaining some original elements.

Recent history[edit]

When the Deutsche Bundesbahn began constructing the Hanover-Würzburg high-speed rail line, Kassel originally was not supposed to have a station on the line at all. When it was decided to connect the city, Kassel posed a unique problem, Kassel was a terminal station. Options were discussed, among them the remodeling of Kassel's main station and the construction of an entirely new station. On 13 November 1981 construction of the high speed rail line started on Hesse territory, and it was decided to erect the new main station in the Kassel borough of Bad Wilhelmshöhe, opened on May 29, 1991.

In 1995 [3] the station was thoroughly renovated and conceived (so far uniquely) as a Kulturbahnhof[4] (cultural station). Thus emerged – in addition to art galleries, an architecture center and restaurants – an exhibition space for comic arts, the Caricatura museum [5] and two repertory cinemas.

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at the station:[6]

  • Regional services RE Kassel - Wabern - Treysa - Marburg - Gießen - Frankfurt
  • Local services R 1 Göttingen - Eichenberg - Kassel
  • Local services R 5 Fuldatalbahn Kassel - Melsungen - Bebra - Fulda
  • Tram-train services RT 3 Hofgeismar-Hümme - Kassel - City Centre - Hollandische Straße
  • Tram-train services RT 4 Wolfhagen - Zierenberg - Kassel - City Centre - Hollandische Straße
  • Tram-train services RT 5 Melsungen - Kassel - City Centre - Auestadion
  • Tram-train services RT 9 Treysa - Wabern - Kassel
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
Terminus RE 30
Main-Weser Railway
Kassel RegioTram 3
toward Wolfhagen
Kassel RegioTram 4
toward Melsungen
Kassel RegioTram 5
toward Treysa
Kassel RegioTram 9 Terminus
Preceding station   Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft   Following station
toward Göttingen
RB Terminus
Terminus RB
toward Fulda


Structure and transport[edit]

Kassel Hauptbahnhof is a terminal station with 8 tracks[7] and other 3 in the tunnel station for the RegioTram [8] (a sort of Stadtbahn). The station is served by several lines of the tramway net, RegioTram and buses.

Due to its central position in the city it is a busy station, terminal of several regional DB lines:

Gallery[edit]

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