Trier Hauptbahnhof

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Trier Hauptbahnhof
Station building and forecourt.
Operations
Category 3
Type Crossing station
Platforms in use 4 (tracks 10-13, "North and "South")
Daily trains ca. 170
DS100 code STR
Station code 6264
Construction and location
Opened 1878
Location Trier
State Rhineland-Palatinate
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
49°45′25″N 06°39′07″E / 49.75694°N 6.65194°E / 49.75694; 6.65194Coordinates: 49°45′25″N 06°39′07″E / 49.75694°N 6.65194°E / 49.75694; 6.65194
Route information
List of railway stations in Rhineland-Palatinate

Trier Hauptbahnhof is a railway station for the city of Trier, in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is a through station located about 500 metres (550 yd) east of the inner city and the Porta Nigra.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1878 (1878) together with the rest of the Moselle line, which formed part of the Kanonenbahn (English: Cannons Railway) (BerlinMetz).

Earlier, upon the opening of the Saar route in 1860, Trier had acquired a station on the left bank of the Moselle, the present day Trier-West station, which, in 1871, had also been linked with Cologne via the Eifel Railway. However, in view of its convenient location close to Trier's city centre, the present day Hauptbahnhof soon became the city's most important station.

Station facilities[edit]

Building and platforms[edit]

The main entrance of the station leads directly to the station lobby. In the southwestern part of the lobby, there are a FotoFix automat and two pay phones; in the southern half (with its own access) are luggage lockers, ticket machines, the toilet and the DB travel centre. In the north-west wing is a candy kiosk and in the eastern half an ATM, a bakery / café and a newsagent.

In 2005, renovation work began in the station area with the objective of adapting it to the standard of other ICE-train stations.

  • On the platforms, dimpled paving stones suitable for blind travellers have been placed near the platform edges to mark their borders.
  • The station building has been renovated and converted into (a new cafe moved in and the newspaper shop was enlarged and moved).
  • Elevators were installed to give barrier-free access to the platforms.
  • The City Council also decided to redesign and refresh the station district over the next few years.

Forecourt and surroundings[edit]

The station forecourt is overwhelmingly dominated by retail outlets. At the southern end, it is bordered by the Alleencenter shopping centre. An expert workshop organised by the city of Trier has put forward comprehensive plans for the redevelopment of the station forecourt, and in particular for the reorganisation of the parking and traffic control systems. Under these plans, there would be a generally clearly visible station building, with a new bus terminal, and either an overpass or underpass to Trier-Gartenfeld.[1][2]

Road connections[edit]

Trief Hbf is connected to its west, via the Bahnhofstrasse with the Alleenring, which gathers together all the traffic from the Ost- and Theodor-Heuss-Allee, Christoph- und Balduinstraße, as well as the streets in the Reichsabtei.

The forecourt in front of the main building offers short-term parking and parking for motorcycles. Further parking can be found at the western end of the building and in the parking garage to the south of the Ostalleencenter.

Traffic[edit]

Trier area rail network, 1937

At Trier Hbf, more than 170 trains stop daily. The trains calling at Trier include ICE, IC, RE and RB services.

One can arrive in Trier from:

Both of these last two railways merge with the Saar Railway in Konz.

From Trier, IC trains operate every two hours via Koblenz, Andernach, Bonn, Köln, Düsseldorf, Oberhausen, Münster (Westf) and Rheine to Emden/Norddeich Mole, and every two hours from Emden/Norddeich-Mole on the same itinerary in reverse, then onwards to Luxembourg.

Since the timetable change for 2005, Trier has had an ICE connection with Berlin, by an ICE train that starts its journey at the Trier Hauptbahnhof. That ICE train operates via Koblenz, Andernach, Bonn (the Linke Rheinstrecke), Köln, Wuppertal, Hamm and Hannover.

Long distance traffic[edit]

Line Train route Frequency
ICE 10 Berlin Ostbf – Berlin – Hannover – Bielefeld – Hamm (Westf) – Hagen – Wuppertal – Köln – Bonn – Koblenz – Trier One train pair daily
IC/EC 35 Norddeich Mole – Emden – Rheine – Münster (Westf) – Gelsenkirchen – Oberhausen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf  – Köln  – Bonn  – Koblenz  – Trier  – Luxembourg Every two hours

Regional traffic[edit]

Line Description Train route Frequency
RE 1 Mosel-Saar-Express Koblenz  – Wittlich  – Trier  – Saarlouis  – Völklingen  – Saarbrücken Every two hours
RE 7 Mosel-Pfalz-Express Trier  – Saarlouis  – Völklingen  – Saarbrücken  – St. Ingbert – Homburg (Saar)  – Kaiserslautern  – Neustadt (Weinstr)  – Ludwigshafen (Rhein)  – Mannheim Individual trains
RE 11 Saartal-Express Trier  – Merzig (Saar)  – Saarlouis  – Völklingen  – Saarbrücken Individual trains
RE 12 Eifel-Mosel-Express Köln Messe/Deutz  – Köln Hbf  – Erftstadt  – Euskirchen  – Gerolstein  – Bitburg-Erdorf  – Trier Every two hours
RE 14 DeLux-Express Luxembourg  – Wasserbillig  – Trier  – (Schweich) Approx hourly
RB 71 Saartal-Bahn Trier – Konz – Merzig (Saar) – Saarlouis – Völklingen – Saarbrücken – St. Ingbert – Homburg (Saar) Hourly
RB 81 Moseltal-Bahn Koblenz – Cochem (Mosel) – Wittlich – Trier Hourly
RB 82 Elbling-Express Wittlich – Trier – Konz Mitte – Wellen (Mosel) – Perl Hourly
RB 83 Eifel-Bahn Gerolstein – Bitburg-Erdorf – Trier Hourly

Bus traffic[edit]

In the evenings and on weekends, Trier Hbf is the focal point of Trier's bus traffic. Each district of Trier can be reached from there without any need to change buses.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Citizen's initiative Bahnübergang-Trier für alle n. e.V.: [1] (German)
  2. ^ 16vor - Article dated 26 June 2007: [2] (German)

External links[edit]

This article is based upon a translation of the German language version as at December 2010.