Oldenburg (Oldenburg) Hauptbahnhof

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Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof
Entrance of the station building
Operations
Category 2
Type Through station
Platforms in use 7
DS100 code HOLD
Construction and location
Opened 1915
Style of architecture Art Nouveau
Location Oldenburg (Oldenburg)
State Lower Saxony
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
53°08′37″N 08°13′21″E / 53.14361°N 8.22250°E / 53.14361; 8.22250Coordinates: 53°08′37″N 08°13′21″E / 53.14361°N 8.22250°E / 53.14361; 8.22250
Route information
List of railway stations in Lower Saxony

Oldenburg Hauptbahnhof (originally Oldenburg Centralbahnhof) is the main passenger station in the city of Oldenburg in the German state of Lower Saxony. With gradual closure of other stations, including Ofenerdiek and Osternburg, it is currently the only passenger station in Oldenburg. It is a through station, with seven platform tracks. Its large reception hall was built in the Art Nouveau style.

History[edit]

Original central station in 1885

The first railway in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg was the line from Oldenburg to Bremen via Delmenhorst opened by the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg State Railways on 15 July 1867. On 3 September 1867, a line was opened from Oldenburg to Heppens (later renamed Wilhelmshaven), financed by the Prussian government. The line was operated by the Oldenburg State Railways, which in 1913 bought the line from Prussia, placing an enormous burden on the state’s budget. On 15 June 1869, the Oldenburg–Leer line was opened. On 15 October 1875, the Oldenburg State Railways opened the Oldenburg–Osnabrück line.

The first Oldenburg station was planned to be built in today’s Cäcilienplatz. In 1868, it became clear that the proposed building would be too small for the growing demand. Therefore, the project was never realized. Instead, a converted freight shed served as Oldenburg’s station for twelve years.

On 21 May 1879, the Central Station was finally inaugurated as the first "real" station in Oldenburg at the site of the present station. It was a neo-Gothic building designed by the renowned architect Conrad Wilhelm Hase. It was considered one of the most romantic railway buildings in Germany.

Today’s Oldenburg station was inaugurated on 3 August 1915 without much ceremony after four years of construction. The magnificent Art Nouveau building was designed by the architect, Friedrich Mettegang. A separate building was planned for the Grand Duke of Oldenburg to board trains, called Prince Hall. As part of the new building the tracks were raised by about 3.25 meters. The building was placed at the edge of the tracks, so that the station could be rebuilt as a through station. Up to that time, travellers who wanted to continue past Oldenburg had to change trains. In 1992 the line was electrified from Oldenburg to Leer.

Inside the station

Connections[edit]

Main hall

The station’s track 1 is next to the main building and it has three Island platforms, numbered as tracks 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8. Track 2 is a through track without a platform.

Platform Route Train category
1 BremenHanover Regional-Express
2 (no platform) All routes Freight trains
3 Hanover – Leipzig or Munich, Norddeich Mole ICE, InterCity
4 Osnabrück, Bremen NordWestBahn
5 Wilhelmshaven, Esens NordWestBahn
6 LeerEmden – Norddeich Mole InterCity, Regional-Express
7 Bremen Regionalbahn
8 Hude, Magdeburg and other stations Regionalbahn, InterCity, special trains
9 (no platform) Freight Freight trains
10 (no platform) Freight Freight trains

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at the station:[1]

  • Intercity services (IC 56) Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Hanover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Leipzig - Dresden
  • Regional services RE Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Nienburg - Hanover
  • Local services RB Wilhelmshaven - Varel - Oldenburg - Cloppenburg - Bramsche - Osnabrück
  • Bremen S-Bahn services RB RS3 Bad Zwischenahn - Oldenburg - Delmerhorst - Bremen

Long-distance services[edit]

The main long-distance service through Oldenburg is an InterCity service operating at two hour intervals to Leipzig via Hanover. In additions, Intercity-Express trains operate once a day on several routes.

Line Route Frequency
ICE 10 Berlin OstbahnhofWolfsburgHanoverBremenOldenburg (Oldb) Once a day
ICE 22 Frankfurt (Main)Kassel-WilhelmshöheGöttingen – Hanover – Bremen – Oldenburg (Oldb) Once a day
ICE 25 Oldenburg (Oldb) – Bremen – Hanover – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – WürzburgAugsburg/IngolstadtMunich Once a day
ICE 50 Oldenburg (Oldb) – Bremen – Hanover – MagdeburgLeipzigDresden Once a day
IC 56 Oldenburg (Oldb) – Bremen – Hanover – Magdeburg – Leipzig – Dresden Every two hours

Regional services[edit]

Line KBS Route Operator Frequency
RE 380, 390 Norddeich Mole – Emden – Oldenburg – Bremen– Nienburg – Hanover DB Regio Nord Every two hours
RE 390 OldenburgBad ZwischenahnLeer – Emden DB Regio Nord Every two hours
NWB 390, 392 Wilhelmshaven – Varel – OldenburgHudeDelmenhorst – Bremen NordWestBahn Once a day
NWB 392/392 Wilhelmshaven – Varel – OldenburgCloppenburgBramscheOsnabrück NordWestBahn Every hour
RS 3 390 Bremen – Delmenhorst – Hude – Oldenburg – Bad Zwischenahn NordWestBahn Every hour
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
Terminus ICE 10
Terminus ICE 22
towards Stuttgart Hbf
Terminus ICE 25
towards Munich Hbf
Terminus ICE 50
IC 56
towards Cottbus or Leipzig Hbf
RE
toward Hannover Hbf
toward Norddeich
RE Terminus
Preceding station   NordWestBahn   Following station
Wilhelmshaven - Osnabrück
Terminus
RS 3
toward Bremen Hbf

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