Schwerin Hauptbahnhof

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Schwerin Hauptbahnhof
Through station
Schwerin, Hauptbahnhof.jpg
Station building and station forecourt
Location Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Coordinates 53°38′04″N 11°24′29″E / 53.63444°N 11.40806°E / 53.63444; 11.40806Coordinates: 53°38′04″N 11°24′29″E / 53.63444°N 11.40806°E / 53.63444; 11.40806
Platforms 4
Other information
Station code 5755
DS100 code WS
Category 3
Opened 1847
Passengers 12,000

Schwerin Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station[1] of the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is located in the northwest of the central city. It includes four tracks on two platforms and a siding west of the fourth track. Currently the station is used by about 12,000 passengers a day.


Fountain in front of the station

The station building was built in 1889 and 1890 to a design by E. Müller in the style of the Gründerzeit. The main hall has two lower links connecting to corner pavilions. The entrance hall was lowered in 1927. A few shops are located in the lobby next to the service facilities of Deutsche Bahn. A pedestrian tunnel leads from the hall to two island platforms with four platform tracks. On the opposite side of the station the tunnel is connected to two staircases and an elevator. These lead to Straße Zum Bahnhof (street), which connects to the Platz der Freiheit.

At the station forecourt is a fountain called Rettung in Seenot ("rescue at sea") built in 1910 with bronze sculptures by Hugo Berwald. The fountain was located in the Markt (market) square until 1927. The station forecourt is surrounded by other public transport facilities, the InterCity Hotel (built in 1972 as the Hotel Stadt Schwerin) and residential buildings, four of which were designed by Georg Adolph Demmler in 1847 and built with a uniform facade.


The original 1847 station building

Schwerin had its first rail connection in 1847 with the opening of the railway to Hagenow. This was the first railway in Mecklenburg, opened by the Mecklenburg Railway Company, connecting to the Mecklenburg Railway line. Lines were opened to Wismar in 1848, from Bad Kleinen to Rostock in 1850. A line to Crivitz (extended to Parchim in 1899) and to Ludwiglust opened in 1888 and a line to Rehna opened in 1898.

Between 1889 and 1890 the current station building was built in place of the original station building of 1847. This building has been preserved with its exterior largely unchanged. In the 1920s the station tunnel was built to allow safe access to the platforms.

The square in front of the station is named Grunthalplatz in memory of Marianne Grunthal, who was hanged from a lamppost by SS guards shortly before the end of World War II for welcoming the news of Hitler's death. The station was officially re-opened in December 2005, after three and a half years of modernisation.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:[2]

  • intercity service (IC 26) Binz - Stralsund - Rostock - Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Karlsruhe
  • intercity service (IC 30) Binz/Greifswald - Stralsund - Rostock - Hamburg - Münster - Duisburg - Köln - Mainz - Karlsruhe
  • intercity service (IC 56) Warnemünde - Rostock - Schwerin - Wittenberge - Magdeburg - Halle - Leipzig - Dresden
  • regional express service RE 1 Hamburg - Schwerin - Rostock
  • regional express service RE 2 Wismar - Schwerin - Ludwigslust - Wittenberge - Berlin - Cottbus
  • regional express service RE 7 Wismar - Schwerin - Ludwigslust
  • local service RB 11 Schwerin - Hagenow
  • local service OLA Rehna - Schwerin - Parchim
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
IC 26
towards Karlsruhe Hbf
IC/EC 30
towards Stuttgart Hbf
towards Warnemünde
IC 56
towards Dresden Hbf
toward Hamburg Hbf
RE 1
toward Rostock Hbf
toward Wismar
RE 2
toward Cottbus
toward Wismar
RE 7
toward Ludwigslust
Terminus RB 11
Preceding station   Ostseeland Verkehr   Following station
toward Rehna
toward Parchim


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