Leipzig Hauptbahnhof

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Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Operations
Category 1 [1]
Type Terminal station
Platforms in use 23 long distance platforms
Daily trains 777[2]
Daily entry/exit 54 million per year [2]
DS100 code LL
Station code 3631
Construction and location
Opened 4 December 1915
Architect William Lossow,
Max Hans Kühne
Location Leipzig
State Saxony
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
51°20′43″N 12°22′56″E / 51.34528°N 12.38222°E / 51.34528; 12.38222Coordinates: 51°20′43″N 12°22′56″E / 51.34528°N 12.38222°E / 51.34528; 12.38222
Route information
List of railway stations in Saxony

Leipzig Hauptbahnhof is, at 83,460 m², the world's largest railway station measured by floor area. It has 24 platforms housed in six iron train sheds, a multi-level concourse with towering stone arches, and a 293 metre-long facade. It handles an average of 120,000 passengers per day[2] and is the hub of the Central German S-Bahn-system with the Leipzig City Tunnel, opened on 14 December 2013.[3]

The station itself is a huge shopping center.[4]

Train services are operated by Deutsche Bahn, Erfurter Bahn and Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn.

History[edit]

First train at the Leipzig City Tunnel on 14 December 2013

The station was opened in 1915 as a joint terminal for Royal Saxon State Railways and Prussian state railways. The building has two identical domed entrance halls facing the street, one for each company.

The building was damaged by bombing during World War II when the roof over the concourse collapsed and one of the entrance halls was destroyed. The station was restored to its original appearance by the German Empire Railway Company of East Germany in the 1950s.

After German reunification the station was renovated and modernized by the German Railway. The concourse floor was removed and two basement levels were dug out to create a shopping mall. Other areas of the building were largely restored and modernized at the time.

The station was used in the 1992 film Shining Through.

The Leipzig City Tunnel, an underground railway line between the south of Leipzig and Hauptbahnhof via the central Markt station, opened on 14 December 2013.[5][6]

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at the station:[7]

  • Intercity Express services (ICE 28) Berlin – Leipzig – Jena – Saalfeld – Bamberg – Nürnberg – Augsburg – München
  • Intercity Express services (ICE 28) Hamburg - Berlin – Leipzig - Jena - Nürnberg - München - Innsbruck
  • Intercity Express services (ICE 50) Köln - Wuppertal - Dortmund - Hamm - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Leipzig - Dresden
  • Intercity services (IC 50) Wiesbaden - Mainz - Frankfurt - Fulda - Eisenach - Erfurt - Leipzig
  • Intercity services (IC 55) Köln - Wuppertal - Dortmund - Hamm - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig - Dresden
  • Intercity services (IC 56) Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig
  • Regional services RE 6 Leipzig - Geithain - Chemnitz
  • Regional services RE 13 Magdeburg - Dessau - Bitterfeld - Leipzig
  • Regional services RE 50 Leipzig - Riesa - Dresden
  • Local services RB 57 Lutherstadt Wittenberg - Bitterfeld - Leipzig
  • Local services RB 110 Leipzig - Grimma - Großbothen
  • Local services MRB 113 Leipzig - Bad Lausick - Geithain
  • Local services RB 125 Leipzig - Großkorbetha - Weißenfels
  • Local services EB Leipzig - Gera - Saalfeld
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S 1 Leipzig Miltitzer Allee - Leipzig Hbf - Wurzen (- Riesa)
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S 2 Bitterfeld - Delitzsch - Leipzig Hbf - Markkleeberg-Gaschwitz
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S 3 Halle - Leipzig Hbf - Leipzig-Stötteritz
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S 4 Hoyerswerda - Falkenberg - Eilenburg - Leipzig Hbf - Markkleeberg - Borna - Geithain
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S 5 Leipzig/Halle Airport - Leipzig Hbf - Markkleeberg - Altenburg - Zwickau
  • Leipzig S-Bahn services S 5X Halle - Leipzig/Halle Airport - Leipzig Hbf - Markkleeberg - Altenburg - Zwickau
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
towards Hamburg or Berlin
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
towards Rostock Hbf
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
ICE 50
towards Dresden Hbf
towards Oldenburg Hbf
ICE 50
towards Dresden Hbf
ICE 50
towards Dresden Hbf
towards Munich Hbf
ICE 50
towards Dresden Hbf
IC 50
towards Dresden Hbf
towards Cologne Hbf
IC 55
towards Dresden Hbf
IC 56 Terminus
Terminus RE 6
toward Chemnitz Hbf
Terminus RE 10
toward Cottbus
RE 13 Terminus
Terminus RE 50
toward Dresden Hbf
toward Dessau Hbf
RB 54 Terminus
RB 57 Terminus
Terminus RB 110
toward Meißen
toward Weißenfels
RB 125 Terminus
Preceding station   Erfurter Bahn   Following station
Terminus RE 12
toward Gera Hbf
Preceding station   Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn   Following station
Terminus MRB 113
toward Geithain
Preceding station   S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland   Following station
S 1
toward Riesa
S 1
toward Bitterfeld
S 2
S 3
toward Hoyerswerda
S 4
toward Geithain
S 5
toward Zwickau Hbf
S 5X
toward Zwickau Hbf

Historic exhibits[edit]

These historical DR locomotives are on display at Leipzig Hbf.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]